Stress is a pervasive part of everyday life that can have lasting effects
on mental and physical health. Women often lead busy and stressful lives,
which can affect not only their immediate health but their longevity and
quality of life as well. Since 1992, April has been designated as Stress
Awareness Month; during this time,
hospitals and healthcare services seek to inform the public about the effects of stress and how to handle
stress in positive, healthy ways.
Women and Stress
When the body feels stress, it reacts by releasing certain hormones, which
cause physical and mental changes. These hormones raise the risk of developing
certain conditions over time, including depression, anxiety, obesity,
high blood pressure, heart disease, menstrual or reproductive problems,
and skin problems such as eczema and acne. Although stress can impact
the health of both men and women, studies have shown that women are more
likely to experience physical changes and symptoms of stress than men.
Reducing Stress in Women
Because stress can cause negative physical changes in the body, it’s
important for women to find positive ways to
reduce stress for better health and longevity. There are several ways to reduce stress and its impact on the body, including
exercising, reading, enjoying television or movies, taking part in a hobby
you love, meditating or practicing yoga, and spending time with pets,
friends, and loved ones. One of the major barriers in daily stress reduction
is time; if you find it difficult to schedule longer stress-reducing activities
into your day, try to make small changes such as taking frequent short
walks or even performing ten-minute meditation sessions to help clear
your mind and improve physical health.
At the Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we are focused on women’s
unique health concerns and needs. We offer complete women’s care
services that include
breast care, heart care, and maternity care in San Jose. You can find the answers
to your women’s health questions when you click through our comprehensive
website, or by calling (888) 762-8881 to speak with an experienced nurse.