Stress can arise for a variety of reasons and pervade our lives; it’s in our daily life, the workplace, family, and relationships. A traumatic accident, death, or emergency situation can be a trigger, or stress can be a side effect of a serious illness or disease. It’s become increasingly difficult to stay calm and relaxed in our hectic lives. As women, we have many roles: spouse, mother, caregiver, friend, and/or worker. With all we have going on in our lives, it seems almost impossible to find ways to de-stress. But it’s important to find those ways, because your health depends on it.
Stress can take on many different forms, and therefore contribute to symptoms of illness. Common symptoms include headache, sleep disorders, difficulty concentrating, irritability, digestive issues, apathy, low morale, depression, and anxiety. Chronic stress is real and can increase the risk for health problems, like depression, heart conditions, and chronic digestive issues to name a few.