stress at the end of the day

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Walking Through Your Front Door
The rockiest parts of the day are behind you, and it feels amazing, right? Well, in a study that shocked everyone, Penn State researchers found people had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol coursing through their veins when they were at work than when they were at home. Working, they note, is associated with better mental and physical health and can offer women a happy respite from household duties.

Your simmer-down plan: The researchers explain that women in search of a greater work-life balance may think about leaving the workforce, but the study shows that this decision can backfire. Instead, if you're struggling, they suggest trying to add flexibility into your schedule. For example, check with your boss if telecommuting one day a week (even every other week) is doable. And, of course, see how you and your partner can find support for each other—if hiring a babysitter or housecleaner isn't an option, maybe band together with other over-stretched parents with kids in the same class as yours to host a study group that rotates between houses—giving one another a break a few nights a week.