Women and Stress
It is true that anyone can experience stress, but women are at a higher risk for getting this mental health condition.
Stress can come from many sources, from work or school, to home life, parenting, finances, and so many other things. Here are some things to know about women and stress levels.
Signs You Are Experiencing Stress
You may think you know what it feels like to be stressed out, but many women only realize they are stressed when it starts to truly affect other areas of their life.
This can be when it is most severe for you. However, stress comes in many forms, and you might be experiencing it on an almost daily basis without even realizing.
By understanding the signs of stress, you have a better chance at catching it early on so you can try some of the natural remedies listed below.
Here are some signs that you might have stress:
You are waking up with headaches due to clenching your teeth
You have frequent tension headaches
Your concentration and memory is lacking
You are suffering from increased depression or anxiety
You are getting moderate to severe mood swings
You have difficulty making a decision
You have been smoking, drinking, or eating more than usual
You feel a sense of helplessness and like you are too overwhelmed
Complications and Side Effects
Believe it or not, there are quite a few ways stress can affect you, both mentally and physically.
This doesn’t even begin to cover the fact that stress can lead to problems at home, including finances, work, and with your family or friends.
Aside from those complications, it also affects you emotionally and mentally. You might have heightened anxiety, more frequent panic attacks, and severe depression when you are stressed.
It also increases the risk for many physical ailments, including headaches and migraines, digestive issues, high blood pressure, stroke, infections, backache, eating disorders, skin problems, bowel disorders, and many others.
What to do about it
As you can see, stress really takes its toll on your entire life. Looking for ways to relieve your stress should be done sooner than later. What will work for you might vary based on exactly what is causing you stress. One day, journaling might be useful, while going for a run is best on another day. Try healthy activities that take your mind off what you are stressed about, even if it’s just having coffee with friends.
Things to do:
- Reduce or eliminate sugar, alcohol, or caffeine.
- Massage at least 1-2 times per month.
- Yoga, Diaphragmatic Breathing, Mindfulness Meditation.
- Creating space in very busy lives for self-nourishment.
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