Why am I so stressed out?
Is it just me, or does everyone seem stressed nowadays? I often
have to check with myself and ask “Am I stressed”? And if the answer
is yes, then I ask “Why?”
My father brought an article to my attention last year, and he asked
me to read it. He often does this to enlighten me, or to somehow get
his point across without actually having to say it. It was a Newsweek
article, entitled “Women In The World” by Debora Spar (October
2012), who is an author of the book, “Wonder Women”. From the
titles, one can assume what she addresses—women doing to much
for too many and becoming overwhelmed.
One out of 10 Americans admit to some form of mental illness-
depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, etc., each year. Women suffer
from depression two times more than men. Why is there a difference?
Studies say a definitive answer is unknown. However, with research,
I found similar theories, including the following: higher incidence of
physical or sexual abuse, use of birth control and having hormones in
general, and persistent psychosocial stressors such as loss of job.
Untreated emotional or mental illness can lead to suicide attempts
– more women attempt suicide, but more men complete it. The
likelihood is four-to-one that a man will be successful with suicide.
Why? My theory is women use it more as a cry for help than men do.
Women also use self-poisoning or drug overdose as the usual tactic,
and that’s 70 percent of the time. However, that does not mean we
should ever take threats of suicide from a female patient any less
serious than from a male.
There are also discrepancies in health in African-Americans versus
the rest of the population. (From the Center of Disease Control and
Prevention). Points that I wanted to address were the differences
in HIV stats. Interesting, with all the safe sex campaigns since the
1980s, HIV is still the leading cause of death for black women aged
25-34 years. Another point to make is that black women have a
lower rate of getting breast cancer, however, they are more likely to
be diagnosed in later stages and more likely to die from it. We must
figure something out!
So what can we do to lower stress in our lives? • Rely on our
support systems more—our families, friends, spirituality or religion,
or hobbies as healthy outlets • Have your annual check ups. Take
care of yourself-mentally and physically. • Get more exercise and
• Eat “happy foods” – less caffeine/alcohol, more omega
3 fatty acids (salmon, cod, sardines, nuts, help brain and nerve
cells), reduce intake of refined carbs that cause sugar highs and then
severe crashes, and eat more veggies and vitamins.
• Pay attention
to yourself and your moods. Recognize your symptoms early.
Be healthy and be blessed,