Essential Report

Relieving stress

May 8, 2018

Q. Do you do any of the following things to relieve stress?

 

  Total   Men Women   Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Watch TV 57% 50% 64% 57% 57% 58%
Go for a walk 54% 50% 57% 54% 53% 54%
Listen to music 53% 51% 55% 60% 53% 46%
Exercise 39% 38% 39% 47% 36% 32%
Read a book 38% 32% 45% 32% 35% 50%
Spend time with friends 35% 26% 43% 41% 29% 34%
Eat chocolate 30% 21% 40% 40% 31% 19%
Have a drink 29% 29% 29% 30% 33% 23%
Do gardening 26% 23% 30% 16% 22% 43%
Meditation 17% 15% 19% 22% 15% 15%
Listen to radio/podcasts 14% 12% 16% 17% 14% 9%
Yoga 12% 11% 12% 24% 6% 5%
None of them 8% 9% 7% 7% 7% 11%

 

The most commonly reported ways to relieve stress were watching TV (57%), going for a walk (54%) and listening to music (53%).

Women were more likely to watch TV (64%), read a book (45%), spend time with friends (43%) and eat chocolate (40%).

Those aged under 35 were more likely to listen to music (60%), exercise (47%), eat chocolate (40%) and do yoga (24%).

Those aged 55+ were more likely to read a book (50%) and do gardening (43%).

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