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UK Managing Stress and Wellbeing Market Report

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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Managing Stress and Wellbeing market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

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What are the key challenges facing the industry and how fast are its rates of growth? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

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Experience of stress amongst today’s Brits is almost universal, with mounting pressure on finances and increasing levels of employment suggesting that this will not ease off any time soon. With stress linked to a number of mental and physical health complaints, an already stretched NHS is unlikely to be able to cope with the rising proportion of people in need of help, increasing opportunities for brands to promote anti-stress products and services.

The factors causing stress are linked to lifestage, with younger adults significantly more likely to have multiple causes than seniors and to seek different ways to deal with stress. This suggests that a one-size-fits-all approach to stress management may not necessarily be effective, with a tailored approach by age more likely to resonate.

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Hera Crossan, a leading analyst in the Health sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

Levels of stress amongst today’s Brits are on the rise, driven by growing financial pressures and increasing workloads. This represents a burgeoning health crisis that the NHS is ill equipped to cope with, indicating an opportunity for brands and service providers to help alleviate – or even stave off – the resulting issues of stress; in the short term addressing manifestations such as a lack of sleep and tiredness, but in the long term mental health issues and serious physical health complaints. Hera Crossan
Health Analyst

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Table of contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
    • Executive Summary

        • The market
          • Ageing pressures increase stress in seniors
            • Public sector employees report highest levels of stress
              • Reduction in stigma over mental health
                • Obesity as a driver for health- and appearance-related stress
                  • Two in five adults not getting enough sleep
                    • The consumer
                      • Financial worries top stressor
                        • Figure 1: Causes of stress over last 12 months, February 2018
                      • Adults take a varied approach to stress management
                        • Figure 2: Methods of dealing with stress, February 2018
                      • Sleep plays a critical role in stress
                        • Figure 3: Impacts of stress in the last 12 months, February 2018
                      • Stress-free home environment is most sought
                        • Figure 4: Interest in stress-relieving products and services, February 2018
                      • Getting back to nature exemplifies a need to ‘switch off’
                        • Figure 5: Attitudes towards managing stress and wellbeing, February 2018
                      • What we think
                      • Issues and Insights

                        • Tackling the UK’s burgeoning health crisis
                          • The facts
                            • The implications
                              • A growing need for age-appropriate anti-stress solutions
                                • The facts
                                  • The implications
                                  • The Market – What You Need to Know

                                    • Ageing pressures increase stress in seniors
                                      • Public sector employees report highest levels of stress
                                        • Reduction in stigma over mental health
                                          • Obesity as a driver for health- and appearance-related stress
                                            • Two in five adults not getting enough sleep
                                            • Market Drivers

                                              • Ageing pressures increase stress in seniors
                                                • Figure 6: Trends in the age structure of the UK population, 2012-22
                                              • Parenting stress could filter down to children
                                                • Figure 7: Number of parents with dependent children in the household, by gender of parent, UK, 1998-2017
                                              • Public sector employees report highest levels of stress…
                                                • Figure 8: Industries with above-average rates of stress, depression or anxiety, averaged 2014/15-2016/17
                                              • …whilst UK employment continues to rise
                                                • Figure 9: Employment trends (thousands), by gender, 2012-22
                                                • Figure 10: Behaviours towards work/life balance, October 2017
                                              • Reduction in stigma over mental health
                                                • Figure 11: Mental Health Awareness Week campaign, May 2018
                                              • Money as a major driver of stress
                                                • Figure 12: Trends in current financial situation compared to a year ago, January 2015-February 2018
                                              • Obesity as a driver for health- and appearance-related stress
                                                • Figure 13: Trends in body mass index (BMI), England, 1995-2016
                                              • Two in five adults not getting enough sleep
                                                • Figure 14: Average amount of hours slept each day, August 2017
                                              • Technology usage continues to rise
                                                • Figure 15: Ownership of smartphones and basic mobile phones, January 2012–December 2017
                                            • The Consumer – What You Need to Know

                                              • Experience of stress almost universal
                                                • Financial worries top stressor
                                                  • Work stress rises, particularly for women
                                                    • Adults take a varied approach to stress management
                                                      • Increase in men seeking to ‘share’
                                                        • Sleep plays a critical role in stress
                                                          • Stress-free home environment is most sought
                                                            • Getting back to nature exemplifies a need to ‘switch off’
                                                            • Stress Factors

                                                              • Experience of stress almost universal
                                                                • Figure 16: Stress experienced in the last 12 months, by age, February 2018
                                                              • Financial worries top stressor
                                                                • Figure 17: Causes of stress over last 12 months, February 2018
                                                              • Work stress rises…
                                                                • …particularly for women
                                                                  • Figure 18: Women's causes of stress over last 12 months, February 2018 and October 2016
                                                                • Appearance stress amongst young women rises
                                                                  • Figure 19: Women’s experience of stress related to appearance over last 12 months, by age, February 2018 and October 2016
                                                                • Reduction in child-related stress driven by older women
                                                                    • Figure 20: Stress caused by children, by age of children in household, February 2018
                                                                  • Stress around men’s mental health on the rise
                                                                    • Figure 21: Men’s causes of stress over last 12 months, February 2018 and November 2016
                                                                    • Figure 22: Harry’s sponsorship of Project Eighty Four by CALM, March 2018
                                                                • Methods of Dealing with Stress

                                                                  • Adults take a varied approach to stress management
                                                                      • Figure 23: Methods of dealing with stress, February 2018
                                                                    • 16-24s most influenced by mental health campaigns
                                                                      • Improving access to professional help
                                                                        • Women more positive in dealing with stress overall
                                                                          • Figure 24: Women’s methods of dealing with stress, February 2018 and October 2016
                                                                        • Increase in men seeking to ‘share’
                                                                          • Figure 25: Men’s methods of dealing with stress, February 2018 and November 2016
                                                                      • Impacts of Stress

                                                                        • Sleep plays a critical role in stress
                                                                            • Figure 26: Impacts of stress in the last 12 months, February 2018
                                                                          • Stress and physical pain
                                                                          • Interest in Stress-Relieving Products and Services

                                                                            • Stress-free home environment is most sought
                                                                                • Figure 27: Interest in stress-relieving products and services, February 2018
                                                                              • Mindfulness enjoys high interest
                                                                                • Figure 28: Headspace meditation platform, April 2018
                                                                              • Wellness festivals offer a new solution to stress relief for younger adults
                                                                                • High-intensity workout sessions a draw for under-35s
                                                                                • Attitudes towards Managing Stress and Wellbeing

                                                                                  • Getting back to nature…
                                                                                    • Figure 29: Attitudes towards managing stress and wellbeing, February 2018
                                                                                  • …relates to a need to switch off
                                                                                    • Overcoming the cost barrier
                                                                                      • Work stress can be a benefit
                                                                                      • Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

                                                                                          • Abbreviations
                                                                                            • Consumer research methodology