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Coping Strategies Help Women Facing Economic Stress

 
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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

© October 30, 2008, Society for Women's Health Research

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I am one of those women who seems to be feeling the stress of the current economic strain. I have not yet been directly affected by the downturn, but it is impossible to ignore the ripples around me and the general feeling of strain. I also read recently that a lot of people are experiencing much higher stress levels and poor sleep patterns - I guess worry will do that to you. The worst part is that many people are not aware of how this stress affects their health, until it's too late and they get sick. Right now is the most important time to take care of yourself, our health is one thing we can take charge of!
- Anna M
blog.nutri-health.com

August 6, 2009 - 9:37am
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