Americans Average 60 Bad Days

PUBLISHED: 12:14 AM 21 Feb 2018

2,000 American Polled, Average Of 60 “Bad Days” A Year

Sleep, work, and financial stress all contributed.

Americans say that a bad day at work is one of the most common sources of stress that they have.

There are many studies which show that stress is taking a terrible toll on our minds, and for some, our bodies too. The stress that is put upon the heart during marital problems can be as damaging as a heart attack, for instance. Well, it seems like it is not just Cupid’s bad aim that can cause such issues.

There are 365 days (discounting leap years) in a year, and according to the website Study Finds, people have about “60 bad days a year, with 80% of these 24-hour periods being made at least partially unpleasant by work-related stress.” Researchers at Freeletics (a personal fitness and nutrition app) asked 2,000 individuals how stress was dealt with as they attempted to define “the bad day.”

More than anything, a lack of sleep was the biggest factor, the findings reveal. It was found that “67 percent of an individual’s dissatisfaction on any given day” was a result of not getting enough shut-eye. Since stress can also lead to an inability to sleep, the problem can end up feeding itself, too.

Illness, financial worries, canceled plans, and feeling unclean or disheveled” were also cause for concern, worry, and may contribute to the bad day. As our vanity gets the best of us, a “bad hair day” was one of the leading factors to this kind of concern.

There were “another quarter of respondents admitted that having no hot water for their morning shower” left them grouchy.

Believe it or not, there are actually 8% of those who responded and said that their favorite sports team losing could trigger a bad day! Whether or not this was due to gambling and, if so, to what extent was not addressed. It may just be that some people are that obsessed with sports.

Half of those who took the test and answered questions said that they tended to eat poorly on such days, something that can lead to physical problems (which leads to more bad days). So does the fact that 34% of respondents confessed that they were more likely to consume alcohol on such days.

Those who worked out on bad days did the best, it was also learned. “These findings make a lot of sense, as working out after a tough day can be a very effective stress reliever, especially because it boosts those all-important endorphin levels,” said John-Francis Kennedy, “a personal trainer at Freeletics.”

There were 95% of those who helped Freeletics with this research and said that at the gym was a huge help when the bad day struck. The cost of gym membership did impede a lot of people from working out, however.

In our world of failing marriages, lonely people become stressed out workers. The fact that we care so much about what people think of hair downplays our real problem. Perhaps, we are all so stressed that we need people to like our hair (or clothes, etc) in order to feel less uptight.

By the same token, maybe the sports teams that some people are so invested in is due to their unhappiness with life in the real world. If so, that would account for that depression or anxiety, too.

It is hard is define just what can save a bad day (minus weight lifting, it seems), though if nothing else, there are those studying the dreadful occurrence so that there are fewer of them for us all.

If that is so, this might be a bit of science that we all want to look into.

Sources: The Conservative Daily PostStudy Finds – Freeletics