Many mums deliberate about whether or not they should return to their careers or stay at home with their children – it’s not always an easy decision.
But not for actress Kirsten Dunst.
In fact, the Bring It On star believes going to work is so much more EASIER than being a stay at home mum.
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Kirsten Dunst says working is easier than being a stay at home mum
In an interview with People, Kirsten – who is mum to her son Ennis, one, with her husband Jesse Plemons – admitted to feeling eternally exhausted.
“I’m just tired all the time,” the 37-year-old said. “It’s so much easier to go back to work than it is to be a stay at home mum. I was like, ‘bye’ to my mother-in-law [who is watching Ennis]. I was like, phew!”
Is it really more stressful to be a stay at home parent?
According to USA Today, one in five mums and dads stay at home with their kids.
What’s more, a study by Gallup analysis looked at more than 60,000 US mums and found that stay at home mums (26 %) were more likely to experience anger or sadness, depression and worry compared to 16 % of working mums.
As part of this commitment to mums health and World Healthy Mummy month, we surveyed over 5,000 mums in The Healthy Mummy global community as part of the first ever Global Mums Health Survey.
We asked mums about a range of topics including their family circumstances, lifestyle, physical and mental health along with their health goals and barriers to healthy living.
The mums in our community are a diverse group that includes stay at home mums (30.3%), full time working mums (26%), part time working mums (25.2%), new mums on maternity leave (8.1%), mums who have their own business (2.7%) and mums who work from home (2.5%).
Thinking globally it was interesting to see that mums in the US (38%) are twice as likely to work full time as mums in Australia (19.2%) with 24.9% of British mums surveyed working full time.
Despite this diversity all these mums have one major thing in common they all love their family and want the best for them which means being the best they can be.
Which is why we wanted to find out just what they all struggle with when it comes to their health.
Highlights of the survey results:
- Less than 1/3 of mums say that they feel healthy
- Less than 17% of UK mums love their body
- Over 30% of mums get 5 hours or less sleep each night on average
- Almost half of mums experience a significant amount of stress
- 80% of mums think that healthy eating can be expensive
- Less than 20% of all mums said they had energy to exercise
- The main barriers to losing weight are lack of motivation and lack of time
- Over 50% of mums said their partner didn’t support them fully in living a healthy life
- 32% of mums said the area they needed most help in was will power
- Less than 15% of mums said they loved their body
- Body-love is higher in the US than the UK and Australia
- 95% of mums feel the media puts pressure on moms to lose weight
- 97% of mums feel good about seeing a range of mums with different body shapes in the media
The Healthy Mummy’s founder Rhian Allen said, “Mums are the gatekeepers to the family and the key person of influence for the health and longevity of her family.
“When mothers set a positive health example, it can have a significant roll on effect across her family and community.
“Our mission at The Healthy Mummy is to help mums all over the world to lead a healthier life by supporting and helping them make health a priority and set positive examples for generations to come.”
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