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New research has revealed how Brits are turning to driving as one of the best ways to cope with stress and help them relax. The coronavirus pandemic has placed enormous strain on millions of families across the UK, so finding ways to deal with anxiety brought on by the crisis has become increasingly important. The survey – commissioned by Auto Trader – shows that nearly two-thirds (59%) of Brits have been on a drive, or considered going on one, to help them unwind. The study also suggests that people are most likely to go to the countryside or visit the coast when they get behind the wheel to combat stress though with the M4, Lochside Road and Snake Pass all referenced as some of the most relaxing routes to drive in the UK.
The survey highlighted the reasons WHY people think driving is a good way to relieve stress. Enjoying a change of scenery while driving (31% of respondents) was one of the biggest reasons, followed by the chance to listen to relaxing music or a podcast (29%), clearing your mind (25%) and giving you a sense of privacy (20%). And on top of that, things like having a clean and tidy car in the first place were seen as vital.
The feelings of stress we all feel in our day to day lives have been amplified during the coronavirus pandemic. The research reveals that nearly a quarter (22%) of Brits have regularly felt stressed in a typical week, and lack of sleep was the biggest factor, closely followed by concerns over finances and their weight. The survey reveals that on average, adults are spending 12 hours 35 minutes feeling stressed per week – a total of 655 hours a year, or approximately 27 days.
Aston spoke to Dr Sandi Mann, chartered psychologist and author to discuss the research in further detail and was also on hand to offer advice to everyone on how to approach stress when coming out of lockdown.
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