Stress, Distress, and Stress Management
Stress has been shown, both clinically and in the laboratory, to be a major factor in the development of most human illness, dysfunction, and unhappiness. For optimal health, wellness, and performance in today’s high-stress world, you must learn to manage your stress. Stress is the nonspecific reaction of your system (nerves, muscles, glands, etc.) to a perceived demand. The chemicals it secretes into your bloodstream cause damage and death to many organs of the body. Fortunately, there is a rather simple way to not only relieve stress and manage it but to harness its energy for success…
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What is Anxiety?
“Anxiety” is a general term that refers to both a set of symptoms and a number of different psychological disorders that are the result of inadequately balanced anxiety. The symptoms might be clearly associated with fear – nervousness, panic, withdrawal, and/or worrying. On the other hand, the symptoms might be Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Excessive Anger, or they might appear only at certain times as in Social Anxiety Disorder, or Phobias. Sometimes they come to the surface as physical symptoms. Everyone experiences some of the symptoms of anxiety from time to time – perhaps as a vague, unsettling feeling . . .
“Depression” is a term that is used over a wide range of conditions. People will say they feel depressed because their team lost the big game last weekend, or because that hot girl or guy never called back. At the other end of the spectrum is the deeper depression that can trigger deadly events in the mind and in the body – a very serious condition. Here is how to understand what depression is, how to spot it, and what you can do, with and without medication, to not only relieve the symptoms but to treat the deeper cause. Although few people talk about it…
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