Stress 'epidemic' sweeps the nation due to 'always on' work culture, study finds

Brits are in the throes of a stress "epidemic" due to pressure at work, financial worries and health concerns

According to an article in the Evening Standard, four out of five adults felt stressed during a typical week, while almost one in 10 were stressed all the time, a survey of 4,000 adults by insurance firm Axa found. London was said to be one of the most stressed cities in the UK. Men were more likely than women to be stressed about work, the study also revealed.

An 'always on' culture that sees most people taking calls or checking emails in the evenings and at weekends was linked to workplace stress. More than two out of three were worried about their salary prospects, while almost as many were concerned about paying household bills. 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, director of psychological services at Axa, said the findings revealed the extent of the issue of stress in Britain. He 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."

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