For many, the holiday season is cherished for it’s richness in memories and time with family, but unfortunately, this is not the truth for all. Some find the holiday season to be quite the stressor, especially those dealing with mental health disorders and/or substance abuse problems.
So how does one change their possible negative disposition toward this upcoming holiday season?
In the health section of USNews.com, we are given 5 ways to transform your holiday season into one that is healthy and enjoyable for all.
The holidays don’t have to be that taxing period of the year you have grown so accustomed to. Let our experts at SHAW Center for Healing guide you and your family to learning healthy ways to connect, love, and even have fun this holiday season.
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We all experience anxiety and more and more we are seeing it in our children. It can be painful for a parent to sit there and watch their child suffer without any clear advice for them. Whether the kid is stressing over fitting in or doing well in school, it’s no wonder they live a life full of stressors.
According to QuickandDirtyTips.com, there are five things a parent or guardian can do to help their little one:
1. Help them make a game plan to activate when they face troubles. It also gives them the confidence that you trust them with adult-like decisions.
2. Teach them to talk back to their worries. Even personifying it as a person or creature that they can communicate with. This can also be accomplished with positive affirmation notes that they carry around. One example being: “You are bigger then your worries.”
3. Teach them the physical characteristics of anxiety and remind them that they will dissipate with some work. When they start to feel dizzy during a spelling bee, remind them this is just a sign of worry and it will go away. They should not fear these feelings for they are normal.
4. Break them from their rituals. If they are participating in a ritual to deal with their worries, like tapping a pencil seven times, this might be the time that they find another way to deal with the stress.
5. Hear them out. Too often we are concerned with giving direction and advice. Let your child take the lead for once. Of course, things must get done like homework, but taking the pressure away from how you speak to them can greatly help.
Do you have a child challenged with anxiety and worry? Let our experts at SHAW Center for Healing guide you to help your child develop new coping strategies.
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We all experience stress. From the workplace to our relationships, stress is an inevitable reality for us all. However, many of us have misconceived ideas about How stress is defined and how it affects us. According to psychcentral.com, there are 6 main myths pertaining to stress.
1. Everybody experiences stress the same way. Wrong. Stress affects us all differently and trying to compare our stresses to another’s is useless. We all react to stressful situations in different ways.
2. Stress is bad for you. Wrong. Stress is innate in us to keep us safe from harmful situations. It is very normal to experience stress in small amounts. It only becomes unhealthy when we constantly feel its effects.
3. Stress is everywhere and you can't do anything about it. Wrong. Some situations, like paying bills, may be stresses we can't get away from, but most of the time we can plan to stay away from stressful situations. We simply need to know ourselves and what sets us off.
4. The best ways to reduce stress are for you. Wrong. There are no set ways to reduce stress for everybody. Since we are all different, we require different ways to deal with stress. While some may require meditation, others may simply need a favorite song to jam out to.
5. Stress is always symptomatic. Wrong. Just because you don’t feel the physical signs of stress, doesn’t mean you aren’t dealing with the mental side of stress. For some, medication may mask symptoms of stress, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t still exist for you.
6. Only major effects of stress need attention. Wrong. Minor signs of stress can easily lead to major ones. It's best to be proactive in your approach to stressors.
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Recent research spearheaded by the Dutch has now established a correlation between early signs of mental health disorders and later substance abuse problems. Looking at young people dealing with anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD), or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), these researchers found a significantly higher rate of drug, alcohol, and nicotine use later in life. Researchers hypothesized this use was a means to self-medicate these pre-existing disorders.
Annabeth Groenman, Ph.D., from the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, says, “Although the link between ADHD and later substance-related disorders was well established, literature did not show such a clear link between other childhood disorders and later substance-related disorders. I feel that with this study we identify a vulnerable group in society and show that those with problems in childhood can grow up to become troubled adults.”
Coming from a generous sample size of 762,187 case studies, researchers hope that finding this relationship between early mental disorders and substance abuse later in life will allow for preventative measures to be employed.
Groenman also remarks, “Now that we know that this group of youngsters is particularly at risk, we can work together with clinicians, government and relevant organizations to reduce the number of substance-related disorders in later life and hopefully reduce debilitating consequences later in life.”
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How could something that tastes so good be so evil? Researchers from University College London have postulated that increased levels of sugar in a male diet can be more detrimental to them than just an oversized waistline. After looking at a generous sample size of 7,000 males over a 22-year period, they have found that high levels of sugar can be directly correlated with an increased chance for mood disorders like depression and anxiety. One might raise the question: Do depressed and anxious people just happen to eat more sugar and that’s why we see these results? Well, according to these researchers and some fancy footwork, they were able to rule out any possible cases of reverse causation, and sadly, the blame still falls on sugar.
Of course, the inner sweet tooth in all of us wants to know why?
For one, BDNF, a protein synthesized in the brain and in charge of creating new brain cells is greatly inhibited in its performance when high levels of sugar are present. Also, sugar is linked to causing inflammation in the brain, a known problem in people with mood disorders. Insulin levels are also greatly affected after high sugar intake, which can crash both your mood and hormonal responses.
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For more information: http://www.menshealth.com/health/sugar-and-depression
You’ve probably been told “long term stress is bad for your health.” But that's pretty vague, right? Thousands of other things are “bad for your health”, so how is this different?
Why is stress bad and what symptoms can long term stress cause? To understand this, you need to understand what a normal, healthy stress response is.
This is what’s SUPPOSED to happen in your body when you get stressed:
When humans were stressed thousands of years ago, it was typically because they were in imminent danger (think life or death situations). Maybe a lion was chasing them or they were starving and had to find food.
In stressful situations like these, the brain only wants to focus on survival and GETTING OUT OF DANGER. So the brain signals a normal stress response, which includes telling the adrenal glands to secrete more cortisol, which is also known as the "stress hormone".
The increased cortisol output raises heart rate, increases alertness and makes you stronger, faster and smarter so you can escape danger. It also tells the body to stop focusing on things it doesn’t need RIGHT NOW to survive, like digesting food, sleeping, and defending against disease.
So in a stressful situation, you get amped up to escape the lion or find food, and when the danger has passed, you go back into a relaxed state with normal, healthy cortisol levels. And everything is well again.
As a human, this is the kind of stress your ancestors lived with for THOUSANDS of years. And you are designed the same way - to handle SHORT TERM stress.
Today, different stress means VERY different outcomes
You might deal with things like work, taking care of family, bills, school, deciding what clothes to wear, traffic, staying on schedule, etc. Even WORRYING about something in your mind can cause stress and raise cortisol levels.
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