May 25, 2014

Our Cortisol Peaks at Home

1 Work May Actually Reduce Stress Levels

Americans responding to questionnaires have consistently reported feelings of stress arising from work; that their workload or time pressures are too great, that they haven't enough time with their families, that they feel less stress on their days off, and so forth. But Penn State researchers have discovered that their bodies disagree. When they measured subjects' levels of cortisol, a primary biomarker of stress, they found that they were biologically recording significantly less stress when at work than when at home, and that this was true even for mothers and fathers. They also found that women were more likely than men to admit they were happier at work than at home. It may be that blaming one’s job for one’s feelings of stress is partly a denial mechanism.

More at Contemporaryfamilies.org | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Stress Can Be Good for You

Tags: Stress, Sources of Stress, Workplace Stress, Stressful Relationships, Reducing Stressful Feelings

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