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For less stress, don't eat lunch at your desk at work

Common wisdom typically paints the home to be less stressful than the office. That may not be the case.
JJ Feinauer, Deseret News Modified: May 22, 2014 at 4:15 pm •  Published: May 23, 2014

Common wisdom typically paints the home to be a more calming place than the office. That may not be the case.

A recent study by the Council on Contemporary Families that tracked cortisol levels — a steroid hormone considered to be a "major biological marker of stress" — has found that, in fact, "people have significantly lower levels of stress at work than at home."

Not only did the study find that work is more relaxing (at least chemically) than the home environment, but the study also claims that women in particular "get more renewal from work than men."

"Our findings suggest that telling people to quit or cut back on work in order to resolve their work-family conflicts may not be the best long-run advice," Sarah Damaske, one of the study's researchers, wrote on the CCF website.

According to The Washington Post's Brigid Schulte, however, the study's findings can be easily misread.

"Before you go off and think that parents, and mothers in particular, are heartless workaholics who prefer endless hours at the office or on the job to the joys of home and hearth," Schulte wrote in response to the study, "consider this key point: Both men and women were a lot less stressed out on the weekend — when they were home — than on the weekdays.

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