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 […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 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.”
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, […]