A YouGov, a London-based international research data and analytics group, released its survey of 3,000 people across the UK, which asked what caused them the most stress during the past year.
Understandably, the No.1 cause of stress was worries about loved ones' well-being. Other stressors included working from home, household chores and home-schooling.
The survey results list these top 10 stressors during the pandemic:
- Worrying about the health of a loved one (51%)
- Putting on weight (35%)
- Worrying about my own health (32%)
- Not being able to get much exercise (32%)
- Worrying about being overweight (27%)
- Working from home (23%)
- Doing household chores (18%)
- Not being able to work (14%)
- Taking care of parents/relatives (14%)
- Home-schooling (13%)
"It's heartening to see that our primary concern throughout the pandemic has remained the well-being of our loved ones," said psychologist Honey Langcaster-James, "however, it seems that our concern for others may have come at a cost to looking after ourselves. We've been neglecting our own health-related needs and eating for emotional reasons, so now people are anxious about the weight they've put on during the pandemic."