Women are ahead of the curve and know that stress is bad for health. And, we also understand that we have to relieve it if we want to maintain our well-being. From getting a massage to exercising, the majority of ladies know how to reduce their cortisol levels, too. Looking at this, it’s tempting to think you have stress on lockdown to borrow a phrase from the youth of today. After all, there isn’t much you don’t appreciate about one of the main health concerns of the 21st century.
Or is there?
In reality, recognising the symptoms and comprehending their meaning are two separate things. Plus, conditions do exist which women don’t realise are stress-related. To help you out, here is a selection of the warning signs which are due to high cortisol levels and how you can fix the problems.
One reason women write off this ailment is periods. As soon as a cramp hits, it’s easy to think ‘oh, this is because of my cycle.’ It’s true that a woman’s period does account for stomach issues, but it isn’t the only reason. In fact, experts believe stress has a major role to play also due to cortisol and epinephrine. Both are stress hormones that increase as your mental well-being starts to deteriorate. Studies show that too much of either in your system can play with your gut and cause cramps, which has nothing to do with your cycle. Try and stay away from the medication because painkillers won’t tackle the issue. Instead, you can reduce the impacts by sitting in a light, bright room. Relaxation should prevent the production of these hormones and stop the cramps in their tracks. Eating healthy meals can also help but it takes longer to feel the benefits.
Politely, this relates to stomach cramps which cause diarrhoea. If you are lucky, pains may be the only condition which manifests and then subside. The unfortunate people may have to deal with a mad rush to the toilet and sigh of relief when you get there! The intestines are packed with transmitters and they activate as soon as your body feels the impact of stress. As a precaution, book an appointment to see a doctor in case it is a sign of IBS or Celiac disease.
Usually, people take chest pains seriously because they might indicate a heart attack or a stroke. However, there’s a good chance the tight feeling in your chest is down to stress. What happens when you hear something you wish you hadn’t is that neurotransmitters activate throughout the body as well as the brain. This stimulation causes your chest to feel tighter even when the heart is perfectly healthy. Also, stress can heighten the effects of ailments which again lead to chest pains. Although it seems benign, heartburn will make your chest cavity uncomfortable if it is severe. Research proves that stress makes heartburn worse, which explains why chest pains are synonymous with bad news. Tablets can help if it is a gastro issue, but be sure before reaching for the Gaviscon or else it’s a waste. Alternatively, breathing exercises can help take the edge off and blunt your neurotransmitters.
For women, the idea of going bald is frightening. Somehow, men pull it off without looking like an alien from another planet. And, you just feel sorry for the ones that don’t! Unfortunately, there is plenty of reasons women experience hair loss, from genetics to a bad diet and pregnancy. The good news is that they are reversible after a while. For instance, hair tends to grow back stronger after the impacts of giving birth are over. Stress, though, will only continue to cause receding to your hairline until you find a cure. Lowering the level of cortisol in your body is crucial as this is the hormone which cuts of nutrition to the follicles. However, don’t just focus on reducing stress, although it is essential. In conjunction with blowing off steam, you can limit the damage by using special shampoos and medication. Finasteride is medication for hair loss that is very popular. Be watchful for too many strands coming loose the next time you brush your usually luscious mane and react ASAP.
Feeling tired is due to a lack of sleep, right? Not entirely because people get nine hours a night and still suffer from fatigue. Ironically enough, the state is due to the body trying to stimulate your muscles and brain. The main factor for cortisol being a stress-causing agent is that it provides sharp bursts of energy. Great; just what you need when you have a late night. Sadly, the body will produce the hormone on a constant basis when you aren’t away with the fairies. As a result, there is too much of it in your system and your entire body is worn out and unable to recover. The only solution is to catch up on the Z’s you miss and start a regular bedtime routine. Hopefully, this should stop stress from building in the long-term. A great tip is to nap whenever possible to pay back your sleep debt.
At the moment, chronic inflammation is a buzzword which is making the rounds. In simple terms, it’s when the body fights back against foreign chemicals to keep the internal systems safe. Think about a nettle sting. The agents from the plant seep into the bloodstream and the body’s inflammation properties cause swelling and redness. Once the blood cells deal with the problem, both go down and the sting starts to heal. In many ways, it’s helpful, but people are finding that inflammation leads to skin issues. And – you guessed it – CI is brought about by stress. Yes, acne and breakouts can be caused by wearing too much makeup, yet don’t take that for granted. When bigger issues, such as eczema, start to show, stress is the likely culprit.
As you can see, stress can cause a range of health problems. Do you feel you better understand them now than before?
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