According to a recent study women are much more stressed about the economy than men. One of the reasons may be that many more women are now in charge of making major household decisions, including managing money. If you’re the one looking at your plummeting 401k or increasing grocery or mortgage bills it makes sense that you’d be more stressed out and anxious about the difficult economic times we’re in.
But I think there’s something else at work. I think as women, we just worry more. Period.
Take me and my husband, for example. I am completely freaked out about the economy. Sure, I am the one who manages our finances - although we make big decisions together - so you could say I am closer to it and more anxious. But I also have a lot of background in finance, I understand what’s happening, and the last time we went through a downturn like this, I was in the midst of it in the financial industry. In my rational mind, I know this is horrible, but we will come out of it, the cycle will change, and things will get better. But I still worry and I am still freaked out.
Compare this to my dear husband, who sure, is anxious, but nowhere near as much. And this is true for pretty much everything else. When I daughter wouldn’t sleep or eat when she was an infant, I was losing my mind and he was calmly looking for solutions (and telling me, in the nicest way possible, to CHILL IT!) When the house which we were buying, having already signed a contract to sell our house, turned out to have major issues, I was going nuts and my husband told me not to worry.
I notice the same thing with most of our friends, parents, people I work with. As women, I think we’re born with this horribly annoying worry gene, and even the calmest ones worry more than the guys.
Do you agree? Or am I just a worry nut who thinks every other woman must be just like me in that department?
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