House buying could be prematurely ageing us

November 7th, 2011 - 6:34 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Nov 7 (IANS) Stress of buying or selling one’s home could be taking a heavy toll on our health and prematurely ageing us as well, a study has suggested.

Psychologists found over two-thirds of people quizzed for the study saying that the strain of moving made them feel and look older by as much as two years, the Daily Express reported.

Common side-effects include hair loss (10 percent), short-term memory failure (14 percent) and diminished sex drive (19 percent), with the process ageing anxious buyers and sellers by 25 months over the average 15-week house-buying period.

According to research by online conveyancing service In-Deed, among the most stressed the “ageing effect” can increase to nearly four years (47 months).

Psychologist Glenn Wilson said: “Periods of prolonged stress and anxiety - such as when buying or selling a home - can seriously take their toll on our well-being, with depression, weight loss and even premature ageing a likely outcome.”

The main strains, however, include worries about mortgage approvals (38 percent), inept lawyers (31 percent) and bad solicitors (11 percent).

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