Great Reads! Rushing Woman’s Syndrome

Rushing Woman's Syndrome

Are you always hurrying? Me too! I know it’s not good for me and I’m always trying to slow down but the Rushing Woman’s Syndrome
book by Dr. Libby Weaver helped because it describes the biochemical and emotional effects of always being in a rush. Not good!

Even though I’ve learnt how to meditate and practice mindfulness his book gave me a wake up call.

My friend healthy Tara recommended Rushing Woman’s Syndrome to me. I was a bit skeptical at first and, although I skim read much of it, I found a lot of useful new takeaways and some great reminders. So thank you Tara!

It’s ironic that I rushed through the book but I would read it again as it helped me learn a few new things about myself, my reactions to stress and staying healthy.

These were my key takeaways from Rushing Woman’s Syndrome:

  • I learnt that feeling low in the late afternoon/evening is caused by a drop in serotonin levels at that time. Now I’ll be more prepared for it and be mindful to notice my thoughts and label them (critical/sad/self-flagellating etc) but not believe in them at that time of the day.
  • Continual of low lying stress (anxiety or depression) can make it hard to lose weight.
    “Stress, whether real or perceived, may promote the production of excess cortisol. The ripple effect of a worry can very slowly and subtly change your metabolism to one of fat storage and leave your headspace full of sadness and withdrawn temperament.”
  • Progesterone is crucial to keep our anxiety in check and low progesterone can cause low mood or anxiety.
  • As well as deep breathing adrenal support can be provided by yoga, gratitude and herbs such as Withania (for worry), Rhodiola (for drama queens), Siberian Ginseng (for fatigue), Panex Ginseng (for sever fatigue) and liquorice (for low blood pressure).
  • Deep breathing can signal the body to calm down and should be practiced daily.

I’m passionate about staying healthy in midlife so we’re ever-ready for adventure and can live life to the full. This book helped me stay on track with that which is why I recommend it to you but I’ll keep the review short.

After all, I need to practice what I preach, slow down and take a moment for some lovely slow deep breathing!

Find out  more about Rushing Woman’s Syndrome on Amazon here.

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  1. Findia Group February 20, 2015 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    :)) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mag Price February 25, 2015 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Love the name and illustration. Totally relate. Am getting better at slowing down and remembering to breathe. Also have transitioned into the Paleo lifestyle with excellent results.
    Thanks for your article. Spot on!

  3. Seana - Sydney, Kids, Food + Travel February 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Hmmm… yes, I have a dose of the rushies… and as usual am thinking ‘well, if I can just stagger through to the end of this term then next term will be different.’

    Typical! Adding to list… you recommendation of ‘The Mindful Way Through Depression’ was marvellous – so helpful.

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