8 Unsuspected Effects of Stress
Have you found yourself getting frequent colds, gaining
weight or having trouble controlling a chronic disease,
like diabetes or asthma? You may be suffering the effects
of stress. By some estimates as many as 75 percent to
90 percent of doctors’ office visits are for problems related
to stress. Here are 8 common health problems you might
not realize could be linked to stress.
- Gastrointestinal problems, including gastric reflux and irritable bowel syndrome
- Obesity, especially weight gain in abdomen
- Type 2 diabetes, which can be harder to control if you are stressed
- Chronic pain, including tension headaches, back pain and jaw pain
- Asthma, which can be worsened or even triggered by stress
If you are suffering from any of these, controlling stress may be an effective part of treatment. Psychotherapy can help.
7 Surprising Benefits of Music
You know that listening to music can energize you, relax
you or just bring more enjoyment to your life. Here are seven
benefits of music that may surprise you. Listen to music if
you want to:
- enhance your memory or perform well on a test
- improve your sports performance
- reduce your blood pressure
- improve your peripheral vision
15 Things You Can Do to Help Others – and Yourself
You know that helping other makes you feel good. Now
research says it can also make you live longer by helping
to protect you from the harmful effects of stress. Even if
you have just a few days or a few minutes, you can
improve someone's life – at least for a little while – and
perhaps prolong your own. your own.
Here a few ideas to get started.
If you have. . .
A few days
- Devote your weekend to a charitable event, such as the Susan G. Komen Three-Day Walk for breast cancer.
- Offer to chaperone a campout for your child’s scout troop.
- Help a friend who is moving to pack and clean up the house or apartment.
A few hours
- Offer to babysit while new parents go to dinner.
- Give a caregiver a brief respite from caring for an elderly parent.
- Prepare and deliver a meal to a homebound senior in your neighborhood.
- Run in a 10 K for a cause about which you are passionate.
- Visit a friend in the hospital and take along a book or magazine she will enjoy.
- Offer to run errands for a friend whose car is in the shop.
A few minutes or seconds
- Hold the door for a mom with a stroller, an elderly person – or anyone.
- Pay for a meal for the person behind you in the fast-food drive-thru.
- Put change in an expired parking meter.
- Let a car get in front of you in rush-hour traffic.
- Say “thank you” to the cashier or person who bags your groceries.
10 Benefits of Walking
The next time you come to see me and the weather is nice,
bring along your walking shoes for a little "walk therapy."
I find that taking a walk during our sessions helps some
people to relax and open up in ways they might not sitting
face-to-face in an office. Getting out and walking, if you
are usually sedentary, can also be a way to kick-start a
walking habit that will benefit you outside of our time together.
Consider these benefits of walking:
- helps with weight loss or maintenance
- improves cardiovascular fitness
- helps relieve anxiety and depression
- improves a sense of well being
- lowers blood pressure and triglycerides
- gets you where you are going