Managing stress

The effects of emotional stress on the body Many women face difficult challenges and responsibilities that may overlap or conflict. These cause stress that can affect their health. Stress can come from difficulties at home, in relationships, and in the workplace. Family “well-being” includes stable relationships and the ability to fulfill essential roles in the [...]

2020-03-22T22:34:38-04:00April 1st, 2016|Stress, What's new at FIRSTCALL|

Mindfulness-based therapy for depression?

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy might offer an alternative for people with depression who don't want to take antidepressants long-term, British researchers say. Their study, published April 21, 2015, online in The Lancet, found this new therapy was as effective as antidepressant drugs in preventing a recurrence of depression over a two-year period. "Depression frequently is a [...]

The power of meditation

Worry, anxiety, and stress can be more than distractions. Constantly replaying in your mind daily problems and fears can affect your mental and physical health. By controlling your attention as you meditate, you begin to feel more relaxed and at peace. And this peacefulness usually lasts far beyond the meditation itself. So, when stress appears [...]

Relaxation techniques that really work

Everyone experiences stress and its effects. Short-term effects of stress include headaches, shallow breathing, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, and upset stomach. Long-term chronic stress can increase the risk for heart disease, back pain, depression, persistent muscle aches and pains, and a weakened immune system, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Chronic stress [...]

2020-03-22T22:34:39-04:00April 1st, 2016|Stress, What's new at FIRSTCALL|

Summer vacation can lead to increased family stress

Summer vacation has officially kicked off as schools across the country close for the year, leaving many families with scheduling conflicts. While summer vacation equals fun for many students, it may lead to added stress for parents and caretakers. Finding day care options for children out of school and even planning family vacations can leave [...]

2020-03-22T22:34:41-04:00June 29th, 2015|For parents, Stress, What's new at FIRSTCALL|

Money tops Americans’ list of stressors

Money continues to be the leading cause of stress for Americans, a recent survey finds. Overall, stress in the United States is at a seven-year low, and average stress levels are declining, the American Psychological Association poll found. But money worries continue to nag at the American psyche, despite the ongoing economic recovery, the association [...]

2020-03-22T22:34:42-04:00May 28th, 2015|Financial concerns, Stress, What's new at FIRSTCALL|

Assess your stress triggers

Stress in small doses isn't a bad thing. Stress can challenge you to do your best. But too much stress can affect both your emotional and physical health. Learning what brings on stress in your life is the first step toward managing it. This assessment will help you identify your life "stressors." In each category, [...]

2020-03-22T22:34:42-04:00May 28th, 2015|Stress, What's new at FIRSTCALL|

Understanding your response to stress

Any change in your life can lead to stress. This includes even pleasurable activities, such as vacations or new forms of recreation. You can also be in a stressful situation such as a difficult job or a long-term illness of a spouse. If you think you might be experiencing stress, this assessment may help you [...]

2020-03-22T22:34:42-04:00May 28th, 2015|Stress, What's new at FIRSTCALL|