Over half of mums say their stress levels increase dramatically over the school holidays, particularly the summer, according to a survey.
Some 55% of 1,000 mums surveyed by self-development and meditation app Anamaya say their stress levels go up over the holidays. Almost a quarter of mums say they suffer from prolonged anxiety as a result of pressures the school holidays bring. Twenty per cent also find themselves struggling with the financial strain of the holidays.
Almost a fifth of stressed mums neglected their own wellbeing, 18% admitting to feeling constantly tired and 14% blamed the holidays for long-term weight gain as a result of having no time to exercise. Other detrimental effects of the summer included loss of libido/sex-life (9%), increased arguments with partners (15%), and binge drinking (2%).
Some 20% revealed that they felt less focused at work as a result of the stress caused by arranging childcare and managing the summer holidays. Some 19% felt that the stress of the school holidays had a negative effect on their relationship with their boss, with their superiors unable to relate to childcare issues.