19/01/2011 16:14 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

To Avoid Stress, Avoid Housework

Stress is something most people have first-hand experience of, with experts believing more and more women are suffering from too much of it. But instead of yet more news about how common stress is and how it's stopping millions of us enjoy our lives, here's the latest advice on how you might be able to deal with it (or even avoid it).

man-doing-housework Ladies, it's time to handover the housework. Photo: Alamy

Scientists from the University of Chicago claim writing down your fears just 10 minutes before a stressful situation - such as giving a presentation at work, taking an exam or going for a job interview - could help you perform better. Writing in the journal Science, the experts claim making a note of your worries could help you overcome your fears and reduce your anxiety.

They came to their conclusion after studying college students who were taking maths tests. Those who had written about how stressed they felt for 10 minutes before the test started produced significantly better results than the others, say the experts.

Even better news - well, depending on how you see it, that is - comes from Pittsburgh-based scientists, whose study is published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Worrying over doing the housework increases your stress levels more than worrying about the office, they claim.

By testing more than 100 working men and women, the researchers discovered the individuals who were responsible for running their homes had significantly higher blood pressure than those whose partners did the housework.

If that's not an excuse to ease up on the domestic chores - or, better still, get someone else to do them for you - then we don't know what is.

How do you reduce the stress in your life?

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