Is lack of time making you stressed?
This month, our National Lifestyle Stress Audit has revealed that 9 out of 10 Women in the UK are stressed. Wow.
As you know, at Neom we are dedicated to inspiring people to lead naturally healthy lives, so much so that at the beginning of the year we started working on a very serious project. A National Lifestyle Stress Audit, to uncover stress levels of people in the UK – eek! We interviewed 1,034 UK women aged 18+, and uncovered some scary findings about your stress and wellbeing. Brace yourselves for the results…
We found that an incredible 9 out of 10 women in the UK are stressed, with almost half (49%) of women feeling that they don’t take enough time to look after their health and wellbeing, (even though they regard it as a priority).
In fact, 25% of mums agree they are stressed every single day. With the World Health Organisation telling us that by 2020 the top 4 diseases will be stress related, these figures become all the more poignant.
Sadly, when we asked you what would help decrease this stress, the top answer was ‘more time’.
Nicola Elliott, founder of Neom Organics and mother of two, says: “It’s clear there’s a direct correlation between time and stress, and it’s causing an issue. As women, we are aware of being fit and well in order to be our best at work, at home and for others. However, how many of us actually take time, or feel we have the time to look after ourselves properly, without feeling we should be spending time elsewhere, or the dreaded ‘GUILT’? I hate the phrase ‘me time’ it sounds so indulgent... this is a basic need we are talking about!”
Neom Life Coach, Naomi Martell-Bundock, who sits on the Neom Wellbeing Board providing advice and support says: “90% of the people I speak with have such good intentions in looking after themselves, but they’re near breaking point due to work load, and running the home and family which they 1 in 2 women in the UK do not make time to look after their health are managing with taking very little time to do anything for themselves, it's causing problems.”
According to the results, women who work and especially those with an income of £55,000+ are most likely to feel stressed. Mums are also the ones most likely to feel it too – no surprise there. This figure is as high as 87% when mums have children under the age of 5. Ouch.
Neom Psychologist Suzy Reading who sits on the Neom Wellbeing Board says: “In my experience, over the past 5 years the vast majority of people with stress-related conditions, are working mothers juggling work with home life, leaving them little time to look after their own wellbeing, and the common theme is that they feel they're on duty 24/7 and find it a challenge to switch off. I now exclusively focus my psychological practice on stress management, self-care and healthy lifestyle changes due to this demand”.
Well ladies, you’ve asked for help, and we are on a mission to provide it. Taking time absolutely must be seen as a necessity, and not a luxury and the new Neom Wellbeing Magazine starts the dawn of a new era. Together with our amazing Neom Wellbeing Board we promise to offer you support, a place to chat and share tips on all things related to sleeping better, helping to de-stress, feel calmer, more relaxed, happy and creating natural energy.
What do you think of the results? Please share your comments using #NeomStressAudit or leave a comment!