Stress Relief Is Just a Phone Call Away

I just read about a study done on stress and girls 7 to 12 years old. (Stay with me here; this could be helpful to you.) It seems that seeing or just talking to their mothers helped lower their stress. In the study, the girls were given something stressful to do. Then one-third met with … Continue reading Stress Relief Is Just a Phone Call Away

The Link Between Stress, Anxiety and Depression

I've been assuming that there is a link between stress, anxiety and depression for years now, recommending that strategies to counter an anxiety disorder be used to fight depression, that approaches to lessen depression can work on anxiety, and that all of these strategies should be tried on plain old stress. This has been based … Continue reading The Link Between Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Meaningful Conversations May Improve Your Mood

I just read an article about some research that both confirmed what I knew and added a twist. First the confirmation: happier people spent 25 percent less time alone and 70 percent more time talking than unhappier people in the study. I have long preached the importance of spending time with the good people in … Continue reading Meaningful Conversations May Improve Your Mood

For a Healthier Heart, Just Be Happy

In case you didn't have enough incentive to bring your stress down already, researchers have just announced that the most anxious and depressed people have the highest risk of heart disease. So, if you want a healthy heart, follow the immortal words of the song: "Don't worry; be happy." Of course, this is always easier … Continue reading For a Healthier Heart, Just Be Happy

What To Do If You Keep Thinking About Haiti

The devastation in Haiti from this week's earthquake is all over the news. Clients, colleagues, family and friends are all talking about the suffering there, wanting to understand and find ways to help. This is normal and can bring out the best in people. But what do you do if you seem to be obsessed … Continue reading What To Do If You Keep Thinking About Haiti

No Batteries — or Electronics of Any Sort — Required

It turns out there is an iPhone app to help people deal with their fear of flying. This app is based on Virgin Atlantic's Flying Without Fear course. The app has a video of what to expect on a flight, answers common questions, teaches relaxation exercises, and sends daily reminders to practice those exercises. You … Continue reading No Batteries — or Electronics of Any Sort — Required

Exercise and the Stressed Brain

I've been recommending exercise to stressed out clients (and depressed clients, for that matter) for years. Those in the know suggest that you get aerobic exercise -- i.e., exercise that raises your heart rate enough that it is a little difficult to talk, like running or dancing -- for half an hour, three times a … Continue reading Exercise and the Stressed Brain

Family and Friends — To Keep or Not to Keep

On Thanksgiving, the LA Times ran an article by two professors -- one from Harvard Medical School, the other from UC San Diego -- touting the importance of keeping everyone in your social network of friends and family, even those who are demanding or get you angry. As evidence, the professors point out that, while … Continue reading Family and Friends — To Keep or Not to Keep