Do Brits prefer a cup of tea, cleaning or having sex to de-stress? New survey reveals surprisingly results

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A new survey explores exactly how Brits like to de-stress. (Getty Images)

In a world that can sometimes feel like it’s one stressful thing after another, it’s important to know exactly how to de-stress – and the answer, of course, can be different for everyone.

According to a new study, the top ways for Brits to feel less stressed include cleaning, having sex and drinking a cup of tea or coffee.

Of the 1,000 people surveyed by Ipsos for Pukka Tea, it found that 48% of people like to have a cup of tea or coffee to de-stress, 20% like to tidy up, and 10% say sex is the ultimate de-stressor.

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As for the most common ways to relax, 45% of people said they like to watch TV, while 34% like to laze on the couch and 39% listen to music. Over half of people (57%) do physical activity as a way to de-stress.

Almost half (46%) of those surveyed said that their stress was caused by the relationships they had with those closest to them, with 17% citing their partner as their main cause of stress and 13% saying their relationship with their children was their top stressor.

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Half of respondents said they live with a medium to high level of stress. (Getty)

Half of the respondents (45%) said they constantly live with a medium to high level of stress, particularly parents with children.

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Frequent stress signals cited by respondents were feeling overtired or having difficulty sleeping, and most said afternoons were when they felt stressed the most.

Half of people (47%) also said that one cause of stress is that they strive for perfection in their everyday tasks, while others say they try to please others too often or seek the approval of other people.

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“The impact of the past few years on people is apparent across the globe – with stress and anxiety being reported on a regular basis,” Jo Webber, herbal education lead at Pukka Herbs said.

“We want to look to the future and encourage people to find positivity in day-to-day life. Adopting a healthy mindset alongside a constructive routine can work wonders.”

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