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Stress is something that affects everybody. Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional tension or strain resulting from demanding or adverse circumstances. This can result in a multitude of symptoms, including headaches, muscle tension, pain, insomnia, worry, anxiety, depression and even disease. And according to a recent survey, nearly 77 percent of all Americans regularly experience physical or psychological symptoms caused by stress (American Institute of Stress, May 2017).… Read the rest
Stress is a word many people are familiar with. The dictionary defines stress in multiple ways, but there is only one that matters when we discuss how stress affects our physical bodies. The definition is this, “stress is a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension.” And while most people think of stress as being detrimental, it truly does have a function in our bodies.… Read the rest
Is stress affecting your mood and sleep? Then, it’s time to push back. While being active and having hobbies can help, you can also do simple things – like take frequent breaks throughout your day.
Learning how to relax is very important, too. One technique is imagining a peaceful place in your mind and, then, thinking of all the sights, sounds and smells of that place.… Read the rest
Don’t forget about physical exercise
Believe it or not, when you’re exercising your body, you’re exercising your mind as well. Aerobic exercise gets your blood pumping, which increases the oxygen going to your brain and lowers your risk of disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease that can lead to memory loss. If you can, start with some exercise in the morning.… Read the rest
As much as we enjoy the emerging flowers and warmer weather of April, there can be a bit of a dark cloud hanging in the spring sky. Often the first few weeks of the month are a rush of receipts and 1040’s as the April 15 Tax deadline looms, and a rush of new schedules as the kids’ sports seasons fire up.… Read the rest
Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your loved ones how much you care. Below are some ideas to make this year’s holiday a memorable one.
Start the day off right
Make a homemade breakfast for your loved one or close family and friends in your life. Everyone can appreciate waking up to something homemade.… Read the rest
The holidays are a big part of the fall and winter months. This is often a time to reconnect
with family and loved ones, to attend social events, and celebrate your beliefs.
Unfortunately, it can also be a time of extra commitments, nonstop activity, and pressure
to get it all done. This can result in a lot of stress both mental and physical.… Read the rest
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a state of active, open, intentional attention on the present moment. When you become mindful, you realize that you are not your thoughts; you become an observer of your thoughts from moment to moment without judging them. Mindfulness involves being with your thoughts as they are, neither grasping at them nor pushing them away.… Read the rest
If you feel stressed just living your life, you’re not alone.
Americans lead stressful lives. Jobs, relationships, health, family obligations, community responsibilities —they all take their toll.
In “Stress in America 2012,” an annual survey by the American Psychology Association, 1in 5 respondents reported an extreme stress level of 8, 9 or 10 on a 10point scale.… Read the rest
Meditation. How important is it, really? What could be so important about just sitting and breathing? Well, a lot actually and its more than just sitting and breathing. Mediation, or mindfulness practice has been an essential everyday practice for thousands of years and something that many Americans may be missing from their daily life’s practice. With the fast pace of the American lifestyle and the glorification of busy in our culture, it can be difficult to juggle the stressful tasks from day to day, but meditation can help.… Read the rest