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Stressing out! Short escapes help frazzled Irish unwind

submited Tue 24 May, 2016

Traffic jams, relationship drama and the daily work-grind are the greatest causes of day-to-day stress for Irish people. This is according to the travel experts at Jurys Inn, who have carried out a survey to understand the main sources of everyday stress, and help people to really switch off while on holidays this year. 

On the positive side, and with summer fast approaching, the research also reveals that the majority of Irish workers claim a short city break or holiday helps significantly reduce stress, with 64% of people saying it only takes them between 1-2 days to switch off when on holidays.

The research shows that:

  • Women may have greater need to unwind than men 41% of women ranked themselves as “stressed to the max” or “In need of a chill pill”, compared to only 31% of men.
  • Traffic and parking are firing us into a full-blown flimflam “Being stuck in traffic” was rated as the top cause of everyday stress, revving up a whopping 42%, whilst not being able to find a parking space was also called out by 15% of people. Traffic was cited as a particular source of stress for those aged 55 and older (49%).  
  • Those “stressed to the max” may need a break and time off work “The daily work grind” was rated as the second biggest contributor to stress (27%), but amongst those who describe themselves as “stressed to the max”, 47% of people attributed work as their primary source of stress.  
  • We may need a break from each other! 22% of Irish people cited relationship drama as their main stress factor, and relationships are stressing males out (25%) more so than females (18%).
  • Millennials definitely need to chill!  Of all respondents, young people aged 18-24 are most stressed, with 47% saying they are “stressed to the max” or “in need of a chill pill”. This is in stark contrast to just 27% of those aged 55+.

Irish are quick to switch off, but some of us were never ‘switched on’ in the first place When we do get away from it all, the majority of respondents (64%) said it only took them 1-2 days to switch off when on holidays. Six percent said they could not switch off at all, whilst 16% admit to never being switched on in the first place.

Commenting on the findings, Suzanne Cannon, Group Marketing Managerat Jurys Inn, said: “Life is full of stressful situations that test us but, as the research suggests, even a short break can make a big difference in helping to unwind. Those experiencing high levels of work related stress may therefore want to treat themselves to a weekend getaway, to escape every day worries! For those who find it really difficult to switch off, we’d recommend trying a technology detox, and making a conscious decision to avoid those pesky emails by delegating as much as possible before you go. That way you can kick back and enjoy spending time with your family and friends.”

For anyone looking for an easy way to unwind, Jurys Inn hotels have 36 convenient city centre locations across Ireland, the UK and Prague, perfect for a stress-free getaway. For more information, see: https://www.jurysinns.com/


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