August 13, 2020

Work Related Stress Search Terms Down in Lockdown

With anxiety on the rise in lockdown, one of the ups from this experience is that work-related stress terms have been Googled a lot less, showing that remote working really could be the way forward in terms of workplace wellbeing.

Happy Beds have found that the term “signs of work related stress” has been searched for 78% less in April 2020 than in April last year, while “feeling stressed at work” is also down by 58%.

However, while remote working may be key to one’s wellbeing, sadly anxiety search terms are on the rise with a 700% increase for “cure for insomnia”.

While it was discovered that working remotely may help with stress, financial issues was one of the top reasons as to why anxiety may be on the rise, most likely where people have been made redundant or they’ve had to take a work break in order to look after their children.

Dr Ivana Rosenzweig, Head of the Sleep and Brain Plasticity Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, conducted a recent survey, also finding that Brits are struggling with their sleep.

She commented on her study saying:

Adequate and good-quality sleep is important to maintain our physical and mental resilience and disturbed sleep is often caused by stress. But we also know that poor sleep can play a role in increasing our levels of stress, which can create a cycle that’s difficult to break. This is reflected by the findings that this effect was greater for those most vulnerable and those who were more concerned about the pandemic.”

Sleep Expert, Joy Richards, has compiled some tips on how to get to sleep during lockdown here.