London - If something is worrying you, don’t fret too much... you’re far from being the only one.

Stressed-out Britons are spending the equivalent of five years of their life worrying, according to a survey.

The typical adult is losing around two hours a day fretting over issues such as personal finances, health, getting old, job security and relationships.

The study also found extreme anxiety has left many of us unable to concentrate at work, caused endless sleepless nights and even rifts with partners.

The research, which was commissioned by leading health and wellbeing insurer Benenden Health, found the average person endures 14 hours each week weighed down with worry.

Around 45 percent of those studied admitted stress and worry had directly affected their health.

Paul Keenan of Benenden Health said: “It is a sad reality that stress is dominating our lives and having a severe impact on our work life, our quality of sleep and our personal relationships.

“The crunch comes when it begins to have a detrimental impact on our health - and 45 percent admit stress is already doing this.

“Thirty-two percent of people have even gone to the doctors because of worry or stress.”

Concerns over low energy levels, fearing the ageing process or work concerns were featured in the list of the most common worries.

While relationship concerns like whether a partner is right for them or still in love with them burden the mind of many a typical person.

The average adult experiences six nights every month where their sleep is disturbed or the quality reduced as a result of worrying.

And one in four feel they have a major worry they aren’t dealing with properly or are deliberately avoiding.

One fifth has a friend or relative who they feel is currently running away from a problem while a third of people in relationships have a big worry they’ve kept secret from their partner - and these were most likely to be about finance problems.

Worryingly, one on four people doesn’t feel they have anyone who they’re able to talk with about their problems.

And three in ten bury a lot of things in order to get on with day to day life.

More than one in ten people have bank statements, bills or letters they have yet to open and they put these out of sight because they are too scared to read them.

Paul Keenan added: “It’s a small positive that 32 percent of people are taking stress issues to their doctor and seeking professional assistance.”

Britons need to ensure that stress is not taking over their lives without redress.

They can do this by realising that a problem exists and not waiting until it is too late and their health is being severely impacted. - Daily Mail


1. Stomach/ being overweight

2. Getting old

3. Lack of savings/ financial future

4. Overall fitness

5. Overdrafts and loans

6. Low energy levels

7. Credit card debt

8. Paying rent/mortgage

9. Job security

10. Diet.