One of the most common sources of stress is work. The workplace can be a very stressful place due to interactions, the nature of the job and deadlines. It is important to be able to handle stress and cope for not only maximum productivity but also overall health.
AIHCP offers a four certification in Stress Management Consulting. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking to become a Stress Management Consultant
Stress is part of life but how we incorporate stress into our life and handle it is key to success as well as good health. Stress Management is the ability to understand stress and cope with it in healthy ways.
Stress in the modern world is especially dangerous because it incites the fight or flight response in our body. Hence our body responds to minor stressors as if they are major threats. It is important to identify minor stress and not harm by limiting this response.
AIHCP offers a four year certification in Stress Management Consulting. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals. If interested, please review the program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals. Stress Managers play key roles in helping others reduce stress with personal sessions as well with corporate entities looking to reduce stress for their employees.
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Stressors exist throughout life. How we respond is critical. Overreation to stress in the modern world is unhealthy. Our bodies go into a fight or flight mode when the situation is not life altering when stress occurs. Within the body also occurs anxiety which is an imbalanced reaction to a stressor that causes uneasiness and uncertainty. Over worry is associated with anxiety
There are times to be nervous. There are times to worry. However, it is important to know when unhealthy stress reactions are occurring. Most successful individuals are able to utilize worry into action and minimize anxiety. Proper responses and balanced responses are key.
Yet, anxiety can sometimes be more than external issues. Most anxious moments can be coped with but those with clinical anxiety can be paralyzed socially and need professional guidance and maybe medication.
The article, “Having Anxiety vs. Feeling Anxious: What’s the Difference?” from Healthline reviews normal anxious feelings with anxiety. The article states,
“Anxiety is a normal response to stress, and isn’t always a bad thing. But when it gets to be uncontrollable or excessive to the point where it affects quality of life, this may be indicative of an anxiety disorder. Knowing the difference between anxiety and an anxiety disorder can help you talk with your doctor about your symptoms and any concerns you might be having.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consulting Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Stress Management Consulting
Eastern techniques are designed to lower heart rate and create calm. Hence it is no surprise that many Westerners look to utilize them in stress reduction. Yoga is no exception and is one of the most used Eastern exercises to reduce stress and promote overall well being.
The article, “Here’s How to Use Yoga for Stress Reduction: from Healthline looks closer at how Yoga reduces stress and explains how. The article states,
“Yoga continues to grow in popularity as people experience its physical and mental benefits. Developing a personal yoga practice can help prevent and reduce stress, which is a common goal among people who want to create positive growth and focus on self-improvement.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consultant Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Stress Management Consulting.
Stress causes multiple problems to the body due to the stress response. In such a tense state, it can also affect over time one’s waist line and add to gaining weight. Weight gain is directly correlated with chronic stress.
The article, “Surprising Side Effects Stress Has On Your Waistline, Say Experts” by Perri Blumberg looks closer at how stress can affect weight gain. She states,
“As Ivanir further elaborates, stress can lead to weight gain via a hormone called cortisol. “When under stress, the adrenal glands produce cortisol, which leads to a surge of energy by stimulating fat, carbohydrate, and protein metabolism,” she explains. “However, cortisol also increases appetite and cravings for sweet, fatty, and salty foods. With chronic stress, this overexposure to cortisol can lead to weight gain,” she adds, further noting that cortisol secretion also promotes abdominal fat accumulation.”
Reducing stress is imperative to overall health and as one can see, stress affects almost every aspect of our life. It is important to manage it in order to live a healthy and productive life.
Please also review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consulting Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Stress Management Consulting.
Stress can cause multiple aches throughout the body. During stress our body prepares for fight or flight responses and hence muscle tense up and tighten. It is because of this that many have tension in the neck and shoulders due to higher levels of stress. Through Stress Management and massages and other techniques, stress caused physical ailments can be reduced or eliminated.
The article, “5 Ways to Reduce Stress-Related Tension in Your Neck and Shoulders” from Healthline looks at ways to remove tension from the shoulders and neck due to stress. The article states,
“The areas where you’re likely to feel stress or anxiety-related tension are in your neck and shoulders. Over time, this can lead to chronic pain as well as other health issues. Fortunately, muscle tension in your neck and shoulders responds well to stretching, yoga, relaxation, and other stress management methods. Let’s explore several simple techniques you can use to help release tension in your neck and shoulders, as well as some stress management strategies to help calm your mind and body.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consultant Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Stress Management Consulting.
Cleanliness and order makes someone feel good about him or herself. It allows the mind not to be consumed with things that need done. It fortifies accomplishment and pride.
When things are messy, it is easier to be stress. One has no place to escape stress. When order is in balance, one can retreat to something beautiful and in order and find possibly find peace.
The article, “De-stress by decluttering” Judi Hopson looks at the benefits of decluttering when stressed and how it can not only create order but also take one’s mind off stressful things. She states,
” You’ll feel more in control of your life. Sorting through just one room, and organizing it well, will make you feel you’re on top of things. Sure, it takes discipline to do this. But, you’ll feel your power to focus and your self-respect growing.”
Decluttering a house has many benefits but reducing stress and creating a more conducive environment is important. To learn more about Stress Management Consulting, please review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consulting Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Stress Management Consulting.
Many religious traditions believe that one through meditation can cause a positive disturbance into the cosmos and tap into the natural healing energy. Some cultures call this Chi. While this is only an Eastern belief, meditation from a secular point of view can also elicit responses through the Relaxation Response to help heal the body. In fact, whichever religious tradition, the utilization of meditation within the particular creed seems to all cause the Relaxation Response.
In previous blogs and articles, we know that the Relaxation Response is the opposite of the Fight or Flight Response. The Relaxation Response reverses the blood pressure, higher heart rate, and heavier breathing caused by the sympathetic nervous system in time of physical need, or stress. Adrenaline is pumped into the body during physical emergencies to enable the body to better react to the issue at hand, however, this response is more damaging when responding to only emotional and mental stresses of the modern world. Hence, anxiety and stress can cause an array of physical ailments to the heart and blood pressure.
The ability of the mind via meditation and breathing to induce the Relaxation Response is key to healing. It is only doubled when combined with the faith factor. Positive vibes and beliefs through meditation and even basic mindset can produce within the body multiple cures over minor issues and also maintain optimal health. Likewise, negative beliefs and lack of faith can lead to physical ailments. The mind body connection is real and the ability to control the negative responses of the body to stress as well as produce healthier mental images, is key to overall health.
Does this mean one should never go to the doctor but only procure a healthy mindset? Definitely not, but Herbert Benson in “Beyond the Relaxation Response” believes that a healthy mindset and faith factor tied to meditation can procure within the Relaxation Response a more general bill of health, as well as better responses to illness. He reviews the importance of the placebo effect for both positive and negative results.
One can see through studies and throughout history, the power of the mind in helping someone recover from an illness, likewise, the power of the mind to produce illness. Meditation and the Relaxation Response with a strong faith factor reveals that many individuals are able to control negative responses from the Sympathetic Response system and maintain better health in part by preventing illness as well as aiding the body heal itself. A person with a positive mindset and faith factor has a better chance of healing or overcoming a major operation and illness than one with a negative.
Part of this is the placebo effect of the medication. Many medications are strengthened by the belief of the person. Furthermore, a strong trust in the physician who is optimistic can help trigger a better faith factor which can help a patient recover faster. In many cases, medications produce more side effects than good, and the faith factor and optimistic view is strong enough to help someone. It is important to know if the medication one is on is completely necessary for health and wellness.
The faith factor is just a religious ideal but one that places faith in something, whether it be God, medication, a physician or one’s own ability to heal. It is a critical element in self healing and overall mental, emotional and physical health. Through the studies on meditation, we clearly see a connection between mind and body and vice versa. The mind has an ability to control many of our responses, including heartbeat and blood pressure, it also has the ability to aid the body in recovery with positive imagery. This is not a cure all. While mental positive images can help, they cannot overcome certain obstacles or devastating disease or injury, but they can help the body recover and maintain itself.
It is important to procure this type of positive attitude and with a strong faith factor, coupled with meditation and the triggering of the Relaxation Response, one can better achieve better health and a more peaceful life in response to stress and anxiety.
Anxiety looks to tear into the body causing a brutal cycle where the body is forced to respond to a physical threat that is not present. By eliminating this cycle through the Relaxation Response, one is able to lower breathing, heart rate and blood pressure and allow the body to relax from the hormonal onslaught. Remember, it is about how we view stress, cope with it, and our overall outlook on life that helps prepare us to handle these stresses. Through meditation we are able to heal the body from stress and prepare it to handle it later.
For purposes of the review, the steps are simple. Find a quiet place, focus on breathing, find an object or mental image to dwell upon, use a mantra or prayer to stay on path and avoid distractions and maintain a passive mind. These steps are part of almost every religious tradition. While religious traditions may have different spiritual ends, they all through meditation induce a particular physical reaction which is beneficial to the body. That response is the Relaxation Response.
If you would like to learn more, please review Herbert Benson’s revolutionary work on meditation. If you would like to earn a certification in Meditation Instruction, then please review AIHCP’s Meditation Instructor Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Meditation Instruction.
Stress is a health issue that is overlooked. Many individuals worry about diet, lack of exercise, hereditary illness and contagious disease but never consider stress. Stress is a silent killer that can take a healthy person with healthy life styles and over time kill him or her.
Stress is one of the biggest killers of people in the modern world. It can suddenly cause death or gradually cause illness in the body. This is true in any living creature and not understanding the nature of stress on the body and taking appropriate stress management strategies can lead to an early grave.
The body reacts to stressors in life. Each person reacts to different stressors uniquely. What may be stressful for one person is not for another. When the body’s stress reaction takes place, various systems within the body prepare the body for the fight or flight experiences.
Walter Cannon, a physiologist, was the first to coin fight or flight. Early man responded to stressors or threats by either fighting the threat or fleeing from it. The body produces various hormones after the brain interprets the threat. The hypothalamus and pituitary gland send messages for the adrenal cortex to produce glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids. These in turn produce cortisol and aldosterone.
Cortisol is the primary hormone that fuels the fight or flight reaction. This is an extremely important process for survival, especially for early man. Increased levels of sugar to burn, allow the body to deal with the stressor.
Aldosterone prepares the body for action. It increases blood pressure, hence permitting the body to transport food and oxygen to other parts of the body. In addition, the adrenal medulla, secretes adrenalin to give the body more energy and strength in any stress or crisis response. Combined, these hormonal changes in the body give it the energy, strength and ability to respond to stressful conditions.
Due to this, the temporary reactions raise blood pressure and increases heart rate. Various other parts of the body also react, including the autonomic nervous system, the gastrointestinal system, the muscular system and even the skin. While temporarily this is needed to respond to stress, over a long duration, these conditions can cause heart attacks, strokes, stomach ulcers and other forms of illness.
Due to modern man’s less primal living situation, one cannot resort to fight or flight responses but must instead internalize issues. One cannot flee a job assignment, yell at a boss, not take an exam, or scream at a customer. Instead, one is forced to deal with the stress and endure the physical reactions within the body.
This over time becomes deadly. Whether the degree or duration, stress kills because of the changes it forces upon the body when proper outlets are not permitted. Long work hours, deadlines, toxic relationships at work and home, poor diet, smoking, and type A personalities more prone to anxiety, anger and impatience all deal with an abundance of stress. This excess stress without proper outlets and management leads to early death.
It is imperative to limit the body’s reaction to stress with stress management techniques which teach one to cope. Stress is part of life but it can be managed. Stress can be environmental or from within and how we react, but how we handle the stressors and learn to navigate them can reduce the wear and tear on our mind and body.
Hans Sele, the Father of Modern Stress Management, conducted a variety of experiments on rats, inducing different rats with different levels of stress and stressful situations. He noted that the rats with the most stress over time developed various conditions to their bodies. These conditions affected almost all bodily systems, from heart issues to ulcers and anything in between. He became aware that stress over time kills.
He pointed out three phases all animals face. First, the alarm reaction. During this phase, the body reacts to stress and exposes the reactionary characteristics of the body to the stressor. Within this phase, the body reacts to stress and if the stress is to strong, the person dies.
The second phase is the reactionary phase in which the body endures and adapts to the stressor. Alarm appearance had diminished and the resistance to the stressor rises.
The final phase according to Seyle, is the stage of exhaustion, where the body’s adaptation energy becomes exhausted, and the alarm phase appearances return, but this time, become permanent and the body dies due to duration of the stress.
Hence Seyle pointed out that if the body does not adapt or remove the stress irritant, one can either die from stress immediately or over duration. This led to the idea that stress kills according to degree or duration. This is why it is important during the second stage, to overcome the issue and move on or if the issue is not life threatening, to learn important coping strategies to deal with the stress itself.
This is difficult with hard and long work hours, definitive deadlines and toxic interpersonal relationships. Divorce, loss, death, unemployment, illness, and other issues can pile upon an already stressful life style and compound the body’s ability to overcome the stressor. Duration sets in and the body’s stress responses in themselves become deadly.
One can take some control though in how the body responds to stress. Meditation, bio-feedback, hypnosis, channeled breathing, prayer, positive outlooks, humor, exercise, diet, and life evaluations can all play key roles in limiting stress. Ultimately it is up to you if you wish to limit the damage stress can do on your body.
Stress Management coping strategies are key to a healthy life. Certified Stress Management Consultants can help others learn how to better cope and deal with stress. Stress Management is becoming more mainstream in a variety of areas beyond just personal health but is also becoming a big service offered in business, politics, emergency response, policing, and other industries that see a high level of stress.
If you would like to learn more about Stress Management or would like to become a certified Stress Management Consultant, then please review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consulting Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and leads to a four-year certification. In the meantime, limit your stress and live a healthier life.
When stress strikes, we respond with fight or flight mentalities. We hence physically emit certain physical characteristics with the emotion associated with it. If one can breathe properly, they can reduce stress. They correlate the breathing patterns associated with less stressful emotions. This in turn can fool the mind into a more relaxed state.
The article, “Research: Why Breathing Is So Effective at Reducing Stress” by Emma Seppälä , Christina Bradley and Michael R. Goldstein look at how studies show that better breathing can help reduce stress. They state,
“Research shows that different emotions are associated with different forms of breathing, and so changing how we breathe can change how we feel. For example, when you feel joy, your breathing will be regular, deep and slow. If you feel anxious or angry, your breathing will be irregular, short, fast, and shallow. When you follow breathing patterns associated with different emotions, you’ll actually begin to feel those corresponding emotions.”