How does stress affect women and men differently?

There are many differences between women and men. One difference is how they are affected by stress. Women tend to have more physical symptoms when faced with stressors.

Signs of Stress

Some signs of stress include the following:

  • Fast heart rate
  • Muscle tension
  • Increase in blood pressure

Causes of Stress

Some causes of stress include the following:

  • Minor hassles – Anything from spilled milk to lost keys to a missed phone call
  • Major changes – Examples include a move, a divorce or death of a loved one
  • Stress overload – Being pulled in many directions by work, family, finances and more
  • Feeling helpless – A sign of long-term stress, this can lead to depression

Women also tend to deal with stress differently than men. Men don’t often seek help. Women are more apt to talk about what is causing their stress.

Coping with Stress

There are many steps you can take to help relieve your stress:

  • Identify the stress and what triggers it.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle by getting plenty of sleep, eating right and exercising.
  • Respond positively to stress by managing the things you can change and letting go of the things you cannot control.
  • Relax and slow down.

Talk with your physician about what might be causing stress in your life and the best ways to help manage that stress.

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