A Survey of the Stress Millennial Women Cope With

Natalie Beaulieu
Aug 21, 2018 · 3 min read
Photo by Lacie Slezak on Unsplash

Women don’t get the care they need. They are more stressed than men and often take on more responsibilities both at home and in the workplace, but they rarely take the time for the self-care they deserve.

At Sanity & Self, we wanted to dive in and get a better understanding of the stress women are feeling today and how they cope. We surveyed 1,500 men and women in the U.S. using market research firm AYTM. We found both gender and generational gaps in stress and saw that millennial women are suffering the most.

Millennial women are more stressed out than prior generations. When asked to rate their stress on a 1 to 5 scale, 5 being the most stressed, women were on average a 3.03 whereas men were on average a 2.66. Millennial women reported the highest levels of stress at a 3.4.

Millennial women were also more likely to experience insomnia multiple times a week.

40% of millennial women experience insomnia 2–4 nights per week due to stress compared to 36% of older generations and 28% of men.

They are more likely to feel alone and isolated. 21% of millennial women feel anxiety about loneliness often compared to just 10% of older women.

This generation of women also doesn’t feel in control. Approximately 42% of millennial women feel little-to-no control over their lives compared to 29% of men and 32% of older generations of women.

We do see some good signs of progress toward women getting the care they deserve. Millennial women are more likely to get a therapist than older generations, signaling they’re more open about caring for their mental health. They’re also more likely to journal for self care. Interestingly, older generations of women are more likely to meditate everyday, even though meditation has lately been seen as a new trend in self-care.

Read on to see the full findings of the survey shared below.


Survey Findings

Women are more stressed than ever

  • 36% of women report high levels of stress compared to 24% of men.
  • When asked to rate their stress on a 1 to 5 scale, 5 being the most stressed, women were on average a 3.03 whereas men were on average a 2.66.
  • Millennial women report higher levels of stress. They have an average stress level of 3.4 whereas older generations of women report a 2.9.

Sleepless nights affect millennial women most

  • At least once a week, 75.6% of women struggle to fall asleep compared to 62.7% of men.
  • 40% of millennial women experience insomnia 2–4 nights per week due to stress compared to 36% of older generations and 28% of men.

Millennial women have more anxiety over loneliness

  • 21% of millennial women feel anxiety about loneliness often compared to just 10% of older women
  • 56% of women have felt anxiety about loneliness compared to 46.7% of men

Imposter syndrome gets worse

  • 64% of millennial women have felt imposter syndrome compared to 46% of older women.
  • Only 36% of women over 65 have felt imposter syndrome.

Affected by social media

  • Scrolling through Instagram makes 15% of millennial women feel depressed compared to 10% of older generations

No control

  • 35.3% of women feel little-to-no control compared to 29.3% of men.
  • Millennial women feel this even more — 42% of millennial women feel they have little-to-no control over their lives compared to 32.2% of older generations.

Work stress

  • 72% of women never say no at work
  • 22.5% of women said work or money triggers their daily stress the most — more so than the news (18.6%), romantic relationships (14.2%), or looking at social media (8.3%).
  • 23% of men took more than 13 vacation days compared to 16.4% of women

Coping

  • Millennial women are more likely to seek help: 21% of millennial women have a therapist compared to 16.4% of older generations
  • Meditation may be considered trendy, but it’s more common for older generations. 39.3% of older generations meditate compared to 33.5% of millennial women.
  • 16.4% of older generations of women meditate daily compared to 9.3% of millennial women.
  • Millennial women are more likely to journal. 23% keep a journal for self-care compared to 15% of older women.
  • 77% of women would be happy if they could find just 5 minutes to relax

Sanity & Self

Sanity & Self® is a one-stop guided wellness app that makes it easier for women to get the daily self-care we deserve. When life gets stressful, Sanity & Self helps guide you back to calm with bite-sized audio content that fits in your life.

Natalie Beaulieu

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Sanity & Self

Sanity & Self® is a one-stop guided wellness app that makes it easier for women to get the daily self-care we deserve. When life gets stressful, Sanity & Self helps guide you back to calm with bite-sized audio content that fits in your life.

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