Work, health and money fears – Cardiff is ‘most stressed’ city

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

CARDIFF has been dubbed the UK’s most stressed city, fol­low­ing a re­port into the strains fac­ing to­day’s cit­i­zens.

Pres­sure at work, fi­nan­cial wor­ries and con­cerns about health are leav­ing Britain in the grip of a stress “epi­demic”, the new re­port has warned.

A sur­vey of 4,000 adults by in­sur­ance gi­ant Axa found that four out of five felt stressed dur­ing a typ­i­cal week, while al­most one in 10 were stressed all the time.

The Welsh cap­i­tal was said to be the most stressed city, fol­lowed by Belfast, Sh­effield, Lon­don and Leeds, while peo­ple were least stressed in Brighton, Newcastle, Liver­pool, Cam­bridge, Birm­ing­ham and Le­ices­ter, the re­port added.

Work­place stress was linked to the “al­ways on” cul­ture, with most peo­ple tak­ing calls or check­ing emails in the evenings and at week­ends.

More than two out of three were wor­ried about their salary prospects, while al­most as many were con­cerned about pay­ing house­hold bills.

Men were more likely to be stressed about work, the study re­vealed.

Many of those ques­tioned said they watch TV, lis­ten to mu­sic, read a book, ex­er­cise or drink al­co­hol to help com­bat stress.

Dr Mark Win­wood, of Axa, said: “These find­ings il­lus­trate the wor­ry­ing scale of the UK’s stress epi­demic, oc­cur­ring both in the work­place and at home, im­pact­ing peo­ple up and down the coun­try.

“As well as work and fi­nances, health seems to be a con­cern for a large num­ber of Brits. Peo­ple are not only wor­ried about their own well­be­ing, but also the gen­eral health of their loved ones.”

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