A new study released during International Stress Awareness Week, which takes place between November 7 and November 11 each year, has found that 52 per cent of Brits have felt intense stress or burnout in the past month. This means that one out of every two people across the nation have been feeling the strain of stress.
The study found that the impact of stress was higher on millennials, with 66 per cent reporting feeling burnt out.
Online food delivery company UberEats commissioned Censuswide to survey over 2,000 people across the UK in October 2022. This uncovered a series of worrying facts about how prominent stress seems to be in the UK at the moment.
Fifty-two per cent of respondents reported that their stress was due to financial worries. Meanwhile, 36 per cent said it was due to work and 34 per cent said health worries were the cause.
The study also found that more than two-fifths of the nation struggle to switch off after work.
When people were asked about mindfulness practices such as mindful eating, 74 per cent admitted to engaging in mindless habits such as eating standing up or consuming food straight from the fridge.
Eighty-one per cent said they regularly scroll on their phone while eating, while 68 per cent of millennials revealed that they often work and eat at the same time.
The study also found that only a fifth of Londoners know about mindful eating. This is a practice proven to aid digestion, reduce stress levels and even make our food taste better.
In response to this, UberEats has joined forces with mindfulness expert Luke Doherty to create the audio guide Mindful Mouthful.
Narrated by radio personality Roman Kemp, the guide is aiming to get people in a serene state before they sit down to eat.
“Anyone who knows me knows I’m passionate about mindfulness - it’s a great tool to help you navigate the chaos of daily life and stay present in the moment,” Kemp said of the collaboration.
“So I’m really pleased to be teaming up with Uber Eats to launch the Mindful Mouthful audio guide. I’m often guilty of scrolling on my phone or answering emails whilst I eat, but focusing on your food is really important to help you decompress after a busy day, but also make sure you’re enjoying every bite.”
Mindful Mouthful is currently available to stream free of charge on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music.