Monthly Archives: August 2015

Stressed? Start a meditation practice

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You would need to be living in a cave not to have heard about the benefits of practicing mindfulness meditation. The scientific evidence is also clear that you don’t need to live in a cave to have a fruitful meditation practice.

Although taught more than 2,500 years ago by Buddha, meditation is definitely trending as celebrities, political leaders, corporations and schools are experiencing the positive results. It is no surprise lowering stress is of paramount importance in keeping healthy and meditation can certainly help. There are numerous clinical trials to support the benefits of taking up the practice. Some findings include more capacity for working memory, decrease in chronic pain, lower cortisol levels, increased immune system response and a potential effect on gene expression.

Excerpt from Mary Guip’s article in the Poughkeepsie Journal- Read more.

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Stress Is Your Brain Trying to Avoid Something

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Stress exists in every workplace, and all of us have probably tried a few trendy stress-management approaches. But rather than trying the latest fad, it may be more effective to understand how stress works and where it comes from, so that you can create your own methods for dealing with it.

Excerpt from Art Markman’s article in Harvard Business Review- Read more

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“Token” women at work have less healthy cortisol patterns

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Women working in jobs dominated by men have high levels of interpersonal stress that could harm their health, shows a new study presented at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting. Indiana University Bloomington researchers looked at daily stress hormone patterns from more than 440 women in a large U.S. survey who worked in jobs where at least 85% of the workforce were men.

Excerpt from Alexandra Sifferlin’s article in Time. Read more
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Anxiety Management

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“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom

I’ve been thinking a lot about worrying. Anxiety is an issue close to my heart – not only because more than half of our community is likely to suffer from it at some point in their lives.

Excerpt from Rifka Shonfeld’s article in the Jewish Press- Read more.

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6 simple tricks to improve the way you react to stress

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You know the feeling when you’re stuck in traffic? Or a long line at a restaurant or grocery store? That’s your body’s stress response.

As our stress levels increase, our response continues over a long period of time and puts our work effectiveness and health levels at risk.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/tricks-to-improve-the-way-you-react-to-stress-2015-8#ixzz3jOGePqAl

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How To Use Your Stress Wisely

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Stress is almost always talked about and perceived in a negative way. There are, however, surprising benefits. Consider stress from a different perspective. Extreme and long-lasting stress does not help anyone. But, some limited instances of short-term stress can be useful.

How does stress help?

1. Stress can help the brain.

Excerpt from Martina McGowan’s article in Business2Business.com

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Take care: Healthy responses to stress

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Dr. Jagdeep Kaur, psychiatrist with Keystone Behavioral Health, Chambersburg: In my last column (July 24), I discussed how stress affects our bodies and our minds and because it can affect our health, stress must be managed. Here are some specific ways to cope with stress in a healthy way. (This article contains general information only and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis, treatment or care by a qualified health care provider.)

Excerpt from Dr Jagdeep Kaur’s article in Public OpinionOnline- read more.

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4 Ways To Start The Week With Less Stress

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For most of us, Monday tends to be the most dreaded day of the week. Why? Because we often begin Monday, having not prepared on Friday, so we are playing catch up the moment we hit the door. Or, we have to begin a new project. Or, we feel trapped in a project that seems to have no end in sight.

Chronic stress will drain your energy and undermine your mental and physical health. If tensions build up throughout the week, you may have trouble resting and recharging your batteries and your mental energy on your days off. Then, you begin the following week tired out from the outset.

Excerpt from Martina McGowan’s article in Business to Community- read more.

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SELF-HELP: Stress management for college students

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Stress is a part of everyday life. Examples of stress for college students may include meeting academic demands, being in new social settings, being away from home for the first time, or preparing for graduation. While mild stress can actually be beneficial as a motivator, higher levels of stress can lead to medical and social problems. 

What is stress?

Internal or external events stimulate a sequence of physiological events called the “flight or fight” response (hormone activity, increased heart rate and breathing, dilated pupils, blood shunting). The stress response is essential for survival if we are fighting a war or facing other dangerous situations. However, most of the stress we experience in this technological age is psychological stress. Our bodies continue to respond with the same physiological processes and, unfortunately, since we don’t need to fight or flee, the constant bathing in stress hormones makes us more vulnerable to disease. The key to stress management is to reduce the magnitude of the flight or fight response by increasing our ability to avoid stress and/or to predict that we will have a measure of control over stressful events.

Excerpt from Northern Michigan University Counseling Services. Read more

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