The Globe and Mail recently featured an article on the impact of work stress on men and women. Based on a Canadian study, the article highlights the differences between men and women’s ability to cope with various difficulties of their jobs, particularly those in which there is a lack of control. The study proposes that men are “hard wired” to react more negatively than women when they find themselves in specific social environments involving hierarchy and dominance. Moreover, men tend to experience more emotional pressure during these situations, and their physical reactions include the release of cortisol—also known as the stress hormone. The article states that the body’s exposure to cortisol is significant determining factor for cardiovascular problems such as hypertension, which may also lead to heart attacks and strokes. Women, on the other hand, are at an elevated risk of developing diabetes when lacking job control. Though the exact causes to this finding are unknown, the article theorizes that women tend to overeat under job stress, thereby leading to weight gain and potentially diabetes.
These outcomes can be prevented. Clear Path Solutions offers highly individualized therapy that can help with stress reduction by teaching individuals how to cope in various stress-related work environments. We also offer time-limited effective consultation services for executives and professionals coping with stress and conflicts at work. For evidence on the effectiveness of our services, please click here.
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