PsychCentral has a list of 49 things to say to calm an anxious child. Even if that child is you. Some are more all-ages than others. But they’ll all work. You might try “I’m taking deep breaths” and “Let’s go to your happy place” with yourself. You might even try this: 35. “I see Widdle […]
Jane Brody talks anxiety with Dr. Tamar Chansky in the NYT: When feeling pressured to figure out how to fix things now, “walk away for a few minutes, but promise to come back.” As with a computer that suddenly misbehaves, Dr. Chansky suggests that you “unplug and refresh,” perhaps by “taking a breathing break,” inhaling […]
A post a Psych Central. Here’s a good one (number four): Flood a piece of paper with your worries. When your brain is bursting with worries, write them down. Release all those cooped-up worries from the corners of your mind, and let the paper deal with them. By writing down your worries, you feel as […]
Smart Pen Detects, Helps to Reduce Stress (Psych Central). Move over smart phones, a new device — a pen — is said to measure if an individual is stressed-out and provide individual biofeedback for assisting self-regulation. Researcher and designer Miguel Bruns Alonso has developed a pen which can measure the stress levels of the person using it, […]
Stress Management and Empathy Improve With Age (PsychCentral) Emerging research suggests older people are better at seeing the positive side of a stressful situation and are better than young adults when empathizing with the less fortunate. This better management of mental processes holds true even though older people may become emotional when confronted with poignant […]
Six steps to overcoming stress from helpguide.org. Among the tips–Start a Stress Journal. A stress journal can help you identify the regular stressors in your life and the way you deal with them. Each time you feel stressed, keep track of it in your journal. As you keep a daily log, you will begin to […]
Stressed Out About a Problem? Shift Your Focus (WebMD). Article includes a list of suggestions. Getting caught up in a problem isn’t just frustrating — it can literally stress you out. When you’re stressed out, it’s harder to think clearly. Emotional stress can send your problem-solving skills into a tailspin.
A study reports meditation helps cells. Emerging research suggests the positive psychological changes that occur during meditation training are associated with changes at the most basic unit of life. University of California researchers are the first to determine the positive well-being garnered from meditation is linked to improved cell health.
How you perceive time can affect your level of stress, a study says. “I actually didn’t find one single room in my school that didn’t have a clock. In India, clocks are not of such importance,” she noted, adding that cultural differences and attitudes toward time affect the way people manage time and deal with […]
Anxiety reduction tips from Matthew Edlund on the Huffington Post. Number one is nice and simple: Start with deep breathing. Stand up straight and breathe in to the count of four, out to the count of eight. Repeat for five breaths.