Throughout history, the notion of women and stress seemed to go hand in hand. If you are a women in the prime of your life (you know…those middle ages), you may have seen an increase in your aches, pains, headaches, migraines and stomach problems. If you have noticed these problems, you are not alone.
A Swedish study of 1500 women discovered that 1 out of every 5 women is suffering more than she should be and it’s all because of hidden stress. The study lasted several decades and it is no joke. They even took into account smoking, body weight and activity levels, and the results showed chronic stress to be the major culprit.
"Since 1968, women's lifestyles have changed in many ways," researcher Dominique Hange said in a university news release. "For example, many more women now work outside the home. Naturally, these changes can affect the experience of stress."
Dr. Gabor Maté, from Vancouver, BC in Canada, would agree
with these findings. His book called “When the Body Says No, The Costs of Hidden Stress”
paints a grim picture of how our health and wellness deteriorate far more
quickly if we’ve had a lot of stress in our lives, particularly from a young
age. His research shows that this stress
is repressed over time and becomes stored in the central nervous system, which
then leads to serious chronic degenerative disease and pain management issues later in life. Women and stress are not a good match.
Another famous pain specialist, Dr. Norm Shealy, even goes so far as to say that “The Intersection between the four main fields of stress – chemical, physical, emotional and electro-magnetic, is the cause of all illness, not some, ALL.
If you are a middle-aged woman who has lived a life with a lot of chronic stress, you may be suffering more than you need to be. There are several tools you can use to release hidden stress and get back in control of your health and your life today.