Women are busier than ever today, between juggling demanding work schedules while raising families, trying to stay on top of domestic chores, and even caring for their own aging parents. They seem to do it all. Women have taken on multiple roles to adapt to changes in society. For many, multitasking has become a way of life, with barely a moment for self-care or reflection. But all this juggling comes at a cost – both mentally and physically, and can often leave women feeling overstretched and stressed out.
Though many women consider multitasking a part of their lives, over time, the stress that comes with it can have a devastating impact on a woman’s mental and physical wellbeing. Statistics show that stress and burnout affects more women than men, and particularly more working mothers than working fathers. A sense of ‘role strain’ among women who are tasked with juggling many roles at once can lead to higher levels of stress and less satisfaction in life.
In addition, if women are over-stretched at home, that means many feel they cannot physically or mentally put in the extra hours demanded by many workplaces, so the gender pay gap continues to widen. Women make up the majority of part-time workers, and in turn are less likely to get pay rises or promotions after having children, making it even harder to pursue top jobs.
As in March we celebrate the International Women’s Day, it’s a good time for women to recognise the importance of addressing stress in their lives and managing it in healthy ways.
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