A new study of 2,000 women has revealed that the pressure to juggle work and family life is at its peak at the age of 34; while women are happiest at 25. According to the study, which was commissioned by Inner Me, women in their thirties also worried more about their weight, looks and social lives than women a decade younger.

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The study showed that the pressures of juggling work, family life and responsibilities such as bills and mortgages made life less fun for ladies in their mid-30s, while twenty-something-year-olds who had less responsibility were less stressed and happier.

The survey also revealed that almost one in five women (18 per cent) describe themselves as unhappy due to stress. This was most true of women aged 35 to 44 and those who lived north of the border, with Scottish women found to be the unhappiest in Britain.And of all the 2,000 women surveyed, just one in eight (12 per cent) believe that women are happier than men.Of the top 10 reasons that women said stressed them out, the most important was found to be not having enough money, followed by health and the well-being of family and friends.

According to the study, the reasons women gave for being stressed were varied. In order, they were: not having enough money, health worries, the well-being of family and friends, having a good family life, how they came across to other people, being attractive, losing their looks, careers, spending enough time with friends and fitness levels.

Nikki Cooper, the founder of the firm that commissioned the research, said: “As women enter their early to mid-thirties, balancing the demands of work and family life can be really hard work, and the ladies of this country can often find they have little ‘me’ time.”

What are your thoughts? Do you think you were happier in your 20s and stressed in your 30s?

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