Negative emotions can cause stress which affects all aspects of our lives, including behaviors, our thinking ability, and physical health. Stress is a body’s method of reacting to a perceived or real challenge. If stress is left unchecked, it can display itself in many ways that effect our health negatively. No part of the body is immune.
Stress causes the body to release the hormone cortisol, which is produced by the adrenal glands. During periods of increased stress, “the immune cells are being bathed in molecules which are essentially telling them to stop fighting,” according to Dr. Esther Sternberg. This makes the body more susceptible to disease. Stress can raise your blood pressure, cause rashes, aches and pains.
Stress can also affect your respiratory and cardiovascular systems, making your heart pump faster, and sometimes making it hard to breathe. In addition to all of this, during stress the sex hormone called androgens are released which can result in temporary hair loss according to Dr. Roberta Sengelmann. Did you know that stress can even affect your menstrual cycle?
Here are 5 ways to reduce your level of stress in your mother/daughter relationship.
- Acknowledge your mother’s or daughter’s concern (Listening rather than being defensive and confrontational goes a long way)
- Respond rather than react (remember you can’t change your mother, but you can change the way YOU respond.
- Honor each other’s feelings. (Sometimes there is no right or wrong, just a difference of opinions)
- Treat each other with respect (Disrespectful criticism and contempt only fuels conflicts)
- Get help (sometimes we are so close to the problem, we can’t be objective)
Hope this information helps you navigate through the challenges of your mother and adult daughter relationships.