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 »
Posts Categorized: Stress Management
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 »
What’s the secret to living to 100? How long are you likely to live? Living to be 100 was once a rare event, but that is changing. Today, centenarians are the fastest growing segment of our population, and science is slowly unraveling their secrets.
Health officials predict that by 2050, more than 800,000 Americans will be living into their second century of life. These new centenarians are not frail, ailing, or housebound. Most are mentally alert, relatively free of disabilities, and active members of society.… Read more »
Yoga is becoming increasingly popular as a way to relieve stress, live in harmony with nature, and enhance the well-being of mind and body. One reason for its growing popularity is that so many people live pressure-filled, fast-paced lives. As stress and pressure affect their mental and physical beings, and as they come to accept the connection between mind and body, more people are seeking holistic approaches to manage their stress.
Believed to have originated in India, yoga is considered an ancient form of active meditation in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.… Read more »
Walking, our natural means of getting from one place to another, provides health and fitness benefits. If you’re looking for a way to relieve stress and improve your health, walking at least 30 minutes a day is one of easiest ways to accomplish these goals.
Walking is great because you can do it alone or with others, and you won’t need special equipment. You just need a good pair of walking shoes, and you might enjoy using a pedometer to track your activity level.… Read more »
Are you looking for ways to relax and reduce the effects of stress? We are all faced with stress at some point in our lives, and controlling it is crucial to our overall health and well-being. Stress has a powerful effect on our bodies and our minds and has been linked to most serious diseases, including heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. While it is not always easy to avoid stress, there are some simple ways to help you cope with it.… Read more »
“It is only when one writes about the most intimate and seemingly idiosyncratic details that one touches others.” Susan Griffin
Journaling is an ancient tradition. For centuries, people have kept personal records or logs of important information about everything from lunar eclipses, famines, and changes in world leaders to personal information about the challenges and joys of life in many different settings. Journaling is a creative, fulfilling, insightful, and therapeutic exercise. By writing about an experience, we help make it our own, we explore its meaning, and we ultimately can release it.
How often do you come home from a hectic day at work that left you no time for lunch? After an equally stressful commute, you walk in the door feeling famished. You know it’s too early for dinner but your nerves are shot and you just can’t wait. “I just need a quick fix,” you think, as you dash into the pantry. “Hmmm….that candy bar looks good. And hey, those chips look yummy!” Rationalizing that you’ll feel less stressed, and you’ll eat better the next time, and you’ll work out at the gym for an extra 15 minutes tomorrow, you wolf down whatever you see.… Read more »
Imagine a prescription that reads: “Take two doses of Lily Tomlin, followed by one dose of Charlie Chaplin, and rinse with an episode of I Love Lucy. Repeat as necessary and call me in the morning.” That is exactly what political journalist Norman Cousins decided to prescribe for himself during his treatment for a life-threatening disease.
Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams, whose book was the basis of the Hollywood movie Patch Adams,also extols the health benefits of humor. He wrote, “Health is based on happiness — from hugging and clowning around to finding joy in family and friends, satisfaction in work and ecstasy in nature and the arts.”
Humor is a universal experience.… Read more »
These days, television seems to be filled with programs about “hoarders” and those who are disoriented and buried in their clutter. Some individuals have even died as a result of their clutter.
How does that happen? We all tend to cling to the familiar, even when it’s not healthy for us. We cling to physical items (such as clothes, furniture, and trinkets) as well as relationships, jobs, and behaviors. Unfortunately, we cross the line from normal, healthy behavior into the realm of “hoarding” when the items become excessive and we’re unable to discard them.… Read more »