While the workplace can be a seething cauldron of stress for both genders, women tend to experience the following work-related stress symptoms like, short-term memory loss, lack of clarity, suppressed anger, fatigue and weight gain. A Wall Street Journal article, “Office Stress: His Versus Hers” by Lauren Weber and Sue Shellenbarger asserts that women suffer more stress than their male counterparts at work.
Why? In my stress-management workshops I have found that: Women feel stress more intensely than men as they tend to get stuck in a stress loop and replay the same theme. Also, they adhere to an endless to-do list with little time allocated for personal relaxation and fun. In other words, they are crazy busy.
Reasons for female stress in the workplace
- Women like to please (tend and befriend), and when they feel underappreciated for their hard work, they get upset.
- A woman’s work is never done. Even in this day and age, in many cases children and household responsibilities fall inequitably on smaller female shoulders. She works inside and outside of the home.
- In this economy more women have had to enter the workforce to make ends meet for their family while some of the men are still unemployed.
- According to a new survey from the American Psychological Association women say that they feel undervalued: In other words they make less money than their male counterparts.
- In the same survey women claim that they work in jobs with little potential for advancement.
- Women tend to be more self-suppressed than men – grin and bear it.
How to reduce stress at work:
- Don’t wait for external circumstances to create peace for you because serenity is inside out. Get yourself in emotional alignment through exercise or meditation.
- Don’t sell your soul for the job. Use your authentic self to speak up in a calm assertive voice. Speaking up about small things boosts your self-respect and gives you control. Gradually enhance your voice.
- What low practice inhibits you from being the best that you can be? Start a new habit.
- Move around. You are not married to your job. Look for another job, line of work, or business opportunity which is less stressful.
- Adhere to minimum daily requirements for balance. This means sleeping, time out for the self, eating properly.
- Come to work as a student, eager to learn new things. Look for new opportunities.
- In the morning wake up a few minutes earlier to give yourself time to collect your thoughts and take control of your day.
- Don’t believe everything you think. Change the lens of perception to one of greater optimism and hope.
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