Although many surveys, such as the Lexmark survey published at CNN Money this week say that most people (75%) have "too much to do" at the holidays, these surveys may not be taking gender differences into account. The Lexmark survey had only 29% men in their online sample. An article in The Guardian (2007, UK) cites the Mental Health Foundation on a holiday stress figures: 46% of women find the holidays highly stressful compared to 37% of men. The article also says that 41% of women are "exhausted" by the end of the holidays, compared to 31% of men. Doctor Claire Wheeler, quoted in an article in the Bend Bulletin (Oregon, 2007) says women worry more at the holidays because they "take more responsibility for everybody’s emotional well-being." Men, Wheeler suggests, tend to just worry about money.
Argh. I took longer writing this than I meant to. I freely admit: I meant to half-ass this today, because I'm running a little late. I have a habit that probably preserves my health, but really annoys me. The more stressed out I get, the more likely I am to oversleep. If things get really bad, I'll pass out in the middle of the day, in my chair or on the couch. Stress makes me, if not sleepy, exhausted, and I lose control of whether I go to sleep. It's inconvenient.
Hm. I wonder if Claire Wheeler thought worrying about money was less stressful because she's a woman, or if I read it that way because I used to be.