Today, in the information age, many of us are being paid to handle stress—stress in the form of deadlines, working long and odd hours or even having continuous information flickering on the screens of our smartphones that require our immediate attention and decisions. In fact, the highest paying jobs may not be the most physically demanding but rather, they are usually the most mentally and/or emotionally stressful.
The good thing is that in the right jobs, you can be paid very well. In my work with clients, it is not uncommon to have clients being confident of being able to retire in their 40s or early 50s if they can keep doing what they are doing.
However, accompanying the confidence is the lingering fear of not being able to continue at this high level for the long term and it’s not because of their ability but because their bodies (and health) may not be able to take it.
For women, there is the added role of being a caregiver – to parents or children – that adds onto the challenge of “doing it all”.