While in the past people were concerned with topics related to survival, such as food procurement, diseases, wars, and other such matters, today’s world has different stress sources. New research tapped into the most tensed issues of the modern world. Moreover, the findings stroke difference between how women react to these stressors in comparison to men.
The New Study on Stress Sources Is Based on Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale
A new study wanted to find out how modern society is coping with stress and the main sources of these concerns. In order to achieve this general perception, The Physiological Society created a YouGov research. There were more than 2000 participants whose answers to scientists’ survey were used as data for the study.
The task was for participants to answer honestly how stressful they think several key events are. The results of their ratings pointed out that women were more concerned regarding the majority of stressors than men. There was an exception regarding this gap when it came to the idea of having a first child. Both sexes were equally stressed about this life event.
The format of the study was based on the Holmes and Rahe stress scale implemented in the year of 1967. By comparison, the original study surveyed participants over the life events that happened to them in the last several months. The format uses 43 life events that can be considered stress sources.
Scientists Encourage People to Avoid Major Stressors
Some of the findings point out to the most stressed areas in the United Kingdom. It seems that the winner in this sector is Scotland while the most laid back region is the South East of England. Londoners expressed concerns regarding going on holiday while the East of England is upset by lengthy delays during their commutes.
The report documented the relationship between age and stress as well. The results show that the level of stress increases at the same time with age. This phenomenon was especially visible when it came to long-term life issues such as a disease or imprisonment. However, the age-stress relation was inexistent when the loss of a smartphone happened. This is a major stress source that impacts the younger generations mostly. Another concerning topic for the 18-24 age group was Brexit. Those with high educational levels felt a bigger impact of this political event than those with just A-Levels or GCSEs.
The authors of the report want to use their results to persuade people to be more aware of their psychological health. This anxious behavior can harm the body. During stressful times, the blood stream receives a surge of hormones which affect immune and digestive systems as well as the heart.
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