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Brits' thoughts towards their past, present, and future

Do you ever sit pondering over the past, and begin planning your future? Many of us spend a lot of time thinking about our careers, relationships and general day-to-day life concerns.  

Our latest research shows that 64% of respondents said they worry about their past at least once a week and sometimes find it hard to live in the present.

Brits plan for the future 

The future, however, is what the nation generally spends more time thinking about, with only 4% of the country admitting to no worrying about the future at all. Careers, aging, family and relationships are among the topics which people think about the most.
 
It seems that where you live can also impact how much you worry about things. Belfast came out on top as having the highest number of people who struggle to live in the present (42%), followed by London (36%) and Manchester (30%).
 
In contrast, Newcastle, Norwich, and Bristol have the highest percentage of people who said they often live in the present, at 58%, 57%, and 56% respectively.
 
In a state of uncertaintly, planning ahead could help you to prepare for the future somewhat. Yet according to our research, it seems that the only thing people really tend to plan for is money – 19% of respondents said they plan their money 1-3 months in advance, and 16% 6 months to a year in advance.
 
18-24-year olds struggle the most with living in the past (30%), but are the most likely out of all age ranges to plan for their career, with 20% giving it some thought at least 6 months to a year in advance.
 
What’s more, our survey found that parents tend to worry about future family issues more than people who aren’t parents (50%, compared to 32%).

Brought to you by our life insurance experts at comparethemarket.com

Methodology

Survey of 2,000 respondents undertaken in September 2020 by TLF

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