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

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THREE IN FOUR AMERICANS WOULD DO “NEARLY ANYTHING” TO HAVE A SINGLE STRESS-FREE DAY, ACCORDING TO A NEW POLL.

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THE SURVEY OF 2,000 AMERICANS WAS CONDUCTED BY ONEPOLL ON BEHALF OF NOOM. THEY FOUND ONE IN 10 CAN’T EVEN REMEMBER THE LAST TIME THEY HAD A STRESS-FREE DAY.

RESULTS SHOW 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.

THEY ALSO FOUND FOUR IN FIVE (83%) BELIEVE EVERYONE WOULD BENEFIT FROM TAKING THEIR MENTAL WELLNESS MORE SERIOUSLY.

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%).

TOP THINGS PEOPLE WOULD GIVE UP FOR A STRESS-FREE DAY

  • Favorite meals/snacks - 45%
  • Chocolate - 43%
  • Shopping - 35%
  • Important meetings - 30%
  • A week’s worth of productivity - 30%
  • An entire paycheck - 28%
  • Exercise equipment - 28%
  • Sex - 26%
  • Moving deadlines at work - 23%
  • Instagram - 22% 
  • Plans with friends - 22%
  • TikTok - 20%
  • Technological devices - 19%

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