Women’s Health and Stress

If there is one thing we can all agree on right now, it is probably our description of how the past couple of weeks have felt- stressful.

Stress can have a number of effects on our bodies, including suppressing the immune system, disrupting sleep, and increased mental stress. Today, I want to share with you some tips to help you cope with the additional stress you may be experiencing right now to better support your overall health.

First, to support your immune system, you can incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet.  Fruits and vegetables have vitamins and fiber that will help every system in your body operate better.  Additionally, it is beneficial to take a daily multivitamin to help fill the holes in your nutrition. Even if you eat incredibly healthy, you simply cannot get all the essential vitamins and minerals you need from foods.  If you are not already taking a multivitamin, I recommend the One A Day Women’s VitaCraves Multivitamin Gummies.  These are chewable so you can easily take them anytime, anywhere.

Next, I recommend giving your immune system an additional boost by increasing your Vitamin C intake.  Vitamin C supports your overall immune system, and increased vitamin C can even help with sinus congestion related to allergies.  I like these chewables because, again, you can take them on-the-go:  Vitamin C 1000mg – Airborne Very Berry Chewable Tablets.  

Stress can sometimes cause disruption to your sleep.  Sleep is vital to helping your body stay healthy and well, so if you feel like you’re not sleeping as well right now, a supplement like OLLY’s Sleep Melatonin Gummies might help you.  I cannot stress how important quality sleep is to your overall well-being!

Another part of well-being that SHOULD NOT be overlooked is your mental well-being.  My friend, Parijat Deshpande, has a program to help women restore their nervous system health before/during/after high-risk pregnancy.  If you are a woman who has experienced any of the following (no matter how long ago​):

  • fertility, pregnancy and/or birth trauma

  • preterm delivery

  • time in the NICU

  • postpartum health complications

  • medical complications for their child

  • pregnancy, neonatal or infant loss

  • non-death losses

 …and feel like you’re still living with unresolved grief and/or trauma, then you can benefit from her Healing Hearts Program. (This program is not for women who are currently pregnant or have babies in the NICU).

With all that is going on in the world right now, it’s important to remind yourself how strong and capable you are, and also know that you are not alone in how you might be feeling.  I hope this information helps you take good care of yourself, in addition to helping you cope with some of the stress.