5 Tips to Alleviate Stress
- Created: August 22, 2013
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Stress can have many negative effects on women’s health, including heart disease, which is the number one cause of death among women. Learn how to relieve stress to stay healthy longer.
Stress: almost everyone experiences it, but what effect does stress have on women? Research has shown that women with children experience higher stress levels than women who do not have children. For women, PMS and menopausal symptoms greatly increase in severity with added stress. In addition, stress increases the risk of heart disease, which is the number one cause of death in women.
Tips on how to relieve stress:
- Diet: Eating fruits and vegetables, as well as minimizing fat, may help to alleviate stress. Eating a well-balanced diet can leave you feeling more energetic and it will help you to think clearly when handling stress.
- Reduce alcohol and caffeine consumption: Alcohol acts as an artificial stress reliever, which may escalate symptoms rather than alleviate them. Caffeine keeps us awake and energized, but it also has been shown to increase anxiety and stress.
- Exercise: Cortisol is released into the body when one is stressed. An excessive amount of cortisol actually slows down metabolism and contributes to weight gain. Exercising helps to regulate cortisol levels and reduce stress. It also provides an opportunity to clear your mind from what is bothering you.
- Deep breathing and sleep: Simply breathing in and out can help you to feel rejuvenated inside. Due to many women’s busy schedules, they are sleeping less from their stressful daily lives. Research has shown that stress affects women’s quality of sleep and affects their daily functions.
- Make time for yourself: Everyone needs to have some time to devote to themselves. Women are commonly asked to help out with organizing parties and volunteering with various activities. With an increase in responsibility comes added stress. Although it may be difficult, it is ok to say “No” in order to maintain a manageable amount of stress.
Leave a comment to share your thoughts. What do you do to alleviate stress?
Written by Katherine Chua