it is natural to feel a racing pulse or a quickening of breath
in moments of danger or fear, it is not normal to experience
these symptoms of anxiousness and upset the majority of the
time. Writes Dr. Pick, "too many of us never get to relax:
our minds are perpetually on high alert with the accompanying
the physical danger to a woman whose body is on constant "high
alert" can be both extensive and the damage cumulative.
Dr. Pick warns women who experience chronic irrational fears
or dread, chest pain, muscle tension/headaches, heart palpitations,
insomnia, GI distress, tearfulness, depression, and/or overall
jumpiness to seek out medical care for treatment, which according
to Pick, must be dealt with from a variety sides, both physical
clear that our frenetic lifestyles contribute to this growing
anxiety-related health problem. Even those few who do recognize
the need for regular, scheduled rest, may approach it from
a clearly capitalistic ideal. Author Lauren Winner writes
in her book, Mudhouse Sabbath, about what she has observed
is the capitalistic society's justification for resting one
day a week; to be conversely fit for more productivity during
the other six days. Say what? That those women whose sole
motivation in resting is to jumpstart the hamster wheel with
increased gusto have missed the point entirely. Further, Winner
points out that even though this precept may prove true (after
resting one does have renewed physical energy) this whole
"achievement-oriented" concept of resting is at
odds with the overarching principle of a purposeful, regular
retreat from the daily grind, which is more of an inner-renewal
than anything else, and which naturally lends itself to healthy
introspection and more reasonable life perspectives. From
every angle, rest is truly curative, if it is practiced with
regularity and the proper end goal.
suggestions for reducing symptoms of anxiety.
- Understand the link between hormones, PMS, perimenopause,
and menopause. Achieve hormonal balance by considering natural
progesterone or bioidentical HRT with the help of a physician.
- Practice good nutrition. Eat whole foods and stay clear
of caffeine, sugar, and simple carbohydrates, ("white
foods") are a woman's enemy.
- Be physically active. Touted as the single best anxiety
medication, women should engage in moderate daily exercise.
- Get enough sleep. Set up a nightly routine for bedtime
and stick to it. Women in general require 7-9 hours of sleep
per night for better brain health.
- Go outside for sun exposure. Take fifteen minutes a day
(without sunscreen) to encourage the production of Vitamin
D that helps stave off mood disorders such as SAD.
- Take emotional inventory. Revisit current familial, work,
and volunteer responsibilities, then make adjustments as
- Schedule in regular time for rest. Then give these slotted
time segments the priority they deserve
is a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly, FaithfulReader.com,
Aspiring Retail and has published over 900 articles/reviews.
She works as a manuscript critique editor for the Christian
Communicator and writes on women's health issues for the Toledo
Free Press, Monroe Journal, CBN.com, SingleMom.com, ParentSuperSite.com,
CatholicMom.com, and Radiant among other publications. Howe
has also published eight books for women including: Going
It Alone: Meeting the Challenges of Being a Single Mom,
for Homeschool Moms,
for New and Expecting Moms,
of Comfort and Strength,
to Nourish a Woman's Heart,
Prayers for Single Mothers.