Wednesday Trivia: The Number One Cause of Stress

March 27, 2013 | By | Comments (4)

Stressed Woman

Mind, a nonprofit in the UK, surveyed 2,000 individuals to find out what stresses them out most. And the answer is (drumroll please)….work! (Turns out a lot of us are having trouble convincing ourselves that our daily toil is “just a job.”) About 34 percent of participants said they consider their job very stressful. Money problems took second place (30 percent of people said it was their top stressor), and health issues came in third (with 17 percent of the vote). About one in five respondents said they’ve taken off a day of work because they were stressed—though 90 percent gave their boss a different excuse.

Does your job stress you out too much? And if so, would you ever tell your boss that it does?


  1. Linda Packard

    I left my job in 2009 to devote full time to making art. I live month to month and am never really sure I’ll make basic living expenses. I’ve let go of worry and somehow I always have enough. Despite the money issues I feel no stress and have truly never been happier in my life. To spend 40+ hours per week doing what you don’t want to do is by far the worst stressor and impacts one’s health more than anything, I believe.

    April 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm
  2. Saralee

    Lost my job recently. Looking back, I had headaches, backaches, stomachaches; all gone now. I sleep better and I’m much more calm overall. Learning that there’s more to life than working at a job that makes you sick.

    April 10, 2013 at 1:35 pm
  3. Penny

    I worked for over 30 years in the legal field and hated every minute of it, but made A LOT of money. All those years of that kind of stressful work ruined my health, and then, in turn, my health issues took all the money that I earned. If only I could have known then what I know now.

    April 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm
  4. Beatrice

    6 years ago i left the very stressful medical field. It made me literally sick. The doctors could not have cared less how I felt. All they wanted was to be able to pay the rent/mortgage. Manager sucked and only cared about her work. There was noone to care about the employees.In one office a co-worker was addicted to drugs. They fired her instead of helping her. Another office was a drug den 1 day a week, before the whole addictive drug epidemic became revealed to the public eye. I knew of it 6 years before the public knew. Not only did I have to listen to the patients problems, but in between I had to listen to my coworkers whine about their lifes and personal problems. The manager was just as bad! I don’t trust any doctors now. I got out of that field and ran for my life! I’m happier now, but I do believe all jobs have some degree of stress. Sometimes we have to sacrifice things for our sanity and our health.

    April 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm

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