50% of us find our partner the most difficult person to open up to — here’s how to assist.


Half of all adults who felt heightened feelings of ‘unease’ during the last 18 months admitted they found their PARTNER the hardest person to open up to.

A study of 2,000 adults found three-quarters have struggled with worry and apprehension – with 18–24-year-olds suffering the most.

And 71 per cent have also experienced greater stress levels, although this rises to 86 per cent of young adults aged 18-24.

But 49 per cent of those who felt uneasy found it difficult to talk to their partner about the way they were feeling, while another 45 per cent struggled to share their thoughts with friends.

Others have found it hard to open up to their parents (40 per cent), colleagues (37 per cent and employers (34 per cent).

The study, commissioned by cannabis healthcare company CiiTECH, found 45 per cent of those who have felt worried have been unable to go about their day-to-day lives while 51 per cent claim ordinary tasks have seemed bigger than they really are.

Others said their unease has led to problems sleeping (51 per cent), a churning feeling in their stomach (37 per cent), feeling restless or unable to sit still (31 per cent) and sweating or hot flushes (25 per cent).

It also emerged the average adult has experienced six days of unease a month – equating to 108 days over the last 18 months.

Clifton Flack, CEO of CiiTECH, said: “The research shows that Brits have been experiencing lots of unease and greater levels of panic, amplified by the pandemic.

“But it’s very hard to understand if you have never experienced it.

“We want to try and make these feelings more visible and accessible to all, so those experiencing unrest feel they have a support network around them.”

The study also found that these feelings of unease have been made worse for some, as 62 per cent feel there is a lack of understanding among friends and family.

And 65 per cent feel like they are misunderstood by those around them, with a quarter (24 per cent) ordered to “cheer up” and 40 per cent told that they “will be fine”.

But two thirds (66 per cent) are also unable to describe their anxiety, despite ‘how are you feeling?’ being one of the most frequently asked questions by friends and family (35 per cent).

This ‘explanation burden’ adds to the discomfort for 68 per cent of those polled.

It also emerged that of those who haven’t felt unease, 27 per cent admitted to finding it difficult to empathise with those that have.

And 30 per cent struggle to understand what they’re going through.

The study, carried out via… Brinkwire Brief News.


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