What stresses you more, work life or home life?

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We like to think of home as the place where we escape from our workplace pressures. But is it really the other way around? There’s some evidence the office can provide some relief for the challenges at home.

NPR’s Shankar Vedantam reports.

In the land that came up with the phrase “Thank God it’s Friday,” and a restaurant chain to capitalize on the sense of relief many feel as the work week ends, researchers made an unusual finding in 2012.

Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found. And mothers who worked part time reported better health than moms who didn’t work at all.

Working and juggling family responsibilities can be stressful. But can work, despite its demands, be less stressful than the alternative?

Today’s Question: What stresses you more, work life or home life?

  • John O.

    Yes.

  • PaulJ

    Home, it’s where the heart is.

  • Oscar

    Neither. I would rather be home. Work is boring, home has Netflix.

  • Suzanne

    Currently both are stressful, my hobbies are where I escape.

  • Rich in Duluth

    To me it has always fluctuated. Sometimes work was more stressful, so it was good to get home at night, sometimes home life was more stressful, so it was good to get to work, and then sometimes it was hard to find any refuge from the stress of work and home.

    Now that I’m retired, it’s family health problems that cause most of the stress.

    But, so what? Stress has always been a part of life and to live successfully, we have to learn to deal with it. It’s an interesting life, it’s not fair and none of us are getting out of it alive.

  • kpflowergrower

    At work, all I have to do is put in the time and be an employee. Much of that time is contaminated with my worries of everything there is to be done at home.
    I work full time, my husband works overtime, and we feel like we are caught in a hamster wheel just to keep our house. It’s not fair to us or the kids, who don’t get the time or attention they deserve.
    I feel stressed (or exhausted) ALL of the time.
    This book nails it on the head: Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte.
    Kerri Miller please read!

  • JQP

    Work is stressful because, management imagines a lot and checks reality only once in a blue moon,,, if its on Tuesday.

  • Joe

    American life and everyone’s demand to have it all, right now