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Move Closer To Work: Commuting Is More Stressful For Women Than Men

A  study has shown that commuting is more stressful for women than men, so you may want to consider moving closer to your workplace.

The findings show that the burden on women from the effects of commuting on a psychological health level, are far greater due to the responsibility for childcare and household chores.

The psychological impact of commuting for women with pre-school children is four times greater than it is for men; so hire a removals firm and relocate nearer with the help of Robinsons International.

The research, by co-author and economist Prof Jennifer Roberts, from the University of Sheffield, revealed that the daily grind of travelling to and from work has a negative effect on the mental health of women. Men on the other hand are generally unaffected, despite commuting taking up more of their time.

Reasons suggest that women have more responsibility for household tasks like domestic chores so this makes them more sensitive to the pressures of commuting.

Prof Jennifer Roberts said: “We know that women, especially those with children, are more likely to add daily errands to their commute, such as food shopping and dropping off and picking up children from childcare.

“These time constraints and the reduced flexibility that comes with them make commuting stressful in a way that it wouldn’t be otherwise.”

The survey, dubbed “It’s driving her mad: Gender differences in the effects of commuting on psychological health”, has been published in the Journal of Health Economics.

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