Working Americans cope with 60 ‘bad days’ annually

February 22, 2018

Into each life a little rain must fall—even for those with extremely sunny dispositions. Indeed, findings of a poll commissioned by fitness company Freeletics and released on February 13 indicate that the average American experiences 60 “bad” days per year—and those moody days could be caused by anything from the flimsiest irritation to a full-fledged family- or work-related crisis.

The company asked 2,000 adult working Americans what annoys them enough to turn their mood from glad to bad. Often the crucial incident happens even before they leave the house, according to coverage of the study by UK News Yahoo: In fact, one in four Americans (25%) said that not having any hot water in the shower had completely ruined their day on at least one occasion.

What’s more, 34% said their day could be ruined, if some plans fell through at the last minute—and 25% said a bad hair day could sour their mood quickly.

Work was a common theme. Respondents said they experienced nearly four stressful days at work per month, based on the Yahoo report.

Not getting enough sleep was the biggest contributing factor to a bad day (67%), according to the researchers. Feeling sick also was ranked as a major factor, as well as financial worry.

Stress and bad days are bad for us, both mentally and physically. Half of Americans reported that they are more likely to indulge in admittedly unhealthy foods after a bad day and 34% are more likely to have an alcoholic drink.

But is that the most effective way to deal with stress? It’s no surprise that Freeletics recommends exercise. “Working out after a tough day can be a very effective stress reliever, especially because it boosts those all-important endorphin levels,” stated John-Francis Kennedy, a training specialist at the company.

Of those respondents who exercise, an over-the-top 95% said working out after a bad day makes them feel better. Over half (51%) said working out makes them feel more energetic at work; 44% feel more motivated; and 43% feel more clear-headed.

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