Many women are under constant stress because of their many life responsibilities: work, family, social events, and community. Our modern world has created an environment that is highly stressful, and it is taking a toll on our health. As a woman, it is especially important to manage your stress levels because women and men handle stress very differently.
How Stress Impacts a Woman’s HealthIt is possible that some of your health concerns are directly impacted by your stress levels, and most people don’t understand how much stress plays a role in their overall health and wellness. Here are a few ways that stress might have a negative impact on your health:
- Hormone Changes: One of the biggest changes that can occur within the body as the result of stress is hormone levels. This has a domino effect on many other aspects of health. Many of the symptoms listed below are the result of hormone changes.
- Lower Sex Drive: When a woman is stressed, it impacts her sex hormone levels which can in turn suppress the natural desire for intimacy.
- Acne and Other Skin Blemishes: Higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol has a direct impact on the oil production within the skin, which can contribute to the development of acne and other skin issues.
- Irregular Periods: If you are going through menopause, it is likely that your irregularity is because of the transition that your body is going through. But, stress can also impact the regularity of your period, causing a short cycle, missed or late periods.
- Insomnia: Are you up all night thinking about everything that you need to do? Insomnia is often associated with high stress levels.
- Weight Gain: Some women experience weight gain because of the hormone changes, or it is also possible for weight gain to occur because of binge eating associated with high stress levels. Some women turn to food as a source of comfort when they are stressed, and they experience an increase in sugar cravings.