The researchers suggest that women are more likely to report physical symptoms such as headaches and upset stomachs due to stress. Also, women are more likely than men to report having a lot of stress. But let’s see what both sexes really need to deal with this.
We have studied the curious topic of how both sexes deal with stress and we would like to share some of our findings with you.
Men and women react differently to stress because of hormones.
3 things play a very important role in our reaction to stress. These are cortisol, epinephrine, and oxytocin. In women who are stressed, cortisol and epinephrine go into the bloodstream and the brain releases oxytocin, which promotes emotions.
In men, oxytocin is released in much smaller amounts, so there are fewer emotions involved.
Women and men have a different response to stress.
Studies have shown that women tend to protect themselves and their loved ones when they are stressed. More security for them equals less stress. Creating and maintaining your network of friends also works as a cure for women.
Men, who release smaller amounts of oxytocin, tend to experience a “fight or flight” response when stressed, meaning they suppress it and escape or fight back.
The main thing in these ways of suppressing stress is to maintain balance. “Self-sacrifice in relationships is how many women get stressed out.”
For men, “achieving a winning performance at all costs is how many men get stressed.”
Men and women need different activities during stress.
Researchers say that women are more likely than men to say they read to deal with stress. Also, they prefer to connect with people and activities like spending time with friends or family.
Men are more likely to say that they play sports and listen to music to feel better. Women are more likely than men to say they eat as a way to manage stress, while men exercise because it gives them something to do.
When asked what they would need to change to improve their willpower, women reported more often than men that they needed less fatigue, more energy, and more time.
Men often say that they need less encouragement from friends or family, but they need more money.
What activity helps you manage stress? What are the most stressful things for you?