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Can stress cause weight gain? How does reducing stress allow for weight loss?


Yes! This doesn’t mean you can plop down in your recliner and expect to drop the pounds, but it does mean that reducing stress in your life will also help you lose weight. Actually, the tip is to lower cortisol. The stress hormone cortisol increases appetite and pumps out the command to want sweets and simple carbs—the foods that make insulin spike and then plummet—which leaves you hungrier than ever and messes up your cholesterol. The cortisol “stress fat” goes right to your belly, too. It increases a lot with depression. Some people are more likely to pump out cortisol than others. If you eat more when under stress or feeling blue, you’re probably one of them. So this tip might really help you.

Read more about Weight Loss | Relax and Lose Weight

Were you stressed while waiting for your hysterectomy? Were you overwhelmed with all the preparing?


Welcome to the one week before surgery stress-out club! We have all been there and it is quite normal. You will never get the house as clean as you would like. You will never complete all the errands you want to get done. You will never feel like you have accomplished everything that you needed to prior to your surgery. But life will still go on! The world will not fall to pieces. Please don’t let this stress you out.

Read more about Waiting for Hysterectomy Surgery | Stress.

Have you found it hard to manage stress during menopause? What helps you manage stress?


With all that’s going on in your life, it’s possible you feel stressed far too often. That can be especially true with menopause in the picture. As much as you might want to sweep stress into the corner and try to ignore it, you shouldn’t. Although you can’t see it, stress has a serious negative impact on your heart. To put it bluntly, chronic stress can kill you.

When you’re under stress, it triggers a fight or flight response that includes a flood of chemicals to prepare your body for immediate action. And that’s great if you are in danger and need to respond quickly to an emergency. It’s not so good if the perceived threat is a traffic jam, deadline, or other non-life threatening issue. All that activity puts a strain on your heart which can put you at risk for heart disease.

Read more about Manage Stress – Your Heart Will Thank You.

Do you have a gratitude journal? How do you stay grateful?


Stress and depression are very real, and they may have become your constant companions since you’ve reached menopause. While mind over matter isn’t going to send them packing, making gratitude a habit can help ease their hold on your mind and emotions.

Being grateful works because it gives you the opportunity to chose to look on the brighter side of life. It gets you thinking about others and moves your focus away from the dark clouds hanging over your head. Various scientific projects have even concluded that being grateful has a positive impact on both your physical and psychological well-being.

Read more about Make Gratitude a Habit – It’s a Secret for Managing Stress and Depression.

Were you stressed while dieting? Did these things contribute to your stress during dieting?


Menopause can have notoriously bad timing. It can pop up when you may already be trying to cope with a number of changes all around you – an empty nest, aging parents, creaking bones, and looming retirement. It’s symptoms only add to your stress and leave you burning the candle at both ends – and that has you drinking far too much java and going through way too many drive-thrus.

Without realizing it, you may be worsening your stress level by taking too many shortcuts with your diet. You are what you eat, so all that mindless munching may be taking its toll on your state of mind. Rather than help you get through stressful times, it really may be making it harder for you to cope.

Read more about Is Your Diet Adding to Your Stress During Menopause?

What are some ways you manage stress during menopause?


Menopause brings with it a host of symptoms and changes which can leave you feeling stressed and miserable. Hot flashes, headaches, and vaginal drynessare enough to make you irritable and annoyed. Brain fog, insomnia, and depression can make it hard to function and complete your every day tasks. To add to the mix, life stressors around the time of menopause can add to your stress level.

Even though you may not be able to prevent menopause, you can control how much it affects you. There are a number of steps you can take to minimize your stress level and treat menopause symptoms which can help you feel calmer and more in control.

Read more about 5 Menopause Stress Busters

How do you manage your stress during menopause? What things help you cope?


Stress and menopause can go hand in hand, especially during perimenopause. Hormone levels are changing, causing annoying menopause symptoms that leave you frustrated and tired. Life situations, like aging parents and college bound children, can also cause stress during menopause.

While you can’t remove all the stress in your life, there are lots of things you can do to help you cope during menopause. Chronic stress is not good for your overall health, so follow these do’s and don’ts to bring some calm into your life.

Read more about Do This – Not That: Managing Stress

How are you managing stress in order to prevent heart disease?


Let’s face it. It’s easy to get stressed out. After all, women are multitaskers who are notorious for continually adding to their already full schedules. You know it’s true. Why else were you talking on the phone this morning while curling your hair and eating breakfast in the bathroom? And remember the woman in the car next to you at the stop light on your way to work? She was putting on her make-up while talking on the phone, eating a donut, and trying to operative a vehicle on a busy highway.

But it’s not as easy as it used to be. Family and work dynamics are changing and your aging body isn’t coping as well as it used to. And if that wasn’t enough, without an invitation, menopause has come banging on your door with hot flashes, brain fog, insomnia, and anxiety.

Read more about Can Managing Stress Prevent Heart Disease in Women during Menopause?

How do you handle stress? Are you aware that menopause symptoms include stress? Add to our list: Stress Busters


Menopause brings with it a host of symptoms and changes which can leave you feeling stressed and miserable.  Hot flashes, headaches, and vaginal dryness are enough to make you irritable and annoyed.  Brain fog, insomnia, and depression can make it hard to function and complete your every day tasks. To add to the mix, life stressors around the time of menopause can add to your stress level.

Even though you may not be able to prevent menopause, you can control how much it affects you. There are a number of steps you can take to minimize your stress level and treat menopause symptoms which can help you feel calmer and more in control.

Read more about Menopause Stress Busters.

Feeling Stressed? What are your favorite stress-busters?


four steps to de-stress

Today is National Kite Flying Day which brings two images to mind…one of actually flying a kite and the other of the phrase “Go Fly a Kite” both images which then brought to mind our HysterSisters that may be feeling stressed right now.

Everything from medical problems and/or finances and/or hysterectomy recovery and/or relationships can lead to increased stress so we’ve put together 4 Steps to De-Stress because flying a kite is a lovely way to de-stress and a much better option than telling someone to “Go Fly a Kite”.