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Stress Test

Justin Walter 16. The Sixteenth Year Health and Fitness Health and Fitness_And More iStock New Articles Self Improvement Self Improvement_Stress Management

Have you ever been booked for a stress test?  The procedure involves doing exercise in a way that your heart pumps harder and harder while medical personnel monitor your breathing, blood pressure and heart rhythm.  This is an accepted scientific method that will help to assess any heart problems that may need to be treated. Stress tests for psychological issues unfortunately, usually require an individual’s self-awareness or observation by others who are close to them.  There might be significant problems coping with daily life, unhealthy habits, overwhelm or lack of strategies to revolve problems and improve Have you ever removed...

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Change Changes Us

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It is amazing how quickly summer left us, and fall moved in.  We all knew it was coming but the transition seemed to occur so quickly.  One day our air conditioners were humming, and we were enjoying the outdoors in light clothing and before we knew it, the air cooled to the point that we now need warm jackets. My patio has been transformed from a comfortable garden lounge to an area devoid of plants, umbrellas and brightly-coloured cushions. And now we are waiting for yet another seasonal change – winter Some changes occur so often and repetitively that we...

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Depressed or Overwhelmed?

Dr. Linda Hancock 06. The Sixth Year iStock Self Improvement Self Improvement_Stress Management

At times I have new clients who come to see me because they think that they are depressed. Well, it doesn't take long to realize that rather than suffering from a chemical depression they are really just completely overwhelmed! There is no doubt that, over time, this could lead to chemical depression as stress can wear down the brain's neurotransmitters but the good news is that with a little planning, development of new skills and directed action, things can quickly turn around. There are several areas in which an individual can feel overwhelmed. Finances - We live in a world...

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Some Things Can't Be Buried Forever

Dr. Linda Hancock 05. The Fifth Year iStock Self Improvement Self Improvement_Stress Management

Recently, thirty-three South American miners who were trapped underground for more than two months were rescued in a miraculous global collaboration. The world sat watching images and hearing stories told by over 1700 reporters about every detail of the situation that they could uncover. For the first seventeen days no one knew if anyone had survived the mine disaster. The strong faith of the Chilean people however, never weakened and it spread throughout the world to others who also prayed and hoped for a successful outcome. Meanwhile, underground, the men who had little in common with each other than their...

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Health - There is No Stress Leave

Dr. Linda Hancock 05. The Fifth Year iStock Self Improvement Self Improvement_Stress Management

Frequently individuals are upset by situations in the workplace. They don't like the boss or have relationship problems with a co-worker. Perhaps the hours or type of work has worn them out. In desperation they go to their family doctor and request a "stress leave". Well, there is no such thing as "stress leave" anymore. Everyone has stress and insurance companies therefore do not accept stress as a reason to be away from the workplace. Your doctor will assess your symptoms and may provide you with a note which will be acceptable for a brief "medical leave". This implies that...

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January Stressors - How Can You Handle Feelings of Being Overwhelmed?

Dr. Linda Hancock 05. The Fifth Year iStock Self Improvement Self Improvement_Stress Management

It's my "busy season"! In January, the credit card statements arrive revealing any impulsive Christmas buying that occurred. Couples who didn't want to ruin things for the children during the holidays now announce their decision to separate or divorce. Unplanned pregnancies are talked about for the first time. Some individuals slip on the ice and break bones or feel trapped and isolated by the winter weather. Many suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder while still others complain of having the January "blahs". Yes, post-Christmas celebrations can offer a number of difficulties that lead us into feelings of being overwhelmed. Most parts...

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