A survey by Bupa says women are significantly more stressed than men, suffering sleepless nights thanks to financial worries and fears about their own and their family's health. Nearly half say they are stressed in their everyday lives compared to just four out of 10 men, while women are feeling far more pressured in the workplace and worrying significantly more than their male counterparts about their finances.
The survey says that one in every two women is experiencing increased stress at work in contrast to just over a third of men, while nearly six out of 10 women fear for their finances compared to less than half of men. And these concerns are compounded by around one in five women worried about their own health losing sleep, while more than a third of women who worry about the health of their families are kept up at night.
Sleep, a good diet and regular exercise have been long regarded as excellent ways to combat stress. Women are not taking enough care of themselves to ward off the health impacts of worry. Just over a third of women take some form of regular daily exercise, while one in eight do no exercise at all. When it comes to gym or sports club membership, less than one in five women are signed up, compared to just under a third of men.
More than two out of five women consider themselves overweight, with more than six out of 10 women admitting they do not eat the recommended five portions a day of fruit and vegetables, whilst around two in five say they eat take-away or fast food every week.
Dr Paula Franklin of Bupa says, “Take regular exercise, try to eat a healthy, balanced diet, reduce alcohol consumption and learn how to relax. Take positive action and ensure you do not become another stress statistic.”
Private medical insurance: News update: November 2008