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Women react to stress differently than men.

ISLAMABAD -- Psychologist Dr Nighat Yasir said that women are more likely to experience physical symptoms of stress than men. But, she said we don't have enough proof to say that this applies to all women. We do know that women often cope with stress in different ways than men. Women 'tend and befriend, ' taking care of those closest to them, but also drawing support from friends and family, she said.

Men are more likely to have the 'fight or flight' response and they cope by 'escaping' in to a relaxing activity or other distraction.

Men and women report different reactions to stress, both physically and mentally, health web reported.

They attempt to manage stress in very different ways and also perceive their ability to do so and the things that stand in their way in markedly different ways. Findings suggest that while women are more likely to report physical symptoms associated with stress, they are doing a better job connecting with others in their lives at times, these connections are important to their stress management strategies.

The body responds to stress by releasing stress hormones. These hormones make blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar levels go up Long-term stress can help cause a variety of health problems, including: Mental health disorders, like depression and anxiety Long term history of mental stress and anxiety due to some domestic or work place problems can cause depression and anxiety neurosis.

Obesity Depression may lead to un usual eating habits and ultimately cause obesity. Heart disease Palpitation due to anxiety and regular stress may lead to cardiac disorders. High blood pressure It can be psychogenetic or due to cardiac disorders. Migraine Headaches with nausea and vomiting in full or one half of head are common after long term stress. Menstrual problems Ladies may disturb their menstrual cycle due to hormonal changes affected by long term stress and anxiety. Acne and other skin problems

Low blood may observed in many cases ultimately causing skin ailments like acne, eczema and psoriasis in severe cases.

Regardless of their sources of stress and the physical and emotional symptoms of stress that men and women report, both groups say they manage their stress in very different ways. In general, though, both men music and watching television to manage their stress over healthier behaviours like seeing a mental health professional or exercising. Women are far more likely than men to say that lack of willpower also has prevented them from changing their eating habits . When asked what they would need to change in order for their willpower to improve, women were more likely than men to say less fatigue/more energy and more confidence in their ability to improve their willpower . If your stress is getting out of control and you need quick relief, try one of these tips. Go out or Connect with others When you are stressed and irritable, your instinct may be to wrap yourself in a cocoon. Instead, reach out to family and friends and make social connections. Smile and Laugh more

A good sense of humour cant cure all ailments, but it can help you feel better, even if you have to force a fake laugh through your grumpiness. When you laugh, it not only lightens your mental load but also causes positive physical changes in your body. Laughter fires up and then cool down your stress response. So read some jokes, tell some jokes, watch a comedy or hang out with your funny friends. Get active Virtually any form of physical activity can act as a stress reliever. Even if you are not a player or you are out of shape, exercise is still a good stress reliever. Assert yourself You might want to do it all, but you cant, at least not without paying a price. Learning to say no or being willing to delegate can help you manage your to-do list and your stress.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Oct 3, 2018
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