A new study tells us that women feel less stress as they age.
Isn’t that good news?
Hallelujah! Sayonara stress. 👋 We won’t miss you.
That may sound a little bit too simplistic and unfortunately, it is. However, nothing can detract from the findings of the Study of Women’s Health where women in midlife reported less perceived stress and more confidence, control and the ability to cope with life’s stressors.
It also found that menopausal status wasn’t a factor, which surprised me.
“For modern women 40-65 years of age, these middle years are marked by the potential for profound social and physiological changes,” notes the study.
“Households are changing, with children leaving and ‘boomerang’ children returning, ageing parents may require more care and workplace stress may increase with the attainment of seniority, additional job strain and increasing time demands. The menopausal transition – a period beginning in the early 40s – can bring hot flushes, mood changes and disrupted sleep cycles (NB: my interpretation of scientific terms for your reading ease). Though the ‘midlife crisis’ has been largely debunked, the midlife appears to be a period ripe for stress.”
The study writers summed up midlife for us gals very well above, so the results weren’t predictable.
Conducted on a cross-section of just over 3,000 women from the US, cross-referenced with similar studies in the UK and Australia as far as I can tell (you can find the full details here), at the conclusion of the study period, the average age was 62 and stress had declined regardless of socioeconomic factors – although – not surprisingly, education levels and financial info did play a part in overall stress levels.
All in all, it’s good news for Meno-She’s. Maybe we learn how to deal with things better 😀.
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