Stress is an important part of human evolution: danger = adrenaline = RUN! Although most of us live in much less dangerous times than our ancestors did thousands of years ago , our stress response has reached a critical level. The fight or flight is triggered in non-life-threatening situations every day, all day.
Whether at work or at home, women tend to take on responsibility for everything and everyone around them. It’s not a good or bad thing, it just is. We care. We want to help. We need things done a certain way so, heck, we’ll just do it ourselves! It can be very rewarding if we manage it all in ease. Alas, we are all human (superheroes, too – for sure!). But, for many reasons, we feel like we have to function at Superwoman status at all times, in all endeavors. No wonder so many of us are stressed out.
In this episode, we discuss the ways in which we manifest stress, as well as the role of society in the pressure women bear in our quest for equality. We offer some tips on how to manage stress, but also on how to prevent it.
Please join us for this authentic talk about women and stress.
Links mentioned in this episode:
- American Heart Association: “Four Ways to Deal with Stress”
- American Psychological Association: “Gender and Stress”
- Our episode on don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements
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