WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT STRESS
“One thing experts absolutely agree on is that just talking to somebody about your stress is among the best stress reducers,” says Wendy Lund, CEO of healthcare communications agency GCI Health, one of our survey partners.
Most of the survey respondents seemed to instinctively understand that, reaching out to friends or, more often, family members to blow off steam. But a worrying percentage—about 15% of the older women, for example— said they never did. When these tight-lipped ladies were asked why they didn’t share their stress, most said they didn’t want to be a burden or didn’t think anyone would care.
The numbers were grimmer when it came to talking to the family doctor, who should absolutely hear if you’re feeling stressed out. Less than half of respondents who were stressed brought it up to their docs—and the younger they were, the less likely they were to have done so. Some mentioned not having a health care provider (or insurance), not wanting to use up their precious 10 to 15 minutes, and not feeling heard (She blew it off, one respondent wrote). But a shockingly large subset—nearly a quarter— said they didn’t know why they weren’t tackling it.
NEARLY HALF OF WOMEN RARELY OR NEVER TALK ABOUT THEIR STRESS—BUT DOING SO CAN HELP.