by Michael B. Ellner
The National Mental Health Association lists several reasons as to why people experience negative stress in the form of depression. Some of the more common reasons are loneliness, or seasonal depression in and around the holidays. These can range from the anxiety of family tensions, work issues, financial stress, or getting over a break up...
Editor´s Note from Cynthia Lindner: Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD is more common in parts of the planet that receive reduced amounts of daylight during those shorter winter days. As wintery storm clouds block the sunshine of many climates, some people who are sensitive to the lack of light notice a change in how they feel.Along with the use of light boxes, many people find that using self-hypnosis and other mindful techniques helps to alleviate the "funk" of SAD.
by Lauren Bowen
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com
Cats are amazing creatures. They can drink seawater if they want to, they have patterns on their noses that are as unique as a fingerprint and even have a third eyelid. Cats also heal us (as if we needed more of a reason to love them) in ways that sometimes feel ‘out of this world.’ Their mere presence lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, helping us to deal with stress in healthy ways without even thinking about it.
Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Families with cats know the health benefits - here are four examples.
Animals & Pets
by Sara Calabro
Forget what you've been told. Acupuncture does have side effects. The unintended consequences of acupuncture, while not life-threatening, should not be overlooked. The side effects of acupuncture occur frequently and can seriously impact on your quality of life...
Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: Sleep disturbances, headaches, and digestive discomfort are just a few common complications from Western pharmaceuticals. Sara explains the 5 most common side effects of acupuncture, all of which are actually wonderful benefits! Better sleep, better digestion, mental clarity, more energy, and less stress are the "complications" from regular acupuncture treatments. I'll take that any day!
by Laura Owens
It's become almost an epidemic for people to feel chronically anxious, irritable or unfocused. For some, chronic anxiety can become debilitating. Low levels of GABA, gamma-aminobutyric acid, may be the culprit. A GABA deficiency can directly impact a person's ability to handle day to day or long term stress...
Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Doodling is so much fun, but it also has many benefits. Firstly, it is a wonderful stress-reliever. Recent research from the University of Plymouth in Southern England shows that this technique not only help relieve stress, but also improves your ability to notice and remember details. Auditory/visual/kinetic learners often recall information that they have heard better if they can doodle. Research has shown that doodling actually helps learning. In findings published in Applied Cognitive Psychology (2009), test subjects who doodled while listening to recorded messages had 29 percent better recall than those who didn't. This video explores doodling in a framework to create a beautiful mandala.
Arts & Art Therapy
Editor's Note from Lexi Yoga: If you're feeling nervous or stressed before a date, yoga can be a solution. Here are some yoga postures that can help keep you calm and relaxed before meeting that special someone.
Editor's Note from Suzanne Getz: Office Chair Massage. This video has lots of good info. in a short period of time and the speaker is great with a clear and articulate voice and even quotes research. A must see.
Editor’s Note: A short but informative video of one of the many easy but effective ways to use aromatherapy to help with stress.
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