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This map shows the most stressful places to live in the UK

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Alexandra Haddow
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A survey has revealed who the most stressed person in Britain is, and it’s not Liam Payne’s PR manager. It’s a hypothetical man working in finance, living in Cardiff, between the ages of 25-34. We can’t help thinking if you’re stressed and working in finance in Cardiff it’s because you’re unemployed and all the finance jobs are in different cities.

The research carried out by Perkbox revealed that the top three most stressful places to live and work in the UK are Cardiff, Wolverhampton and London. 

This is clearly wrong because Wolverhampton don’t have to endure the Central line. Or lots of people at any time ever. Plus they have 10 Greggs, one of which is in the hospital - what have they got to be stressed about? Their cholesterol probably.

The ten most stressed cities at work were as follows:

  1. Cardiff - 70% of people say they’re stressed
  2. Wolverhampton - 64%
  3. London - 59%
  4. Coventry - 57%
  5. Liverpool - 55%
  6. Oxford - 55%
  7. Leicester - 53%
  8. Brighton and Hove - 51%
  9. Southampton - 50%
  10. Edinburgh - 50%
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The highest group citing stress was women aged 25-34, who are 21% more stressed than men of the next age bracket up, possibly because they’re just as stressed as men, but getting paid 18% less for the pleasure.

However, men overall suffer more stress at work, with 50% saying they’re stressed in comparison 38% of women. The top symptoms of stress were sleeplessness, argumentativeness and anxiety, so it’s little wonder the men of Cardiff roam the streets at night fighting and then worrying about it the next day. It’s just due to stress! 

Unsurprisingly, the over 55s are the least stressed, probably because they own… a house, valuable assets, literally anything… and they might have enough money in a pension to last them past lunchtime on their first day of retirement. 

On a serious note, if you are experiencing high levels of stress on a continual basis, and you can do something about it like changing your role, your job, speaking to your boss or a colleague, try to. 

Prolonged stress can make you feel like you’re going slightly mad and we don’t need to tell you it’s not great for your health. If you can’t do any of the above, just don’t, under any circumstances, move to Cardiff to work for Barclays.

(Images: Perkbox)