How Stress Affects Women’s Health

We all have to deal with a bad day at work or even a tough month from time to time, but the negative effects of long-term stress on the female body can be potentially quite harmful and should not be taken lightly. When the body reacts to stressful situations, it releases hormones such as adrenaline, norepinephrine, and cortisol. When acting on the body, these hormones affect your immune system, sleep patterns, appetite, state of mind, skin, and much more.

Negative Effects of Stress Can Include:

Exhaustion

Have you had trouble sleeping when stressed? This is because stress often sets off triggers in the brain that release cortisol into the bloodstream. When this chemical is released it increases your heart rate and produces extra energy. Excessive amounts of stress can also limit the amount of cortisol the body naturally produces, which can lead to long-term energy loss. It is recommended to exercise for a minimum of three to four hours a week to help maintain hormonal levels, alleviate stress, and promote healthy sleep patterns.

Impacts on Appearance

Along with a the spike in cortisol, stress also increases the production of sex hormones such as androgens. Androgen is typically produced in the ovaries, fat cells and adrenal glands in women. However, when stressed, the adrenal glands may overproduce androgen and stimulate the oil glands. Production of extra oil caused by unbalanced hormones, along with bacteria and dead skin cells, can clog pores and lead to acne, breakouts and blemishes on the skin.

Stress Leads to Imbalance

Long-term stressors can have many negative effects and can lead to depression, poor digestion, irregular periods, and breakouts. In order to maintain a healthy balance, it is imperative that women learn to deal with stress in healthy ways. A regular exercise routine, keeping up healthy eating habits, connecting with loved ones, and taking time out of each day to spend a little time on yourself relaxing and reflecting are all excellent methods for decreasing the negative impacts of stress and promoting a happy, balanced lifestyle.

 

If you are looking to improve your overall health and wellness, give Comprehensive Women’s Health a call today. Our team of skilled health providers are here to answer any questions you may have. (352) 332-7222

2018-01-29T09:24:23+00:00