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STRESS IN AUSTRALIA

<p> <em><strong>Causes of stress</strong></em></p> <p> Money is the number one cause of stress for Australian adults surveyed, according to The Blackmores Stress Survey, a national&nbsp;online survey conducted recently by Newspoll among 1,205 Australian adults aged 18-64.</p> <p> The survey asked people for the main things (apart from their job) that make them stressed and, money problems (including meeting mortgage repayments, paying bills and the cost of living) topped the list of stressors with over half of adults mentioning this without prompting.</p> <p> This finding is generally consistent across all demographic groups with a few key differences:</p> <ul> <li> 18-24 year olds are less likely to be worried about money with about 4 in 10 in this age group experiencing financial stress compared to around 6 in 10&nbsp;among those aged 25-49.</li> <li> Grocery buyers are more likely to be worried about money (59% vs 44% of non grocery buyers).</li> </ul> <p> The second highest cause of stress was family, with this being mentioned by about 1 in 3 people. This includes things like stress relating to raising children (including children&#39;s health issues), stress associated with expecting a baby, or stress from a spouse, partner or other family member (e.g. in-laws). Females are more likely to experience this type of stress with 37% of women mentioning this, compared with 27% of men. Those aged 25-49 and those with children under 18 are also more likely to mention family, as were&nbsp;people with an annual household income of $80K or more. (These three groups are likely to&nbsp;heavily overlap).</p> <p style="margin-left: 9pt;"> The other main causes of stress are:</p> <ul> <li> Health / not getting enough sleep - 12% (mentioned by 20% of 50-64 year olds)</li> <li> Relationships / people apart from family - 11% (mentioned by 20% of 18-24 year olds)</li> <li> Driving and traffic - 10% (higher among males and capital city residents)</li> <li> Lack of time - 9% (higher among females and married respondents)</li> <li> School / studies / exams - 6% (mentioned by 29% of 18-24 year olds)</li> <li> Unemployment / finding work - 6% (higher among males and 18-24 year olds)</li> <li> Housework / cooking / cleaning - 5% (higher among females and people with children under 18)</li> </ul> <p> <strong><em>Methods of dealing with stress</em></strong></p> <p> When provided with a list of ways of dealing with and/or avoiding stress, the thing that most people surveyed are likely to do is to take a deep breath (75%). This is followed by talking to a friend (59%) and swearing (54%).</p> <p> Methods of dealing with stress vary somewhat by gender. For example, women are more likely than men to do each of the following:</p> <ul> <li> Take a deep breath (80% vs. 71%)</li> <li> Talk to a friend (69% vs. 49%)</li> <li> Eat unhealthy food (52% vs. 34%)</li> <li> Cry (54% vs. 11%)</li> <li> Take a herbal or vitamin supplement (24% vs. 17%)</li> </ul> <p> Conversely, men are more likely to swear (57% vs. 51%) and drink alcohol (35% vs. 26%) to deal with their stress.</p> <p> There were also some interesting differences by age. In particular, younger adults are more likely to:</p> <ul> <li> Talk to a friend (72% of 18-24 year olds)</li> <li> Swear (60% of 18-34 year olds)</li> <li> Eat unhealthy food (53% of 18-24 year olds)</li> <li> Procrastinate (49% of 18-34 year olds)</li> <li> Get angry and shout (46% of 18-34 year olds)</li> <li> Cry (36% of 18-34 year olds)</li> <li> Throw things (20% of 18-24 year olds)</li> </ul> <p> Interestingly, the only thing on the list that is common to all groups is doing exercise, with is used by just under half of adults (46%) as a means of coping with day to day stress.</p>

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