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Work-Life Balance Survey Highlights Stress

What would you rather do than clean?

Maybe you'd like to read the book that's been sitting on your nightstand or go to a class at the gym? Maybe you just want time to do laundry or pay the bills? Whatever it is you’d rather be doing than cleaning, you’re not the only one feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list.

More than 78 percent of women feel they work a “second shift” when it comes to their daily life responsibilities, according to findings from the 2013 Work/Life Balance Survey conducted by Maid Brigade. Responses from the annual survey also suggest that everyday home and family responsibilities may prevent women from pursuing their individual hobbies and personal health goals, adding to the daily stress in their lives. These responsibilities include tasks like laundry, cleaning, making dinner, and taking care of the family.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, stress occurs when people feel like they don’t have the adequate tools to manage all of the demands in their lives.

“In recognition of April as National Stress Awareness Month, we want to let women know that they are not alone in their daily life struggle,” says Marie Stegner, consumer health advocate for Maid Brigade, the leading maid service company. “As women continue to try and “have it all,” we hope the insight gained from this survey will help them combat some of the sources of stress while leading to a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.”

In its third year, the Maid Brigade Work/Life Balance Survey is part of the company’s consumer advocacy efforts to improve the lives and well being of women. The survey offers a glimpse into how women cope with stress and what they would do if they had more spare time. Both women with children at home and empty nesters were surveyed.