Survey reveals why so many Aussies are burnt out

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Three-quarters of Australians experience regular aches and pains, nearly half feel stressed at least every second day, half don’t sleep more when they’re tired and nearly one in three never wear sunscreen. These are the findings of a survey of 1002 Australians commissioned by Entity Health.

Are we burnt out? Is the state of the nation’s health a ticking time bomb, even when it is not being imperilled by the coronavirus?

The survey found that 40 per cent of respondents felt stressed two to three times a week, a further 32 per cent at least once a week and a worrying 11 per cent daily or several times a day. The leading causes of stress were family issues (46 per cent of respondents), personal finances (41 per cent), work issues (38 per cent) and health problems (35 per cent).

Australians’ energy levels were just as sobering. A quarter (25 per cent) of respondents felt most tired in the mornings – when we should be most energised – with the biggest energy slump in the late afternoon between 3pm and 6pm, when 31 per cent reported suffering ‘three-thirty-itis’.

To boost energy, half (51 per cent) turn to coffee or tea. Surprisingly, 46 per cent of respondents won’t opt to sleep more if they feel tired.

Joint aches and pains are generally thought to be conditions linked to ageing, but 70 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds admitted experiencing aches and pains at least once a week. Overall, three in four Aussies (75 per cent) experience aches and pains at least once a week, and 54 per cent at least two to three times a week.

And despite Australia having the world’s highest rate of skin cancer, with approximately two in three Australians being diagnosed with the disease before age 70, the survey reveals that only a fifth (22 per cent) think about protecting their skin from UV damage daily. A further half (47 per cent) only think about protection when the sun is out, and 26 per cent only consider it during summer. Older age groups are more mindful – with twice the number of over-65s (31 per cent) thinking about UV protection than under-34s (15 per cent). 

When it comes to proactively protecting their skin from sun damage, 58 per cent of those surveyed don’t wear shirts with sleeves, a further half (52 per cent) don’t hydrate while out in the sun, 37 per cent don’t wear a hat and a concerning 29 per cent don’t wear sunscreen at all.

Chief medical officer at Entity Health Dr Janakan Krishnarajah says: “We may think that stress, too much sun, lack of energy, and aches and pains are a natural part of life that will only affect us in the present. However, it’s important that we consider the long-term health consequences if we don’t change our current habits and address these factors early on.”

Entity Health’s top four tips to improve your quality of life:

1. Protect yourself against harmful rays. UV radiation damages skin cells and the effects can be deadly in the long term. 

2. Understand whether your stress is healthy or unhealthy. Good stress assists with productivity and motivation, and can be healthy in small doses – but too much stress can lead to health problems.

3. Find natural energy boosters. Avoid caffeine as a stimulant as it can lead to an energy crash and cause sleep disruption.

4. Address joint ache and pain as soon as it starts.

Do you regard aches and pains as merely part of the ageing process? Are you diligent about protecting your skin from sun damage? Do you suffer from ‘three-thirty-itis’?

Disclaimer: This article contains general information about health issues and is not advice. For health advice, consult your medical practitioner.

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Total Comments: 9
  1. 0

    im not ( at 60) how i saw my self being. slip n falls and being a carer for 40 years ( to varying degrees , more intensive over the last 15 or so years ) several slip n falls n now Im a burned out wreck. rheumatoid arthritis , osteo arthritis , spinal issues depression through the floor stress through the ceiling. no superannuation /retirement.

  2. 0

    “Protect yourself against harmful rays” – yes , I agree. However, 5 minutes exposure to Sun at midday give us the best source of natural vitamin D.

    What we should be protecting ourselves from is this below:
    The silent 5G Tower killers
    5G Interferes with the human brain function
    5G Considerably Higher Frequencies than at present
    Cell Phones Cause Insomnia
    Uninformed public must be informed
    The most horrific form of mental brainwashing

    The killing off of humanity

    The implementation of 5G continues unabated across the Western World, Japan and China, in spite of zero mandatory health and safety tests having been conducted. This illegal roll-out is focusing on the largest urban centres and especially high-profile venues that can be used as an advertisement for how ‘splendid’ 5G is – which it is not.
    5G technology has been promoted by various Governments around the world dictated by globalist corporations and the UN, even though it has been shown to be extremely harmful. The most devastating problem is the damage it causes to the mitochondrial system of the brain. This info has been leaked by certain defence minister and was aimed at stopping it.

    This technology is already active in many homes and it seriously interferes with human brain function, skin and eyes.
    Tech giants like Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook are all part of this sinister plan….
    The 5G waves are of ultra-high frequency and intensity, being easily absorbed by lifeforms such as your body and trees, but also buildings.
    Those who permit the installation of these towers are collaborators and accomplice to human genocide and should me be made responsible for.

    Below is an example of one caring council

    More info on 5G towers;

    5G is a weapon –

    5G causes mass MENTAL ILLNESS and even PERSONALITY changes

    Mass death of birds

    The Hidden Military Use of 5G Technology

    5G is 80,000 stronger than 4G

    The 5G Trojan Horse (Documentary)

  3. 0

    I am 61 and slightly overweight, have been a big strong girl all my life. Had a career in equestrian sports with a few falls and broken bones, fractured pelvis, clavicle (plated) and shoulder rebuilt. Before that I played netball and squash. Knees now have moderate OA and I suffer with aches and pains in my back and hips. It feels like all of my problems are related to my sporty younger days.
    Now they say move so I walk or cycle every day, was doing aquarobics till they shut the pool down. It is hard to get going but I do loosen up, but when I get home and sit and have a coffee, it all stiffens up again!
    Feeling a bit old these days…and I think that many of us are feeling a bit low with all the COVID19 doom and gloom.

  4. 0

    They are stressed and then drink coffee for energy?, worst thing you can do. If people realized that they need to eat better and give up stimulants then they would sleep better therefore less stress and less aches and pains.



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