Category Archives: Stress

Reducing Stress With Deep-Belly Breathing

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Is it possible to reduce stress in 3-5 minutes?  Absolutely. Let me explain why. When you are experiencing anxiety, your body is in a fight- flight-freeze stress response. You can activate this stress response by remembering a difficult situation, looking at an overwhelming to do list, watching a scary movie or worrying about “what ifs”. But do you know you can also…

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What is Generalized Anxiety?

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Review and summary of “What is Anxiety?”  As noted in What is Anxiety, one of the most common types of anxiety is related to the difficulties caused by major life changes.  Common examples include both positive changes such as a marriage, new baby, graduation, job change, positive move, etc.  Negative changes include loss of a job, financial pressure, divorce, death…

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What Causes Generalized Anxiety?

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Generalized anxiety often occurs as a result of repressed emotions you may not even know you have. Common causes include: 1. experiencing one or many difficult life changes. The stress is so great that it overloads your normal coping capacity and the body’s “fight, flight or freeze” stress response is activated (more on this in future articles).  Without tools to…

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Is stress effecting your health? Take this quick stress test to see.

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The Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory Anxiety and stress result from having too many major life changes too quickly.   Take this quick test to see if anxiety and stress may be effecting your health. Write down the number listed on the left for every event you have experienced in the past year.  Add all of the numbers together for your…

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Risks and Benefits of Anti-Anxiety Medications

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Anti-anxiety medications are a class of drugs called benzodiazepines.  The most commonly prescribed benzodiazepines include Xanax (alprazolam), Ativan (lorazepam), Klonopin (clonazepan), and Valium (diazepam). The benefits of anti-anxiety medication 1. The number one benefit of anti-anxiety medication is the obvious. They very effectively stop anxiety and put the mind and body in a relaxed state of peace and calm. 2….

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4 Things Peaceful People Do for Serenity

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Peaceful people do things differently.  And here are 4 ways that you can too: 1.  Peaceful people know their limits.  They don’t overextend themselves beyond their comfort level.   They know their limits with time, work, energy, eating, spending, drinking, entertaining. They practice balance in all things.  They identify times of extra stress and adjust accordingly.  So they are realistic…

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