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Somerset ranks among the least stressed regions – see the full list

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Many factors can impact a person’s ability to relax, including the environment.

Where we live can have a huge effect on stress levels, pollution, crime rates and even the weather impacting mood.

According to Forbes Advisor79% of UK adults feel stressed at least once a month, so life insurance experts were keen to find out which parts of England have the coldest and least chilly residents.

Each county in England was analyzed to determine how stressed residents were by taking into account searches for terms such as ‘how to reduce stress’, ‘stress relief’ and ‘relaxation techniques’. From there, the experts were able to determine which areas were most in need of de-stressing.


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The least stressed regions of England

Durham ranked first in the list of least stressed regions. Photo: Google Maps

County Durham ranks as the region with the most relaxed residents, based on search data for stress-related terms. Only 670 searches were made for all stress-related terms combined by county residents, or a miniscule 0.0008 searches per resident.

The famous views of Durham city center’s cathedral, prominent university and flowing River Wear may help explain why residents feel at peace. Outside of the city, 57% of the county is classified as “rural”, also providing residents with plenty of green space.

Somerset also did well by appearing in the top 10 least stressed regions, ranking fifth.

Here’s the full list, including the total number of searches and what that equates to per resident:

1. County Durham – 670 searches – 0.00088 per capita

2. Nottinghamshire – 1,230 searches – 0.00117 per capita

3. Gloucestershire – 1,080 searches – 0.00124 per capita

4. Northumberland – 480 searches – 0.00166 per capita

5. Somerset – 1,530 searches – 0.00167 per capita

6. Berkshire – 1,470 searches – 0.0017 per capita

7. East Sussex – 1,390 searches – 0.00173 per capita

8. Herefordshire – 330 searches – 0.00183 per capita

9. Dorset – 1,350 searches – 0.00184 per capita

ten. North Yorkshire – 1,990 searches – 0.00187 per capita

England’s most stressed regions

Somerset County Gazette: Bristol has been ranked as the most stressed region in Britain.  Photo: Google MapsBristol has been ranked as the most stressed region in Britain. Photo: Google Maps

Bristol is the region with the most stressed residents coming out at the bottom of the table in 46th place. Bristol’s crime rate is 20% higher than the average for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which could contribute to this.

Other regions that also performed poorly included Merseyside, West Midlands, Tyne and Wear and Greater Manchester, making up the five most stressed regions.

Here’s the full list, including the total number of searches and what that equates to per resident:

1. Bristol – 1,580 searches – 0.00361 per capita

2. Merseyside – 3,380 searches – 0.00265 per capita

3. West Midlands – 6,570 searches – 0.00247 per capita

4. Tyne and Wear – 2,480 searches – 0.00242 per capita

5. Greater Manchester – 6,080 searches – 0.00234 per capita

6. West Yorkshire – 4,930 searches – 0.00233 per capita

7. Leicestershire – 2,260 searches – 0.00229 per capita

8. Cambridgeshire – 1,700 searches – 0.00218 per capita

9. South Yorkshire – 2,760 searches – 0.00216 per capita

ten. Hertfordshire – 2,310 searches – 0.00213 per capita

Offering advice on how to reduce stress, Forbes Advisor Laura Howard said, “Few of us lead entirely stress-free lives. But for some, stress can be debilitating and harmful to their health and well-being.

“Reducing stress levels can help people be healthier and happier, and the good news is that there are many effective ways to do this that are free and easily accessible.

“For example, we should never underestimate the value of just getting some fresh air, whether it’s a trip to the countryside or just a visit to the local park. Exercise can also be extremely beneficial, even if it’s just a walk around the block. This is to trigger the release of endorphins – the body’s natural stress relievers.

“Making time to chat with friends or family is also likely to make you feel better. Anything that brings a new perspective can put problems into perspective and ease feelings of anxiety.

“Some environments may be more conducive than others to living a stress-free existence. But wherever you are, taking steps to reduce stress levels should be a good idea.