6 Practical Steps To Overcome Back To School Stress

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By Kellie Lupe-Smith

schoolbusSchool is about to start up again and for many kids a variety of emotions begin to surface ranging from excitement, nervous anticipation to all out dread and panic. Starting a new school year is about, making new friends, meeting new teachers, buying new clothes, book bags, facing bullies, learning a new curriculum and of course – homework. In the year 2015, going back to school brings a host of new stresses that many parents and teachers didn’t have when they were growing up. In the digital age kids are getting less and less sleep because their minds are over stimulated by electronics and lack of sleep can create a number of problems, mood swings, weight gain and brain fog. Kids are also suffering from overwhelming stress due to social anxiety, sports pressures and even weight gain due to stress eating.

The good news is, there are tools that can have an immediate impact on adolescents in stressful and uncomfortable situations. Here are the top six techniques that parents and teachers can use to help students (and themselves) stay relaxed this back-to-school season.

1. Breathe deeply and correctly. When the human body encounters stress of any kind, our chest constricts causing more shallow breathing to occur. In this way we only utilize a small portion of our lung capacity and typically we only use the upper part of our torso. This allows the sympathetic nervous system to be activated thereby creating a fight-or-flight response. Instead, if you breathe deeply involving the lower part of the lungs and diaphragm you can activate the parasympathetic nervous system creating a rest-and-digest response.

2. Elevate the feet. Another way to stimulate the rest-and-digest response is to elevate the feet. One of the best and most effective ways to do this is lying on your back with your legs resting on a chair or against the wall. In yoga this posture is called Viparita Karani.

3. Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy offers a solution that can have benefits that last into adulthood. Hypnosis is a method of getting one’s mind into a state of concentrated awareness so they can find resolutions within themselves and create change in a positive and lasting way.

4. Remember you’re not alone. Sometimes knowing that every other parent and student out there is experiencing something similar, can relieve you from feelings of isolation. Remember that we are a community of people with a common goal of being the best student, parent, or teacher we can be.

kids5. Think more about what you want. It astounds me how many people when asked what they want can only name me a list of what they don’t want. The fact is that the subconscious mind cannot process negatives directly so whenever you think “I don’t want to stay awake all night” or “I don’t want to eat too much candy” your brain only hears “stay awake all night” and “eat candy.” The subconscious mind if left to its own devices is like an unruly child, doing whatever it wants, whenever it wants. It needs direction. So when you can tell the mind exactly what you want, it knows what to do and can do it. The subconscious mind loves to follow orders. In essence what you think about you bring about.

6. Change your perspective. Lastly and most importantly, gain a broader perspective of your life. Imagine you can see into the future and know something good is coming. Imagine that you already knew everything works out in the end, you get through the school year and actually have a lot of fun along the way. Remember your life one year ago and recognize all that you have accomplished in that year. Do you even remember the things that worried you one year ago? Now imagine your life five years from now. How do you look back and see your life differently looking back toward today? The small detail of starting schools seems smaller and more manageable when you know the big picture.

Have a wonderful 2015-2016 school year! May this be your best school year yet.

Kellie Lupe-Smith is a certified Hypnotherapist and Yoga Teacher. She is the owner of Studio City Hypnosis and creator of Hypno Yoga LA. Her mission is to help those who suffer from stress, weight issues or breaking bad habits so they can live the life they deserve. Her background includes Neuro Linguistics, Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga Philosophy and Advanced Hypnosis.

3 Ways To Relieve The Stress In Your Life

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womanFor most people, dealing with a large amount of stress on their job or at home is a normal occurrence. There are a number of issues in a person’s life that can cause a great deal of stress, which means they will need to find a way to reduce it. Without the reduction of stress in one’s life, they will be susceptible to a wide variety of different ailments and diseases. There are a number of ways to reduce stress out there and finding the right one will take some time and research on your part. The following are a few of the ways you can alleviate stress in your life.

Getting a Hobby

One of the best ways to relieve some of the stress you have in your life is by finding a hobby. By finding something you can lose yourself in, you will be able to remove some of the stress in your life. Make sure you give some thought to the type of hobby you will best enjoy. The more you are able to find out about the hobbies out there, the easier you will find it to get the right one chosen.

Take Advantage of Massages

Another great way to reduce the amount of stress you have in your life is by visiting a massage therapist in Burlington. There are a number of studies that show regular massages will help to alleviate some of the stress in a person’s life. In order to get the right massage, you will have to first find the right establishment to go to. Ideally, you want to find a massage parlor with a good bit of experience and knowledge in the field. Usually, you will be able to find out everything you want to from going online and doing some research.

Getting More Exercise

The next thing you need to do when trying to reduce some of the stress in your life is to participate in regular exercise. The more you area able to exert yourself physically, the easier you will find it to get the right results. Make sure you speak with a health professional to get some idea on what you need to be doing in order to get the most out of your routines. The more you are able to find out about what you need to be doing in regards to exercising, the easier you will find it to get the right results.

At Appleby Total Health, you will be able to get the massage treatments you are looking for. Be sure to call them or visit their website in order to get more information on what they can provide for you.

Submitted by Kashif Raza

New Relaxation App Helps Relieve Stress

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smartphoneProduct Designer and Entrepreneur Tim de Jardine has launched a unique app designed to help executives make a transition back into work and manage stress through a daily mindful relaxation practice.

The app “Inner Citadel” is available on the iTunes App Store and features a program thats gets users into the habit of daily focused relaxation in just a few minutes a day.

de Jardine said, “The holiday season is over and as workers return to their jobs, they need to think about their stress levels. Too often, workers find themselves tired and burnt out before the first quarter ends. One of the best ways to manage and reduce stress is through daily focused relaxation”.

“There are already dozens of relaxation apps, and most of them quite honestly are too complicated and uninspiring. Users have to get through the hurdles of too many options, levels and settings. What makes Inner Citadel stand out is its simplicity, focus on habit formation and continuous improvement. It is suitable for users of all levels”.

de Jardine says that he got frustrated with all the unnecessary complexity in many other relaxation apps. He wanted an executive focused app to help manage his own stress levels. Something to just “open and go” and then to want to do it again, so he created Inner Citadel.

The app is easy to use, with users selecting a relaxation soundtrack, setting a duration and tapping play. After each session they provide one tap feedback on how it went. The app automatically reminds the user to relax, helping the creation of a new relaxation habit. Users can then view their results from each session and improve through the guide within the app.

The “Inner Citadel” app, marketed by de Jardines TUTO company, is free to download and use with one soundtrack for sessions of up to 20 minutes, and then for just $2.99 access the full program.

The App includes:

* 10 relaxation soundtracks

* Weekly / Monthly Progress graphs

* ‘Nirvana Score’ a metric to record the quality of each relaxation session.

* A reminder system, set by the user, to create a relaxation habit

Beat Stress, Increase Success!

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By Dr. Rubina Tahir

6 Stress Management Techniques You Should Utilize Each Day.

stressedwomanStress can be productive, keeping you on schedule to accomplish your daily tasks. Or it can be hair pulling forcing you to operate with a lack of energy. No matter the scenario or emotion you feel, the same cellular response is turned ON inside the body. It is called The Fight or Flight response. Here is how it works:

If a hunter encounters a bear, there are two likely outcomes. Either get safely away from the bear, or become dinner. Either way the stress response that was turned ON is shut OFF. In current times, life presents itself with different stressors that don’t operate like a light switch. We leave our stress response on cruise control, and the longer it’s activated; the harder it is to shut off. Instead of leveling off once the crisis has passed, your stress hormones, heart rate, and blood pressure remain elevated. Symptoms of a prolonged stress response include: high blood pressure, headaches, stomach upset, muscle pain, fatigue, chest pain, difficulty sleeping, weight gain, decreased athletic performance, increased oxygen demand on body, decreased productivity in business, diabetes, and arthritis. Current research indicates that between 70% and 80% of all health-related problems are either precipitated or aggravated by emotional stress.

Here is how to turn OFF stress and turn ON success day to day:

1. Deep Breathing: This is a highly effective way to calm the body and the mind. This best part is you can do this exercise anywhere. Start with 10 repetitions of a deep breathe in and exhale out the stress.

2. Physical burst of activity. Simply do 25-50 jumping jacks and repeat 3 times. You will notice an instant change in your mindset. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine which are the feel good chemicals

3. Drink water: Stress can cause dehydration, and dehydration can cause stress. It’s a vicious cycle. Beat stress by hydrating your body throughout the day.

4. Power foods should be utilized daily to control stress responses in the body. Here are a few examples to stock up on:

Brazil nuts
Excellent source of selenium, a mood-boosting mineral that can keep you from feeling anxious or depressed.

Tofu
Rich in protein which increases energy levels, and improves concentration. Tofu contains an amino acid called tyrosine, which boosts brain chemicals that elevate mood.

Eggs
An excellent source of zinc, which helps you feel more awake and energetic by regulating your metabolism and blood sugar levels.

Chocolate
70 percent cocoa contains magnesium, which wards off high blood pressure and acts like a natural antidepressant.

5. 60 second time management. Time yourself and make a to-do list each day. This helps with control and consistency. Even if you do not check off your entire list, it helps paint a more realistic picture of your goals vs. feeling panicked.

happyteens6. Laughter Therapy! WHY? It instantly reduces the levels of stress hormones in the body such as adrenaline and cortisol. This powerhouse stress buster also increases the level of Natural Killer T cells which is the body’s first line of defense against disease. So set a timer for 2 minutes and laugh away your stress!

Practice makes perfect, so try these easy tips to keep your mind and body balanced! With balance there comes an increase in productivity and you are less likely to be susceptible to common stressors.

Rubina Tahir has a Doctorate in Chiropractic, is an Author, and professional speaker. She writes about health and lifestyle topics to inspire others to fulfill their health and wellness goals.

Keep Holiday Stress Under Control

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stressedwomanOverscheduling, expecting perfection and ignoring personal well-being all take their toll during the holidays and send stress levels skyrocketing. This season, come back to earth and get grounded with some simple advice.

Feeling stress during the holiday season is common among Americans. Some feel rushed and overscheduled, others are concerned about finances or feel pressure to buy that perfect gift.

Denise McGuire, PhD is a licensed psychologist and emotional fitness coach at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo. McGuire pays special attention to “mindfulness” with her clients, utilizing biofeedback and other mind-body approaches for optimal health. “We have a tendency to go to extremes during the holiday season,” says McGuire. “Many of us over focus on doing and ignore our well-being which is a recipe for stress.”

In October, McGuire served as the mental and emotional fitness coach at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center’s first Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp weight loss transformation program and will return in the same role next year. The first boot camps were a sell-out success and dates have just been announced for 2015.

Not surprisingly, McGuire’s first tip for surviving the pressures of holiday stress is exercising regularly.

Exercise: if you have a regular exercise routine, stick with it. If not, even a 15 to 20 minute walk each day will help keep you relaxed.

Keep it real: making the holidays perfect for yourself and for others is impossible. Manage your expectations and focus on the people in your life instead of the perfect gift.

Stay on schedule: keeping your regular routine as much as possible will help you stay calm. This includes sleeping, eating, working, hobbies and exercising.

Pace the fun: too much of a good thing can be overwhelming. Avoid overscheduling.

Stay positive: dwelling on the negative adds to your stress level. Focus on all the good things going on in your life.

Be grateful: letting others know how much you appreciate them keeps them, and you, relaxed.

You’re not alone: plenty of others are experiencing the same holiday stress you are. Showing some compassion for them will help keep everyone a little more calm, including yourself.

Holiday Stress Tips To Private University And College Applicants

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universityAdding to holiday stress is the fact that many high school seniors throughout the country face a big deadline: completing their applications to private universities and colleges before the end of the year. Avoiding mistakes under such pressure will be key to their college admissions success, says Chelsea Watkins, founder and chief executive officer of College Application Training.

If students and their families avoid three big mistakes before the December 31, 2014 deadline for applications to many private universities and colleges, they’ll save money and improve their chances for success, says Chelsea Watkins, an authority on college admissions.

Founder and chief executive officer of College Application Training LLC, Watkins is an expert in understanding the academic, social, and financial needs of students and families she advises – and matching those needs to select colleges and universities.

“There’re three huge mistakes students and their families must avoid: procrastinating; unrealistic financial planning; and, forgetting to do a final review of the application. Taking great care throughout the application process will have a positive impact on a student’s future for years to come,” Watkins notes. “And, it’s predicted that competition for admissions and financial aid will be fiercer than eve, so every little detail counts.”

She estimates that thousands of college-bound high school seniors have not yet completed their personal statements and applications to private colleges and universities.

For students and families, she offers three additional tips for making the best of their applications and meeting the deadline with a minimum of last-minute chaos:

1. Create Authentic, Unique and Compelling Personal Statements: Most institutional merit scholarships are awarded based on the strength of a Common Application. There is no separate scholarship application for most private universities and colleges. The personal statement, as part of the Common Application, is the only way students can showcase their unique personalities and set themselves apart from all other applicants. The stronger the writing, the stronger the application, the more merit aid a student could potentially receive. Also, it is essential that students have met with their high school counselor before the winter break to complete the “Recommenders” section of the Common Application. High school teachers and counselors are usually not available over school vacations, and if there is a problem with that section (which only the counselor can fix), students will not be able to submit their application online.

2. Discover Each School’s Percentage of Need Met: Not all schools are created equal when it comes to awarding need-based financial aid. The higher the percentage of need met, the more need-based financial aid a school will award. Some students do not even apply to certain private universities or colleges because they think it will be too expensive. What they do not realize is that oftentimes, a more expensive school also has a higher percentage of need met, which means it will be less expensive than the cheaper school, which has a lower percentage of need met. For many families, it means that Northwestern University (meets 100% of need) could potentially be less expensive than University of Illinois (meets 66% of need).

3. Calculate Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), Analyze Current Positioning and Re-position to Lower EFC: The EFC is the amount the federal government decides a family should be able to pay for college. It is an algorithm that takes into account several variables, mainly income and assets and assesses them at specific percentages. Many parents unknowingly have positioned themselves so that they will overpay for college. For example, money in a student’s savings account can be assessed up to 20%. Money in a parent’s savings account is assessed at 5.6%. Another example, credit card debt is not counted on the forms, even though it is a significant burden on cash flow. Many families have credit card debt, and they also have money in unprotected assets. If they use some of the assets to pay down the debts, they increase their cash flow and lower their potential college costs.

Watkins adds that students and parents should finish their college applications before Tuesday, December 30, 2014. “In that way, they have time to review, review, and review……and, believe me, during that window of time, they will find ways to strengthen their personal statements and to identity opportunities to save college costs,” she says. “If they take to heart these three tips, along with doing everything else on time, I’m confident there’ll be less anxiety and more hope.”

Watkins, a certified advisor for the National Association of College Funding Advisors (NACFA) and the College Planning Network (CPN), the largest and most reputable college admissions and financial aid servicing center has helped nearly 1,000 students prepare their college applications.

“The world of college admissions is so complicated for students and their families. It is anxiety-ridden and increasingly expensive, given all the tutors, test-prep companies, and psychologists competing for their time and money,” says Watkins. “Being practical, strategic, and wise is the only true solution during this major life-changing milestone in their lives.”

20 Percent Of Women Will Require Surgery For Stress Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse

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womanarmupDr. Catrina Crisp, urogynecologist at Cincinnati Urogynecology Associates, a TriHealth partner, says women need to educate themselves about their pelvic health and seek treatment for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Crisp discusses possible reasons why women wait for seven years on average to get treated for health issues that restrict a woman’s physical activity and social life.

A Cincinnati urogynecologist urges women to educate themselves about their pelvic health and seek treatment for conditions that their grandmothers had to endure.

Catrina C. Crisp, MD, MSc, surgeon a[Cincinnati Urogynecology Associates, a TriHealth partner, said a new, definitive study on women’s pelvic health finds that 20 percent of women nationwide have a lifetime risk of requiring surgery for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

This new figure is double the 11 percent figure from two previous studies.

Stress urinary incontinence is urinary leakage associated with coughing, sneezing and physical activity. Pelvic organ prolapse is a loss of supportive structures leading to bulging or pressure.

Crisp said the new figure is not surprising and illustrates how common SUI and POP are in women. For example, the 20 percent figure is much higher than a woman’s risk for breast cancer (14.8 percent) or lung cancer (6.3 percent).

“Previous studies were smaller in size and limited geographically to women living in the Northwest area of the United States,” said Crisp. “The new Wu study polled a large population of women across the country. Women are beginning to become more aware of their body systems and understand that they don’t have to endure conditions their mothers and grandmothers lived with. Women should now be empowered to stand up and say, ‘yes, I have this problem’ and get treatment.”

Women suffer from a peak of pelvic floor symptoms at the age of 46, then again at age 70, said the study. Crisp said reasons are that at age 46, women are in a transition between childbearing and menopause. At 70 years old, women are post-menopausal.

“We know that certain women are not overly symptomatic,” said Crisp. “But once they go through menopause, they start to develop more symptoms. Estrogen affects collagen, which affects muscle strength and overall support, and the amount of muscle you have atrophies with age. Because of all these things, women develop a weaker pelvic floor.”

Despite how common pelvic floor disorders are, the average American woman waits seven years before she seeks medical treatment for a pelvic health problem. Crisp said she thinks many women are embarrassed to talk openly about pelvic floor issues until they discuss the subject with friends or family and realize other women are going through it, too.

“Women are very strong and tend to take care of everyone else in their families first,” said Crisp. “They keep on going until they are fed up with their symptoms—then seek care. Then they realize what a huge difference proper treatment makes for them.”

Another reason women may delay treatment could be that SUI and POP are not considered life-threatening illnesses, admitted Crisp. “These are not normally issues that may end your life prematurely,” she said, “But they are health issues that can lead to larger issues. And usually insurance covers the majority of costs associated with medical evaluation and office procedures.”

Up to 65 percent of women nationally suffer from some form of incontinence, overactive bladder, or pelvic organ prolapse, with problems increasing after giving birth multiple times or because of the aging process.Cincinnati Urogynecology Associates is trying to improve those statistics through research and education.

Crisp gives lectures on women’s pelvic health to women’s groups and at TriHealth Fitness Pavilion in Blue Ash. She sits on the advisory board for the TriHealth Hatton Institute for Research and Education and was a finalist for Cincinnati’s Forty Under 40 leaders and innovators.

She and partners Rachel N. Pauls, MD, and Steven D. Kleeman, MD, engage in medical research and provide patient evaluation, physical therapy and traditional and non-invasive robotic surgery for patients with pelvic prolapse and incontinence.

Cincinnati Urogynecology Associate has offices in West Chester; Clifton at Good Samaritan Hospital; TriHealth Fitness and Pavilion in Blue Ash; and Lebanon at Arrow Springs- Bethesda. The physician group specializes in women’s pelvic floor disorders.
For more information about Cincinnati Urogynecology Associates, call (513) 463-4300 or visit http://www.CincinnatiUrogynecology.com.

More about TriHealth

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Correlation Between Blood Pressure Stress Response And Underwater Treadmill Training

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informationredDuring their scientific investigation of blood pressure as it relates to stress during exercise on an underwater treadmill, authors Lambert, et al, tracked the responses of 60 adults who worked out on either land-based treadmills or in a HydroWorx therapy pool on an underwater treadmill during very specific sessions each week.

For the estimated 67 million Americans who suffer from high blood pressure, finding natural ways to improve their condition can be challenging, especially for those who are generally sedentary. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe that only 47 percent of people who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure have it under control. Unless this figure changes considerably, the cost of health care associated with high blood pressure treatment will only continue to skyrocket as Baby Boomers follow the natural aging processes. Thankfully, a recent study released by researchers at Texas A&M University may hold the key to helping those with higher than normal blood pressure keep their numbers at a lower rate through regular activity on an underwater treadmill in a HydroWorx therapy pool.

The study, Aquatic Treadmill Training Reduces Blood Pressure Reactivity to Physical Stress, has been published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®. During their scientific investigation of blood pressure as it relates to stress during exercise on an underwater treadmill, Authors Lambert, et al, tracked the responses of 60 adults who worked out on either land-based treadmills or in a HydroWorx therapy pool on an underwater treadmill during very specific sessions each week. The results of the testing showed that while all endurance exercise reduces blood pressure and the body’s related stress responses, the aquatic treadmill training significantly reduced the participants’ resting diastolic blood pressure more than the land-based treadmill training did. The researchers concluded that high blood pressure brought on by stress levels could be organically reduced through regular endurance intervals on an underwater treadmill.

Says Anson Flake, Co-Founder and CEO, HydroWorx, “We have heard anecdotal evidence of people using our therapy pools as a way to lower their blood pressure for years. Now, Texas A&M has put solid numbers to those claims. The science proves what we have always thought: Our products provide a low-impact, high-results alternative to lowering responses to everyday stressors.”

The outcome of the Texas A&M study provides a great deal of encouragement for those with high blood pressure who wish to become healthier through the use of a more natural remedy than medication. Even more reassuring is the fact that the participants were not highly active in their everyday lives, revealing the potential for any person to reap the benefits of aquatic treadmill exercise regimens.

About HydroWorx

Since the late 1990s, HydroWorx—based in Middletown, PA—has manufactured aquatic therapy pools with built-in underwater treadmills to enable physical therapists to more effectively offer their patients the opportunity to increase range of motion, decrease risk of falls and joint stress, and remain motivated through the rehab process. Every day, more than 23,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions. For more information, please visit http://www.hydroworx.com.

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Postpartum Depression Symptoms: Beyond The Stress And Anxiety Of Being A New Mom

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By Lynn Lee

mombabyBringing your newborn baby home can be a very exciting, joyous time. It may also be overwhelming and stressful. Pregnancy and childbirth are emotional journeys, and it’s entirely normal to occasionally feel a little down for the first few weeks after your baby is born (“The Baby Blues”). But if these feelings continue beyond those first few weeks, you may be suffering from a more serious condition known as postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression is not all that uncommon. It is estimated that one in eight women will be affected by and experience postpartum depression symptoms after giving birth, symptoms that, for some, will require outside help and treatment. There are also women who may begin experiencing these symptoms during their pregnancy.

Knowing your body, as well as the signs of what could be something more than just depression or anxiety, is very important. Some postpartum depression symptoms may include:

• Loss of interest in social interactions and enjoyment of social activities

• Mood swings ranging from sadness and anxiety to extreme guilt

• Little to no energy

• Feelings of exhaustion and body fatigue

• Lack of interest in your baby

• Feelings of worthlessness, thinking that your baby would be better off without you

• Feelings of hopelessness, thinking that you are not going to get better

• Lack of concentration, inability to make decisions

• Suicidal thoughts

womanPostpartum depression is not something that should cause embarrassment. It’s also not something that should be ignored. Support groups, psychotherapy, medication and modifications to your exercise routine and diet can help you feel better.

Although there is no way to know if you will develop postpartum depression, there are some things you can do help alleviate the symptoms of postpartum depression:

• Ask for help. Allow friends and family members to offer you a helping hand, whether that be through cooking, cleaning or just being around to give you a chance to recharge.

• Get moving! Stay active, even if it’s just in short bursts. These small increases in your activity level can help keep your mood and thoughts positive. When time allows, try to do some exercise. You’ll likely feel better and it will also relieve you of some of those extra post-pregnancy pounds.

• Eat your vegetables and fruits. Choose healthy, nutrient-rich food whenever possible. Eating healthier foods will help you feel better and boost energy levels at various points throughout the day. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as much as possible.

• Communicate often with your physician. Make sure you are going to all after-birth follow-up appointments, but also call your physician as soon as any concerns, issues or questions arise.

• Seek community support. Consider joining a support group for new moms. Your physician can likely recommend options in your area.

If you feel that you may be experiencing postpartum depression symptoms, it’s important to act fast. Contact your physician for assistance. If you need immediate emergency care, do not hesitate to contact 911. With the appropriate help and guidance, you can start to feel better and get on the road to enjoying those unforgettable and irreplaceable moments of new parenthood.

– This post was submitted by Lynn L. This information was provided by NorthShore University HealthSystem, a comprehensive healthcare system serving the Chicago region. Visit NorthShore University HealthSystem online to learn more about treatment for postpartum depression symptoms.

5 Forms Of Addictive Stress And How To Let Them Go – Part 2

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By Judith Orloff, MD

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

womanLet go of physical stress.In the APA survey, 30 percent of adults report that their stress level has a strong or very strong impact on their physical health. Stress makes us feel lousy. We become tight, tense, obsessive, and burned out by adrenaline and cortisol. Consequently, we become malnourished or overweight. We don’t exercise, and the quality of our sleep suffers. One of the best ways to let go of physical stress is to let your body do what it was designed to do: move. Practice some kind of movement you like at least a few times a week, whether it’s going to the gym, walking your dog, or doing yoga stretches. The goal of movement is to get out of your head and surrender to the bliss of the body’s sacred energy. Let movement give you a reason to love your body.

Let go of time-related stress.
We are immersed in a culture of rushing. Nature offers great lessons about letting things happen at their own pace, and surrendering to the flow. When you experience worry, fear, or anxiety about an upcoming event or work deadline, look up at the sky and focus on a cloud. Watch it drift, and see what the shape reveals. This is a calming exercise that helps a rushing mind slow down and gain perspective. If it’s breezy outside, go outside and let the air rush through and around you. Imagine the wind clearing out your mind. Water is another of nature’s stress busters. When you’re stressed, mindfully drink a glass of water, and take a bath or shower to cleanse negativity around deadlines from your system.

Let go of illness-related stress.
When we’re sick and don’t feel well, we often become depressed and overwhelmed. If you can tune in to your intuition, it will help you get out of your state of inertia. Start by noticing your beliefs. Shift negative beliefs (I will never heal) to positive ones (I trust my body’s healing powers). Listen to your body–and if a treatment or a doctor’s approach feels “off,” allow yourself to question it. Sleep when you need to. Stay away from people and settings that make you feel depleted instead of energized. Listen to your dreams to see what they tell you about your health.

– Judith Orloff MD is author of The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life (April 1, 2014) upon which this article is based. An assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and NY Times bestselling author, Dr. Orloff teaches workshops nationwide, has given a TED talk on this book, and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Today, PBS, CNN, NPR, and many others. More information at drjudithorloff.com.