AGEING CAN BE STRESS RELIEVER FOR WOMEN
When a woman enters midlife, she is more likely to feel less stressed and enjoy a high quality of life, a study has shown, challenging previously held notions that midlife is associated with higher stress and depression. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that perceived stress did indeed decrease for most women over a 15-year span. “Our perception of stress decreases as we age through the midlife — perhaps life itself is becoming less stressful, or maybe we’re finally feeling at the top of our game, or maybe things just don’t bother us the way they did,” said Elizabeth Hedgeman, a doctoral graduate at the University of Michigan.
According to Hedgeman, this decrease in perceived stress could be both circumstantial and neurological causes — children have moved out, professional goals are being met, or women might have hit a sweet spot before the next life challenges arise, such as chronic health conditions or ageing parents. The results come from data collected from more than 3,000 women who were recruited between the ages of 42-53.