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Monday, February 11, 2019

Talking Relieves Stress

Talking Relieves Stress for Black Women

Talking helps relieve stress issues that are emotionally weighing black women down. Just as there are many sources of stress for black women, there are many possibilities for stress management.

Talking helps relieve stress and may help with overweight issues due to stress

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Stressing While Being Black 

Acute Stress is a very short-term type of stress that this is a type of stress most often encounter in day-to-day life. You may feel uncomfortable asking for help because you are supposed to be the strong one, but that doesn't mean you should go without the help that is needed. 

An acute stress reaction occurs when symptoms, including anxiety, develop quickly as a reaction to exceptionally stressful events. Empower yourself by taking actions to control your stress level. Set goals that are reasonable to achieve. Almost everyone needs someone in their life they can rely on when they are having a hard time. Having little or no support makes stressful situations even more difficult to deal with.

Just as there are many sources of stress, there are many possibilities for stress management. Become aware of your stressors and your emotional and physical reactions. An acute stress reaction occurs when symptoms develop due to a particularly stressful event. Your body responds to stressors differently however the acute stress response, also known as the fight-or-flight response. 

Acute stress is an immediate reaction to a stressful situation. It could mean that you are in danger, critical incidents, disaster or just given bad news. Do not let acute stress become danger chronic stress. You can deal with acute stress by taking deep breaths, counting to 10, going for a walk or a run or talking to someone, you can trust who will listen.

Heart Disease and Black Women

Black women are more likely to have heart disease than white, Hispanic, and Asian-American women. Even though is a known fact; unfortunately, heart disease is still the number one killer of Black women.

Black women are more likely than other groups to have heart disease risk factors like high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. We may be less likely than others to receive preventive treatment including medicines to lower blood pressure and advice from doctors or nurses about weight control and quitting smoking. In addition, we may be more likely than others to have heart surgery at less-experienced hospitals.

Black women are 60 percent more likely than non-Hispanic white women to have high blood pressure. There are several risk factors related to heart disease. Some of these risk factors are obesity and overweight; obesity is diagnosed when your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or higher.

Your body mass index is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms (kg) by your height in meters (m) squared. Overweight means weighing too much. A person may be overweight from extra muscle, bone, or water, as well as too much fat. However, both terms mean that someone's weight is higher than what is thought to be healthy for his or her height.

Weight Class
Below 18.5
Obese (Class I)
Obese (Class II)
40.0 and higher
Extreme obesity (Class III)

Research has linked social and economic factors of obesity. Avoiding obesity is difficult if you do not have safe areas to exercise. Similarly, you may not have been taught healthy ways of cooking, or you may not have money to buy healthier foods. In addition, the people you spend time with may influence your weight you are more likely to become obese if you have obese friends or relatives.

The greater exposure to stress and obsesity over the life course increases susceptibility to illness and death among black women. Stressors can take many forms, including those associated with economic difficulties, sickness, work-related pressure, death of a spouse or loved one, family responsibilities or difficulties, neighborhood instability, racism and discrimination. Several psychological factors are associated with stress, including depression, anxiety, and anger or hostility, and may play a role in poor health-related to stress.

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