Yes, long working hours and tension of completing daily target in the office has led me to face severe issue. Earlier it was just stress but later it went worst when had impact on the functioning of my body. I could see irregularity in my periods, in turn, delay, pain and cysts. It directly reflects to Polycystic Ovary Disease (PCOD), says Richa, a professional academic research expert in Mumbai. Also, Vinita had to leave the job within few days of her joining since she was unable to cop up with her unbearable pain caused by PCOD during office hours. But the question is what causes PCOD?
There may be multiple issues causing PCOD including stress, modern life style, improper sleep, hormonal changes, irregular diets and food without nutritional values.
Directly or indirectly, stress is related to psychological stress or a feeling of emotional imbalance and tension. Feeling a little stressed at times could be useful for a person since it indicates that you are conscious enough about your environment. This will prepare you for ‘fight-or-flight’ situations. But you should be aware of rationalising the conditions and understanding the difference between short-term stress and long-term stress. People who feel more stressed on a continuous basis feel depressed, anxious and irritable. This chronic stress can lead to flare-ups of PCOD. Moreover, stress can also be the striker in creating a hormonal imbalance.
Stress, PCOD and Menstrual Cycle: Impact on Job
Excessive stress is also denoted as a burnout that is directly linked to both PCOD and irregular periods. Stress as a never-ending cycle leaves you with the feeling of disempowerment and lost with self-control. Usually, people when going through the phase of stress and depression, have to encounter others with constant positive energy and time but fall back.
Chain-smoking and female hormones are important triggers that mediates the progression of PCOD. A delay in regular monthly cycle and missing periods are found commonly related to stress. Longer menstrual cycles and delays are generally associated with a high level of anxiety. This can have an impact on your productivity and performance at your workplace and can also interfere with physical and emotional health. Women with high stress are more prone to an interdependency pattern at the workplace.
Organizations give excessive pressures to the employees with the temptation of incentives and other perks and in such cases, male employees take advantage. In line, to be competitive, women also take part in such office culture and then it ends with their health issues. A woman body is always complex matter to understand since keeping going through hormonal changes throughout the life. To relieve the stress, these women take help of cigarettes and alcohol but when it does not work, these women become the prey of PCOD. Women in the twenties are more prone to PCOD and increasing stress.
Recognize the triggers and stressors
- Financial and living situations
- Sleep habits
- Employment and job
- Feeling over exhaustive or depleted of energy.
- Social withdrawals.
- Feeling fatigued, headache.
- Increased restlessness and become cynical or negative about yourself.
- Reduced efficiency.
- Improper diets
- Food with less or no nutrition
- Long working hours
These all could behave as stress inducers resulting in worsening of the condition with compromises.
Tips to Heal: Taking care of yourself
Here are some tips given to manage the stress levels if you are affected both physically and psychologically with an impact on your work.
- Reach out to people. Sometimes the art of talking and getting sympathy can be highly effective. Share your stress with someone close to you.
- Exercise daily can mediate positive energy in you. You can give your day a start-up with meditation and yoga.
- Healthy dietary habits are recommended. Make your choices to some stress bursting food that will prevent mood swings.
- Less of sleeping hours may affect your capacity, productivity, skills, creativity and focus so keep yourself hydrated with a good sleep of at least 6-7 hours.
- Consult with the gynaecologist regarding maintenance of the body.
If you are having long working hours or have spent previous months or years in pressure just to earn money nothing else, then try to change your job or learn how to manage the pressure in these working hours. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has also said that love your job, not your company.