Parents are less stressed in paid work

A psychology study by social scientist, Professor Sarah Damaske and colleagues finds people have lower levels of stress at home than at their paid work.

‘For working parents — especially mothers — that the work day offers a reprieve between chaotic morning routines and the impending “second shift” makes sense. Work that provides clear actions and rewards may cause less stress than the gray area of right and wrong (not to mention the utter exhaustion) that comes with parenting. But women without children were also found to experience more stress at home than at the office. In fact, the difference in stress levels for women without children was greater than for mothers with kids at home. Researchers suggest that the stress of being at home with children is mitigated by the mood-enhancing benefits’

Huffington Post

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