Knowing When It’s Time to Visit a Physician

A little stress is one thing. Most people experience stress in some form on a daily basis, whether in the form of finances, social stressors, work demands or other daily challenges. In fact, 80 percent of workers experience stress through their jobs, and about 50 percent feel they need help managing their stress, according to the American Institute of Stress. In extreme cases, stress can interfere with a person’s daily routine and either create or exacerbate health conditions. If you suffer from high levels of stress, there are a few symptoms you should be on the lookout for. Here are four stress-related symptoms that should be addressed by a visit to the doctor.

Racing Heart, Dizziness and Rapid Breathing

Stress and anxiety can have very obvious physical consequences. The most common is an acceleration of the cardiovascular system, including a rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and fast breathing, according to Medline Plus. Individuals may find it difficult to bring their heart rate back down to a resting rate. When this happens, the condition should be addressed by a doctor. Stress in such high amounts could cause damage to your heart, increase your risk of fainting or result in further physical complications.

Disruptive Anxiety and Distractedness

According to the Cleveland Clinic, high levels of stress, including anxiety and general distractedness, could spark a marked decline in performance at either work or school, or even the inability to fulfill your responsibilities in the classroom or workplace. In fact, 65 percent of American workers admit that workplace stress has created difficulties for them at their job, with 10 percent of those individuals reporting severe effects. One in five workers surveyed by the American Institute of Stress said they have ultimately quit past jobs due to an inability to manage the stress. Whenever this anxiety and inability to focus becomes debilitating, a doctor should be consulted.

Severe Gastrointestinal Pain

Gastrointestinal pain can be caused by a wide range of factors, making it difficult to discern in every case whether it is directly caused by stress. Even if it isn’t exclusively caused by high stress, it’s very possible that stress could exacerbate gastrointestinal pain, such as the effects of GERD. But if gastrointestinal pain is chronic and appears to be at its worst during periods of high stress, then stress could be the culprit.

Stomach pain, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and other ailments and medical conditions could all be caused or worsened by excessive stress. These conditions could lead to stomach ulcers, esophageal damage and other physical complications. While some medications and treatments can deliver short-term relief, it’s important to visit a doctor to treat the cause of the gastrointestinal pain, as opposed to just the symptoms.

Suicidal or Self-Harming Thoughts

In addition to physical affects, stress can severely impact your mental health. In extreme cases, high stress can cause a person to experience suicidal thoughts of committing self-harm. These are severe and dangerous complications of stress that need to be addressed immediately. For that reason, it’s very important that individuals visit a doctor if any of these thoughts start to inhabit their mind. A doctor can discuss the stress you are experiencing and refer you to a specialist who can help you with your suicidal thoughts.

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Traveling with Kids leaving stress behind at home

Take up a vacation to lower your stress

As holiday season rolls up, many of us start thinking anxiously to have a good vacation or outing with family, relatives and friends. Traveling or vacation is a stress booster which helps to overcome stress but unfortunately sometimes what we plan does not go smoothly as envisioned.

Traveling is a good method to release stress because it gets you away from your problems. Planning a vacation keeps your mind off things. Vacations are a great way to get families and couples together to spend time away from the daily routine schedules of their lives. They are also good for people who like to travel solo. The simple act of getting away from it all; helps people to reduce stress, whether it is for a day or a week.

Traveling with kids adds on fun & excitement but at the same time handling kids while travelling becomes tiring. So, traveling by car would be comfortable with kids on outdoor picnics or vacations.

How to plan a holiday ?

                                                                       

 

Holiday planning can be planned with a quick run or searching and researching favourite locations or destinations considering the budget to be spend wisely ,and choosing the location to be explored ,thinking carefully about traveling where, when and how to go about. If you are travelling with a baby or a toddler you’ll need a child-safe environment so that you can relax and enjoy the time being spent with your family once you arrive the destination.

Before you hit the road with your little ones, read these tips for traveling with your children which helps to reduce stress:

Safety measures:

  • Try using GPS to find the exact location with the help of mapping guide or internet.

  • Confirm reservations in advance

  • Take plenty of rest stops.

  • Try to stop at a park/playground so that the children can run and play safely.

  • Never leave kids in a car without adult supervisions.

  • Carry soft toys for kids to play while traveling.

  • Use child locks and seat belts on back doors being fitted accurately.

  • Pack a first-aid kit specific to the age of your child. Check with your doctor what supplies you need if you are going overseas.

 

                               Health benefits of travel:

  • To help prevent car sickness make sure your child has a clear view from the windows and hasn’t eaten a large meal or drink beforehand. Take some barley sugar or sugar syrups along.

  • Have non-messy healthy snacks and drinks with you.

  • Carry plastic drinking mugs with spouts that would prevent spills in the car.

  • Choose comfortable clothing for all the family to travel in and make sure it is suitable for the temperature in the car.

  • Fresh air & sunshine is good for health, it relieves stress increases oxygen level in our blood, makes one happy, gives more energy, and freshens up the behaviour of an individual.

  • Sunshine is a mood elevator and can help people ward off depressions.

  Entertainment while traveling:

  • Entertain the kids in the car with games, puzzles and activities.

  • Help the time pass more quickly by talking and singing with the kids; playing music, a story CD or audio book.

  • Load the car with pillows and blankets to make the drive more comfortable.

  • Clicking pictures with digital camera or your phone will be loved by your children and will keep them busy where you can see the trip through their eyes.

  • Be flexible, have plenty of activities that would pass time while traveling.

 

Studies have shown that vacation is very important and is a good method to release stress.

It increases the efficiency and improves the performance at work, if an employee is tired it is hard to keep motivation levels high, travel can help to build and increase motivation levels for the mind-body and recharging energy levels. It also improves heart health and keeps it healthy.

According to the co-author of the Framingham Heart Study, Elaine Eaker, women who took only one vacation once every six years or less were almost eight times as likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack as their counterparts who took at least two vacations per year. For men, those who didn’t take vacations had a 32 percent higher chance of dying from a heart attack than those who did take vacations.

* This article kindly supplied by Harsha Deka.

 

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The body really does want to follow the mind.

I wrote in my Journal in 1991: “A few days ago I had a sore throat and was tempted to imagine the consequences of a full-blown cold as I headed into University Residential School. As my mind toyed with the possibilities I immediately checked myself and deliberately imagined a positive scenario plugging in the physical and health progress I wanted over the next few days. When I did this I sensed that the immune-system switched into a new gear and that a new set of programmes would now be running. It was a delightful feeling. As I tap into creative imagination and attitude-control I am finding more and more what a tremendous resource I have at my disposal. The body really does want to follow the mind. My immune system does a fantastic job and I’m very impressed with how it can liberate me from all sorts of conditions with relative ease. I need to plug in some long term imagination too.”


Imagine being here.

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Does Anxiety Cause Back Pain or Is It The Other Way Around?

Numerous studies have shown there is a link between pain and stress. A 2012 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed the reason behind the connection between stress and pain or illness. Researchers found that when one is under chronic psychological stress, it can cause the body to trigger an inflammation response which can contribute to the development or worsening of a disease.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America notes that back pain is reported more often by anxiety sufferers than those who don’t suffer from any type of mood disorder. Anxiety can increase pain, but the more pain one has, the more likely they are to experience anxiety. It’s an evil cycle, but by addressing the pain as well as stress and anxiety, the odds of finding relief and enjoying a higher quality of life are likely to be much greater.

Upper Back Pain

The upper and middle back are part of the thoracic spine which is responsible for stability, playing a key role in helping the body stay upright as well as providing protection for vital organs found in the chest. One of the causes of upper back pain is emotional stress, as tension placed on the shoulders can irritate nerves. Of course, physical stress can also result in upper back pain, such as poor posture, something that is common among those who are using a computer all day long.

Certain yoga poses like the cobra posture can help relieve upper back pain and help maintain better back health. Yoga is also known to help reduce stress and anxiety which can ease tension, thereby relieving upper back pain even further.

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is common, and can be caused by heavy lifting, stress and other issues. The Mayo Clinic reports that most people will experience it at some point in their lifetime. According to the U.K.’s National Health Service, stress is believed to cause tension in the back muscles, resulting in pain.

Practicing stress-relief techniques like deep breathing can help relieve pain as well as to prevent or improve many types of health conditions. All it takes is a few minutes each day of slow, focused breathing. Deep breathing requires breathing from the diaphragm or the belly, rather than the chest. Inhale taking a deep breath, while slowly counting to three and making sure that your abdomen rises. Pause, and slowly exhale counting to three again.

As chronic lower back pain can significantly reduce the quality of life, those who continue to suffer might want to consider researching long-term relief options such as minimally invasive spine surgery. Videos featuring the stories of the results of real life Laser Spine Institute patients can help you determine if this may be the right option for you.

Sciatica Pain

Sciatica pain, which is often felt in the legs, is thought to be caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve. Some experts believe the condition most likely results from prolonged stress, and by getting to the root cause, the pain can be reduced or eliminated.

Any type of stress reduction techniques can help, including regular exercise, deep breathing and meditation. Certain stretches are said to be especially therapeutic, such as a hamstring stretch or knee-to-chest stretch. The Pain Therapy app available on iTunes demonstrates a number of exercises and stretches that are specifically designed to address sciatica pain.

Article written by Amy Bowlby.
Amy put back pain behind her after undergoing a minimally invasive surgery last fall. She now volunteers as a caregiver, helping others through the recovery process.

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4 Common Holiday Stressors & Their Solutions

We know that mention of the word “holidays” doesn’t always conjure up images of hearth and home and relaxing nights spent sipping cups of frothy cocoa with loved ones… not even close sometimes, right? This time of year can evoke stress in even the calmest of people. If you’re worried about how you’re going to afford gifts for the entire family, when you’re going to find time to attend to everything or how you’re going to keep off those 20 pounds you spent the whole year dieting away, we feel your pain. Here are some common holiday-induced stressors and how to deal with them:

A Jam-Packed Holiday Schedule

If you were a child of the ’80s, you probably remember the “Just Say No” campaign. Well, it works for getting out of obligations of all kinds, from attending your book club’s annual holiday party to going to your cousin’s children’s holiday concert. Saying “no” the first time will be tough, but after that, it’s liberating. Trust us. Try it.

Whiny, Bored Kids Around the House

Create a routine and put the kids to work. Kids thrive when they have a routine and know what’s going to happen next. On weekends, once chores and homework is done, have them do things like help bake cookies, wrap gifts for their teachers, and address and stamp cards.

You’re Strapped Financially

This tip is really geared to make next year easier on your wallet, but you can start following it right after this Christmas is over. Create a line item in your monthly budget specifically for the holidays. If you usually spend $1,000 on the holidays, then divide that by 12 months—you’ll need to stash $84 a month. Check out Dave Ramsey’s holiday budgeting tool for additional help.

If you’re in need of cash now to pay off January’s credit card bills, think about ways you can raise some money. Maybe it’s time to sell that unused exercise equipment—you can capitalize on all those “get fit” New Year’s resolutions. If you receive regular payments from annuities or a structured settlement, you may be able to sell future payments in exchange for a lump sum amount. See if you can pick up extra work around your neighborhood.

Or, how about you just opt out of giving gifts to the extended family? Instead, offer to draw names so everyone gets and gives one gift. The holidays aren’t about going broke. Consider starting a new stress-free tradition with your immediate family. Take a walk in the snow, go ice skating, build a snowman or have a hot cocoa bar while you watch a holiday classic.

Fattening Food Is Everywhere

Don’t let go of your good habits just because everyone’s offering up treats. Whenever you go to an event, take a healthy treat like a fruit platter or spiced almonds, so that you’re not singled out for not partaking of the calorie-laden treats. If you’re counting calories, work weekly splurges into your numbers so that you don’t end up five pounds heavier come January 1. Abandoning your good habits and overindulging will only lead to more stress.

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