A new study by meditation app, Anamaya, has revealed ‘being less stressed’ as the number one life-change that the UK population would like to make.
Almost a third of those questioned (31%) put reducing their stress levels at the top of the wish list, followed by spending more time with their family and friends (27%), and being more confident in their own skin (25%).
The research, which questioned 1,000 respondents and was commissioned by Anamaya to examine the impact our stress levels have on both our work and home lives, also revealed that more than half of us (52%) actually only feel fully relaxed for just a couple of hours each week.
It appears that the environment we work in is one of the biggest contributors to stress levels – in fact the data revealed that being in a happy and welcoming atmosphere was listed as the most important aspect, with 40% of people stating the environment in which they work is more significant than financial benefits such as pay (19%) and a pensions (21%).
The study has also confirmed that cases of anxiety and stress are on the rise and taking their toll on our careers - in fact, other than being poorly, stress and depression are listed as the top reason people take time off work with one in five respondents admitting to taking time off work due to stress.