When I was thinking about writing this blog about women’s health, I thought of so many different issues impacting women. All of those issues always brought me back to a common denominator: stress. Stress can be identified as the number one culprit to women’s mental, emotional and physical issues.
What is stress? Stress is how your body reacts to certain situations, such as challenging situations, life changes and even real danger. During stressful events, your body releases hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. In a short term situation adrenaline can help one get out of danger; but if one is always “on alert” this can create a situation of clinical anxiety. Consistently elevated cortisol over the long term produces glucose, leading to high blood sugar levels (Type II Diabetes).
Finally, if you’re feeling “funky” it might be useful to take a mental health day and do nothing or indulge in something you’d like to do. These acts of self care will improve your physical and mental health as well as decrease stress.