Most stress is felt among women between 25 and 55 yrs of age, who are trying to balance demanding careers with obligations at home. Women are more susceptible to stress because they are conditioned to be the caretakers for others. As women progress through life stages, hormonal balance associated with premenstrual, postpartum and menopausal changes can affect vulnerability to stress and depression.
Definition: Stress is an adaptive response to an external situation that results in physical, psychological and or behavioural deviation in social participation.
Tips for Women looking to manage Stress:
- Improve your diet. Eating well balanced meals can improve your physical well being and in turn your emotional health.
- Sound sleep is a must. It is recommended 7-9 hrs /night for the adult with regular sleep schedule. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
- Exercise: Be active. Exercise won’t make stress disappear, but it can help you clear your thoughts and approach issues calmly.
- Humour and laughter have been known to be very effective.
- Breathe in and out slowly. It can lower your heart rate, increase calm and mental alertness.
- Connect with family, friends and people you enjoy being around.
Other popular stress busters are:
- Salt Rooms: Salt rooms are natural negative ion generators. Negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness and more mental energy. It reduces stress and depression and improves energy and mental acuity while stabilizing mood and sleep patterns.
- Yoga and meditation: Yoga is a mind body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing and meditation.