As most women already know, there’s lots to juggle all at once. There’s our partner’s needs, the kids, maintaining the home and household, extended family, friends and fitting in the ‘me’ time. And whilst some of this can be outsourced, in practice, it’s not always possible.
Which in turn, raises two major issues in life that need facing: Heath and Wealth. If you’re healthy, efforts can be made to invest wisely. If you’re unwell, here’s hoping you have adequate strategies in place.
Stress tends to pressure the adrenals into working overtime, producing cortisol and adrenalin. That’s great if you’re trying to fight a huge spider, but on an ongoing basis, doesn’t do wonders for the internal organs. Side effects can include high blood pressure which in turn raises other health risks. The scary stats are that women have a 55% prevalence of cardiovascular disease (men 45%) and 5% burden of stroke (men 4%) and two thirds of all heart failure sufferers are female. (Australia’s Health 2008)
And most women deal with stress by smoking and/or drinking. Both of which also cause an increase in likelihood of cancer and organ damage. Drug use is on the rise and it’s also difficult to maintain a great diet when eating on the run or at erratic hours, and reaching for the comfort food or fast food.
Many women over 55 now have higher cholesterol than men and a greater incidence of diabetes mellitus. Women also choose to put off child bearing to a later age, and unfortunately this in turn can lead to increased complications!
Who’d be a working woman??
Or the better question is… how can we reduce some of the stress?? Well, the top tips will come as no surprise, and take a little planning.
1. Ensure the diet is improved – even just increasing the fruit and veg and water intake can help.
2. Quit smoking. You know why!
3. Decrease the amount of alcohol taken. I’m up for a glass of bubbles as much as the next girl, but do ensure there’s a couple of alcohol free days each week.
4. Time Management. Take a look-see at each day and see if there isn’t just a better way of getting things done. Can you delegate some tasks? Rearrange others? Have someone help out with the kids each week. Meal clubs and car pools can work wonders to free up time.
And for your own sake, please consider: Life Insurance, Total & Permanent Disablement Cover, Trauma Protection and Disability Income Cover.
With such hugely active lifestyles now and associated risk factors, it’s vital that working girls have the products to provide an income stream or ability to pay down debts in the event of the unexpected.
Look after yourself! You’re worth it!