Modern women do many activities that men also do, and participate in various fields in life. However, stress becomes serious issue that finds increase in prevalence thanks to modern lifestyle. While stress basically just signifies any chance of routine in your life, it can cause serious mental and physical problems if you let huge stress overwhelm your mind. Stress can be caused by either actual changes or speculative causes such as anxieties, and both bring bad effects to your life.
What Causes Stress on Women
Stress happens to anyone, but when it comes to women’s mental health, stress becomes specific issue because there are things that only women experience that also contribute to stress. Here are some common causes of stress in women:
- Hormonal changes. Women experience signs of stress during situations that cause hormonal changes such as pregnancy, menstruation, puberty and menopause.
- Any physical and emotional changes such as uncomfortable weather and temperature (too hot or cold), altitude, work stress and noise are prominent causes of stress. Major changes in life such as marriage, moving to new house or area, being terminated from work, coping with new pressure at new workplace, divorce, death of a loved one or having a baby also contribute to stress.
- When someone experiences chronic illness, stress will follow because of the burden from coping with the illness. Also, chronic fatigue and rest disturbance such as sleep disturbance can also contribute to stress.
- This can be from actual problem, or because certain psychological disorder that causes you to get anxious all the time.
- Post traumatic stress disorder. This happens when someone experiences super stressful situation such as accident, natural disaster, war, sexual assault or physical assault, which can result in chronic stress beside other symptoms.
Keep in mind that people sometimes refuse to admit that they are stressed out (usually those who work too hard and keep it as routine habit). Also, chronic stress can cause various health problems that you may only notice later.
Stress Related Health Problems
Some health problems caused by stress include:
- Hormonal imbalance, which can cause things such as heavy menstrual bleeding, skipped menstruation cycle, and even fertility problems.
- Cardiovascular health problems such as palpitations, high blood pressure, and heart attack.
- Chronic fatigue, headache, migraine, aches on various body parts.
- Gastrointestinal problems such as ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, cramp on the stomach, and colitis.
- Decreased immune system, which results on cold, flu, cold sores, rashes, itchy skin, infection and inflammation.
Do not take stress lightly; while stress is an unavoidable thing in daily life, you must be able to keep it under control most of the time. This means always taking time to unwind between workload, such as sitting and listening to music, taking hot bath, doing meditation, and managing your schedules better so you can save time to get undisturbed rest. It is also good to ask professional help and support from family members and loved ones, for the sake of your physical and mental health.