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Less Stress for the Holidays

Posted in stress, stress management by biofeedbackresources on November 23rd, 2016

Less Stress for the Holidays

 

The start of the holiday season is upon us.  This should be a wonderful time to look forward to and yet many people experience this as one of the most stressful times of the year.  What makes it stressful? The crowds and expense of shopping, the traffic, spending time with people who get on your nerves – shall I go on?  I’m sure you could easily add to my list.

What can you do to make it less stressful?

  1. Give thanks. The season starts with the Thanksgiving holiday.  Take some time to actually give thanks for all of the things that you are blessed with.  All of us kind find at least a few things to be thankful for.  Here is a list of things you can pick through to find something that applies to you:

A place to live

Food to eat

A job

Family

Friends

Good Health

Sight

Clothes to wear

A car or bus or train fare

The ability to walk

Now I know there may be some who don’t have all of these things but I believe that there are few who don’t have at least one. 

Spend some time thinking about what the holidays are supposed to be about. 

You may get the opportunity to see some people that you hardly ever see.  Even if you don’t always get along great take it for what it is worth and find something enjoyable about spending time with them.  Remember the holidays don’t last forever.  It will soon be over and we all get back to our regular lives starting off a new year.  Don’t make it bigger than it is.

Remember to breathe.  If you start to feel stressed find a place you can be alone for a few minutes and take a few slow deep breaths to take the edge off and then rejoin the group.

If you set your mind to enjoy the holidays you probably will.

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Stressed Out Students SOS

Posted in News, NetCasts, stress, health, stress management by biofeedbackresources on July 22nd, 2015

College students are stressed out.  Listen to this message about why and what is being done about it.

S.O.S.

Stressed Out Students

 

Before young people join us in the adult work and family responsibility world they are already experiencing the effects of stress from the academic world.  College life is not a full time party for all students.  There is a lot of pressure to study, hand in assignments on time, and perform well on exams.  Students and or their parents usually have a huge financial investment which is at risk if they don’t do well.  Most also have the stress of looking forward to graduating with a large amount of student loan debt.  They are also already worrying about the challenge of competing with the masses to find a job after graduation.

According to a May 27, 2015 New York Times article anxiety is the most common mental health problem of college students.  A study by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State revealed that more than half of 100,000 students indicate that anxiety is a health concern for them.  A survey by the American College Health Association showed that more than 16 percent of college students have been diagnosed with or treated for anxiety within the last year.  These are numbers of people who actually seek help.  Usually with mental health issues including anxiety many people do not seek help.  Considering this, the problem is even greater. 

 

Many colleges and universities have counseling centers to help students with problems like anxiety and depression.  Some of them are beginning to reach or surpass their capacity. 

 

Counseling centers offer individual and group therapy, mindfulness training, stress kits including things like stress balls that you squeeze as a way to relieve stress, and pet therapy.  Some also offer biofeedback which uses technology to measure things like muscle tension, heart rate, breathing, sweat, and brainwave activity.  Biofeedback shows a person the levels of these signals so that they can become more aware of the changes and learn how to regulate them by the power of their own mind.  This gives them a sense of control which is key in reducing anxiety.  If you feel that you have no control in a situation you feel more anxious.  When you feel like you have some control in a situation it helps to reduce anxiety.   Students need to have stress management assistance made available to them to help them to maintain or regain their mental health as well as perform at their best in their studies. 

For a free stress card and other free information on stress management text STRESS to 55469

Harry L. Campbell

President, Biofeedback Resources International

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Author of the book “What Stress Can Do”

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