Stress can be good for your physical anatomy... your body is designed to encounter stress and deal with it.
However, when you're constantly under stress, it becomes too much for your body (and mind) to handle it and negative consequences result.
The younger you are, the more resilient you are. As you mature (both physically and mentally), stress becomes more of a problem. Your "ignorance is bliss" factor diminishes.
How do you know if you're overly stressed?
Look at your sleep patterns... are you tossing and turning? Do you experience blood pressure spikes throughout the day? Are you short of breath? Increasingly nervous or anxious?
At any time you start to experience these symptoms, you can utilize this breathing technique: put the tip of your tongue behind your upper teeth, close your eyes, and take a deep breath through your nose on the count of four. Hold for count of four, then exhale through the mouth to the count of eight. Repeat four or five times, all while holding your tongue behind your teeth.
As far as daily treatment options, bio-identical hormones have a time and place. But, Dr. Svetlana Kogan prefers to incorporate holistic approaches such as proper nutrition, exercise, meditation, breathing, and auto-hypnosis. The idea is to empower women to understand the inner tools that can restore natural balance.
Listen in as Dr. Kogan joins Dr. Taz to explain why stress is such a problematic force in women's (and men's) lives, as well as ways you can mitigate your reaction to the stressors surrounding you.