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How to Eliminate Stress

Women between the ages of 35-55 often experience an overload of stress that lead to several changes. These changes affect physical, emotional and mental health. Women today are trying to cram work, exercise, and good nutrition into a 24 hour day, but at the same time they are expected to be productive, nurturing, and even sexual, all to be the ideal mother and wife. These women often complain of fatigue, depression, PMS, weight gain, repeated flu-like symptoms, cravings and anger. All in all they “don’t feel well”.

It is important to know how to manage stress and not overwork your body. Your adrenal glands keep you alert and functional. They are also responsible for the fight-or-flight response and influence protein, carbohydrate, fat metabolism, thyroid function and cardiovascular health. When fight-or-flight response is active everyday, your body’s hormones will be imbalanced. Therefore, it is important to keep your adrenal hormones in sync. Otherwise, your immune system will not function the way it should to help you cope with stress and you will be more vulnerable to illnesses.

Below is a list of toxic stress that highlights what a working woman often goes through during a day.

Dr. Nisha Jackson’s list of Toxic Stress Event Consequence

No exercise Weight gain; no mental, emotional or physical release for stress management.
Waking up late Excited, stress response, increasing heart rate & blood pressure.
Poor breakfast Low blood sugar causes tiredness, irritability, mental slowness.
No preparation Stress hormones in blood rises at work, no plan for lunch, schedule is full, anxiety builds up.
Inadequate breathing Stress response increases; brain gets less oxygen, affecting memory and concentration, causing headaches.
No time to recover Overscheduled days do not allow time to recuperate from stress-hormone overload. Mental exhaustion and depression set in.
No time for friends No laughing, communication or networking. Studies show that women friends help counter stress & are a source of strength and comfort.
No help at home

 Increase stress hormones, causing more fat storage, brain fatigue, physical exhaustion, memory loss and immunity suppression.

Loss of sex drive No female can thoroughly enjoy sex after a day of stress. Mental and physical fatigue contributes to the loss of sex drive.


Keep hormones balanced. Cortisol (the stress hormone) competes with progesterone for the same receptor sites. Use of progesterone crème can help!

Eat a breakfast that contains some protein daily
Exercise 3-4 times per week
Plan a recreational activity once a week
Set aside personal time – at least 10 minutes every day
Nurture your friendships – have lunch or coffee or tea with a friend once a week and do not talk about work!
Stop listening to negative talk – ignore gossip & pettiness that make you feel angry or frustrated.
Make your workplace positive & leave your work at the office
Practice breathing exercises
Stay hydrated – drink at least 8 glasses of water a day

REMEMBER: You can control stress – don’t let it control you!