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What would Americans give up for a stress-free day?

Three in four Americans would do “nearly anything” to have a single stress-free day. A new poll of 2,000 Americans revealed one in 10 can’t even remember the last time they had a stress-free day. When people feel stressed out, they avoid necessary tasks like doing laundry (20%), vacuuming (15%), and cleaning their homes (15%). Many said they would pass on a week’s worth of productivity (30%), an entire paycheck (28%), and even sex (26%) if it meant having a stressless day. The study, commissioned by Noom and conducted by OnePoll to shine a light on these topics ahead of World Mental Health Day on October 10, found that 83% believe everyone would benefit from taking their mental wellness more seriously. While nearly as many (81%) said they’re satisfied with their current mental well-being, 65% have only given more thought to their personal well-being over the past two years. Since the start of 2020, respondents were found to most likely experience stress (47%), separation from loved ones (39%), moving to a new community (38%), breakups (33%), burnout (32%), weight gain (29%), anxiety (29%), depression (25%), and loss of a loved one (22%). After experiencing more people in their lives being open to sharing and talking about their mental health journeys, 66% have been inspired to take better care of their own mental well-being. The survey revealed that mental health action is often triggered by the reaction or impact on others, not internal reflection. Of those who have made an effort to prioritize their mental health, the biggest motivating factors are considering how their mental health affects others (53%), seeing friends benefit from taking care of their mental well-being (51%), and speaking with close family members (46%). Meanwhile, 24% of respondents said they feel no inspiration to take care of themselves.

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