Recently, New Zealand rehabilitation service Active+ got thinking about what us Kiwis worry about. They conducted a survey to find out what make us tick. To be honest the results surprised us so much that we wanted to talk about it. Especially as so much of what people said relate to health, life changes and worry about the future.
First the survey asked people about the health issues that worry them on a daily basis. A staggering 76% of the respondents said they suffered from stress and anxiety, 41% worried about being overweight and 40% revealed that they were experiencing symptoms of depression.
These statistics likely wouldn’t come as a surprise to the team at AIA. They’ve long recognised the impact that living a healthy lifestyle has on both mental health and physical health. Eating well, getting a good night’s sleep, and exercising regularly are all tools that we can use to live a healthy lifestyle. AIA’s Vitality programme offers great rewards and reduced premiums to encourage us to make those choices.
Health insurance also offers peace of mind that you can get aches and pains and more serious issues addressed immediately without worrying about spending a fortune or waiting for months to be seen.
It truly gives Kiwis one less thing to worry about.
Day to Day Worries
The next thing the survey asked people was what they worry about in everyday life. Relationships, appearances, getting older and not having enough time were all issues that came up. It was also concerning to see that 3 out of 4 people worry regularly about their finances.
As financial advisers the last thing we want to hear is that people are losing sleep over how much (or how little!) they’ve got in their bank accounts.
There’s a common misconception that financial advisers are only for the very wealthy and cost an arm and a leg. In truth, the money financial advisers save you and the valuable advice they provide is worth much more than the fee they charge.
If you are one of the 75% of people worrying regularly about money, please get in touch. It’s our job to look at your finances and offer advice to help you make the most of every dollar and grow your wealth no matter how much is currently in your bank account.
How Kiwis deal with worry
Finally, the survey asked what people do to deal with worry. It was reassuring to see respondents taking action to support their mental and physical wellbeing. After all, prevention is better than cure.
Whether it’s installing security cameras to deter burglars, hitting the gym to improve self-esteem, or making a rule to only have a drink on the weekends, there’s plenty of things we can do to take control of our lives and put day to day worries to bed.
Insurance and financial advice are just two ways you can reduce stress by giving yourself the peace of mind that things will be taken care of should something go wrong.
And, with 39% of us saying we suffer from fatigue, being able to sleep better at night can only be a good thing!