This year I will be turning 40 along with many of my friends, classmates and co-workers. I am happy to report that the first topic of discussion is how are we going to celebrate ourselves! I am a true believer in birthday celebrations as tributes to the greatness that we are and how we share it with the world everyday.
After talk of all the things we dream about doing and then what we actually do, the next ideas tend to focus on reflections of what we have achieved, learned, and strive to do in the future. It seems at this stage of the game we, women, are starting to realize that there is only so much time in the day and that it is OK to say "no" to activities and people who are not a priority. We are starting to realize we have to treat our bodies and minds better.
All the stress we have placed on ourselves in our 20’s and 30’s trying to be the perfect mom, wife, businesswoman, partner, or friend has made us too tired to do the activities we use to love. The stress has inhibited our ability to spend time with the friends and family that we want to be with. Of course this is not true for every women but, it is true for a majority of my friends who are juggling families,careers, or both.
As women hit their 40’s, it seems the ability to clearly focus on what is important has become more attuned. As women enter their 40th decade, their health and well-being becomes a priority. I think it is wonderful that we realize the emotional and physical stress that we put on our bodies weakens them and steals our energy. It is true that when we are under stress, mental, emotional, or physical, we actually burn up our vitamins and nutrients more quickly than when we are calm. This can leave us in a nutritionally vulnerable state. Constant or daily stress can lead to health problems like high blood pressure or cholesterol, heart disease, sleeping disorders, anxiety or depression, diabetes, fibroids or female issues.
We will continue this discussion of how stress depletes our body of it's nutrients and makes us feel tired. By changing our attitude about ourselves- we can reverse this process.
In Vibrant Health,