Do you ever feel stressed out, checked-out, exhausted or overwhelmed? You are not alone. Many people today struggle to ‘keep up’ with their own lives. Studies are clear that the effects of stress on your mind and body can be deadly. Therefore, it is important to learn how to gain control of the things in your life you find stressful and to learn how to reduce your stress response. Here are five simple ways to reduce and manage stress in your life.
Do you meditate? If you don’t practice a formal meditation, do you spend quiet time reflecting? Perhaps you pray or spend time reading inspirational books or you use visualization and positive affirmations? What do you do to prepare for entering that reflective time? How do your clear your mind of life’s chatter or white noise?
If worrying is so natural and has so many survival advantages (See my article Why Worry?), you may say, why not worry? The short answer is that it is well enough to worry for short periods when the crisis requires it, but it is unhealthy and unproductive to get into the habit of worrying all the time.
I often meet with individuals who desperately need time for themselves. Many of these individuals are professionals such as doctors, teachers, or daycare providers. Others are full time parents or are caring for their own ailing parents. Some are in a relationship with, or care for someone with mental or physical illness. While the presentation is diverse, there is a common theme. A theme of burnout, stress, and intense guilt related to wanting some “me time”. Friendships, interests, and ho
Pleasure is often thought about as being selfish, greedy, or hedonistic. We believe in making Pleasure a Priority. Pleasure does not just happen to us - we must actively choose to cultivate pleasure in our individual lives and in our relationships. Pleasure is healthy, makes us feel happier, more alive, and gives us energy to fuel our days. We believe that being fulfilled with pleasure makes us better partners, parents, friends and coworkers.
Even the most happy-go-lucky person has experienced stress at some point in their lives. In fact, stress is normal and in certain situations it makes sense to deal with it. What isn't healthy, however, is unnecessary stress. While each person handles stress in their own way, identifying and eliminating unnecessary stress is very important because if left unchecked, it can creep up on a person, causing havoc that could have been avoided in the first place.
Even the most happy-go-lucky person has experienced stress at some point in their lives. In fact, stress is normal and in certain situations it makes sense to deal with it. What isn't healthy, however, is unnecessary stress. While each person handles stress in their own way, identifying and eliminating unnecessary stress is very important because if left unchecked, it can creep up on a person, causing havoc that could have been avoided in the first place. What makes unnecessary stress hard to detect is the fact that it can be easily confused with normal everyday stresses.
Modern life is busy. Developing good stress management and good stress relief skills is a necessity. Almost all of us have more to do then we can possibly get done each day. We commute, work, try to exercise, take care of a home, spend time with loved ones and hope to find time to rest and recreate. Oh, and don’t forget, time to sleep!
According to the Huffington Post, Kim Kardashian's doctor has warned her that the stress from her divorce could have long-term effects on her unborn child. That shouldn't come as a surprise, given that both divorce and pregnancy are among life's ten most stressful events.
It's that time of year again that most of us look forward to ... cautiously! Though it’s supposed to be a Holiday Season which infers excitement and good times, it’s also a period that is fraught with stress and tension on so many different levels. Most people want the next several weeks to offer a sense of joy, yet don’t quite know how to achieve it.
We like to think that the holiday season is a blissful time for all, but for many couples, it can create extra stress to an already rocky marriag
By Talking Teenage, Jennifer A. Powell-Lunder, Psy.D., for GalTime.com simple solutions to be happier, calmer and less stressed during the holidays (and beyond) You have a busy, fulfilling life. You have much about which to be proud. You are smart, street savvy, confident and determined, everyone says so. "Then why," you wonder to yourself, "do I feel so stressed out and unhappy?
The holiday season can be full of joy or full of stress, which is for you? The difference between finding joy or feeling stressed during the holidays can come from the areas of emotion, physical activities, and diet. How you deal with your emotions and how you emotionally deal with the holidays can determine whether you have joy or stress during that time. For example, if you have relationship difficulties with family members or past hurtful memories, the holidays have a way of making you feel worse. I remember a woman who felt generally happy through t
Here’s a news flash: stress can make you sick. Maybe you haven’t gotten the message that stress can have a permanent effect on chronic illness. Clouds your thinking, screws up your judgment. Gives you the weepies and the angries. Can take away your will to vacuum the house or cook a meal. The effects of stress on the mood and memory components of your brain can get screwed up or even shut down.
One of the biggest concerns that I hear about from my clients with ADD is how to be more productive at work. Problems with distractibility are one of the most common concerns, due to the frequent interruptions that take place in most office settings, creating significant problems for many individuals with ADD.