Stress And Sleep Disturbances

Health, Stress Management
Stress and sleep loss start a vicious cycle, with one feeding the order and ensuring it gets even worse. Think about it, when you are stressed, you can’t sleep. This lack of sleep then makes you feel more stressed, making it even less likely that you will sleep well the following night. On and on it goes indefinitely, unless you take matters in hand and stop it dead in its tracks. Luckily, unless you been having sleep disturbances for years and years upon end (and you’re still alive?), there are things you can do about it. Dreaming up some good sleep tonight? It doesn’t have to be a dream! Just follow our tips below and tell how it went  tomorrow. Just Breathe One of the simplest techniques can yield significant…
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Stress And Heart Failure

Health, Stress Management
Chronic stress can be fatal- no question there. But what is less understood is how it can contribute to your demise, or what role it plays in dysfunction of the heart. For years, people have attributed heart disease (and subsequent failure) to consumption of too many fats, when there is actually much more at play. Fat is merely one part of the complete picture, with stress actually having a much more prominent role in development of heart failure. However, unlike diet, which takes years for its toll on the heart to be revealed, you may be surprised with the speed that stress can cause an otherwise normal heart and circulatory system to deteriorate. Stress Makes Blood Vessels Inflexible Blood vessels have the innate ability to expand and contract as the…
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Muscle Relaxation Technique For Stress

Health, Stress Management
The muscle relaxation technique for stress doesn’t require much exertion for it to be effective, that’s probably why it has become so popular. One of the common methods is progressive muscle relaxation, which uses subtle movements to relieve tension and achieve relaxation. The method is based on the idea that it’s easier to relax muscles by making smaller movements to relieve tension. It’s the type of tension in the muscles that causes body aches and headaches that you have probably had for days or at least so long you haven’t even realized they were there. By tightening each muscle group and then releasing, you start to feel more relaxed and less stressed. It’s all about exaggerating each conscious movement and release – this makes you more aware of your muscles…
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Is Your Stress Chronic Or Acute

Health, Stress Management
Most people make the incorrect assumption that all stress is the same, when in fact there is such a thing as bad stress and good stress. The stress response in a primal reaction that ensured our survival, but in today’s world, we do not require this response as much, if ever. Instead, our response to stress has been overwritten by being late for work, or experiencing social alienation. While serious in their own right, they do not warrant a massive release of stress hormone, but is even worse when it becomes chronic. With that said, there are ways to determine if your stress is chronic or acute in nature, as there are clear differences in their manifestations. Look for the following: You Suffer From Insomnia Short-term stress does not have…
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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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