If you’re feeling more stressed than a man in any situation, don’t take it as a sign that you’re not handling the situation or stress well, it might be because women experience much more stress than men. So, give yourself a pat on the back for handling the situation and watch out the symptoms.
Stress is your body’s way of reacting to a change or challenge. When you sense any danger whether it’s real or imagined, the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “Stress”, “fight-or-flight” or “tend and befriend” reaction. In short-term, stress can be beneficial. It makes you more alert and boosts energy to get things done. But if you’re constantly under pressure or you’re facing daily stress, it can mess with your mind and body in some serious ways.
When you’re in stress, your heart rate and blood pressure rise and your body pump out hormones to help with your fight-or-flight response, and this can cause your muscles to tighten up and strengthen the aches you get from sitting at a desk all day.
The change in hormone levels during a stressful period can affect the growth patterns of the hair follicles on your scalp. In many cases, there’s usually about a 3 months delay between the stressful event and the onset of hair loss and there may be another 3 months delay prior to the return of noticeable hair regrowth. During this time, more hair on your head is in resting stage.
While there are many other factors that can cause acne in adults, stress is considered one of the main culprits. And guess what? The more stressed you’re, the worst the acne breakout can be.
Disturbed menstrual cycle:
Acute or chronic stress can alter the body’s hormone balance, which can lead to late, missed or irregular periods. According to research, women in stressful jobs are at a higher risk for short cycle length (less than 24 days) than women who don’t work in high-stress positions.
Stress can cause a number of gastrointestinal problems including bloating, cramping, inflammation and loss of appetite. \”Stress can affect every part of the digestive system,\” says Kenneth Koch, MD, professor of medicine in gastroenterology and medical director of the Digestive Health Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Acute or chronic, both stresses lead to over-activity of body’s stress-response mechanism. When the stress response fails to shut down after a stressful situation has passed, it can lead to depression. According to a study, women are more likely than men to have depression or anxiety disorder, including post-traumatic stress, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Stress increases the hormone in your body called Cortisol, which can lead to overeating and cause your body to store fat. Dr. Michelle Albert said in an AHA news release, “We know that stress affects behavior, including whether people under- or overeat, as well as neuro-hormonal activity by in part increasing cortisol production, which is related to weight gain.”
Don’t take these symptoms lightly if you’re experiencing any of these, seek immediate help!