The three types of stress that women suffer, according to their age |

We don’t go through our 20s, 30s or 50s with the same mindset or life goals. But women are also subjected to different forms of stress throughout their adult lives. A recent survey* conducted for Tessy’s Brunches (a London-based women’s advice and support network) even established specific age ranges for these different stressors and sources of anxiety, calling them “ages of concern”. Most of them are largely associated with the mental burden that women face on a regular basis.

With the exception of money (which is a concern for all ages of respondents in similar proportions), the survey identifies three distinct life periods. For example, women between the ages of 21 and 34 are more concerned about their mental health, their careers, and their friendships. Between the ages of 45 and 54, relationships take priority over their concerns. And after the age of 65, the respondents are confident that their main concern is their family.

The survey charted important stages in a woman’s life: her career and desire to progress with fear of failure (the famous glass ceiling), the desire (or for some the pressure) to form a family… Then, later on, a possible divorce or a blended family becomes a key aspect of life to manage. It is also not uncommon for women to become caregivers for one of their relatives (according to several studies, most caregivers are women).

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Associating these crucial moments in life with the stress women feel puts the ‘Wonder Woman’ myth into perspective. In other words, the “intense social pressure” for women to “try” in all these areas of their lives (professional, family, friends, romantic relationships), despite the psychological pressures that weigh on them.

‚ÄúThis research shows how the pressures facing modern working women are constant and constantly changing… Trying to live up to these expectations imposes a huge psychological burden that, if left unaddressed, can ruin lives If we want to improve it, the first step must surely be to recognize that these barriers to female success and happiness exist,” emphasized Tessy Ojo, founder of Tessy’s Brunches.

Although this survey was conducted in the UK, we know that the mental burden on women knows no borders. It affects women everywhere: at home, at work…and even on vacation!

* OnePoll survey of 1,000 women across the UK

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