(Meredith) -- A new study published Thursday found that American women are experiencing "burnout" and stress at an alarming rate.
The study, conducted by the Meredith Corporation and The Harris Poll, found that women across generations feel more stressed, tired, overwhelmed, anxious and burned out across every aspect of their lives than in the past — and significantly more so than their male counterparts. The study surveyed 2,015 U.S. adults, including 1,036 women, spanning four generations, including Gen Z, Millennials, Gen Xers, and Boomers.
"Burnout" is an official medical diagnosis, according to the World Health Organization.
According to the study:
- 48 percent of women said their burnout/stress is so extreme that it keeps them up at night
- 49 percent of women said that a "work-life balance is a myth"
- 67 percent of Generation Z women (born after 1995) said "The way things are going, I don't know how I'm going to cope with the stress if it continues at this pace"
- 81 percent of women say society glorifies being busy
The study found that men and women feel similar levels of burnout at work, but women are much more likely to experience burnout at home, with their social lives and as parents. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of women said that after handling all of their family's needs in the morning, "I feel like I've worked an entire day before getting to the office." And an alarming 73 percent of the "Sandwich Generation" agreed with that statement (women who are responsible for children and an older parent at the same time).
Taking care of family members plays a huge role in the burnout rate of women, the study found. When discussing family, the study found:
- 77 percent of women said they prioritize their family's needs over their own
- 60 percent of women said the "one person they never have enough time for" is themselves
- 67 percent of women said they could say "no" more often
- 54 percent of women said they often feel guilty when they need to take a break or rest
When discussing social media, "love-hate" was the top word used by women to describe their relationship with social media.
The study found that if women could get just one extra hour of free time each week:
- 35 percent said they would give up all social media for a month
- 37 percent said they would give up alcohol
- 25 percent said they would give up sex
- 24 percent said they would give up chocolate
To combat stress and burnout, 73 percent of women have added or are considering adding a wellness/workout regiment to their routine, although this can become just another thing on a woman's stressful to-do list. To further combat burnout, 65 percent of women said they have taken or are considering taking a break from social media.
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