National Psychology Week: Women, you're doing it tough but getting it right!

Ladies, is this you?

According to the Australian Psychological Society's Stress and Wellbeing survey for 2014, women report poorer wellbeing and greater stress than men.

The top three things that stress us out are:

  1. Money (53%)
  2. Family (52%)
  3. Personal Health (45%).

We're about as depressed and distressed as men but a lot less anxious, which surprises me.

More women than men feel that stress is having a negative impact on our physical health and our mental health.

To de-stress we tend to relax by spending time with friends or family, reading, shopping, visiting social networking websites and avoiding the stressful people or situations in our lives.

Women are slightly more likely than men to think that staying healthy is important but we struggle a bit with life getting in the way, losing motivation and dealing with family demands.

Women are better at staying off the grog than men in order to stay healthy and we're more likely to have a specific plan for making positive changes in our lives.  

My verdict?  It's pretty crappy that we're more stressed and our general wellbeing is not as good as our male counterparts but I'm excited that we know what to do to make life better.   

Let's do more of it ladies and see if we can't reduce our stress and improve our wellbeing that little bit more?  And you know what?  We need to work together with the men in our lives to do this.  Less stress for all I say!

And while you're thinking less stress and improved wellbeing, print this great poster and stick it up somewhere you'll see it regularly - just as a little reminder.