Social Media – Technology and Chronic Stress

Health, Stress Management
The evolution of technology, and with it the appearance of social media has taken the world by storm. Things that seemed impossible at the turn of the millennium are now common place- and while this can, and should be used for your personal gain and growth, often it serves the purpose of just self-sabotage. The result? Overwhelm, and worsening of chronic stress, even though these developments are at their root core, innovations to make our life easier. It’s no surprise that before the advent of the industrial age people slept better, had more sex and were just in better health (excluding the poor access to medicine). Sometimes, simplicity is best, as it turns out. Wondering how technology/ social media can be contributing to your chronic stress? Let’s explore them: Peer…
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A Diet That Fights Stress

Diet, Health, Stress Management
It’s no secret that many people turn to food as a means of comfort when they feel stressed out, but there’s good news, food can keep you calm when you’re under pressure. Before you get carried away, though, you should know that doesn’t mean heading out for fried chicken or mac and cheese. That type of eating will lead to anxiety and guilt. No, there are foods that reduce stress and boost your levels of happiness! Your diet can help you fight stress! Food Types That Fight Stress High in Fiber, Rich in Carbohydrates Serotonin is a hormone that contributes to relaxation and according to researchers from MIT (On Brain Serotonin, Carb Craving, Obesity And Depression, Wurtman) carbohydrates are believed to trigger it (remember, there are healthy sources of carbs).…
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Loss Of Cognitive Abilities

Health, Meditation, Stress Management
Chronic stress takes a toll on virtually the entire body, but usually the first place it is noticeable is from the effects it has on our brain. Specifically, our cognition suffers, and persons around us who are accustomed to the way we are will notice marked changes. But stress does not need to take hold of our brain and cognition, reducing us into inefficient workers; as we can do things to restore our mental prowess. Suffering from the cognitive deficits resulting from chronic stress yourself? Then read on and see how you can reduce chronic stress burden and reclaim your glory: Don’t Multitask They say that women are multitaskers, while men are not, and to an extent it is true. However, as a species we are pretty poor at multitasking…
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Are You Eating Behind Your Stress?

Health, Stress Management
Stress is something that we all deal with. And we all have our own ways of dealing with it. One of the most common ways that people deal with stress, especially chronic stress, is eating. When we are stressed, our bodies release a stress hormone called cortisol, as well as the hunger hormone, ghrelin. Ghrelin stimulates the release of dopamine in the brain, which tells the body that it wants to eat. Cortisol is what triggers our cravings for foods that are salty, sweet, and fried. In other words, when you are feeling stressed, you suddenly have a strong appetite and an intense desire for foods that give you a burst of energy and pleasure. However, how do you know when you are eating out of hunger and when you…
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The Anatomy Of Stress

Health, Stress Management
We all know how stress makes us feel- that is easy to explain. But how much can you say that you know of what is actually happening to the organs and systems in your body that is resulting in these feelings? Not much at all, and in some cases, physical changes do not need to occur- only chemical processes. Regardless, it is good to get a “visualization” of what is going on inside your body, as it helps you develop a greater understanding of the dangerous effects stress can have, and if possible ways to help combat it. On The Heart And Blood Vessels The heart is a muscle in the purest sense of word; a healthy heart has very little fat, and is extremely efficient, contracting like clockwork for…
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Coping Skills For Chronic Stress

Health, Stress Management
Your world is full of stressors and while a short burst of stress here and there is normal and a part of life, chronic stress is a whole other matter. Exposure to long-term stress can alter your genes, increase inflammation in the body, and cause a wide variety of serious health issues that affect the body and mind. Learning how to cope with stress in healthy ways is vital to reducing and managing stress, however, there is a variety of unhealthy methods often used by people, who may not even realize that are doing so. Vices For the purposes of this list, vices include drinking, smoking, and general substance abuse, none of which do anything to actually alleviate stress levels. When you’re under stress it may seem like that extra…
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Signs That Stress Is Killing You

Health, Stress Management
By now, we all know that too much stress is bad for you, but many people fail to determine when that point is reached. The fact is, the body is capable of handling stress- but just to an extent. After that, signs become highly visible that something is going terribly wrong, and sadly, doctors often misdiagnose the root cause. In addition, being able to identify and link symptoms should set you on the right path to quickly identify when the effects of stress are becoming so compounded, that it can actually kill you. Look out for the following. Premature Aging We all have different speeds with which we age, and that’s ok. However, you can identify something is drastically wrong when you start greying significantly before the age of 30,…
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Coping With Chronic Stress

Health, Meditation, Stress Management
When you hear the word stress or see it written before you, you know what it is, right? However, if you were to define it you would probably find that your response differs from thousands of others. The official definition of stress, as per the National Institutes of Health is “how the brain and body respond to any demands.” The response is your body’s defense. Perhaps one of the most complicated results of stress is learning how to manage it and cope with it in healthy ways. Turning to drugs and alcohol will only provide temporary relief and fuel other health issues, so it’s important that you know how to cope appropriately when experiencing chronic stress. Healthy Methods Of Coping With Chronic Stress Positive Thinking Are you a glass half-full…
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Manage Work Related Stress

Health, Stress Management
Everyone doing the nine-to five grind has to deal with similar issues at work, the office politics, the great or not so great boss, hierarchical challenges, conflicts of interests, and miscommunication. Expectations, deadlines, achievements, and goals can all add up to a bucket full of stress, more than you’d like to be carrying. Choosing ways to reduce the load is a great way to work smarter rather than harder. Here are five ways you can reduce the pressures at work to lower your stress levels: Recognize What You Can And Can’t Control The well-known Serenity Prayer can be useful for all, whether you are a recovering alcoholic or not! “God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can and the…
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