Monday, June 22, 2015

Video Titled "Julie Morgenstern: The Seven Units to a Restorative Weekend"

Video Titled "7 Signs That You're Going To Be A Success"

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Stressors

Examples of Stressors:

Catastrophes: natural disasters, such as war, hurricane, floods, etc.

Significant life changes: loss of a loved one, loss of a job, divorce, marriage, birth of a baby, illness, moving out of the house for the first time, etc.

Daily everyday stresses: job stress, work overload, etc. These little everyday stresses can add up and lead to emotional and physical burnout. Many nurses, teachers, doctors, social workers, psychiatrists and police officers may be prone to career burnout.

If a person feels like they have some control and input over their life they may handle things in a more positive, productive manner. Optimistic people usually cope better with stress. A perceived loss of control can cause an increase in stress hormones which may have a negative influence on your health.

Characteristics of Type A and Type B Personalities

A Few Characteristics of Type A Personality:

Competitiveness

Aggressiveness

Impatient

Prone to anger

Negative emotions

A Few Characteristics of Type B Personality:

Relaxed

Mellow

Easy going

Type A people may possibly sleep less, smoke more, drink more caffeine which may cause an increase in stress hormones. Negative emotions may affect our health.

Common Psychological Disorders

Psychological Disorders:

• Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Specific Phobias
• Social Phobias
• Agoraphobia
• Panic disorder
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
• Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome
• Depression
• Bipolar Disorder
• Anorexia Nervosa
• Bulimia Nervosa
• Substance Abuse
• Schizophrenia
• Personality disorders
• Dementias

Examples of Therapies for Treatments:

• Behavioral therapies
• Cognitive therapies
• Biological Therapies
• Systemic Desensitization Therapy for phobias

Stress Management Techniques:

• Learn Relaxation
• Learn Imagery
• Learn about Biofeedback
• Cognitive Training

Monday, June 8, 2015

Promoting Health

It is very important to learn about health maintenance and prevention of stress-related illnesses. We may learn how to cope with stress and prevent disease. Stress management may promote a sense of well-being.

Stress management may include the following:

Aerobics exercise

Biofeedback

Relaxation techniques

Social support

Exercise and our Moods:

Studies suggest that exercise may decrease stress, anxiety and depression.

How does exercise help stress?

Strengthens the heart

Increases mood elevating brain chemicals such as: norepinephrine, epinephrine, serotonin and endorphins

Helps our cognitive functions

May help the growth of new brain cells

May help us sleep better