When it comes to dealing with stress, nearly eight in 10 Britons turn to music as an antidote to the stresses and strains of everyday life - according to recent research from health insurer Legal & General.
Legal & General’s Health Uncovered Index - a study of a GB representative sample of over 5000 people which tracks the key health concerns of Brits, reveals that lack of sleep, general fatigue, and everyday stress, now all rank among the nation’s top five health concerns. Also, there has been a 25% rise in the number of people that are worried about the impact of their daily routine on their health,
The Legal & General research also revealed that the number of people that find listening to music to be a helpful way to fight stress and unwind rises to 88% among 18-29 year olds.
While men and women equally use music to deal with stress, they have very different ideas on which type of music is most helpful. Women are more likely to find current pop ideal for switching off), whereas men are more likely to turn to classical music. Women are also nearly twice as likely as men to favour soul music .The over 30s are the most likely to chill out to classic rock tracks. Heavy metal music ranks low on the’ chill out’ list along with jazz, opera and hip-hop.
Chris Rolland, Managing Director at Legal & General’s Healthcare business says: “At a time when a great deal of today’s health debate has been squarely focused on smoking, obesity and binge drinking, our tracking research shows that stress and tiredness-related conditions are top of the public's agenda. People fear that their punishing daily schedules are taking a toll on their sense of health and well being.”
Chris continues: “Music is proving to be a helpful stress buster. The way that people choose different music to help them deal with stress, also underlines the way that people deal differently with their healthcare provision. Legal & General’s new private medical insurance, Legal & General’s HealthCare Choices is attuned to the needs of the ‘iPod Generation’ who, like their choice in music also wish to choose different healthcare elements to suit them.”