Women are more likely to report unhealthy behaviors, including eating poorly and excessive shopping and napping as a response to stress. They are also more likely than men to report physical symptoms of stress, including headaches, exhaustion and depression.
For tips on recognizing and coping with stress, consult the APA’s online Help Center: http://www.apahelpcenter.org/.
Despite the tumultuous times, there are measures you can take to safeguard your health and well-being. “One of things we often do is abandon our good coping strategies,” Smith said. “The first and easiest coping mechanism is to keep up your good habits.” That means continue going to your aerobics class, eating dinner with your family and participating in social events like a book club. Take enough time out of each day to focus on yourself and your own well-being.
If possible, do not cut back on preventive and basic health care services. Saving money on health expenditures may seem like a good idea in the short run, but it can lead to serious health problems and enormous bills, which make financial matters worse.
To make your health care dollars go further, talk to your primary care physician about all of your health needs and concerns. If he or she can manage multiple conditions, it can cut down on the number of doctors you regularly visit and the associated out-of-pocket expenses.
Taking time for yourself and taking care of yourself are keys to getting through tough times successfully.
Jennifer Wider, M.D.
Society for Women's Health Research
October 30, 2008
Link to article: http://www.womenshealthresearch.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=7995
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