Eye-Opening Facts About Stress

You look at the clock. It’s 1 a.m. You’ve been trying to sleep since 11, and you’re still awake. Your mind races. Your muscles are tense. You think you’ll never get any rest. Sound familiar? If so, you are one of 60 million people in the U.S. who suffer from some form of insomnia. A recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation indicates that 58 percent of adults in America experience insomnia at least a few nights a week. Insomnia increases with age, afflicting approximately 30 percent of men and 40 percent of women. While insomnia has many causes, many of us can’t sleep because we are simply too stressed out. Stress, a major contributor to all sorts of health issues – from weight gain to heart problems – seems unavoidable in today’s fast-paced world. We may not be able to eliminate all stress from our lives, but we can …

What Are The Underlying Causes Of Depression And Stress To You?

When you say that the positive tendencies are the cause of happiness in an individual, in the same breath you can say that the negative tendencies are the cause of unhappiness. Well, extreme stress, anxiety and frustration pave a clear way towards depression. It is the same old story through the ages- the eternal conflict between the Light and Darkness. These two forces can not exist at the same time at the same place. When the Light arrives, we need not order the darkness to go. It automatically disappears. Rather it has to. Similarly when the Light goes without thinking a wee-bit, Darkness arrives to boss over once again! It is worthwhile here to contemplate over the common causes of depression and stress found in most of the people today. Distorted or ill-balanced economic condition is one major reason. Well, to have fallen short of the required funds shall not …

Traditional Parenting Techniques Linked to Brain Stress

Until recently, traditional parenting techniques such as consequences, points and rewards, and spanking have been used by parents throughout the world as effective measures of correction for behaviors deemed socially inappropriate. In fact, schools continue to use all of these, including spanking, as a measure to deter problem behaviors in children. New findings from the field of neuroscience are demonstrating that such measures may in fact be detrimental to healthy brain development in children and may even be one of the major causes of the over-prescription of medication. What Science Reveals The amygdala is an almondshaped cluster of nerve fibers which is located at the base of the brain. According to New York University neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self, it is the fear receptor of the brain. It is primarily responsible for sensing threats in the environment. As such, the amygdala is not a …

Learning to Relax to Ward Off Holiday Stress

Some people think of the holiday season as tiring and stressful, and could sometimes make them lonely or depressed. It’s not new for us to break a leg when it comes to this time of season where everyone wants to make extra effort in dealing with their demands– parties, holiday shopping, cleaning, baking, caring for loved ones, and a whole list of household chores and holiday tasks. It may sound normal for some, but for some people, the holiday season can be such a stressful and tiring time of the year. Giving out healthy tips that could help lessen the holiday stress can make a huge difference in making everyone enjoy the holiday season. There are three main factors that contribute to holiday stress and depression: relationships, physical demands, and finances. By understanding these factors, one could minimize the stress and depression that is usually experienced during the holidays. It …

Is Stress Ruining Your Life?

Do you find it difficult to make decisions? Do you feel generally unsettled and sometimes downright irritable? When you stop and think about it are you aware of an underlying sense of anxiety or worry that permeates every aspect of your life? If you’re nodding your head to all or most of these questions chances are that you are suffering from chronic stress. Although the word stress is frequently heard it’s far reaching long term damage is little appreciated. Allowing it to continue builds invisible barriers in your life and limits your ability to simply enjoy life and your capacity to express emotions and appreciate opportunities. If a sense of stress becomes the norm rather than the exception you run the risk of inflicting serious damage to your health and limits to your future happiness. Think about it – imagine how different your life would be if you just went …

How Stress Effects Your Body And Brain And What To Do About It.

Which of these is stress? • You receive a promotion at work. • Your car has a flat tire. • You go to a fun party that lasts till 6:00 a.m. • Your dog gets sick. • Your new bedroom set is being delivered. • Your best friend and his wife come to stay at your house for a week. • You get a bad case of hay fever. • All of the above. ALL OF THESE ARE STRESS. If you are used to thinking that stress is something that makes you worry, you have the wrong idea of stress. Stress is many different kinds of things: happy things, sad things, allergic things, and physical things. Many people carry enormous stress loads and they do not even realize it! What is Stress? We are all familiar with the word “stress”. Stress is when you are worried about getting laid off …

Dealing with Stress Due to Sleep Deprivation

Lack of sleep may throw the body’s system off balance. It is one of the factors that may contribute to stress and fatigue. In the long run, lack of sleep hampers a person’s emotional well-being, mental abilities, productivity, and performance. Lack of sleep actially increases the production of a hormone called corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH). The production of this hormone is the body’s response to stress. After the hormone is released, it prompts the pituitary gland to produce adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). The ACTH is the messenger that prompts the adrenal gland to release adrenaline and other stress hormones. These hormones give a person a feeling of being “stressed out.” If left unaddressed, a person under stress is bound to have other stress-related ailments like migraine, insomnia, and even heart problems. Loss of sleep has long been associated with poor physical coordination, weak memory or poor concentration, sluggishness, depression, and other negative …

Child Stress Management Ideas

Many children suffer from various forms of stress and in this article I give advice on how parents can help their child during these periods. Their stress can cause them to have nightmares and to lose their self-confidence. I hope you find this article interesting and beneficial. Children who have nightmares There are many reasons why children can start to have nightmares. I have two children, both of whom at various stages of their lives wake up crying and upset. My young son started to have nightmares after watching the film Lord Of The Rings. He really enjoyed watching the film and wanted to watch it on a regular basis and would even re-inact the battles. The film itself is quite long and he would normally be watching it by himself as his mother and I would be busy doing other things. I thought about why he may have started …

Child Stress Management Ideas

Many children suffer from various forms of stress and in this article I give advice on how parents can help their child during these periods. Their stress can cause them to have nightmares and to lose their self-confidence. I hope you find this article interesting and beneficial. Children who have nightmares There are many reasons why children can start to have nightmares. I have two children, both of whom at various stages of their lives wake up crying and upset. My young son started to have nightmares after watching the film Lord Of The Rings. He really enjoyed watching the film and wanted to watch it on a regular basis and would even re-inact the battles. The film itself is quite long and he would normally be watching it by himself as his mother and I would be busy doing other things. I thought about why he may have started …