Stress level survey 2012

While the world around us is getting more and more complex, new information are overwhelming us on a daily basis and lives are constantly characterised by time pressure, our environment becomes a threat to the health of numerous individuals. Permanent pressure and excessive demands are reflected in symptoms like sleeplessness, listlessness as well as physical and mental prostration. Hence the number of burnout patients is steadily increasing.   

In order to make a statement about the extent and development of the danger of burnout, Fit Reisen launched its stress level survey. In 2012 the survey was based on 616 respondents, who were averagely aged 45.9 years and estimated their personal threat in relation to burnout.

The survey shows that numerous people already notice first alarm signals of burnout indicating that the necessity of prevention programs is rising. In the following abstract the survey’s five most essential key massages are presented. Please contact Fit Reisen via for detailed findings.

More than half (62%) of all respondents consider themselves as being at risk.


The survey’s core question dealt with the respondents’ self-assessment of their individual danger of burnout. A quarter of all respondents agreed with the statement and thus considers itself to be at burnout risk. Additionally, almost 36% partially agreed with the statement. Consequently, 62% of all respondents diagnosed the risk of burnout. Solely 15.9% did not see any threats for contracting burnout.

Aging implicates relaxation.

Especially participants in employable age considered themselves as being at risk. However, this self-assessment changed among those aged 60 and older; a phenomena probably connected to the withdrawal from the labour force. Solely 36% of the respondents aged between 60 and 69 indicated to be at risk.


Intangible stress accumulated intensively

In general the individually perceived stress increased extremely. However, this trend is not surprising keeping in mind the constantly rising demands in our working life and fast-paced daily routines. Nonetheless, the scale is tremendous: 83% of all respondents agreed to feel stressed more often than in former times.

Daily work as the major source of stress

Nowadays especially rising work loads affect our wellbeing. In this context more than 67% indicated wishing to work less. Further, more than half of all respondents perceived a partial lack of interest in its work. Only 21.3% are not frustrated by their work.

The perceptible consequences are tremendous

More than 65% of all respondents stated feeling burnt out and irritable more often. Almost 77% indicated to withdraw themselves and thus spending less time with friends or partner. Moreover, 70% complained about sleep disorder, a typical indication for burnout. Particularly the finding that almost half of all respondents (49%) specified to increasingly often feeling afraid-depressive is thought-provoking.

Forewarned is forearmed? Prevention defends from burnout!

It is of crucial importance to recognize first physical alarm signals at an early stage in order to counteract them considerably. Preventative measures support the individual to sharpen his body awareness and to learn how to listen to the inner self. Preventive behaviours, for instance the acquisition of relaxation techniques, assist in relieving stress and counteracting the symptoms of burnout.