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Dealing With Life’s Biggest Stresses

Dealing With Life’s Biggest Stresses

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There are many stresses in life, and they are often avoidable if you want to move on and experience life itself. The good thing to know is that we all experience stress in our lives, and it’s not just major life events, but even day-to-day situations can top the list when it comes to causing us stress, but luckily there are plenty of ways to help you cope with them.  

Bereavement

Losing a loved one comes top of the list of the most stressful things you may ever have to deal with. As grief affects people in different ways, you may feel shock and sadness, anger or even guilt. It is essential that during this time that you make sure you take care of yourself, to make sure you eat well and get enough rest.

Relationship Breakdown

Separation or divorce is both another two of life’s most stressful events. Even if both the end of the relationship is mutual, there are always going to be emotional, practical and legal considerations to be dealt with. Living arrangements, financial matters and dealing with child custody lawyers all have to be taken into account. Surround yourself with a good support system, and take time to make any decisions.

Moving Home

Moving house is another of life’s stressful events. There’s finding the right place for you, then there’s the packing and unpacking and finding new schools, shops and other services. This comes along with any financial stress, and in addition to the logistical considerations, there is also the emotional stress of moving. Researching the new area, hiring professional movers such and relying on friends and family for help to make the whole thing a lot easier. Try to plan the entire move ahead of time for things go smoothly and once you have moved in, introduce yourself to your neighbours and start looking for ways to get involved in your new community.

Getting A New Job

No matter where you are on the career ladder, starting a new job can be a significant cause of stress in everyday modern life. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in your first days in a new job as we learn what is expected of you in your original post. Remember, you can’t be expected to know everything right from the start, so don’t be afraid to ask questions or get help when you need it. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, take a short walk or find another quick stress reliever.

Finance Worries

Finances are also one of the most common causes of stress. Identify your financial worries and create a plan to manage your finances more efficiently. Look at how you deal with the financial burden and address any unhealthy behaviours you might have such as gambling or drinking. These are not good or advisable ways to relieve money stress.


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Medical Zebra

Medical Zebra

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What have zebras got to do with medical issues, you may be rightfully wondering at this point. It seems like these are two things that operate in very separate spaces; one on the plains of Africa, the other in the deep and dark recesses of your mind. So what’s the link?

It all relates back to a phrase that medical students are taught during their training. For most medical students, they get into their field to be excited, to advance new medical studies, to immerse themselves in scientific breakthroughs. As a result, they are prone to taking a benign set of symptoms and seeing a bizarre, novel cause for them. It’s not through any negligence; but more a manifestation of their desire to be on the ground-breaking, cutting edge of science.

To try and temper this enthusiasm and bring them back down to earth, their professors will ask them to see symptoms as hoofbeats. To put the same problem to you: if you heard the rat-tat of hoofbeats around the corner and turned your head to see what was causing them – what would you expect to see? Horses – or zebra?

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For medical students, learning to realize that 99.9% of the time it will be the more generic, realistic horses is a big part of their training. Sure, maybe one day there would be a zoo outbreak, and it would be zebras careening towards them – but the rest of the time, it’s horses.

It’s a point that is pertinent to laypeople as well as the doctors of the future. We all have a tendency to expect zebra when really we’re just dealing with common or garden horses. That’s not to minimize the impact those horses might have (there’s always a chance of being stampeded by wild horses, of course…), but it is to say: look for the most likely cause first.

It’s something we don’t keep in mind when we suffer a health problem. And it can make things a million times worse.

Stress Is A Killer

There are no specific statistics on the number of people that stress kills every year, but if they were, we’d see it a prevalent serial killer. We know the numbers for those who die of stress-related illnesses, and they make grim reading.

If you are stressed, your immune system is lowered. Your neurological functioning is weaker. Your heart rate and blood pressure are negatively affected.

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So let’s say you have a symptom that you’re concerned about. Something that seems threatening, perhaps pain near ribs or a shortness of breath. You have a vague understanding that these issues are Bad Things, while not being entirely sure of the exact cause.

The moment you notice these problems, you begin to stress about them. You’re expecting zebra, at this point. It’s far too easy – with help from the never-useful Dr. Google – to assume that there is something seriously wrong. You convince yourself that you’ve not just pulled a muscle or any of the other myriad of mild causes for your symptoms – you’re dying. Your mind jumps to the worst case scenario. And thus, your stress begins to creep up.

How This Makes Things Worse

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There’s a very basic way this reaction can make things worse: it can interfere with tests. If you go to see a doctor with those symptoms, they will most likely run a basic blood pressure check. If you’ve been stressing, panic and anxiety eating away at you, then your blood pressure is likely to be high. Not necessarily because of the symptoms you’re experiencing, but because of your reaction to those symptoms. It becomes a false positive, potentially sending medical investigation down entirely the wrong route.

So How Do You Fight Back?

In truth, there is no easy way of dealing with this, no magic fix. Very few of us have active control over our stress response; it’s more something that happens to us rather than something we invite.

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The best way to cope with it is to ask family and friends for their opinion. Do they think it’s a concern? They can answer it without the stress hormone cortisol interfering with their decision-making process. Furthermore, if an issue becomes truly invasive, then seek a medical opinion – don’t just sit on both the symptom and your stress about it in the hopes it will go away. The chances are in your favor; you’re almost certainly just hearing horses – but there’s no harm in making sure.

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Stress Isn’t Just Annoying, It’s Actually Dangerous!

Stress Isn’t Just Annoying, It’s Actually Dangerous!

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We all get stressed from time to time, that’s just a natural part of life. Between work, family life and trying to maintain a healthy social life, there are plenty of occasions when things start to pile on, and you need to take a break from it all. For the most part, the best thing to do is just step back and relax for a little bit. Try to forget the things that are causing you stress, rest, and recharge. But what happens when you’re not able to do that? What happens when stress goes from being a minor and occasional inconvenience to being a constant and persistent part of your life? Well, it turns out that too much stress isn’t just annoying or inconvenient, it can actually be downright dangerous! Here are a few ways that too much stress can actually cause problems for you, your life, and your body.

Adrenal fatigue

Your adrenal glands are the primary stress control center in your body. They are incredibly important for maintaining correct stress levels throughout your system. When put under too much strain through external stress such as depression, anger, sleep deprivation or infection, then your adrenal glands can actually stop functioning properly. This can lead to adrenal exhaustion. There are a lot of different symptoms of adrenal exhaustion but some of them include weight gain and respiratory problems.

Weakened immune system

There is a lot less attention paid to the relationship between the mind and the body than there should be. However there have been links found between stress levels and a weakened immune system. How many us have been in the position where we get sick right at the moment where we really needed not to. Perhaps there was a big presentation coming up at work, or you were getting ready to move house. These kinds of situations can be incredibly stressful and those stress levels in your system can often leave your body vulnerable.

Heart problems

Too much stress hormone in your system increases your heart rate and constricts your blood vessels. This means that your heart is under much more pressure and is forced to work a lot harder, leading increase blood pressure levels. Studies have also shown a clear link between stress levels and a person’s risk of suffering a heart attack.

Relationship difficulties

This might not relate to your body, but it is still a risk factor when it comes to the stress levels in your life. If you’re feeling very stressed and under a lot of pressure, that can very often lead to difficulty communicating in your relationship, as well as sometimes taking that stress out on the people closest to you. Large amounts of stress also make you more likely to overreact to minor inconveniences. This is what often leads to minor disagreements turn into heated screaming matches for seemingly no reason. People with increased levels of stress often find it much harder to come back down from that place and calm down as well. It’s important not to let the stress of life get in the way of a happy, healthy relationship.

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Simple Changes To Boost Your Wellbeing And Happiness

Simple Changes To Boost Your Wellbeing And Happiness

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Well-being is defined as a state of comfort, happiness, and health. Unfortunately, increasing numbers of people are reporting that their mental and emotional health is far from perfect. More and more of us are seeking help for depression and anxiety, and are struggling to cope with the realities of the modern world. Fortunately, there are simple changes you can make to boost your sense of well-being and live a calmer and happier life.

Environment

As comfort is a big part of our sense of mental and physical wellness, it’s important to take into account any external factors that are creating a negative impact on our lives. Psychologist, Abraham Harold Maslow created a Hierarchy of Needs in 1943. His theory outlined that people need to fulfill a number of basic steps or ‘needs’ before reaching what he termed ‘self-actualization’. The first step refers to physiological needs which include food, water, warmth and rest. It stands to reason that if these basic needs are not met, they can have a negative impact on our lives.

This will have a different relevance to different people. But on a simple level, it reminds us to look at these factors when assessing our well-being. For example, if we lose our job and income we may fear that we will lose our home. Until this is resolved, we’re unlikely to feel safe and happy again. There may be external factors impacting our life such as difficulty sleeping, inadequate heating or temperature control, etc. Some of these can be resolved by simply replacing a window or attending to our heating system. Taking steps to create a safe, warm and secure living environment is the first step to living a better life.

Aesthetics also comes into this as research shows that our immediate environment impacts on our mental health. So, decluttering, changing the décor or moving furniture around may have a positive impact.

Work

Apart from sleeping, the majority of our time is spent at work. Therefore, if this part of our lives is less than satisfactory, it’s no wonder it can affect us in a negative way. When discussing the subject of work stress, people often cite the following problems:

  • Insufficient salary to meet basic needs
  • Feeling of not being valued
  • Being micro-managed
  • Problems with co-workers
  • Stressful daily commute
  • Hours are too long
  • Not enough breaks
  • Difficulty in establishing a work/life balance

The solution to these issues depends on the specific problem. General steps you can take include:

  • Discussing salary with your boss or retraining to find a better-paid job
  • Minimizing contact with difficult people or finding strategies to deal with them
  • Suggesting working remotely from home on some days of the week
  • Taking regular breaks to stretch, walk around and clear your head
  • Establishing firm barriers regarding working hours

Internal Factors

Often feelings of worry and anxiety come from within us. They may be caused by being overly tired, unhelpful thoughts, dwelling on issues, etc. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to address this. For example:

  • Embarking on yoga or meditation that addresses the mind and body
  • Recognizing stress triggers
  • Learning new strategies to process and deal with unhelpful thoughts
  • Getting enough sleep each night
  • Enlisting the help of a therapist

There are several steps you can take to create a happier and healthier life, inside and out. This includes addressing external/environmental factors, work problems, and internal issues. This may not be enough, and in those cases, it’s always advisable to seek medical help. But, these strategies can be helpful and provide boost to your overall well-being.

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Does acupuncture really helps relieve stress? By Guest Blogger, Jamichael M.

By Guest Blogger, Jamichael M.

 

Does acupuncture really helps relieve stress?

“Silver Needle Acupuncture In Medicine Cup” by Praisaeng
“Silver Needle Acupuncture In Medicine Cup” by Praisaeng

Acupuncture is a popular treatment modality in many chiropractic clinics and medical spas, and it is now being offered as a procedure to bust out stress. Acupuncture involves insertion of very thin needles in specific points in the skin by a skilled and licensed practitioner. This is based on the belief that insertion of needles in specific areas of the skin promotes flow of Qi; the proper flow of Qi in the body makes you healthy, while interrupted flow cause sickness. Learn more about acupuncture here.
Stress is a common and our life is full of it, so we tend to look for ‘quick’ and effective fixes. Acupuncture is now being used to relieve stress. We will examine if acupuncture is a good solution to this common problem.
Yes, acupuncture works wonders for stress relief
There is a reason why acupuncture is popular today, and that is because it works for certain conditions. Acupuncture works for common symptoms of stress, like pain, headache and menstrual cramps. If it works to relieve these symptoms, acupuncture will work to relieve your stress.
Acupuncture works for stress, and this is true according to science. Acupuncture cause stimulation that promotes normalization (reduction) of stress hormones. This results to relief from symptoms of stress. Stressed individuals who underwent acupuncture sessions have better sleep and improved well-being, and those things are more than enough to conclude that acupuncture is an effective stress buster.
Acupuncture for specific kinds of stress
Everyone has different perceptions on the discomfort caused by stress. As our chiropractors in Charlotte have noted, individuals often describe the feeling of being ‘stressed’ as feeling depressed, anxious, frustrated or fatigued.
Acupuncture is proven to reduce anxiety, even in individuals with generalized anxiety disorders. Needle-insertion in acupuncture procedures promotes release of chemicals in the brain that have painkilling properties, as well as stimulating the brain to control emotions. In the same manner, acupuncture works to reduce depression and achieve better pain control. In simple words, acupuncture relieves the abnormal ‘flight-or-fight’ response we feel as stress.
For several reasons, it is a good idea to try acupuncture first when you feel stressed, anxious or have lingering pain. Needle insertion in acupuncture is still invasive, but it is safer compared to use of medicines injected under the skin or in the veins. Acupuncture does not involve use of medicines that can cause serious side effects and addiction; acupuncture may produce mild bruising and some dizziness, but that’s all and is uncommon. For stress relief and resolution of anxiety, depression and lingering pain, acupuncture produces good and effective relief within minutes.
Description of acupuncture treatment sessions for stress relief
To achieve stress relief, the acupuncturist identifies specific points in your skin and inserts needles until half a millimeter away from the nerve. The patient feels sensation of peaceful relief and relaxation during and after treatment. For stress control, best practice recommends six to ten acupuncture sessions per week, and after achieving pain control, fewer sessions afterwards.
If acupuncture did not work for those conditions, you can always go to your doctor to have conventional treatment, and previous acupuncture sessions will not produce any complications.

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How to release stress before it takes over your body.

Problem:

I have been so stressed out lately from work, what is a good tip for stress relief at home? I hear of so many approaches, how do I know what’s best for me? Dale, 26

 Stressed Businesswoman

Tip from Tia:

Don’t worry stress hits us all too some degree. The goal is to make sure you release stress before it takes over your body. And, there are so many approaches out there now, just don’t stress trying to find the right one.

A good start for you is, you actually know where your stressor is coming from. That’s always the first step. What is causing this stress? Then, how to process the stress. And finally, having a positive outlet; a stress reliever. Now, good stress relievers that can be done at home are: exercise, meditation/yoga, stretching, switching your brain gears from work by stopping to watch a movie when you feel anxiety coming on, turn on some favorite music, soft or heavy which ever you prefer and works towards eliminating the anxiety, or go in silence, while enjoying a cup of hot tea or cocoa.

A good diet is important to keep your neurotransmitters firing properly. Adding amino acids or vitamins may work as well. Be sure to do research and discuss with your doctor what’s going on and determine if further medical attention is necessary.

The point is, there is no secret remedy to become stress-free, and it all depends on yourself and what you will enjoy and what helps you find relief.

Exercise of course, is the number one important way to relieve the stress. But to move the furniture, and break out the yoga pad everyday, could put more stress on an individual. An individual that never tried it before, may find it to be the greatest thing they could ever do for themselves.

Either way, some form of activity is key to help with the stresses of life. Whether the exercise you choose is physical, mental or even emotional/spiritual. The stress-relievers that work the best are, things that you find yourself enjoying while you do them.

Most calm individuals find when you continue and look forward to participating in your stress relief method to exhale the day away, you will finally understand that “Zen” thing you’ve heard others talk about.

Being stress-free does help you feel more exciting about yourself and your surroundings. Meditation is proven to help build self-esteem. Remember your beauty comes from the inside and shines out.

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Relieve Mental Stress. Tips on Triggers:

By Tia Cristy

Tips on Triggers: Relieve Mental Stress.

 

Anything overwhelming can cause a stress reaction. Financial difficulties, daily responsibilities, jobs, kids, etc. can cause this immediate response. Oddly enough, when you see someone or you, yourself tend to be stressed out, you may rub your temples or pinch the top, of the bridge of your nose. It is just a natural reaction or response, which incredibly, is the subconscious, knowing how to heal you.

It truly makes sense, since those are 2 main areas, to trigger stress relief.

After rubbing those areas, to calm the brain, rub the very top of your head, while taking a few deep breaths, to invigorate and balance the mind, while work towards, pushing your stress far away.

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