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Anxiety is the New Black: Women’s Health Crisis

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Women are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety as men. Anxiety is at an all-time high in today’s time. Women have a way of swallowing the effects of anxiety and coping with them, causing it to be highly underdiagnosed in the United States. On average, women will wait for 9 to 12 years before being properly assessed and treated for anxiety. The disorder becomes something that feels “normal” after women learn to live with it. They assume everyone feels the same way and it’s just a matter of dealing with it the best way you know how. There could be a variety of reasons as to why anxiety is on the rise. One reason being the overwhelming sense that the world is not as safe as it once was. Environmental factors, job security, and the faithfulness of one’s romantic partner are other common things that spark anxious feelings and thoughts among women.

Studies suggest that a woman’s brain may be wired to worry. The female brain may be more sensitive to stress hormones and less able to adjust to high levels of them. Another possible contributing factor is diet. Diets high in sugar and saturated fats can negatively affect our brain function. Every case is different, but there are common trends that point to the cause of increased anxiety among women. Aside from the variation, there are some generalized tips that health care specialists recommend for women seeking to counteract anxiety.

Physical Activity   

There is a direct link between exercise and improved mental health. Exercise can have the same benefits as medication on one’s mental health. Physical exercise has the potential to build a resistance to symptoms of anxiety.  The physical stress that occurs on one’s body during a workout triggers similar responses that the body has during spells of anxiety. Exercising three to four days a week for thirty minutes can significantly improve and decrease anxiety in women.

Diet

Food serves as fuel and medication or bodies. Research recently found that women who ate a whole-foods diet, with lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and fish, were 32 percent less likely to experience anxiety. Avoiding starchy, processed, or high-sugar foods is a great step to ensure a healthy mind and body. It isn’t until after we cut the bad foods out that we realize the negative impacts they have on our well-being.

Mindfulness

Practicing relaxation techniques is a great way to train your body to cope and manage stress and anxiety. Yoga, meditation, and hypnotherapy are all proven to be effective methods. Deep breathing, relaxing to soothing music, and massages are other simple ways you can relieve yourself of anxious buildup.

Journey Home East can help

Journey Home East is a transitional living program for young women ages 16-21. This program focuses on helping women transition from long-term treatment to the real world. The idea is to ween them off support systems of being in programs for many years and hone in on functional living skills they need to be independent. Journey Home East helps with scheduling for school, classes, work, internships. This program also provides health coaching, relationship building, dating safety and personal safety tips. Students have the opportunity to equip themselves with the skills they need to lead happy, healthy, and successful lives post-treatment.

Contact us at 855-290-9684