In today’s hectic world, anyone can be susceptible to stress, but it turns out that women are reporting higher stress levels than men over everything from finances to relationships. While some stress is natural and can actually be a motivating factor, unnecessary, excessive, or chronic stress takes a mental and physical toll. Tension, anxiety, depression, digestive issues, hair loss, insomnia, decreased fertility, increased risk of heart disease and stroke…these are just some of the ways stress can negatively impact a woman’s health.
In addition to the daily stresses pulling women in multiple directions at once, there are also major life stresses such as loss of employment, illness, or a death in the family that can blindside us and send our stress levels reeling. So how can we avoid, or at least learn to cope with, all of this negative stress energy? We’re glad you asked! Here are four of our favourite tips:
- Use the buddy system. When you’re feeling stressed don’t try to shoulder it all on your own. Connect with friends, family, neighbours – let them know you’re having a tough time and be open to their support. Whether you need help with actual tasks or just a sounding board and a hug, leaning on others can remind you that you’re not alone.
- Get physical. Exercise has many benefits, and reducing stress is one of them. You might not be able to outrun all of your problems, but moving your body can help by releasing endorphins, burning off anxious energy and helping you to relax. Whether it’s an intense game of racquetball or a leisurely walk in the woods, increasing your activity can benefit both your body and your mind.
- LOL more. The negative effects of stress are no laughing matter, but laughing just might matter when it comes to stress relief. When we laugh, we take in more oxygen-rich air, which can increase endorphin release. A good belly laugh can actually reduce our body’s response to stress and help promote relaxation. With other potential benefits that include pain relief, increased personal satisfaction and a stronger immune system, it turns out that laughter may be one of the best medicines after all.
- Take care of yourself. Women have a lot of potential stressors at home and in the workplace. With so much to do and only so much time to do it in, it can be easy to put your children, your partner, your job, your parents, your house, your “everything else” ahead of yourself. But think of it like oxygen masks on an airplane – if you don’t put yours on first, you’re no good to anyone else. So don’t feel guilty about taking time for that yoga class. And go ahead and take that hot bath when you need it. And value your body by feeding it with healthy, nourishing foods. You deserve it.
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