by Restorations Therapy Center on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
Women today occupy a multitude of roles such as mother, employee, wife, caregiver. All of these roles require different parts of oneself to succeed, and so stress accumulates and leads to more reduced quality of life and well-being.
Since society continues to change with more women in the workplace, women are, therefore, taking on multiple roles within their lives. Although women may be working, they also continue to tend to household duties and daily responsibilities and try to balance these various responsibilities while maintaining their hobbies and interests. Some women may view these multiple roles as challenges to overcome, or they may perceive them as threats to their well-being. As societal and familial demands continue to increase, women may feel a loss of control, helplessness, and thus endure extreme stress and possible burnout, which is physical or mental breakdown due to overworking or stress.
For many women, stress is at the top of their list of daily life problems they deal with, and research shows that women are more likely than men to experience stress. Furthermore, studies find that women strive for perfection in all areas of their life, and then they neglect their own needs, not taking the time to take care of themselves. Thus, women need to understand stress, identify warning signs for burnout, and cultivate coping skills to maintain their health in every area of their lives.
Stress is a typical response to the demands of daily life. Stress may be positive, in that it enables someone to do their best, or it may be negative, in which it inhibits one’s ability to deal with life. Acute or minor stress may cause temporary physical changes, while chronic stress may cause physical changes that become chronic. Chronic stress for women in daily life comes from multiple sources, such as:
Stress is physiological and psychophysiological, meaning it impacts the body, as well as the mind, which also interferes with the body:
Women experience the warning signs of stress in a multitude of ways, which alerts them that their bodies and minds may be out of balance. Listening to our bodies is a valuable tool to begin to manage stress. Here are the stress warning signs women may experience:
Managing stress is not avoiding stress; it is learning to cope. During times of intense stress, women require adequate recovery periods to replenish energy loss related to the stress. Self-nurturing is also imperative during these times of high stress. Developing a wellness approach to one’s life and recognizing the mind-body connection may help women manage their stress and thus help them maintain healthy control over their lives. Cultivating a personalized approach to one’s stress management will help foster healthy coping skills is the best way to manage one’s stress. The following are examples of approaches to stress management through the mind and body:
Do You Need Help Dealing with Stress? Stress is dangerous because it may promote feelings of anxiety and depression, which could lead to subsequent substance misuse to self-medicate. It is crucial to practice acceptance of yourself, of your life and its circumstances, and change what you can. You can only control yourself and your reactions or actions in life. Since change is inevitable, accept it and perceive it as a challenge to overcome, not as a threat to your life. Learn how to balance yourself, your job, and your life healthily. Maintaining overall well-being and health promotes wellness in all areas of your life. If you or someone you know needs help, call us today at (720) 446-6585.