Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Stressed out

According to a report in The Independent, Germans are the most regularly stressed-out people in the world, while the British are most likely to say their high-pressured lifestyle makes them feel they are losing control, according to a new international poll released on Sunday.

Pollsters asked one thousand people in nine separate industrialised nations ~ Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom and the USA ~ to rate the levels of stress they feel they suffer from.

The survey, conducted by international polling company Ipsos on behalf of the Associated Press, found that just over half of Germans said they “frequently” felt stressed, the highest percentage of any of the countries polled.

Thirty seven percent said the principal cause for feeling stressed-out was their job. While people in Britain reported having experienced less frequent bouts of stress than Germans, the UK had the highest percentage of citizens claiming the levels of stress made them feel life was “beyond control.”

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