How does work affect stress in women?


"Are you in the majority of Americans who say their job is a main cause of stress, even for those who love their work? Working women are especially vulnerable to stress, says psychologist Jennifer Haythornthwaite, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Mind-Body Research.

“The inflexibility of work environments is a huge stressor for women,” she says. For instance, some women might want to telecommute or work nontraditional hours to help fulfill personal obligations, but not all employers offer flexible working arrangements.

Committing to regular exercise and getting plenty of sleep can help. And, says Haythornthwaite, so can staying connected with family and friends. Finally, seeking out fun and engaging activities adds purpose and meaning to your life.

For more ideas, see Stress on the Job: 4 Tips for Working Women.