Top everyday stresses for Brits revealed from stubbing your toe to being stuck behind a slow walker

It’s been found to be the most stressful part of everyday life for Brits, from stumping a toe to being stuck behind a slow walker.

Tidying the house only for the kids to mess it up again shortly afterwards, a broken dishwasher and forgetting an umbrella when it’s pouring rain are also high on the list of daily stresses.

Research conducted by Cadbury's TimeOut has identified what Britons find most stressful


Research conducted by Cadbury’s TimeOut has identified what Britons find most stressfulCredit: Will Ireland/PinPep
They encourage people to take a moment when it gets too much


They encourage people to take a moment when it gets too muchCredit: Will Ireland/PinPep

Others feel stressed because there are traffic jams, household appliances like the dishwasher or shower break and the laundry is hung out only to be surprised by the rain.

The survey of 2,000 adults found they experience three of these moments every day, with 70 percent always feeling they need a break because of it.

But 26 percent only get the opportunity to do so a few times a week, and 61 percent would like more opportunities to take a break from everyday stress.

Of those who manage to get a little escape, 35 percent go for a brisk walk, 38 percent drink a hot cup of coffee, and 20 percent quickly scroll social media.

The study was commissioned by Cadbury’s TimeOut to launch the Time to Call TimeOut campaign, which encourages people to take a moment when it’s getting too much.

Commuters at London’s Victoria Station were greeted with a van that offered them a way to escape the morning hustle and enjoy a bar of chocolate and a cup of tea instead.

Diana Mamulian, Brand Manager, said: “The world is a little crazy at the moment and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

“There are a lot of frustrations that we just can’t control, so we think it’s time to focus on what we can.”

The study found that a fifth of adults identify Tuesday as the hardest day of the week and 35 percent choose to go for a walk to overcome weekly stress.

Enjoying a cup of tea (28 percent), listening to music (33 percent) and eating a sweet treat (28 percent) also contribute to relaxation.

59 percent do so for up to 20 minutes when given the chance to take a break before feeling the benefits, the study found learn.

But 61 percent would benefit greatly if they had more chances to catch their breath every now and then.

Diana Mamulian added, “We hope commuters lucky enough to spot our Time to Call TimeOut station can enjoy a little respite from their daily routine.

“Hopefully we can help remind people that it’s okay to take advantage of these emergencies – we all need it.”

The 10 most important things that make us stressed

Getting stuck in traffic

Important household appliances break down

Follow someone who is dawdling

Car breaks down

Tidying up the house only to have it ruined moments later by children/partners

You put your laundry out to dry and it rains

stub your toe

I realize there’s nothing in the fridge for dinner

Forget your umbrella when it rains

A stranger nearby takes a call using the speakerphone

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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