The Link Between Stress and Women’s Health

For today’s woman, stress is all too familiar. In fact, since 2007, the American Psychological Association’s annual ‘Stress in America’ survey has found that women consistently report higher levels of stress than men.

In simple terms, stress occurs when your demands exceed your ability to cope. Whether these demands include relationships, work, school or a combination of obligations, it is important to find ways to manage your stress so that it doesn’t wreak havoc on your mental and physical well-being.

 

Stress Affects Many Facets of a Woman’s Health

We know that stress is closely linked to overall heath. In fact, long periods of unmanaged stress can lead to serious health concerns ranging from depression and heart disease to obesity, gastrointestinal problems and a weakened immune system. Stress is known to cause the following symptoms in women:

Stress can also impact a woman’s reproductive health in the following ways:

 

How Can You Cope?

It is not always possible to eliminate the responsibilities in your life that are causing you stress. However, it becomes critical (for your health and well-being) to find ways to cope or manage your stress levels. Instead of eating too much (or too little) or drinking alcohol, consider the following healthy methods of keeping your stress levels at a minimum:

At North Pointe OB/GYN, we know that coping with stress is an important part of a woman’s overall health. We also realize the every stage of life brings new challenges and stressors. To protect your emotional well-being, your physical health and your reproductive health, we welcome the opportunity to help you manage your stress levels in healthy, positive ways. Call today to learn more from our experienced woman’s healthcare team in Cumming.

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