All posts tagged stress

Breathing for Stress Relief

An illustrated menu of breathing options from the NYT: Consciously changing the way you breathe appears to send a signal to the brain to adjust the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system, which can slow heart rate and digestion and promote feelings of calm as well as the sympathetic system, which controls the release of […]

When Stress Gets in the Way of Life

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 […]

Stress-Panic Connection

Panic Can Build Gradually from Chronic Stress (Psych Central): The study found that for stressful life events in the categories of “work,” such as a demotion or layoff, or “friends/family/household,” such as a family argument, panic symptoms that had meandering severity before the event increased steadily but gradually for at least 12 weeks afterward.

Vacation from Stress

Non-newsflash from the L.A. Times: Studies show that vacation time can go a long way in reducing stress and bringing our brains back to a more even keel. “A vacation is not a luxury,” says Jens Pruessner, an associate professor in the departments of psychology, psychiatry, neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University in Montreal. “It’s an investment […]

Stress and Longevity

Want To Live To 100? Try To Bounce Back From Stress (NPR): Unusual longevity often has a genetic basis, and Reichert probably does have a gene that contributes to her unusual longevity. But she also exhibits a powerful trait geriatricians call adaptive competence. I define it loosely as the ability to bounce back from stress. […]

Unemployed Spouse Stress

Unemployment Stress Affects Other Spouse’s Work Performance (PsychCentral): In the study they examined daily stresses felt by married couples in which one spouse was employed and the other unemployed, and how that stress affected each spouse. “One of the key findings in this study is that couples are better at sharing their burden than helping […]

Facebook Stress

Study:  More Facebook leads to more stress (The Telegraph). Dr Kathy Charles, who led the study, said: “We found it was actually those with the most contacts, those who had invested the most time in the site, who were the ones most likely to be stressed. “It’s like being a mini news channel about yourself. […]

Freshmen Stress

Record Level of Stress Found in College Freshmen (NYT): The emotional health of college freshmen — who feel buffeted by the recession and stressed by the pressures of high school — has declined to the lowest level since an annual survey of incoming students started collecting data 25 years ago.

Stress, Anxiety, and Your Brain

Stress, Anxiety Both Boon And Bane To Brain.  Stress may help give an edge to our perception, but… “It makes us more sensitive to our external surroundings as a way of learning where or what a threat may be, but interferes with our ability to do more complex thinking.”

Nine Ways to Ward Off Your Worries

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 […]