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3 Top Stressors for Women and How to Handle Them with Style

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Who isn't stressed out? Who is not running around, raising a family, working, organizing, paying bills, trying to eat organic, worried about GMOs, resting too little but unable to sleep very much?

Both internal and external factors can create an entire cascade from the brain down to the adrenal glands (the glands responsible for cortisol and adrenaline output). This cascade results in a myriad of systemic symptoms including, but not limited to, tension and irritability, sleep problems, headaches, weight gain, stomach complaints, fatigue and back pain.

While there are many stressors that affect a woman on a daily (if not hourly) basis, here are the three top stressors most are likely dealing with right now, and how to handle them with style.

1) Family

This includes all familial relationships including being a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt or cousin. Juggling family with all the demands of society right now, compounded by the influence of social media, is enough to make anyone downright exhausted.

How does someone handle this?

Put yourself first at least some of the time — as the primary caretaker, take care of yourself. Say no to obligations that sound more stressful than fulfilling, and focus on improving the communication in your relationships. Consider individual and/or marriage counseling to help keep the entire "family machine" running smoothly.

2) Financial

It’s tough making ends meet, especially when it appears as if everyone is trying to keep up with the Joneses. Saving for colleges and retirement, while paying off debt, can be overwhelming. It's especially so when life’s little emergencies pop up like a cracked tooth or new tires needed for the car.

Handle this by working with a financial planner in order to map out exactly how to pay down debt while saving for the future. Keep track of all of your spending for an entire month in order to see where the little charges go. Hard to believe that a month of coffee might equal an extra $90 that could go towards a credit card payment or emergency savings fund.

1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Coping with Stress.

2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Managing Stress.

3) The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. (2013). Stress & Women.

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