What wor­ries peo­ple can vary greatly

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - LIFESTYLE - CALODAGH MCCUMISKEY’S

WHEN it comes to self-care, man­ag­ing fi­nances may not im­me­di­ately come to the top of your mind! In­ter­est­ingly, money topped the list of wor­ries of Ir­ish peo­ple in a sur­vey com­mis­sioned by Pro­tec­tion ex­perts, Royal Lon­don ear­lier this year–ahead of health and re­la­tion­ships! Money, health and fam­ily have dom­i­nated the list since the sur­vey be­gan 4 years ago.

The sur­vey also showed that women are more likely than men to worry about fam­ily, (17% ver­sus 14%) while men are more likely to worry about health and work – and in­ter­est­ingly even more likely to lose sleep over ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships (7% ver­sus 4%).

The study also showed that mak­ing health im­prove­ments was the big­gest pri­or­ity change for peo­ple in Ire­land with 36 per­cent high­light­ing it as num­ber 1.

Peo­ple over 55 were more likely to re­port health as their pri­mary worry as com­pared with younger peo­ple. Gen­er­ally it was shown that older peo­ple worry less about money and younger peo­ple are four times more in­clined to worry about re­la­tion­ships as com­pared to the over 55s.

Men sur­veyed were more fo­cused on their ca­reers, with 32% say­ing it’s a pri­or­ity for them as com­parted to 21% of women. Women pri­or­i­tized their health, with 41% say­ing they were go­ing to make im­prove­ments in this area as com­pared to 29% of men.

Mr Charles, of Royal Lon­don stated: ‘The sur­vey find­ings give an in­ter­est­ing read on the ‘pulse of the na­tion’ in a given year. It in­forms us as to what’s wor­ry­ing peo­ple the most and what are peo­ple try­ing to fo­cus on in their life. In 2019, ‘money’ stands out with 39% of peo­ple say­ing that this is their big­gest source of worry. Mean­while, in terms of their big­gest fo­cus, the largest por­tion of peo­ple sur­veyed (36%) in­tend on mak­ing health-re­lated im­prove­ments.’

It is in­ter­est­ing to re­flect on these things at this point in the year. We still have 3 months to go be­fore the end of the year. This is a lot of time and you could make a lot of progress if you use the time wisely.


If you had been asked at the start of the year what were your wor­ries and pri­or­i­ties what would they have been? Has any­thing changed ? What are your an­swers to the same ques­tions to­day? It is al­ways im­por­tant to take ac­tion to ad­dress prob­lems and to give time to what is im­por­tant to you.

When we solve our prob­lems and ad­dress our wor­ries we feel good. We feel less bur­dened by life. When we spend our time on our pri­or­i­ties, life and time has more value and mean­ing to us. We feel mo­ti­vated and up­lifted.

Con­fi­dence grows when we can rely on our­selves to ad­dress wor­ries and do what is im­por­tant. The op­po­site hap­pens when we don’t. When we have prob­lems that we don’t solve, our mind gen­er­ates a lot of un­healthy stress. This adds to phys­i­cal stress which in turn cre­ates a host of other prob­lems in­clud­ing health prob­lems which ul­ti­mately, adds to our wor­ries.


In the same way that fi­nan­cial ex­perts ad­vise peo­ple to take con­trol of spend­ing when look­ing at fi­nan­cial well­be­ing, per­sonal well­be­ing can be sup­ported and man­aged when we look at our time and how we spend it. When our think­ing, ac­tions and how we spend our time are in align­ment, we feel good. If not, we don’t. If you have wor­ries, take ac­tion to ad­dress them and if you have pri­or­i­ties, give them their due time. Calodagh McCumiskey de­signs and de­liv­ers be­spoke well­be­ing at work pro­grammes to grow peo­ple and com­pa­nies. She also of­fers reg­u­lar med­i­ta­tion classes, per­sonal devel­op­ment work­shops and well­be­ing con­sul­ta­tions to help peo­ple thrive

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