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As a voice specialist, I have found that 95% of my female clientele experience soreness in their neck and shoulder regions by the end of the day
Some women complain of a sore jaw as well. Having worked with thousands of people, it is interesting to note that I have had only a handful of male clientele who complain of pain in these areas. Why the difference?
Because we business women carry our stress differently than men; and, we tend to become more aware of it by the end of the day. While I haven't done a controlled study on the subject, I have found that the stress men carry (if they carry any stress at all) is more likely to affect them in their digestive tract: it is a medical fact that men are more susceptible to peptic ulcers than women.
Learn to breathe properly and discover the best way to reduce the stress in your life!
Having heard Dr. John Gray, author of the best-selling Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, talking about his book, Why Mars & Venus Collide, I found it interesting when he described the differences in how men and women handle stress as well as why the sexes treat stress differently.
If I can put this in a nutshell, men's brains, because of their limited number of neural receptors, have a sequential thinking pattern which means they think about one thing at a time. Women, on the other hand, possessing thousands more neural receptors than men, have expansive thinking patterns, which means we have a lot more on our minds at any one time.
Now add to that innate quality the fact that so many women are not only running the household but also being relied upon for part of the family income and you then have stress that is greater than has ever been recorded for women.
Your vocal health is determined by the health of your entire body
Have you ever noticed that when you are extremely fatigued, your voice is much weaker than if you are energized? Not surprisingly, your vocal health is determined by the health of your entire body. Thus, if any of the following 5 factors are typical of your lifestyle, so too will the following 5 factors have an affect on your speaking voice.
- Poor diet
- Lack of sleep
- Obesity, if it inhibits your ability to breathe
- Use of tobacco, illegal drugs (and even some legal ones), and excessive alcohol
We need good energy input for maximum output
As women, we perform on the job depends on many variables: our skill set, mindset, personality type, and attitude. At any moment, we may carry out any number of tasks that call on us to be able to think, move, and execute practically simultaneously. It's like we're in constant air traffic controller-mode having to complete one task (plane landing) while getting ready for the next (plane taking off), plus keeping our eye on the one that's a few hours away (plane approaching our air space).
When you think about it in basic biological terms, that's a heck of a lot of demand on one person's body and mind. Add in all the other variables, like dealing with work relationships, the sights and sounds of the office, running in and out of meetings, etc., fighting traffic, never mind what we do before and after work, and the ante is raised even further. By the way, this also goes for online business owners, too. Even though we may work on a computer from home all day or from an Internet cafe, we still have a myriad of responsibilities in our jobs.
Do you have kith?
Dictionary.com defines "kith" as "acquaintances, friends, neighbors, or the like; persons living in the same general locality and forming a more or less cohesive group." You need your kith and your kith needs you. Human beings necessarily depend on each other. As John Donne said, "No man is an island."
Just as we may not be aware of our big toe, until it hurts--we may not be aware of our dependence on our kith--until we hurt. That is what happened to Maria--and it changed how she related to neighbors and friends for the rest of her life. When Jorge died, Maria had no one. Not only had she lost her husband of thirteen years, but she lost only support; her only confidant.