According to the “Stress in America” report released by the American Psychological Association, one in four women say they are not doing enough to manage their stress. April is Stress Awareness Month, so here’s one thing you can do to diminish anxiety: Put away the newspaper. A recent study by researchers from the University of Montreal showed that reading negative stories (like news about violent crime) significantly increases women’s stress levels. (It also showed that grim articles don’t affect most men as much as they affect women.) Researchers believe the gender divide has its roots in evolutionary factors. That is, women have an innate interest in the survival of their offspring, making them more sensitive to potentially threatening situations.
Looking for other ways to minimize day-to-day anxiety? Start with our “Less Stress Checklist.”