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Coping With Anxiety

October 12th, 2012

Panic is an overreaction to a real (or even imagined) problem. It is a natural startle reaction that gets exaggerated and becomes prolonged. People often learn to panic because, in early childhood, panic can get us out of responsibilities. However, living with panic or anxiety every day can create a shutdown of feelings, so you’re in a state of shock. You cannot think clearly, make good responses or decisions.

Click here to read a great article from psychcentral.com that features several ways to help recognize and cope with anxiety.

 

A recent study has revealed what many of us probably already knew, yet may finally encourage some of those out there to get up and increase their activity levels.

A sedentary, or couch potato, lifestyle can amplify a genetic disposition to obesity, but just walking briskly, and briefly, each day can cut that effect in half.

When you consider the other detrimental health effects obesity can be a factor of, like type 2 and 1 diabetes, heart problems, etc., its obvious that we need to drastically cut back our average 4-6 hours of TV consumption and spend more time exercising.

For more info on the study, click here.

Bicycling to work is easy, safe and fun. If you’ve never done it before, NOLA Bike to Work Day, presented by Entergy and Bike Easy is for you. Put it on your calendar for April 11, 2012.

Experienced riders will meet at five different locations and ride together to downtown. If you have time before work, stop by Gallier Hall for coffee and free safety schwag.

For more information about meet up times and locations, click here.

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News of a potential disaster, such as flooding from the Mississippi River, can trigger anxiety, stress and depression in otherwise healthy people. But the risk is even greater for those who have experienced disasters firsthand. Free confidential counseling is available over the phone to Louisiana residents who are suffering stress, anxiety or depression as a result of rising river levels and flooding caused by the opening of spillways. Phone counselors offer information and coping tips on identifying and dealing with signs of stress. Referral assistance to mental health services may also be provided. If you or a loved one is in need of professional assistance to help cope with stress, anxiety or depression, call the Louisiana Spirit hotline at 1-866-310-7977.

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News of disasters, like the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, can trigger anxiety, stress and depression in otherwise healthy people. But the risk is even greater for those who have experienced disasters, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, firsthand. Learn the signs of disaster related stress and tips for coping with disaster related emotions from FEMA. If you or a loved one is in need of professional assistance to help cope with stress, anxiety or depression, The Louisiana Spirit hotline, 1-866-310-7977, offers free and confidential crisis counseling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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According to a new study conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, on-the-job stress can increase a woman’s chances of a heart attack by almost 90 percent, especially when she feels she has little or no decision-making authority or opportunities to use her skills. The new study also shows that women who are afraid of losing their jobs are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure, increased cholesterol and excess body weight. While learning how to better manage stress at work can be a life saver, keep in mind that eating healthy, increased physically active and good night’s sleep also help reduce stress and the risk for cardiovascular disease. Check out this website for some helpful tips on how to make stressful jobs more manageable.

 

As popularity of yoga continues to climb in the United States, medical experts have begun investigating the health benefits of yoga. Research has shown that the popularity of this activity may stem from its positive results on the body. Many studies show that yoga has physical, emotional and mental benefits which contribute to a person’s well-being. Learn why practicing yoga can improve your health.

 

Children who experience a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster or losing a loved one may suffer from severe stress. Many children in crisis have difficulty processing their feelings and often exhibit behaviors that can be tell-tale signs. Adults can assist children by recognizing the symptoms of distress and knowing when it’s appropriate to intervene.