"What did you do yesterday?" a friend asks. You stop and think about it for a minute, but can't remember. Everything seems like a blur, and it certainly wasn't because you spent the night at the bar. But what did you do?
Due to the ever-increasing demands of our multi-tasking, I'm-too-busy society, a day's work can feel overwhelming and chaotic. Between picking kids up from school, answering emails and text messages, doing laundry, and taking care of family members, we lose ourselves somewhere along the way. This is particularly a problem for women, especially during menopause.
Dr. Libby Weaver, an author and biochemist from Australia, calls this phenomenon "Rushing Woman Sydrome." According to her, today's lifestyle makes too many demands on women, causing them to be "in a permanent state of stress." Women are simply doing too much, and technology is partly to blame.
Do You Have Rushing Woman Syndrome?
- Your instinctive answer to "˜how are you?' is "˜busy' or "˜stressed'
- You rarely get enough sleep
- You make poor food choices
- You rely on coffee to rev you up in the morning and wine to calm you down at night
- You drive too fast
- You are afraid to let anyone down and will do everything possible to avoid saying "˜no,' squeezing every last drop out of your day, even if it means answering emails in the early hours of the morning
Why is it a big deal? Dr. Weaver says she has concerns, because too many stress hormones can wreak havoc on a woman's health.
"I have witnessed the impact that a constant state of rushing has on women's health and analysed the biochemical effects of always being in a hurry," said Dr. Weaver.
"You might not think you're particularly harried, but your liver, gall bladder, kidneys, adrenal glands, thyroid, ovaries, uterus, brain and digestive system certainly do."
Does this sound exactly like you? Go to the next page to find out what you can do about it!
If you fit all the criteria for Rushing Woman Syndrome, you need to do something about it. Pushing through and continuing at your current pace will lead to burnout down the road, and you could face some pretty serious health consequences.
Luckily, Dr. Weaver says there are ways to decrease the amount of stress in your life and reduce the symptoms of RWS.
"Your psyche cannot push on for too long without some quality downtime," she says. "A little bit of alone time has been shown to decrease stress hormones, improve memory, mood and empathy, and it allows your body to recharge."
Here's what she says women who suffer from RWS should do:
- Exercise regularly, even if it's just yoga
- Eat at least one healthy meal per week
- Cut back on drinking alcohol by two nights a week
- Drink Withania tea if you worry a lot and Siberian Ginseng if you feel fatigued
- Spend time alone and give yourself permission to do nothing