How Women can manage their stress?
By – Ms. Namrata Upadhyay
It is a known fact that women & men tend to deal with stress differently. Women in particular face a unique set of challenges in life especially in today’s fast-paced world. Juggling their professional & personal life, nutritional problems, household problems, financial problems, health problems, etc. are some of the stressors.
Prolonged periods of stress can also affect your emotional and physical well being. Some of the side effects or symptoms of unmanaged stress are headaches, digestive problems, sleep issues, irritability, decreased productivity problems with memory or with concentration, weight gain or loss, and increased blood pressure or heart rate. In some cases, these effects can have long-term implications for your health.
Women who are dealing with stress tend to believe that they can just “power through”, or that they should put off self-care in order to keep up with the multiple responsibilities of home, work, and family.
Following are some tips & techniques that women can follow on a daily basis to manage their stress:
- Regular exercise:
Exercise is known as one of the best ways to reduce stress. Exercise helps you get your mind off your problems and clears your head with the overclouded thoughts you might have. Exercises like high-energy activities can help you to reduce stress. So women try to take some time out and exercise to reduce your stress.
- Eat plenty of vegetable and fruits:
Some women tend to eat unhealthy food to make them feel better which is also known as “stress-eating”. Stress eating can directly manifest in damaging effects on the body and indirectly augment health problems. One of the therapeutic modalities for stress relieving is to eat plenty of green vegetables & fruits. Proper, balanced diet can counterbalance the impact of stress by strengthening the immune system, stabilizing mood and reducing blood pressure. You can include food like nuts, eggs, salmon, spinach, oatmeal, dark chocolate, etc. in your diet to reduce stress.
- Stay hydrated:
Staying hydrating will help you reduce stress. The reason is the fact that all of our organs need water to function properly. If you’re dehydrated, your body isn’t running well which leads up to stress & anxiety. If you’re not a water drinker, carry a bottle around with you and try taking a few sips every 15 minutes.
- Get organized:
Nothing gives you a sense of control like preparation and organization. If you find that your stress is being aggravated even further because of piled-up paperwork, a messy kitchen, or a backlog of email, set aside some time to deal with the organization issue or ask for help. Prioritize your work and handle the, in order of importance.
- Take breaks
Unless you are dealing with an immediate life-or-death situation, the chances are that 15- 20 minute breaks here and there aren’t going to impact your problems one way or another. Activities like kicking back with a magazine, watching a favorite TV show, or stopping off for a cup of coffee with a friend can help you take your mind off your problems for a little while, which means you’ll be able to tackle them with a fresh perspective whenever you’re ready.
Often our stress levels get out of hand when we’re doing a poor job communicating with others. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed in life, you should reach out to friends, families or anyone who are ready to listen to you genuinely and not feel stressed after letting them know. Remember that the people you talk to don’t have to be able to fix your stress. They simply need to be good listeners.
Journaling serves as an escape or emotional release and forces you to check out on everything else and focus on you. It’s one of the best ways to clear your mind and get in touch with your thoughts and feelings. Writing down also allows you to focus on internal awareness of thoughts and emotions. It can also help with problem solving. It is recommended to journal because writing down your problems helps you to reflect on them can inspire you to think and write about possible solutions.