Worries about work and money make Britain one of the most stressed nations in the world, a new survey of nine industrialised nations has revealed.
Although Germans topped the list of stressed nations compiled by Ipsos Mori for the Associated Press, Britons were the most likely to say that they sometimes felt that life was beyond their control.
The Spanish came out as the least-stressed nation in Europe, while the least-stressed overall was Mexico where more than half of people said they rarely or never experienced stress in their daily lives.
In several countries, those with the highest incomes were more likely to say that their jobs were the main source of stress, while those with lower incomes blamed finances.
The main factors causing stress in modern industrial economies, such as multiple jobs, long commutes and complex technology were on the rise, the report stated.
Gershen Kaufman, a clinical psychologist at Michigan State University told the Associated Press: "The level of stress in fast-paced technological societies has been accelerating
"There's an increased emphasis placed on wealth in this country. We're gradually exporting this around the world."