AGE­ING CAN BE STRESS RE­LIEVER FOR WOMEN

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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.

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