Laurie struggled with
anxiety for most of her life. She was frightened in school, felt pressured to
get high grades and go to college, and began drinking and using drugs while in
high school. She attempted suicide her first year in college, at a time when
she felt especially alone.
Each and every
day across the world, between 800,000 and 1 million people die by suicide—one
every 40 seconds. In the United States, that number is approximately 45,000—one
every 12 minutes.… Read more »
We all experience anxiety at some time or another in our lives. It can keep us alert and cautious when we need to be and it’s normal to have occasional bouts of anxiety as a response to stress, life challenges, or major decisions. Most anxiety tends to resolve as you work through the issues you are struggling with. However, if you have anxiety disorders, the worries don’t go away so easily and you may experience frequent, intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations.… Read more »
In 2010, Congress named June 27th PTSD Awareness Day and in 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness. The purpose of this designation is to encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD and effective treatments. We can all help those affected by PTSD.
When someone is in danger, it is natural and normal to feel afraid. This fear triggers the fight-or-flight response, causing split-second changes in the body to help it prepare against danger or to avoid it.… Read more »
Workers in the United States tend to log more and longer hours, and continue working much later in life, than most people in industrialized nations. Combine this with some of the shortest vacation time in the world, and these workers often suffer from burnout, a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress that leads to a progressive spiral of diminished health. This can become a chronic condition, leaving those who suffer from it feeling fatigued, hopeless, resentful, and more prone to obesity, insomnia, anxiety, and workplace errors.… Read more »
Do you find yourself saying, “I’m too busy and stressed to fit exercise into my daily routine”? You’re not alone. Seven out of ten adults say they experience stress every day—it’s an inevitable part of life and impossible to eliminate, but you can learn to manage it. Physical activity is one of the best antidotes for stress, so get moving. What are you waiting for?!
Engaging in physical activity can help you feel more relaxed, become healthier, and enjoy life more.… Read more »
With cell phones chirping and playing music, wireless devices vibrating, and emails signaling their arrival at the computer’s inbox, is it any wonder that many people feel stressed and distracted by technology? Our minds may wander as we start to read a book, or we can be surprised to look at a browser window and see how many tabs we’ve opened. This can lead to feeling fatigued, anxious, and disconnected from the real world, or overwhelmed by technology. For many, it has been a long time (if ever) since they took a true vacation where they were really “off” and not answering emails or voicemails.… Read more »
Art and health have been central to the human experience from the beginning of recorded history. Visual art can be traced back to the Paleolithic era’s cave paintings, and it continues to be an integral part of people’s lives. Long recognized for its power to bridge differences and bring together people of different cultures, backgrounds, and experience, art connects individuals and communities. Thus healing communities and individuals can be connected through creative expression, too.
As an expressive language, art offers a nonthreatening form of communication over which the individual has control.… Read more »
Accept–then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it …This will miraculously transform your whole life. —Eckhart Tolle
The practice of gratitude is a powerful force that can be a state of mind as well as a way of life. Being grateful for what you have, instead of worrying about what you lack, enables you to let go of negative thoughts and attitudes and to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Being grateful increases feelings of love, knowingness, and awareness.… Read more »
Caring for someone else can be rewarding and exhausting. Often, caregivers say, “My spouse is the one with cancer, but now I’m the one in the hospital!” The combination of loss, prolonged stress, and physical demands of caregiving, along with the biological changes that occur with age, can place caregivers at risk for significant health problems, as well as an earlier death.
If you are a caregiver, especially for someone with an ongoing disease or at the end of life, your role is likely to continually evolve as you meet your loved one’s changing needs.… Read more »
The La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood in Denver is undergoing a bit of a revolution. The city’s housing authority is using a relatively new decision-making tool called a health impact assessment to design a redevelopment plan that encourages physical activity and environmental sustainability. The new project, known as Mariposa, will incorporate ecological construction materials and practices (such as solar power and geothermal energy) in an effort to create and support a healthy, vibrant community.
Doctors, nurses, community groups, and social agencies have long felt that environmental conditions contribute to such health conditions as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.… Read more »