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Emotional damage! Working adults are the most-stressed amongst all age groups

Financial matters were named the top stressors of Singaporeans.

Working adults or individuals aged 24 to 55 were reported to be the most stressed age group in Singapore.

Based on the OSIM Wellness Survey 2022, about 72% of working adults reported experiencing moderate to high-stress levels, higher compared to the percentage of youths (16 to 25 years old; 65%) and seniors (56 to 70 years old; 49%) who reported the being under the level of stress.

That surveyed said they know they are stressed through two indicators: emotional (78%), which includes feeling anxious, edgy, or depressed; and physical (46%) which includes experiencing headaches or lethargy.

When asked what causes their stress, Singaporean’s top three reasons were financial matters (46%), lack of money (31%), and work (29%).

Financial matters, in particular, were the biggest source of stress for Gex X (57%), followed by Millenials (51%), and Baby Boomers (38%).

COVID-19 measures imposed by the government have likewise caused stress to 58% of Singaporeans over the last two years.

Amongst the measures that have impacted them the most were vaccine-related guidelines (26%), dining out restrictions (22%), and home visitation limits (18%).

To relieve their stress levels, Singaporeans turned to digital devices, with 60% saying they watched TV or videos to cope, whilst younger generations used social media.

Social media, however, also caused stress to 21% of millennials.

To further help Singaporeans address their stress, Lynn Tan, deputy CEO of OSIM International, advised locals to use technology like uLove3 Well-Being Chair to “measure and monitor physical indicators of stress…instead of just basing it on feelings.”

“We hope to encourage more people to make use of such devices and technology to have a better and clearer understanding of their well-being, such that stress management can become more data-driven and precise, and form an integral part of their health and wellness routines,” Tan said.

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