Rushing Woman's Syndrome
Overwhelmed, tired, stressed and stretched in every direction? You are not alone. Most women nowadays identify with these feelings. In fact in a recent seminar we found that around 97 percent of women indentified themselves as being Rushing Women. So why are we running ourselves ragged? Why do we constantly feel tired but wired and more importantly what impact does this have on our mental and physical health?
The demands we now place on our bodies can be partly explained by the changes in expectations, of our role as women. We have been offered the opportunity to do what had traditionally been our fathers' jobs while maintaining our mothers' responsibilities and a frantic double-shift has occurred. Women are doing more than they ever have before and a pattern of constant rushing and stress has become increasingly apparent. Combine this with constant accessibility via mobile phones, social media and emails and you have yourself a Rushing Woman.
The consequences of this relentless urgency can significantly
impact on your quality of life:
- Most rushing women suffer terribly with their periods.
- 90 percent of women in the western world suffer from PMT.
- Women who go into menopause in this state usually find it debilitating.
- We are seeing more and more reproductive problems in women who experience stress.
- More than 70 percent of NZ women have a bloated stomach regularly.
- More than 70 percent of women in western countries suffer from irritable bowel syndrome: diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain.
- In stressful situations, women tend to lay down stores of fat and no woman wants the added stress of weight gain.
All of these health issues are significantly influenced by the pressures of constant rushing. The digestive system and the reproductive system aren't the only part of the body to suffer - thyroid function, the pituitary gland, and the nervous system are all affect by our demanding lifestyles.
As Rushing Women we often feel like we have to be everything to
everyone, sometimes at the sacrifice of what truly serves us. We
must never sacrifice our health, for without it we have nothing.
Change can begin today with small simple steps. Here are a few tips
to begin the process of coming down from that stress
- Breathe - Start the day with 20 long slow breaths before you get out of bed or alternatively, breathe and move your diaphragm while you wait for the kettle to boil (to make your lemon and warm water, of course!) or while you sit at traffic lights.
- Gentle exercise - Enrol in a breath-focused movement class 2-4 times a week, such as tai chi or restorative yoga.
- Mornings - Start the day with movement, followed by an egg-based breakfast for 2 weeks and notice if this sets your day up better.
- Caffeine - Omit coffee for 4 weeks. Swap it for green tea and notice if you feel calmer and more energized an hour later after a week of doing this.
- Adrenal support herbs - Can be helpful too, a Dr Libby-trained coach can assist you with a lifestyle plan, including a herbal tonic, to help you obtain the health outcomes you are seeking.
- Invest in yourself - Take part in the Essential Women's Health Weekend on May 19 & 20 in Auckland. With 20 hours of Dr Libby's time, education and inspiration, you will leave not only feeling different but armed with a personalized plan to meet your needs.
(Broadcast: 5 Mar 2012)