The greatest difference in fear levels between sexes was over terrorism, while the narrowest gap was on the birth of a child
WOMEN get more stressed than men about “every key life event” — from losing their smartphone to Brexit, researchers say.
The Physiological Society spoke to 2,000 Britons to discover the difference in the way the men and women react to the tensions of modern life and the impact on health.
The greatest difference in fear levels between sexes was over terrorism, followed by serious illness, moving house and money problems. The narrowest gap was on the birth of a first child.
The most stressful event for both genders was the death of a spouse or relative, and the idea of imprisonment or flooding.
The most common worries involved driving, with breakdowns, heavy traffic and road rage all featuring. One man quizzed wrote: “Being driven by my wife. This is a serious comment.”
The next most frequent centred on work, particularly job applications and interviews.
Older people fretted about illness and younger ones about losing a phone.
Scotland was the most stressed area in the UK, with the South East the least. People in London and Scotland were most likely to get wound up about Brexit.
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The study leaders claimed said stress impacts health, with spokesman Dr Lucy Donaldson saying: “The modern world brings with it stresses we would not have imagined 50 years ago, such as social media and smartphones.
“It was striking that for every single event in this study, from money problems to Brexit, women reported greater stress levels than men.
“This could have a real impact on women’s health.
“While many people are aware of the effect of stress on mental well-being, it is also important to consider the impact on the body’s systems.
“Your brain, nervous and hormonal systems react to stress and it affects your heart, immune system and gastrointestinal system.
“When stress is prolonged, these effects on the whole body can result in illnesses such as ulcers or increased risk of heart attack.”