Most of us aren’t dealing with life’s big stresses on a daily basis, like losing a job, going through a break-up, or grieving for a loved one. But what about the smaller, everyday moments of stress we’re encountering? Losing our keys, or a bag; just missing the train when we’re already late for work; frantically worrying over whether we’ve locked the front door…
Here we explain the impact these small stresses – or micro stress – can have on our health, as well as sharing advice on how to fight back.
How Does Micro-Stress Affect Our Health?
While some stress is good for us, triggering the body’s “fight or flight” response that causes our heart to race and puts our muscles into action, the danger comes when the stress response is being triggered day after day. Symptoms of stress can include*:
- Increased depression
- Heartburn, as stress increases the production of stomach acid
- Weakened immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to infection
- Rapid breathing, which can leave you short of breath
- Risk of heart attack
- High blood sugar, as stress causes your liver to release extra sugar into your bloodstream
- High blood pressure
- Fertility problems, missed periods, low sex drive and erectile dysfunction
- Tense muscles and back ache
Why Do We Get Stressed?
According to independent research from Vodafone UK** commissioned this year with 2000 consumers, nearly two thirds of people pin ‘feeling stressed’ on the pressure and demands of everyday life, while 38 per cent put it down to a lack of time.
The research also revealed the top 15 stress-triggers, with losing a wallet coming out on top:
- Losing my wallet
- Leaving a bag or my belongings on public transport
- Losing my phone
- Losing a bank card
- My pet going missing
- Having my car break down
- Missing a flight/train/bus
- Forgetting to lock the back or front door
- Losing my keys
- Having an argument with my partner
- Being on time for things/not being late
- Not having cash on me when I need it
- Forgetting passwords
- Missing an appointment
- Having enough money to last me until the end of the month
Forever Losing Things?
Clearly losing important items is a huge source of stress. A third of respondents admitted they lose things because they are busy and always rushing, just under one in five put it down to being disorganised, and 27 per cent blamed their forgetfulness.
However, what’s most shocking is that according to the research, adults will lose six items every month – spending a total of one hour and 48 minutes hunting down their lost belongings.
So How Can You Fight Back Against Stress?
Thankfully new technology can help.
Glafkos Persianis, Commercial Director at Vodafone UK, believes that the new V by Vodafone smart product range could help reduce micro-stresses:
“The Internet of Things has huge potential to make our lives easier. That is why we have launched V by Vodafone, to give our customers extra peace of mind about the things they care about.”
There are three smart tracking devices in the V by Vodafone range: V-Bag by Vodafone, V-Pet by Vodafone, and V-Auto by Vodafone***. Each GPS tracking device attaches easily to a bag, pet or car and connects straight to the Vodafone network via a V-Sim by Vodafone and is accessible via a smartphone app. Once connected, you’ll no longer have to waste time searching around the house for your bag, worry about your pet’s whereabouts, or circle a multi-story car park trying to track your car – each V by Vodafone device uses clever GPS tracking to show you exactly where your valuables are located, giving you one less thing to stress about.
What is your biggest cause of stress? Do you think our products could help? Let us know on Twitter @VbyVodafone.
NOTE: The content of this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
***Terms apply. For full functionality: a 30-day V-SIM plan, Vodafone network coverage and GPS signal are required. V by Vodafone products (except V-Auto) must be activated via the V by Vodafone app (available on Android and iOS devices only). V-Bag– A one-time purchase fee of £59 applies and subscription is just £3/month. Please note this product is designed for land-based location tracking and must not be connected or used on an aircraft. V-Pet– A one-time purchase fee of £55 applies and the subscription is just £4/month. Your 30-day plan provides access to the Kippy Vita and service. If you cancel or suspend your plan you will no longer be able to access the Kippy Vita app or service. V-Auto: A one-time purchase fee of £85 applies and the subscription is just £4/month. Available only when travelling in the UK. V-Auto works with selected vehicles manufactured after 2003, check compatibility at v.vodafone.com. Full terms and details at https://shop.v.vodafone.com.