All Stress Begins with our Thoughts

All Stress Begins with our Thoughts

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. [frame align="left"] [/frame] (more…)...
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Parable of the Stacked Stones

Parable of the Stacked Stones

By: Dr. Mike Olpin I love to bike, hike, and run in the hills and mountains of northern and southern Utah. I love the workout of going up. I love the thrill and speed of coming down. Best of all, I love the views I get when I reach the tops of the trails. I particularly enjoy one trail that happens to be located only a few short minutes from where I live. Within minutes from home, I can find myself on a path where it immediately feels like no city exists anywhere nearby. I disappear into undeveloped terrain. As I ride, walk, or run along this trail, I head to the top that is only about 3 miles up the hill. However, it is a rise in elevation of about 1000 feet. It is a terrific workout by bike or on foot. Even more wonderful is the adventure I get each time I travel up the hill. The journey is varied and changing. On occasion,...
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How Do Books and Downloads Relieve My Stress?

How Do Books and Downloads Relieve My Stress?

How do books & downloads relieve my stress?[divider style="shadow"][frame align="right"][/frame] When you are under stress, your autonomic nervous system thinks you are being threatened and turns on the stress response. This is the mechanism that helps you get out of dangerous situations. Some people refer to it as being in “fight or flight” mode. Hormones like adrenaline and cortisol rush through the body. The heart beat, breathing rate, and blood pressure increases. Blood and energy is diverted away from things like digestion and the immune system to places like muscles which may need extra energy to escape danger. This response is designed to be short-lived, only on for a few minutes at a time. The problem is that most of the time we are stressed, our bodies are not in physical (more…)...
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The Best Relationship Medicine

The Best Relationship Medicine

One night a few years ago, I was in a deep sleep when I began to feel the presence of someone else very close to my face. I opened my eyes to find my 6 year old daughter staring at me from about three inches away. Startled and a bit freaked out, I jumped up to find she had apparently been there for a while, wondering if she should wake me. “Mommy, I had a bad dream.” I took a deep breath and asked her what it was about. “There was a monster in my closet.” From here, I did exactly the wrong thing as you will soon see. I said, (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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