worriedsBeneden Health in the U.K. has produced a worthwhile study that shows the average person spends years of life wrapped in chronic worry.

The study shows that people spend an aeverage of 14 hours a week brooding over the weight, poor relationships, the cost of living and other stressors.

Many claim stress makes it impossible to concentrate at work, only adding to the worry. Additionally, an average of six night’s sleep per month were lost due to excessive worry.

Here are is the list of the top 30 biggest worries.

Top 30 Biggest Worries

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
11.    Keeping the house clean
12.    Finding a new job
13.    Sex life
14.    Generally unhappy
15.    Wrinkles or ageing appearance
16.    Whether or not I am attractive
17.    Physique
18.    Meeting work targets or goals
19.    Does my partner still loves me
20.    Whether I’ll find or / are am with the right partner
21.    Whether I’m in the right career
22.    Friend or family issues
23.    Parenting skills
24.    Unhealthy reliance or addiction
25.    Driving
26.    Pet’s health
27.    Child’s health
28.    Dress sense
29.    Worrying I’m ill but yet to be tested/ seek help
30.    Partner is cheating/may cheat

Most Common Effects of Worry

1.    Sleepless nights
2.    Lost confidence
3.    Arguments with partner
4.    Reduced appetite
5.    Poor performance at work
6.    Distance from partner
7.    Avoided a social event
8.    Increased alcohol consumption
9.    Got a bit paranoid
10.    Nausea

Time Spent Worrying

14.31 hours per week worrying

744 hours worrying a year

45, 243 hours of worry in a lifetime

1,885 days of worry in a lifetime

5.2 years of worry

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

 


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    Last reviewed: 27 Feb 2013

APA Reference
Bundrant, M. (2013). Top 30 Biggest Worries & Top 10 Symptoms of Worry. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 20, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/nlp/2013/02/top-30-biggest-worries/

 

 

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