Stress & Your Body

Stress can be defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.  More and more women have reported feeling higher levels of stress just trying to strike a balance between work and home life.

If not properly managed, it can wreak havoc on your health and well-being - it may even cost you your life.  

Stress can lead to:

  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate, higher cholesterol, and risk of heart attack - heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds
  • Mood issues, including anger and depression, lack of energy, and sleep issues
  • Increased fat storage, especially around your mid-section and disrupted hunger cues (not being able to tell if you are truly hungry or full) leading to overeating
  • Aches and pains in the joints and muscles
  • Reduced ability to fight and recover from illness due to lowered immunity
  • Digestive issues including, stomach cramps, acid reflux, and nausea
  • Low/No sex drive and absent or irregular menstrual cycles
  • Lower bone density making you more at risk for broken bones
  • Hair loss
  • Acne and other skin problems

The effects of stress are varied and can affect the way you feel in your body, the way you think and the way you act.

Watch this short video that shows how stress can affect every part of your body.

Pay close attention to your body, your moods, your energy level.  The quicker you make the connection with how you feel and what's going on in your life, the faster you will be able to manage the effects of the emotional or physical strain.