Women who try to do everything balancing family life and a high powered career, nicknamed “Supermoms” are more likely to become depressed according to a University of Washington study.
The study was conducted by Katrina Leupp, a graduate student at the school. She presented her research on Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Las Vegas. Leupp and her colleagues analyzed survey responses from 1,600 married US women who had children at home and were participating in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. This survey was conducted in 1979 when the women were between the ages of 14 and 22 years old. Today the oldest participants are about 50. Some of the women included in the Leupp study are stay at home moms while others have full or part time jobs outside the home.
After the study Leupp concluded that by age 40 the women who worked full or part time were less likely to be depressed. The working moms who were not sure how they would be able to balance work and family were less likely to become depressed than those who thought it would be easy. The women who decided to pass on some of their family responsibilities like housework, and taking care of the children to their husbands were also less likely to be depressed.
After learning about this study my advice to moms is this, don’t take on more than you can handle. Take a close look at your schedule. A busy schedule can lead to stress, insomnia and of course depression. Do you really have to wash those dishes before you go to bed tonight or can they wait until tomorrow? How many extra curricular activities do your kids need to be involved in? I think that one activity outside of school is plenty. Do you really need to vacuum every day or can that wait until the weekend?
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