How to Eliminate Stress
Women between the ages of 35-55 often experience an overload of stress that lead to several changes. These changes affect physical, emotional and mental health. Women today are trying to cram work, exercise, and good nutrition into a 24 hour day, but at the same time they are expected to be productive, nurturing, and even sexual, all to be the ideal mother and wife. These women often complain of fatigue, depression, PMS, weight gain, repeated flu-like symptoms, cravings and anger. All in all they “don’t feel well”.
It is important to know how to manage stress and not overwork your body. Your adrenal glands keep you alert and functional. They are also responsible for the fight-or-flight response and influence protein, carbohydrate, fat metabolism, thyroid function and cardiovascular health. When fight-or-flight response is active everyday, your body’s hormones will be imbalanced. Therefore, it is important to keep your adrenal hormones in sync. Otherwise, your immune system will not function the way it should to help you cope with stress and you will be more vulnerable to illnesses.
Below is a list of toxic stress that highlights what a working woman often goes through during a day.
Dr. Nisha Jackson’s list of Toxic Stress Event Consequence
||Weight gain; no mental, emotional or physical release for stress management.
|Waking up late
||Excited, stress response, increasing heart rate & blood pressure.
||Low blood sugar causes tiredness, irritability, mental slowness.
||Stress hormones in blood rises at work, no plan for lunch, schedule is full, anxiety builds up.
||Stress response increases; brain gets less oxygen, affecting memory and concentration, causing headaches.
|No time to recover
||Overscheduled days do not allow time to recuperate from stress-hormone overload. Mental exhaustion and depression set in.
|No time for friends
||No laughing, communication or networking. Studies show that women friends help counter stress & are a source of strength and comfort.
|No help at home
Increase stress hormones, causing more fat storage, brain fatigue, physical exhaustion, memory loss and immunity suppression.
|Loss of sex drive
||No female can thoroughly enjoy sex after a day of stress. Mental and physical fatigue contributes to the loss of sex drive.
TOP 10 WAYS TO ELIMINATE STRESS!
Keep hormones balanced. Cortisol (the stress hormone) competes with progesterone for the same receptor sites. Use of progesterone crème can help!
REMEMBER: You can control stress – don’t let it control you!