A new study in Molecular Psychiatry found that women are more sensitive to the stress hormone cortisol and are less able to adapt when levels are high. Granted, the study was done on rats (which have similar neural pathways to humans), but there are many days I’m sure we feel like rats rushing around a maze or at the very least hamsters spinning on a wheel.
It’s well known that women have higher incidences of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders so it’s really important that we take care of ourselves it this crazy, hectic world.
First, make sure you’re getting enough sleep at night. Your brain needs about seven hours or more per night to recharge. Good sleep increases melatonin and growth hormone which are responsible for so many functions in our body such as cellular repair. If you don’t get good consistent sleep then you don’t often wake feeling rested.
Second, avoid skipping meals at all costs! This mini-starvation and subsequent hypoglycemia causes a lot of stress to your brain, liver, thyroid, and adrenal glands. Make sure to eat protein at every meal, limit your carbs, and have plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Third, take your vitamins – specifically vitamin C, B-vitamins, a good quality multi vitamin, and omega 3 fatty acids. These vitamins have been shown to help with stress. Herbs that are stress-friendly include ashwagandha, chamomile, lavender, passionflower, hops, and rhodiola.
Fourth, check your stress response. There is no way to completely eliminate your busy life but it’s important you set your boundaries and take time for yourself, even if it’s just five minutes to close your eyes or breathe.
Fifth, talk to someone. Don’t be afraid to seek help from friends, family members, or co-workers. If you’re feeling too overwhelmed like the stress is too much, please talk with your health care provider or counselor. It always helps to talk and is actually healthier for you instead of keeping your emotions bottled up inside.
If you’re tired of feeling tired or are trapped in the rat-race of life then follow these five tips to help you start re-balancing.