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Manila ranked as “World’s Third Most Stressful City”

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VAAY, a German CBD firm and Berlin-based wellness company focusing on cannabinoids and terpenes from the hemp plant, has officially revealed its list of the most and least stressful cities to live in. The company expects that the study will raise awareness about the implications of one’s environment on one’s mental health.

Researchers examined numerous cities throughout the world based on variables in government, environment, money, and health to determine the least and most stressful cities to live in right now. Check out the list of the cities with the least amount of stress below.

  1. Reykjavik, Iceland
  2. Bern, Switzerland
  3. Helsinki, Finland
  4. Wellington, New Zealand
  5. Melbourne, Australia
  6. Oslo, Norway
  7. Copenhagen, Denmark
  8. Innsbruck, Austria
  9. Hanover, Germany
  10. Graz, Austria

While Mumbai in India, Lagos in Nigeria, and Manila in the Philippines ranked at the bottom of the index. Manila’s total was lowered by the city’s traffic congestion and high unemployment rate. However, the city fared well in terms of citizen health.

Manila was ranked 98th out of 100 cities in the “The Least And Most Stressful Cities Index 2021,” trailing war-torn cities such as Baghdad, Iraq (96), and Kabul, Afghanistan (95). Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, was named the city with the least amount of stress.

“There’s no doubting that we live in stressful times, dealing with circumstances that are often beyond our control, yet when we think about the sources of our daily stress it’s easy to focus on things that are small and fleeting. Likewise, while we consider the significance of the daily pandemic news cycle, we can lose sight of the ever-present elements that surround us and impact our everyday lives,”

the study said.

Vaay ranked cities based on four criteria:

  1. Government factors (safety and security, gender and minority equality, and socio-political stability);
  2. Physical environment (population density, pollution levels, weather patterns, and traffic congestion);
  3. Financial stress (unemployment rates, social security structures, amount of disposable income); and
  4. Health and wellbeing.

“The final results show which cities overall have the most stressful social, environmental and economic conditions, and which cities lead the way in reducing the stress levels of their inhabitants,”

said Vaay.