A little while ago I got together with a bunch of hip, talented women for a networking session. Casa del Matador hosted the NAPW Portland Chapter and we discussed an array of different topics with a focus on stress management. Portland Chapter President Franchesca Vermillion, D.C., discussed the four types of stress that exist: chemical stress, emotional stress, physical stress, and mental stress. All these can lead to: blood pressure issues; mood swings; difficulty sleeping/eating, etc. People deal with these stresses in different ways and the most popular method seems to be caffeine, which is actually a drug and can have side-effects if used long-term, including osteoporosis, which is more commonplace amongst women.
Well, that was definitely food for thought for me. I know that I consume way too much caffeine, and, some years ago, was diagnosed as having borderline osteoporosis back from when I was in college and had terrible eating habits and was probably under-nourished.
However, the thing with me is that I don’t use caffeine as a stress-crutch. But according to Vermillion since many people do (especially women who seem to want it all), it is time to figure out how to combat the problem. She said that we must first take care of ourselves and then worry about others. But, as Daniel always likes to point out “you’re usually Number One on your list!”
Still, although I didn’t really relate to too many stresses in life which seemed to be the seminar’s focal point, I did have a tremendous opportunity to connect with new people. I now feel that I can actually use the connections to further some of my potential business ideas. Plus, there could be more women with whom I can rotate for my “ladies who lunch” rotation!