Beat Stress with the Relaxation Response
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Could 10 minutes a day save your life? You can’t avoid stress, but if you’re smart, you can use techniques like ‘the relaxation response’ to offset the chronic health consequences. Read on to ...

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First Responders: A 3 Step Guide to Coping with Stress and Avoiding Burnout © Thomas Hawk

For first responders at risk of PTSD and burnout, learn more about: daily habits that protect you, red-flags that warn of an impending problem and adaptive response techniques that safeguard your professional standing.

Taking Care of Yourself When a Loved One Has Bipolar © Lauren Rushing

Living with a person with bipolar is overwhelming. We often neglect ourselves and this can lead to burnout. Here are some tips for caring for yourself when the goal is to help a love one who has bipolar disorder.

Maintaining Boundaries: How to Say "No" with Compassion © Jer Kunz

Setting boundaries and limits and saying "no" are some of the hardest things for many people to do. Learning to say "no" without guilt, shame or anger is a necessary life lesson in for living an emotionally healthy life. Setting boundaries and limits is about taking care of yourself at least as well as you might take care of anyone else.

Noise and Stress – How Environmental Noise Levels Can Spike Your Stress Load © Matt Hintsa

Need to cut your stress load but not sure where to start? Well, if you live or work in noisy surroundings your environment may affect your physiological stress response in ways you’re not even aware of. Reduce some of the noise pollution from your life and see if you don’t feel a little more of the serenity you’re after!

How Stress Erodes Your Memory – And What You Can Do to Improve Your Recall © Cayusa

Stressed out and wondering why you’re so forgetful these days? Try stopping to smell the roses for a change and see if your memory doesn’t improve a bit… Learn more about how chronic stress impairs your ability to form and retrieve memories and learn how chronic stress destroys brain cells and leads to accelerated age-related memory loss; and most importantly, learn what you need to do to protect yourself from this type of cognitive decline.

Recognize the Physical Signs of Stress and Learn 2 Quick Ways to Turn it Off © Kozumel

Learn to listen to your body so you can quickly diagnose a stress reaction, and once you’ve recognized the physiological signs of stress, try one of these 2 quick and easy techniques to get rid of it.

A 3 Stage Approach to Preventing and Dealing with Stress © Abizern

Want to reduce the negative impact of stress on your health and happiness? Well here’s an easy 3 part recipe to a little more serenity: step 1 - identify what’s really stressing you out (use a stress diary here), step 2 – build your resilience to the stress you can’t avoid and step 3 – learn how to modify your reaction to stressors.

Burnout Self Test – Do You Exhibit These 20 Signs of Work Burnout? © Stephen Poff

Has cynicism and fatigue replaced the enthusiasm and drive you once had at work? If so, you may be dealing with burnout, a worrisome psychological state that can rob you of your happiness and even your health. Learn more about burnout and take a quick 20 question quiz to find out if you’re experiencing the symptoms of this stress related condition.

8 Burnout Busting Ways to Improve Your Job Satisfaction Level (Career Change Not Required)! © Toni Blay

Work tedium, a negative attitude, a lack of challenge or variety…just a few examples of workday factors that can lead to dangerous burnout. Sometimes you can change jobs and sometimes you can’t. Here are 8 ways to learn to love the job you’ve got when leaving just isn’t an option.

Protect Yourself from Caregiver Burnout – 8 Tips and Strategies to Use © Linda Kronin

Caregiving, if you’re not careful, often leads to burnout. The hours and the frustrations take a significant toll and unless you’re vigilant, you’ll put your health and happiness at risk. But it doesn’t have to go that way – learn 8 ways to be an effective and compassionate caregiver while still protecting what’s important to you and your family.

5 Risk Factors That Increase Your Odds of Caretaker Burnout © Astragony

The physical, mental and time demands of caretaking coupled with the emotional aspects of the job make burnout an unfortunate end point for too many who take on the important task of caring for a loved one. But it doesn’t have to end that way - Read on to learn 5 risk factors that up your odds of burnouts and see if you can’t make some changes today to protect yourself against the stress of tomorrow.

Is Stress Making You Sick? 33 Medical Conditions Caused or Worsened by Stress © AldoAldoz

Feeling stressed out? Well, if that’s how you feel on a regular basis you might want to think about making some lifestyle changes, before that stress load starts to compromise your health.

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  • Coping Strategies: Though you can’t hope to eliminate stress from your life, you can learn coping, stress minimization and resilience strategies that can do a lot to reduce its negative impact
  • Stress and Memory: Chronic stress interferes with your ability to attend fully enough to form and encode memories and even with your ability to retrieve memories that were encoded. Even worse, a lifetime of chronic stress and accompanying elevated cortisol levels can result in damage to areas of the brain involved in memory processes
  • Caretaker Burnout: The demanding nature of caring for loved ones puts caretakers at a uniquely high risk of experiencing burnout – a debilitating stress condition which affects energy, motivation, mental outlook, empathy and much more. Once aware of the risks, caretakers are wise to employ preventative strategies which are proven to reduce the risks of burnout.
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