According to a study by the American Psychological Association perceived stress levels of women are significantly higher than men’s.
The situation for married women is even worse.
Nearly half of the female interviewees answered, that their stress has increased over the past five years.
Only two out of five men stated the same about of themselves.
For women money and the economy is a big cause of stress whereas men consider work to be the bigger burden.
Women more frequently report feeling mentally and bodily impaired by stress.
Every third married woman felt a great deal of stress recently. Only every fifth female single stated the same.
More than half of the married women perceived increasing stress over the past five years. Only two out of five single women agree on this.
Married women also feel less competent in matters of personal stress management than their single counterparts.
Married women are also more prone to stress symptoms like the urge to cry, irritation, anger, headache and fatigue.
Stress Caused by Disadvantage
Women, especially mothers have to juggle a lot of tasks these days.
Having a job and als being a mother with all the difficult entanglements and hurdles this creates, is really tough.
A major example for a detrimental necessity is maternity leave.
This important phase should not create a risk for a woman’s career but it still does, no matter what employers might claim.
The reason for that is simple: Most companies have to react to the missing employee by hiring a replacement.
Employers can’t and don’t want to guarantee, that an occupation will remain at the same standard after maternity leave.
Returning female employees often experience severe changes in their field of responsibility or even get degraded in one way or another.
Not to mention women’s wages are still significantly lower than men’s and a lot of the established corporate culture is dominated by men.
All this eventually adds up to a very frustrating situation for a lot of women.
In an increasingly faster world with a growing number of chronic stress diseases, this imbalance rather becomes more harmful.
With that knowledge at hand the time might be right for a paradigm shift.