We are all stressed in one way or another. We all also deal with it differently. According to a study by the International Journal of General Medicine all the stress that you hold in from the day can actually be making you feel like awful. This chronic stress especially seems to hit those who are between 40-60 years harder.
Most of the medical complaints that come from having too much stress are achy joints, headaches and migraines, and gastrointestinal issues. The good news is that the researchers did not find any evidence that linked perceived stress and death.
The study has followed 1,500 since 1968. They checked in on them regularly and the participants were asked questions about their stress level and their health. The women seemed to hit their stress peak when they were in the middle ages. It was found that one in five middle aged women experienced stress constantly.
This study’s findings go along with the findings of other studies that have been conducted recently that find that women are more stressed than men in general and are also more stressed at work. Women have a higher tendency to report stress at work and also internalize that stress more. This causes them to have more anxiety and depression.
Researchers say the next step to all of these studies is to research how to reduce the stress levels at work. Recent studies on how to do this have shown that meditation is extremely effective in reducing stress and tension, but the workplace is a hard place to get a little deep meditation in. Mindfulness-based training can also help to reduce stress and anxiety at work.