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Stress Mangement For Women

Understand Gender Differences in Stress

If you're feeling more stressed than your male counterparts, don't take it as a sign that you're not handling stress as well; it might be because you're experiencing more stress. Give yourself a pat on the back for handling what you already are, and move confidently to step two.

Eliminate What You Can

It seems that people are always asking women to help with group projects like organizing office birthday parties or running the PTA. While many of these activities are fulfilling, they can add up to a significant amount of stress just by filling your schedule to the brim. While it can be very difficult to say no sometimes (especially if you tend to be a "people pleaser"), it's vital to your health and happiness that you keep in mind that saying yes to too many requests means saying no to things you need: time alone, hobbies, and other soul-nourishing activities. To maintain a reasonable level of daily stress, women need to get used to the idea of setting priorities and saying no.

Alter Your Perspective

Much of your experience with stress can be eliminated with a change in the way we look at things. This may sound too good to be true, but it isn't! Altering the way you conceptualize the events you find stressful, viewing them as a "challenge" instead of a "threat," or an "opportunity" instead of a "crisis," can actually make them feel less threatening and stressful. When you don't perceive a situation as a threat, your body's stress response is deactivated more quickly, and you're more able to avoid the effects of chronic stress.

Have Some Quick Stress Relievers

You can't eliminate all stress in life, and probably wouldn't want to if you could. There are many types of stress that are enjoyable, like the excitement of a first date or the suspense of waiting to hear if you've gotten a new job. Because it may not be possible to stop reacting to stress, it's important to have some fast stress relievers in order to reverse your stress response quickly and prevent yourself from entering a state of chronic stress.

Maintain Regular Stress-Relieving Habits

You can also prevent yourself from getting into an overwhelmed state by maintaining some regular stress relief activities as part of your schedule. Studies show that those who meditate regularly are less reactive to stressors that occur in their lives. Exercise is also an important option to remember; it can keep you physically and emotionally healthy. Journaling also has many benefits for its users. Adding one of these options to your morning or nightly routine could bring be especially useful.


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