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This is the #1 word Canadian women use to describe how they feel

Could you use a nap? You're not alone, an exclusive Chatelaine survey shows.

Earlier this year, we conducted a national survey of 1,000 Canadian women investigating all sorts of nosy questions — from relationship and employment status to what stresses us out the most. We were especially interested in the number one word women across the country used to answer the question “what one word would you use to describe how you feel on an average day?”

The common answer? Pretty far from the classic “fine, thank you.”

Sixteen percent said “tired” was the one word they would use to describe themselves.

Woman sleeping at desk

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Other common responses included ‘good,’ ‘happy,’ ‘stressed,’ ‘exhausted,’ ‘anxious,’ ‘average,’ and ‘blah.’

All our respondents were between the ages of 35 and 45 – a stage of life that can include many busy commitments, from caring for parents and children to building careers and paying off mortgages – so perhaps it’s not a surprise women are so tired.

Our survey also showed 86 percent of women have felt stressed at some point in their life. And the top strategy for dealing with that was simply “time alone” (53 percent) followed by “talking it out with friends or family” (42 percent).

Check out some of the top culprits that keep us tossing and turning at night.

Reasons for stress - Canadian women

At least we can take comfort in knowing we’re not alone – everyone else is feeling tired, too.

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