Posts Tagged ‘stress’
By Dr. Martha Grout
George keeled over at the water fountain at work and could not be resuscitated. He was 45 years old. He had “no history of heart disease.”
Was there no warning?
Heart disease appears to be the body’s final cry for help. Heart attacks seldom spring out of the clear blue sky.
We understand that there are warning signs of heart disease – high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking… we call them risk factors. We know that certain laboratory markers are associated with increased risk of heart disease – small dense LDL particles, for instance, or homocysteine or lipoprotein(a).
But what happens in our bodies before we develop high blood pressure or high cholesterol? What causes us to develop hypertension or high cholesterol?
BY THE CHOPRA CENTER FOR WELLBEING
During the holidays, many of us experience a perplexing array of emotions. We may feel simultaneous joy and anxiety about spending extended time with loved ones. Our hearts may be filled with love as well as mingled feelings of sorrow, loss, or longing. Sacred traditions and holiday rituals can inspire us ─ or leave us feeling like there’s too much to do.
If you find yourself feeling out of sorts, the following suggestions can help you restore your balance, soothe your stress, and expand your experience of joy.
BY DAVID SIMON, M.D., Chopra Center co-founder
The holiday season is often a swirl of nonstop activity that can, if you let it, sweep you into a state of imbalance that leaves you feeling exhausted and susceptible to seasonal colds and flu. If you want to truly enjoy this special time of year, the best gift you can give yourself and your family is caring for yourself. Here are a few ways to nourish your mind-body balance this month—and throughout the coming year.
1.) Do one thing at a time. Rather than cooking with a phone in one hand and the TV blaring in the background, give yourself the gift of focused attention. Let yourself experience the aromas, textures, colors, tastes, and sensory pleasures of preparing and eating your special holiday meals.
BY TISHIN DONKERSLEY, M.A.
Inflammation can occur in any part of the body, from our sinuses, muscles and skin to our internal organs. In many cases there is no need for concern, but recurring inflammation can begin to break down the immune system, leading to many serious diseases.
According to an NPR interview with Dr. Peter Libby, Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School and Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, “The immune and inflammatory response is very important in our usual defenses against invaders and repair of injury, but it can get turned against us when it’s deployed inappropriately or [when inflammation continues].”
By Tishin Donkersley, M.A.
How do men and women handle stress differently?
- Women become overwhelmed while men lose motivation.
- Oxytocin lowers stress for women; communicating feelings releases oxytocin.
- Testosterone lowers stress for men; solving problems, or forgetting them, releases testosterone.
- Women’s brains are hardwired to have emotional reactions.
- Men’s brains are designed to become less emotional in order to take action.