Womens Health and the Justice Workplace – The Relationship Between Rest, Stress and Hormones

Womens Health and the Justice Workplace: The Relationship Between Rest, Stress and Hormones
Duration: 60 Minutes
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Recorded on: 2024-03-06
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Burnout is prevalent in law enforcement due to the demanding, stressful, and even downright traumatic nature of the profession. But this is exacerbated further for women who have to deal with unique career and life challenges. Wendy Hummell leads this webinar to talk about issues affecting women and strategies to mitigate these.

Wendy is the current Health and Wellness Manager for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to this, she served as a detective working persons crimes which include homicide, gang, and sex crimes cases. Her own experience prompted her to dedicate her expertise to mental, emotional, and physical health.

Specifics she discussed in this session include:

  • Wendy’s journey suffering from stress and burnout on physical, mental, and emotional health.
  • Studies highlighting how women are impacted by stress at a much higher rate and myths relating to women in the workplace.
  • How stress affects the entire body and triggers different responses and the different types and severity of stress.
  • The concept of allostatic load where the nervous system is unable to regulate, recover, and complete the stress cycle,
  • The difference between internal stress and external stressors.
  • Microaggressions in the workplace that contribute to women’s heightened stress response, negatively affecting psychological safety and willingness to take risks and share ideas or concerns.
  • How stress response manifests as in fight, flight, and freeze mode.
  • How burnout, categorized as an occupational hazard is characterized by emotional and physical exhaustion, depersonalization, and a decreased sense of accomplishment.
  • Chronic stress that manifests as interconnected physical symptoms.
  • Self-sabotaging behaviors of perfectionism, rule-following, logic over intuition, harmony over conflict, and self-sacrifice that affect stress management and relationships.
  • How work-related stress impacts different aspects of physiology and results in hormonal issues that are more complex for women.
    • The different hormones that are released during stress and how these impact bodily functions.
    • The concept of Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal (HPA) Axis which impacts metabolism, digestion, reproductive functions and fertility, cell regeneration, immunity, circulation, and respiration.
    • How adrenal fatigue leads to cortisol underproduction which impacts the thyroid and sex hormones resulting in endocrine dysfunction.
    • Factors that lead to hormonal imbalance to be wary of.
    • The delicate estrogen-progesterone-testosterone balance and how imbalance can result in mental health and physical health concerns.
    • Another balance that must be maintained with thyroid hormones that can exacerbate autoimmune disease and lead to thyroid disorders that often go undiagnosed.
  • Addressing stress through awareness and employing strategies like physical activity, intentional breathing, and positive social interactions to complete the stress cycle.
  • Tools to reset the nervous system by understanding health metrics, utilizing food as medicine, ensuring quality sleep, spending time outdoors, and embracing various forms of rest.

Questions from the webinar attendees are about:

  • Finding a medical professional who understands stress-related health issues.
  • The need for workplace education on stress and health in male-dominated fields like law enforcement.
  • Dealing with microaggressions in the workplace.
  • Leveraging yoga and mindfulness to manage stress.
  • Specific guidance for those dealing with ADHD.
  • How to support spiritual rest.


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Audience Comments

  • “I learned about some of the impact of stress on different hormones and hormone-related systems in the body. I previously knew about stress’s impact on other areas of the body and other aspects of health, but not this one.”
  • “I found this one very interesting.”
  • “Very informative, well structured, great presenter.”
  • “Overall it allowed me to understand all that I am experiencing with heart palpitations, fatigue, brain fog, overload. I thought I had a good handle on stress but after this webinar I realize I do not. Very interesting, wish this was a longer webinar/workshop. Wendy was great!”
  • “Wendy is the BEST! Great talk…so much information!”
  • “Amazing webinar with ALOT of details!!!”
  • “Even though it was a listen-only webinar, the speaker kept my attention and the interactive portion of the webinar was good.
  • This has been my favorite course I’ve taken so far. I am currently recovering from burnout and sympathetic overload so it really hit home.”
  • “The self-sabotaging tendencies was a bit of an eye-opener for me though I’ve heard it in one form or another before. It takes time, experience, and maturity to develop better habits but when we are younger in our careers, we get “caught up” in these tendencies to our detriment. Thank you for a very thoughtful and well-laid-out webinar, Wendy!”
  • “Love this training.”
  • “This was one of the most useful webinars I have been a part of in a long time. I look forward to seeing more like this in the future.”
  • “This was a great topic and webinar. I think that we should have more webinars on this topic. The presenter was great!”



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Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) is an organization of individuals working together to foster awareness of the value that women bring to law enforcement. WIFLE’s goals include recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in federal law enforcement occupations, and the continued development of an information sharing and support network. WIFLE promotes collaborative leadership styles and the development of programs and policies that balance community service with enforcement of the laws. WIFLE also serves as an information and resource network for women in federal law enforcement, domestically and internationally. WIFLE is a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion in the federal law enforcement profession, a cornerstone to effectively serving communities across the country.


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