All Stress Begins with our Thoughts

All Stress Begins with our Thoughts

By: Dr. Mike Olpin All stress begins with a thought. It isn’t what’s happening “out there” that initiates the stress response. It’s how we interpret what’s happening “out there” that causes us to become stressed or not. We call this a perception of a threat. If we think this situation will lead to some kind of pain (emotional, mental, spiritual, or physical), we turn on the stress response automatically to prepare for the potential pain. The potential pain is what we call a “threat.” Prevention of stress, then, is best done by focusing on our thoughts, by changing how we think about those things we think are threatening. (more…)...
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Managing the Waves and Leaks in Time

Managing the Waves and Leaks in Time

By: Dr. Mike Olpin When I was fourteen years old, I went to California with a group of kids my age. We went to Santa Monica Beach to see the ocean. None of us had been there before so this was a real treat for us. When we got there, we decided to try bodysurfing. We saw others doing it and it looked fun and much less difficult than regular surfing. Soon we learned how it was done and found ourselves out in the water preparing for the waves to come our way. When a large wave approached, I started swimming as hard as I could, hoping to time it perfectly. I found myself riding the wave in toward the shore. Suddenly, the wave pulled me down, headfirst into the sand under the water. (more…)...
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Misleading Fat Labels – When 2% is Really 40% Fat

Misleading Fat Labels – When 2% is Really 40% Fat

By: Shanyn OlpinLet’s face it, if you were selling a product that has 2% fat when you measure it one way, but 40% fat if you measure it another, you’d want the packaging to read that there was only 2% fat in your product. That is how it goes in the food industry. But that kind of advertising is misleading to consumers.If you care about what you eat, and you want to be a savvy consumer, you are going to have to learn not only to READ packages and labels, but how to FIGURE THEM OUT. Don't let this cause you chronic anxiety! As far as fats go, here is the skinny on figuring out how much of it is actually in your food. (more…)...
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Breathing Techniques Reduce Test Anxiety and Increase Performance

Breathing Techniques Reduce Test Anxiety and Increase Performance

[frame align="left"][/frame] Have you ever been disappointed with a test score because you knew you could have done better but were just so nervous you didn’t do your best? How about on a job interview, or when giving an important presentation? When we are anxious or nervous our breathing changes from deep diaphragmatic breaths to shallow chest breathing.  This kind of breathing restricts oxygen flow to the cells of the body and may cause drowsiness, irritability and even headaches. (more…)...
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Relax with this Easy Breathing Technique

Have you ever asked yourself, “How’s my breathing?” It seems like an odd question, but breathing is the foundational component of most relaxation exercises.                 Take a minute to sit in a chair with your back straight. Now put one hand on your chest, and the other one on your stomach. Which hand moves in and out when you breathe? Ideally, you would want the hand on your stomach to be the one moving the most when you breathe. Fight or flight, or stressful breathing, (more…)...
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Welcome to the Stress Management Place!

Welcome to the Stress Management Place!

Our purpose is to help you make your life less stressful. We do that by providing you with resources such as articles, books, online media, discussion areas, information, and other resources that can help you achieve a happy, healthy, and productive life. Have you ever wondered why you don't feel good? Most of the common symptoms of stress, such as headaches, muscle pain, irritability, difficulty sleeping, and a whole host of other yucky stress symptoms happen for the simple reason that when you are stressed, the body is completely out of balance. It is as if you are in the mode of running full speed (or at least your body thinks you should be), but you don't actually do it. Your systems are ready for action, but you don't give it any. When this happens, most of the body's naturally occurring functions don't function so normally. When this lasts a long time, that's when problems start to set in. The good news is that...
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