These are the most stressful areas in the UK to live.
Frazzled? Not alone. Recent research One in fourteen people feel stressed each day, according to a study. However, it turns out that certain parts of the UK feel the stress more than others.
Although you might think London’s chaotic pace would make you feel anxious, it is not among the 10 most stressful places in the world.
Blackpool takes the distinction of being the most stressed city, closely followed closely by Chesterfield. Kingston upon Hull is third in Yorkshire.
The research, by UK Residential rehab provider Abbeycarefoundation.comWe considered various characteristics that might cause stress or make people feel stressed. This included factors like life satisfaction, anxiety levels as well as percentages of physical inactivity, median weekly income, and median weekly earnings.
Other factors that are measured include the percentages of smokers, average weekly hours worked and percentage of people who never work from home.
These particular indicators were chosen due to the impacts that they have on a person’s wellbeing and therefore potential levels of stress. Each factor was given a score which were then combined to give a rating on the stress index – and the results were not what you’d expect.
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Blackpool leads the way with an overall stress rating of 89.7
Although it is a popular tourist spot due to its attractions and beaches, residents may not find the historic town of Lancashire as appealing.
With relatively low median weekly pay of £400 per week, a high percentage of smokers and high levels of physical inactivity, which can lead to a deterioration in mental and physical health, the seaside resort was considered to have increased factors contributing to stress.
Chesterfield, the market town, was not much better when it came to stress. They had higher levels anxiety and less satisfaction with their lives. The median wage in Chesterfield is also £432, which is £80 lower than the average in England at £512.
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Also, Hull has the same anxiety levels as Blackpool and lower life satisfaction. However, the median weekly income is slightly higher in Hull and the average Hullian is more active. This makes Hull the third most stressed area in the UK.
The key factor here could be that 75% of people in this city have never worked from home and this may negatively impact the residents – after all, Not Commuting to work can improve your work-life balance, and you may feel better about your mental health.
Sunderland and Thanet in Kent came in fourth, fifth, sixth, and sixth on the stress index respectively. Mansfield, Hartlepool, Manchester, and Lincoln make up the rest of the top 10.
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Commenting on the results a spokesperson from the Abbeycarefoundation.com said: “Modern life has become fast-paced, expensive and often complicated. These stressors can have adverse effects on our mental or physical health. Research has shown that stress can lead to increased smoking, drinking, and a decrease in the care taken of our bodies. It is essential to manage stress as much as possible in order to improve quality of your life.
Research shows that location, job, and personal health have a direct correlation on mental and physical health. Higher wages and better work/life balance will result in less stress. They also have more time to spend with family and friends, as well as the opportunity to engage in hobbies they enjoy.
There are ways to be calm in a stressful world.
Be more mindful
If you are trying to alleviate anxiety, it is possible to be present in the moment and de-stimulate your nervous system.
“Utilising your breath and taking a moment to slow and deeply inhale can help us to center ourselves, reduce physical distress, and allow us to focus,” says Cathy. Lee Chambers, psychologist and well-being consultant.
If the weather is bad, you may not want to go outside. However, simply getting outside can help improve your mental health and make you feel less stressed.
Chambers says that a quick walk around the block can help us get clearer thinking and blood flowing, so it can be a good way to unwind.
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Allow yourself to relax
It’s important to be kind to yourself and compassionate. Chambers suggests that self-care is a simple way to re-energize and balance ourselves and to help us see the good things and not what could have gone wrong.
Journal yourself calmer
Chambers believes that journaling can help to gain clarity and let out negative emotions in a positive way. He adds, “It also allows to see on paper exactly what might be eating at you, and gives you an element of power and ability to address that event.”
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A calm-down plan
Natalie Costa, founder and CEO of Power Thoughts As a confidence coach, deep belly breathes can lower cortisol, activate the rest-and digest response, and calm the nervous system.
“Breathing in and out for three times and then counting to five again, really slowly, and repeating this several times will begin to help,” she says.
Breathe and let go of the stress
Kristy Lombas, Meditation teacher and founder The Ki Retreat Deep-breathing exercises are believed to be able to calm the nervous systems, decreasing anxiety.
She says, “Deep breath helps you avoid the fight or flee response.”
This breathing exercise can help you:
1. You need to find a quiet place. This could be your house or a bathroom cubicle at work.
2. You can also relax your body if you are unable to lay down.
3. One hand should be on your stomach, the other on your chest. Take a deep inhale from your stomach and place one hand on your stomach. The hand on your stomach should be moving, not your chest. Take a deep breath and hold it for three seconds.
4. Take a short pause and hold your breath.
5. For a count of 4, release your breath. Think of exhaling as releasing tension and stress from your body. You can also imagine exhaling a mantra such as “Calm”, as you exhale.
Another exercise she did was to give quick relief to her racing mind.
Lomas also suggests that the 5-4-6-3-2-1 method is another quick tip to help calm your mind.
Just by thinking about and naming things, you can bring awareness back into your body and present.
Here are five things to look out for
Here are four things you can touch
These are three things you should know
There are two things you can smell:
You can taste one thing.”
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Perform a ‘brain dump’
Lomas also recommends that you do a “brain dump” to help manage overwhelm in your life.
She explains that a brain dump can be a great way to relieve mental pressure. It involves creating a bullet list of all the thoughts and ideas you have. These could be tasks we need to complete, or concerns that are completely unrelated.