Stress and How To Hack It

The Hepp

  • Does macrodevelopment match microdevelopment?

    I was wondering the other day if the development of the human being is in any way matched at the macro level by the development of nations and of humanity? The human being develops from infancy to adolescence and then into adulthood (with many intermediate steps). The human is the slowest creature on Earth to come into full maturity. Sometimes, human being are not fully functioning adults even into their late twenties and early thirties, as least in some nations. So, if I look at the development of humanity from its infancy (equivalent to prehistory or very early undocumented history, maybe?), to adolescence (equivalent to the age of empires, perhaps?), and into young adulthood (equivalent to where we may be now), what do I see? Well, it’s not quite as easy to see where we may be now, but I believe it gets easier the farther back we look. In thinking about prehistory, I see nothing. How could I? In thinking about the very earliest written documents and artifacts, I see just a bit more. Where I think I may really be able to see the developmental path is in humanity’s knowledge of itself and its environment. I think of the very early human communities in each continent (some say that, at first, humans were to be found only in Africa) and I think of them as isolated, separated from others by great distances, and thus with very little, if any, knowledge of the true dimensions of their environment. If there was a point of origin of humanity (literally and figuratively), which I personally believe there was, then a “big bang” followed it, which scattered humans to every continent. It was more like a “big walk” than a bang, but you get the idea. In a matter of a few thousand years (give or take a few), humanity ended up everywhere and began to diversify. So, were those early communities the infancy of humanity? The infant communicates very elementarily with others–did early humans develop language skills slowly and with lots of mistakes, like small children do? These early humans knew nothing about the Earth, nor the nature of the Moon, the Sun and the stars. No one knew how big the Earth was, nor what it was made of, how it functioned, how it could manage to sustain life. Things, for these early ancestors of ours, just “were.” When some group started walking, they just kept going and kept looking for food, temporary shelter and safety. Just like the human child, early humans understood two things above all others: the need for safety and the need for comfort. [More to come…]

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Bad Fixes

  • A New Stressor: FOMO - The power of communication has been unleashed on the Internet as never before. It is now possible to know almost instantly what is happening around the world, to broadcast one’s ever-changing “status” to real or virtual friends and acquaintances, to express oneself endlessly in 160-character increments, to blog multiple times a day one’s erudite or inane musings to an audience that can number in the tens of thousands. Everyone has the power to become a “brand” and many have done ...~more~
  • Forced to Lie About Stress - A full 36% say it's stomach upset, 13% that it's a cold; 12% claim to have a headache, 6% a medical appointment; 5% blame it on a bad back. The rest cite a variety of reasons, from housing problems to the illness of a loved one or the death of a beloved relative, for not showing up for work. None of it is true. What's going on? In most cases, nothing more than an intense stress reaction forces 19% of ...~more~
  • I hate myself and it stresses me out! - One of the most important loves of our lives is the love of self, in the right measure, and in the proper perspective. Love of self is an important component in child development that helps produce healthy, fully functioning adults. The acquisition of a healthy love of self in the child can be disrupted or even completely blocked by a variety of factors: traumatic events; lack of love, attention and validation by primary caregivers; mental health issues such as depression, ...~more~
  • I’m Bored: Does This Mean I’m Stressed? - Boredom, like pain, is an entirely subjective experience mediated by personality, needs, wants, past history and contingent upon one’s perceptions of the experience, and thus very difficult to describe with precision and quantify. The state of boredom has been variously described as a dullness of the mind, mental inertia, sloth, or ennui. Its characteristic features are a lack of interest in the ordinary and a lack of delight in the extraordinary. The forcibly approximate label of boredom often changes into ...~more~
  • Is Stress Entertainment? - The rep is that stress is to be avoided. The reality is otherwise. Stress is avidly watched, read, and heard because, contrary to what we think we believe about it, stress is entertaining. Why? The truth is, stress sells—in movies, books, quiz shows, talent shows, and crime scene dramas. Not always and not for everyone, to be sure, but in vast numbers of book plots, screenplays, TV storylines, in radio plays, and theater plays, stress reigns supreme. The surface reason ...~more~

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General Info

  • 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Stress - Stress is often defined as entirely harmful. Nary a moment goes by without someone reminding us that “stress is bad for you!” The fact is, stress is good, in at least five different ways. 1: Stress is a survival mechanism of the human species   We cannot function well without at least some amount of stress, which alerts us to the fact that something or someone requires our attention. Anxiety is not turned off or on by a rocker switch. Stress ...~more~
  • 8 Hours of Stress Each Day - Excluding the off-the-charts stress of a job loss, there are certain on-going job conditions that may be present throughout the working day and that almost invariably lead to significant stress. Job Design Some jobs are just not well-designed, i.e. they contain requirements and features that are inherently stressful. This may include a heavy workload caused by the organization's need or desire to have one person do the job of two (or even three) people. Another may be inadequate or frowned-upon breaks ...~more~
  • All the Skinny On Skin-Deep Stress - Sometimes the stress reaction causes unwanted problems that are only skin-deep. Good thing, you might say. Keeps issues just on the surface. Well, not quite. It turns out that skin inflammation can be one of the most bothersome (and not so rare) consequences of stress and emotion. In 1978, Harvard psychiatrist and dermatologist Robert D. Griesemer authored a comprehensive index of the effect of emotions on various skin disorders that has become a classic in the field. The Griesemer index ...~more~
  • Allostatic Load: Stress Upon Stress - Chronic stress is a potentially lethal condition that is characterized by long duration and effect accumulation. Humans respond to stressors such as physical or perceived danger, an infection, or a crowded and noisy environment, by initiating a complex biopsychosocial adaptation and coping response. This response is initiated by the sympathetic nervous system and leads to release of excitatory stress hormones (the catecholamines) and glucocorticoids from the adrenal cortex (the well-known adrenaline rush). The objective of this rapid physical mobilization of the body's resources ...~more~
  • Appraisal: The WYSIWYG of Stress - From the cave to the modern city, survival has depended on the ability to quickly and reliably distinguish between harmless and dangerous situations. Today, distinctions are often subtle, complex, and abstract. The ability to make these distinctions has been made possible by the evolution of the prefrontal areas of our brain, which are capable of symbolic representation and can derive new knowledge about the self, world and the future through experience. This complex process of evaluation and distinction is called ...~more~

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Personal Development

  • 6 Worst and 6 Better Ways to Manage Time - How much can time management cost in terms of stress and health risk? It depends on how we choose to manage it. Some choices appear more effective but have short-term benefits and high cost. Others appear lower in stress and health cost but do not seem to use time efficiently. What’s the right answer? Let’s look at some of the most popular time management approaches, their costs and benefits in terms of allostatic load and stress-related health risk, and an ...~more~
  • 9 Ways to Beat Procrastination…Tomorrow. - Procrastination is three times as stressful as getting things done right away. First, because tasks that need doing aren’t getting done; second, because it is stressful to think about all that needs to be done…and remains undone. Third, procrastination in itself is a source of stress due to its impact on self-esteem and psychological well-being. Procrastination is a delay in deciding to start a task or in completing it. Men and women in roughly equal percentage suffer from this debilitating ...~more~
  • ADHD Breakthrough: Not Just Bad Behavior - Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a genetic, neurodevelopmental disorder and not just a behavioral problem. In a study published online in the Sept. 30 issue of The Lancet, investigators from the University of Cardiff in the United Kingdom say their findings show that ADHD has a genetic basis. In the genome-wide analysis, 366 children 5 to 17 years of age who met diagnostic criteria for ADHD but not schizophrenia or autism and 1047 matched controls without the condition were included. Researchers ...~more~
  • Are you a human being or a human doing? - When I make a mistake, forget something, mess up something or miss an appointment... is it just what I do sometimes, or does it say something about who I am? This is a crucial question whose answer can make a difference between a healthy or a not so healthy opinion of one's self. Answering the question requires an understanding of the difference between "being" and "doing." It is the being that determines a person character, true personality and, ultimately, his ...~more~
  • Business of Stress: Self-efficacy Predicts Success - In the demands-control model of occupational stress a situation is created whereby high demands are placed on the individual with little opportunity to exercise control over the work environment or the task design. This is the most common type of workplace stressor and it has been shown to have an impact on cardiovascular health. But is the problem simply a matter of demands/control stress diathesis? Why isn’t everyone succumbing to heart disease? Indeed, many individuals seem to thrive even in ...~more~

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Latest Posts

  • Are you a human being or a human doing? - When I make a mistake, forget something, mess up something or miss an appointment... is it just what I do sometimes, or does it say something about who I am? This is a crucial question whose answer can make a difference between a healthy or a not so healthy opinion of one's self. Answering the question requires an understanding of the difference between "being" and "doing." It is the being that determines a person character, true personality and, ultimately, his ...~more~
  • Can’t Sleep? Don’t try this! - If you have trouble sleeping, you may not qualify for a diagnosis of insomnia, but the disturbed sleep may still be significant enough to cause fatigue, stress and perhaps lower functioning. Over time, trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep, or waking up multiple times may be indicative of a more serious problem. If the disturbance persists more than six months, it should not be ignored. A diagnosis of anxiety, acute stress, or another mood disorder may be needed--and perhaps a ...~more~
  • Does macrodevelopment match microdevelopment? - I was wondering the other day if the development of the human being is in any way matched at the macro level by the development of nations and of humanity? The human being develops from infancy to adolescence and then into adulthood (with many intermediate steps). The human is the slowest creature on Earth to come into full maturity. Sometimes, human being are not fully functioning adults even into their late twenties and early thirties, as least in some nations. ...~more~
  • The stress of negative self-talk - There is a constant traveling companion who goes with us everywhere we go. Never leaves our side. Never seems to take a break.
  • What is true forgiveness? - We evaluate violations of psychological or physical boundaries in terms of the the amount of injustice perceived. Usually, there is a difference between the way we would like to see the violation resolved (e.g., "I'd like to see him admit to his wrongdoing and ask for my forgiveness") and what we expect to actually happen (e.g., "He's uncaring and has no remorse. I expect him to hurt me again"). More serious violations are the hardest to accept and generally produce ...~more~

Health Effects

  • “Rich” Nutrition Linked to Poor Mental Health - Psychological stress is known to increase the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. The deriving inflammation is accompanied by an accumulation of highly reactive oxygen species, also known as oxidative stress, which is a contributing factor in the development of severe depression. A diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber is associated with reduced systemic inflammation. Conversely, diets that are low in essential nutrients, such as magnesium and sugar- and fat-rich western diets are associated with increased systemic inflammation. A new ...~more~
  • A New Stressor: Cell Phone Waves Affect Brain - Less than one hour on the cellphone has been shown to significantly increase brain activity, especially in the area closest to the phone’s antenna. Is this good or bad? In a study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD and Brookhaven National Laboratories in Upton, NY presented convincing evidence of this localized increase, but could not say whether the findings may have any clinical significance. At issue ...~more~
  • A New Stressor: FOMO - The power of communication has been unleashed on the Internet as never before. It is now possible to know almost instantly what is happening around the world, to broadcast one’s ever-changing “status” to real or virtual friends and acquaintances, to express oneself endlessly in 160-character increments, to blog multiple times a day one’s erudite or inane musings to an audience that can number in the tens of thousands. Everyone has the power to become a “brand” and many have done ...~more~
  • Abuse in Childhood May Mean Shorter Life - According to an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the experience of verbal, physical, sexual abuse, or severe family dysfunction, such as an incarcerated, mentally ill, or substance-abusing family member, domestic violence, or absence of a parent because of divorce or separation, is directly linked to serious problems in adulthood, which may include substance abuse, depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and premature death. The combination of risky behaviors such as substance abuse, the effects of severe ...~more~
  • ADHD Breakthrough: Not Just Bad Behavior - Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a genetic, neurodevelopmental disorder and not just a behavioral problem. In a study published online in the Sept. 30 issue of The Lancet, investigators from the University of Cardiff in the United Kingdom say their findings show that ADHD has a genetic basis. In the genome-wide analysis, 366 children 5 to 17 years of age who met diagnostic criteria for ADHD but not schizophrenia or autism and 1047 matched controls without the condition were included. Researchers ...~more~

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Lifestyle

  • ‘Tis the Season … for Reflection - I'm finding it hard to believe that Christmas is only a few days away and it's only two weeks until the end of the year. Where did this year go? The space between Christmas and the end of the year can be a great time to take a step back and reflect on the ups and downs of the past year, see what lessons there are to be learned, and to create some plans for the coming year. For those ...~more~
  • 9 Ways to Beat Procrastination…Tomorrow. - Procrastination is three times as stressful as getting things done right away. First, because tasks that need doing aren’t getting done; second, because it is stressful to think about all that needs to be done…and remains undone. Third, procrastination in itself is a source of stress due to its impact on self-esteem and psychological well-being. Procrastination is a delay in deciding to start a task or in completing it. Men and women in roughly equal percentage suffer from this debilitating ...~more~
  • A Peaceful Christmas Everyone! - I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!  And thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along The unbroken song Of peace on earth, good-will to men! Till, ringing, singing on its way The world revolved from night to day, A voice, a chime, A chant sublime Of peace on earth, good-will to men! Then ...~more~
  • Abuse in Childhood May Mean Shorter Life - According to an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the experience of verbal, physical, sexual abuse, or severe family dysfunction, such as an incarcerated, mentally ill, or substance-abusing family member, domestic violence, or absence of a parent because of divorce or separation, is directly linked to serious problems in adulthood, which may include substance abuse, depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and premature death. The combination of risky behaviors such as substance abuse, the effects of severe ...~more~
  • Business of Stress: CHD At Work - Researchers have substantially defined the specific characteristics of stressful occupations and have examined whether they promote the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), which is the progressive and often fatal hardening of the blood vessels that surround the heart. Specifically, the question of whether high job strain can be used to predict job stress-related CHD is worth asking in this era of constant communication and information flow. What constitutes high job strain? Although many subjective and environmental factors can determine ...~more~

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Regulation

  • “Rich” Nutrition Linked to Poor Mental Health - Psychological stress is known to increase the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. The deriving inflammation is accompanied by an accumulation of highly reactive oxygen species, also known as oxidative stress, which is a contributing factor in the development of severe depression. A diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber is associated with reduced systemic inflammation. Conversely, diets that are low in essential nutrients, such as magnesium and sugar- and fat-rich western diets are associated with increased systemic inflammation. A new ...~more~
  • 12 Ways to Make Use of Stress - Stress has a bad reputation it does not deserve. As I discussed in the posts, I React Therefore I Am and The Misunderstood Messenger, its function is primary to our well being and it has been a competitive advantage of the human race since the beginning. Here are 12 ways to turn stress into an ally, rather than fear it as a disease. Become better informed about the natural cycle of the stress reaction: from the alarm phase to the ...~more~
  • 6 Worst and 6 Better Ways to Manage Time - How much can time management cost in terms of stress and health risk? It depends on how we choose to manage it. Some choices appear more effective but have short-term benefits and high cost. Others appear lower in stress and health cost but do not seem to use time efficiently. What’s the right answer? Let’s look at some of the most popular time management approaches, their costs and benefits in terms of allostatic load and stress-related health risk, and an ...~more~
  • 7 Natural Ways to Heal Stress - In my recent post I discussed how, “With so many (stress management programs) to choose from, it has become just about impossible to review them in depth and determine which stress management programs actually help people, in what ways, and how well.” Part of the answer may come from this week’s Stresshacker Recommended book selection. French physician, neuroscientist and author David Servan-Schreiber who is a clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a lecturer in ...~more~
  • A New Stressor: FOMO - The power of communication has been unleashed on the Internet as never before. It is now possible to know almost instantly what is happening around the world, to broadcast one’s ever-changing “status” to real or virtual friends and acquaintances, to express oneself endlessly in 160-character increments, to blog multiple times a day one’s erudite or inane musings to an audience that can number in the tens of thousands. Everyone has the power to become a “brand” and many have done ...~more~

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Good Ideas

  • 3 Good Ways of Responding To a Panic Attack - A panic attack ambushes the mind, the body, and the soul. Its targets are self-esteem, a balanced self-assessment and the ability to analyze situations and expected outcomes. When panic strikes, the present becomes a bleak landscape of dangers and the future includes a (seemingly) real possibility of annihilation. In the presence of a real (or perceived) significant stressor, one’s abilities to respond to the challenging situation becomes severely impaired. For the span of the panic attack, chest pains, shortness of ...~more~
  • Angry? Aggressive? All You Need Is a Prayer - Pray for Those Who Mistreat You: Effects of Prayer on Anger and Aggression is the descriptive title of a study published a few days ago in the peer-reviewed journal, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. According to its authors, Dr. Ryan H. Bremner of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Dr. Sander L. Koole of VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Dr. Brad J. Bushman of Ohio State University at Columbus, prayer has a surprisingly strong and near instantaneous effect ...~more~
  • Christmas Stress Survival Kit - The holiday season is upon us — the cash tills are ringing — the car parks are chocka — the shops are heaving — and stress levels are rising. For all the perfectionists out there this time of year can be a real nightmare as The Need To Do Things Perfectly swings into overdrive.  Advertising induces huge pressure to roll out the perfect Christmas:  perfect gifts — perfect parties — how to cook the perfect turkey ...   and so on. ...~more~
  • Don’t let a good crisis go to waste! - This is when a crisis becomes a win, when it is utilized for growth to its fullest potential: when we finally arrive at the solution, the truth, the change that makes all the difference.
  • Eat Your Way Out of Stress: Orthomolecularity - The food most of us consume today is not as rich in nutritional value as it once was due to the significant industrial processing it must undergo to be preserved, packaged and shipped and to the significant effects of pollution in the air, water and soil. Therefore, the human body, especially in heavily industrialized societies, ends up receiving far fewer of the vitamins and minerals that are necessary for optimal health. Moreover, additional energy expenditures and therefore caloric consumption are ...~more~

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Hardware

  • Can Environmental Stress Control Our Genes? - Environmental stress can destroy protective complexes in human cells and turn on or off selected genes, newly published research shows. External stress agents appear to “instruct” certain enzymes to modify gene behavior, whereby genes that should remain turned off are activated and disturb the development, functioning and growth of human cells. According to Dr. Simmi Gehani, principal researcher at the University of Copenhagen where the study was conducted, this means that external stress factors can control the activity of our ...~more~
  • Discovery: A New Brain Pathway for Stress - In many individuals, a major stressor activates a critical and previously unknown pathway in the brain that regulates anxiety in response to traumatic events. The amygdala, which is the emotional center of the brain, reacts to the stressor by increasing production of the protein neuropsin. The release of neuropsin activates a series of chemical events  that further stimulate amygdala activity, which in turn activates a gene that determines the stress response at a cellular level. Due to this gene activation, ...~more~
  • Gene Found to Mediate Stress and Depression - The serotonin transporter promoter polymorphism 5-HTTLPR region of gene SLC6A4, one of the over 1,000 genes located on human chromosome 17, has been positively identified as the moderator of the relationship between stress and depression. A new, extensive analysis of 54 studies of more than 40,000 individuals was recently completed at the University of Wurzburg, Germany, finding "strong evidence that 5-HTTLPR moderates the relationship between stress and depression, with the s [short] allele associated with an increased risk of developing ...~more~
  • Optogenetics Discovers Brain Anxiety Circuit - The state of heightened apprehension and high arousal in the absence of immediate threat—commonly labeled as acute stress or anxiety—can be a severely debilitating condition. Over 28% of the population suffers from anxiety disorders that contribute to the development of major depressive disorder and substance abuse. Of all the structures of the limbic system, the seat of emotion processing, the amygdala plays a key role in anxiety, although by what exact mechanism still remains unclear. Newly published research carried out ...~more~
  • Stress Hardware Review: Anterior Cingulate - The anterior cingulate cortex is a region of the brain that is activated by sensation, cognition, and emotion. It appears to play an important role in autonomic, affective, and cognitive behavior. Because of its position, the anterior cingulate is anatomically and functionally well positioned to integrate information across the physical, intellectual and emotional domains. Important in the stress reaction, the anterior cingulate region is activated during self-regulation of arousal through its connections with the cholinergic basal forebrain. The whole structure, ...~more~

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People

  • A Woman’s Stress Relief: Tend-and-befriend - Reaching out vs. retreating appears to be what distinguishes the instinctual reaction to stress between men and women. For women, the choice between fight or flight in the presence of a stressor applies less frequently than tend-and-befriend. Whereas the typical male is more likely to narrow his response to stress down to a decision whether to fight the stressor directly and aggressively or retreat from it by way of an emotional withdrawal, most women choose to turn to family and ...~more~
  • Abuse in Childhood May Mean Shorter Life - According to an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the experience of verbal, physical, sexual abuse, or severe family dysfunction, such as an incarcerated, mentally ill, or substance-abusing family member, domestic violence, or absence of a parent because of divorce or separation, is directly linked to serious problems in adulthood, which may include substance abuse, depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and premature death. The combination of risky behaviors such as substance abuse, the effects of severe ...~more~
  • ADHD Breakthrough: Not Just Bad Behavior - Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a genetic, neurodevelopmental disorder and not just a behavioral problem. In a study published online in the Sept. 30 issue of The Lancet, investigators from the University of Cardiff in the United Kingdom say their findings show that ADHD has a genetic basis. In the genome-wide analysis, 366 children 5 to 17 years of age who met diagnostic criteria for ADHD but not schizophrenia or autism and 1047 matched controls without the condition were included. Researchers ...~more~
  • Army Suicides Highest Ever and Rising - The number of suicides among active duty US soldiers is very high and it is rising at a faster rate: 125 Army soldiers have taken their own lives in the first eight months of this year. If suicides continue at this pace they will exceed the total for 2009, when there were a record 162 suicides. The trend shows little sign of abating, despite a now 20-month-old suicide prevention program and work aimed at removing the stigma of psychological counseling, ...~more~
  • Business of Stress: Rise of the Type A Machines - The now irreversible and accelerating developments in communication technology (multiple e-mail addresses available from any platform, high-speed anywhere Internet access, smart mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, and what not) have enabled greater flexibility and mobility (e.g., teleworking, telecommuting) but they also have removed traditional boundaries between different roles in life (work, family, leisure). Thanks to these ubiquitous and always-on hardware devices and the software tools they provide, there often is no solution of continuity between work and non-work states, between being ...~more~

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Remedies

  • 12 Ways to Make Use of Stress - Stress has a bad reputation it does not deserve. As I discussed in the posts, I React Therefore I Am and The Misunderstood Messenger, its function is primary to our well being and it has been a competitive advantage of the human race since the beginning. Here are 12 ways to turn stress into an ally, rather than fear it as a disease. Become better informed about the natural cycle of the stress reaction: from the alarm phase to the ...~more~
  • 3 Good Ways of Responding To a Panic Attack - A panic attack ambushes the mind, the body, and the soul. Its targets are self-esteem, a balanced self-assessment and the ability to analyze situations and expected outcomes. When panic strikes, the present becomes a bleak landscape of dangers and the future includes a (seemingly) real possibility of annihilation. In the presence of a real (or perceived) significant stressor, one’s abilities to respond to the challenging situation becomes severely impaired. For the span of the panic attack, chest pains, shortness of ...~more~
  • 6 Worst and 6 Better Ways to Manage Time - How much can time management cost in terms of stress and health risk? It depends on how we choose to manage it. Some choices appear more effective but have short-term benefits and high cost. Others appear lower in stress and health cost but do not seem to use time efficiently. What’s the right answer? Let’s look at some of the most popular time management approaches, their costs and benefits in terms of allostatic load and stress-related health risk, and an ...~more~
  • 7 Natural Ways to Heal Stress - In my recent post I discussed how, “With so many (stress management programs) to choose from, it has become just about impossible to review them in depth and determine which stress management programs actually help people, in what ways, and how well.” Part of the answer may come from this week’s Stresshacker Recommended book selection. French physician, neuroscientist and author David Servan-Schreiber who is a clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a lecturer in ...~more~
  • A Woman’s Stress Relief: Tend-and-befriend - Reaching out vs. retreating appears to be what distinguishes the instinctual reaction to stress between men and women. For women, the choice between fight or flight in the presence of a stressor applies less frequently than tend-and-befriend. Whereas the typical male is more likely to narrow his response to stress down to a decision whether to fight the stressor directly and aggressively or retreat from it by way of an emotional withdrawal, most women choose to turn to family and ...~more~

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