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Is lack of time making you stressed?

Posted by Lucy Page 1

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!

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posted on 14 Jan 2016 09:35:34
I think we owe it to ourselves and loved ones to make ourselves the number one priority. If we don't take of us then we can't take care of others. I agree with Lyndsey Simpson, I stayed at home with my daughter when she was young and that was ok, likewise it's ok to go to work and children go to nursery. It's different for everybody. We have to find a balance that works for us. Having the successful career and beautiful house isn't everything. I am 49,a mother and grandmother. Making a little time for myself each day is wellbeing and trying to be mindful in the moment makes you appreciate life a little more. We can learn this from little ones, as my two and a half year old granddaughter reminds me every time she see's a flower, oh Nanny, that smells nice!

Note from Neom:

Hi Tina,

We couldn't agree more, it's all about finding your own balance, there isn't a 'one size fits all' approach!

Neom x

Pat Boyle

posted on 5 Jun 2015 10:38:29
Look forward to visiting your store and telling my daughter about you.

Lyndsey Simpson

posted on 5 Jun 2015 10:37:42
My personal view is that trying to have it all is a huge mistake. When you have small kids, it's alright to stay at home, keep your surroundings nice and enjoy domestic things, contribute to your local community as much as you are able, and be happy!

Christine Dodd

posted on 5 Jun 2015 10:33:06
I'm not surprised so many of us feel stressed. I didn't listen to my body until I had a heart attack. Now I pay close attention. @flowerpowerlife


posted on 5 Jun 2015 10:22:51
Taking just an hour a week helps me so much - for a beauty treatment and a coffee out. Us Women need to do this more often!

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