OK, I confess, I am slightly freaked out! If I had known this sooner I would definitely not allowed myself to get into this state. I always knew stress is bad and that it’s no way to live. My desire is for a peaceful life and I know that I would be a much better person if I were more peaceful. However, starting a business, growing a business, and surviving through various rough patches in business hasn’t allowed me the luxury of a peaceful life. Quite the contrary, I have been far too stressed for far too long.

Call me superficial but the first time I really started taking my stress levels seriously was when I learned that stress causes belly fat! Forget about heart attacks and all the other serious life-threatening conditions caused by stress, it was the belly fat that got my attention. Stress releases excess cortisol which increases appetite, and causes a loss of memory, muscle, libido, bone density, and belly fat.

So I began to work at being less stressed. Easier said than done. For years, I tried again tomorrow when I failed again today, but more than seven years passed by and I lived in a state of almost constant stress.

The big shocker came when I started growing chin hairs, a lot of chin hairs, I even jokingly (but seriously) posted on Facebook for advice on what to do with all these hairs. I was plucking every morning and every evening. My husband kindly bought me a laser gizmo to kill off these nasty hairs. It’s a brilliant device that really gets rid of nasty unwanted hair. The catch though is that I couldn’t pluck at all, I had to let it grow and shave. Yes, shave my face πŸ™ I can’t tell you how ugly I felt. Also, with having grown the hair out I saw how much hair there was. I was (and still am) embarrassed.

Then I read this (below) from Dr John Lee’s book which totally freaked me out. I did this to myself πŸ™

So now I am more determined than ever to find a way to leave a more peaceful, less stressful life but more importantly to find a better way to do business as a WOMAN so that I stop messing with my natural hormonal balance. I need to be more ‘yangy’ somehow.

Saying that, there is still a high probability of polycystic ovary syndrome but the hospital won’t see me for a scan due to Covid-19 – so what’s a girl to do? Keep getting fatter and growing more facial hair until the hospital will see me or is there another way…. the journey continues! In my next post, I will share more of my experiments with you until I find a winner or die from menopause frustration!

Do you have any thoughts? Am I the only one who has allowed stress to ruin my balance? Any tips to reduce stress?

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By Angela De Souza

I am a female founder CEO and I know what it took to get to where I am today even though I am still far from where I want to be. It's been a lonely journey. There are very few other female founders that I have managed to chat with, learn from and grow with. So rather than feeling sorry for myself, I decided to build my own super network with women just like me and those further ahead in the journey who are willing to share their wisdom and experience with us. Find out more at womensbusiness.club and angeladesouza.com

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