What are some causes of stress for women?

While men can certainly fall into this same trap, I find that as women we are especially prone to the misgivings of overscheduled and overcommitted lives, particularly given the roles we accept in society (mom, wife, daughter, caretaker, homemaker, dog walker, bookkeeper, friend, mentor, employee or business owner, and so on.)

Not surprisingly, women report feeling the effects of stress on their physical health more than men. We rob from our precious sleep time to pay the bills, keep everyone else happy at home and work, and check off the to-do list. This also sets us up for falling into many unhealthy habits such as avoiding exercise, drinking too much alcohol, losing sight of what a healthy meal is, and resorting to lots of processed foods that will do exactly what you don’t want to happen: pack on weight and age you prematurely.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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