There’s a new breed of women on the market – they’re powerful, successful and incredibly determined, but what most don’t know, is that these busy ladies are risking it all to have it all.
Not only have they taken on the traditional roles of cooking, cleaning and raising children, but a lot are now expected (and want to) work full time and have careers also.
The race to female equality and independence has been a triumphant one, with women the world over rivalling anyone who questions their capabilities of keeping up with the big boys.
Parenting, running a busy household and working a 40-hour-plus week, is proof multi-tasking is just another thing on their never-ending to-do list – and that’s not to mention the pressure women go through killing themselves at the gym, punishing themselves on restrictive diets, or buying every cosmetic or skin care treatment on the shelf in order to feel accepted by modern society.
Although it seems she juggles her numerous hats with ease, living such a fast-paced and demanding lifestyle certainly takes a toll. Hence why there’s an emerging health epidemic among busy women, which leading nutritional and holistic health expert Dr Libby Weaver, describes as Rushing Women Syndrome.
You may be familiar with symptoms associated with this condition. Feeling like there’s never enough time? A daily string of appointments, phone calls and emails? Eating on the run or even skipping meals? Feeling wired but tired? Using coffee to wake up and alcohol to wind down? Unable to shift excess weight and simply running around a lot of the time feeling overwhelmed?
Women look at other women and wonder how they do it, but the reality is a lot struggle to keep up and the cracks are starting to show. But what is really happening when we are in a constant state of rushing?
As Dr Libby explains, the body goes into fight or flight mode which prompts the adrenal glands to produce hormones called adrenalin and cortisol. Part of the function of these hormones is to protect you against danger. For example, if a tiger were to chase you, you'd produce adrenalin which would help your body act swiftly enough to hopefully not end up eaten! Cortisol is used when longer term stress is relevant such as flood or famine. Typically, most people don’t face those types of stresses on a daily basis, however things like working too hard, unstable relationships, financial worries and of course rushing do play a part in the over stimulation of these hormones.
Fight or flight mode tells your body you are in a life or death situation and primal instincts kick in. For example, fertility is lowered as the body doesn’t deem it safe to bring a child into the world. Weight is easily put on as the body craves sweeter foods and stores fat for anticipated starvation or future fuel, sleep is disrupted and irritability and anxiety sets in.
Thankfully rushing women syndrome can be reversed.
Dr Libby believes a key driver of why women end up in this predicament, is because they believe they aren’t good enough the way they are. In order to regain health and balance in your life, there needs to be a change in the way you see yourself.
This quote sums it up perfectly…
You can’t hate yourself happy.
You can’t criticise yourself thin.
You can’t shame yourself wealthy.
Real change begins with self-love and self-care.
- Jessica Ortner
There’s no denying that it’s hard for women to slow down and put themselves first, but by learning how to love and accept yourself, and making small adjustments to your daily routine, managing the demands of everyday life will become easier.
Things like getting enough water, doing light to moderate exercise, eating clean and whole food, and getting seven to nine hours of sleep will ensure you’re on track to have enough energy and clarity to not only cope, but truly thrive.
Another great way to combat Rushing Women’s Syndrome is to take regular intervals during the day to just sit and breathe, and incorporate strategies such as meditation into your life. When you consciously breathe with your belly going in and going out you’re communicating to every cell in your body that you are safe, which is the opposite during a fight or flight response. There are also some great free apps that can guide you through easy meditations. Use them as mini pit stops during the week as a tool to stay calm and centered.
Good luck and if all else fails, keep calm and stop rushing!