‘India’s 89 pc population under stress’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The survey was conducted by Cigna 360o Well-being Survey 2018 which drew on 14,467 online interviews and was conducted between February and March 2018, across 23 countries and territories.

PUNE: A recent survey revealed that about 89 per cent of the population in India say they are suffering from stress as compared to the global average of 86 per cent. In addition, one in eight people have serious trouble in dealing with stress. Also, nearly 75 per cent of respondents in India do not feel comfortable talking to a medical professional about their stress and cost is one of the biggest barriers to seeking professional help. 

The findings reveal that stress levels are high in India as compared with other developed and emerging countries including the United States, UK, Germany, France, China, Brazil and Indonesia. The survey was conducted by Cigna 360o Well-being Survey 2018 which drew on 14,467 online interviews and was conducted between February and March 2018, across 23 countries and territories.

India showed slight declines in physical, social and family wellness this year, while respondents remain optimistic about work and financial well-being.

The survey revealed that the largest percentage of stress is related to physical wellness, seen in weight and nutrition management, followed by sleep-related challenges.  In the social pillar, over 50 per cent of people from India said they are not spending sufficient time with friends or have enough time for hobbies. The dip in family well-being is mostly due to growing concerns about the ability to financially support parents and children.

WORKPLACE WELLNESS SCORES
Work and finances are the key reasons for their high level of stress, people said. 

However, workplace wellness overall scored high, with about half the respondents saying they have received support and are participating in a workplace wellness programmes. Also, around 87 per cent said that workplace wellness programmes are important in choosing between two potential employers.

While current workplace wellness programmes are making stress marginally more manageable, it seems there is still plenty of room for improvement.

FINANCIAL PREPAREDNESS
The findings of the survey show that one in two respondents in India plan to finance their medical expenses from their savings for old age, followed by insurance. 

Also, four in ten people in India have purchased health insurance for themselves. 

The people who claim to be ready for older age are better at planning, they do regular health checks and own insurance. 

They are also more likely to be married with children, and a high proportion has full-time employment and are more 
affluent.

WORKPLACE WELLNESS PROGRAMME NEEDED
- Stress levels are high in India as compared with other countries including the United States, UK, Germany, France, China, Brazil and Indonesia.
- Work and finances are the key reasons for their high level of stress, people said. While current workplace wellness programmes are making stress marginally more manageable, it seems there is still plenty of room for improvement.

Related News