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ABCs of Stress Management

The ABCs of Stress Management Is Awareness, Balance and Control.

Stress is created when external or internal demands made on an individual are in excess of his coping strategies and capabilities. Let us illustrate how physical stress is formed. If you are asked to pick up a glass of water and place it on the table it is not stressful. If you are asked to pick up the glass of water and fill it to the brim without dropping any water outside, it is mildly stressful. If you are asked to hold that full glass of water for two hours without dropping any water, you will get totally stressed out.

Awareness

How stressed are you? Do you feel that you have absolutely no worries and stress in the world? Then you are lucky indeed to be part of the minority of the population today. For most of us stress plays an important part of our daily lives. It disrupts our energy levels, affects our performance and can be a huge drain on our resources. Becoming aware that one is experiencing stress is also difficult as people have got used to being under fire from all sides. It is not a natural state and will affect the health of a person in the longterm.

Balance

Once you are aware of the fact that you get stressed in certain situations, what do you do next? It is now time to manage stress levels better. Keep yourself primed for action without the accompanying tension. This can be accomplished by ensuring that you balance out the stress you are feeling in a certain situation in an optimum manner. You can avoid or modify certain stressors right away on your own. Other stressors may need some contribution from outside influences. The idea is to get hold of the problematic stressors and neutralize them.

Control

Here the idea is not to control the stress. Instead it is to control your own reaction to them. By directing one’s own actions and thoughts it is possible to stay in a positive frame of mind. This defeats the stress and allows you a measure of self responsibility and control. A good night’s rest is often one of the best ways to control stress. It is easier to deal with issues when you are well fed, well rested and healthy. So make sure that you actively look after your physical body and stress will begin to disappear.

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Monophobia: Treatments for Monophobia

Monophobia is an irrational fear of being alone. There are a lot of people who don’t like to be alone but not a lot who actually suffer from monophobia. In order for your fear to reach a level of being a phobia there need to be physical symptoms involved. If there are physical symptoms you are going to want to know what your treatment options are so that you can get over your monophobia.

Monophobia is not the same as being uncomfortable on your own, it only occurs if you have panic attacks when you are left alone. Therefore any treatment for the condition is going to require that the panic attacks be addressed. Therefore almost any treatment option will include lessons on how to control your breathing so that you can avoid panic attacks or get them under control when they do happen. This is an important first step before you move on to the actual treatment of monophobia.

The most common treatment that will be used to treat monophobia is psychotherapy. This will involve talking to a therapist to find the root cause of your fear. This can be a very effective way of treating monophobia but it can be a slow process as it will likely take many months to get at the underlying issue and figure out how to address them. This is why most therapists combine psychotherapy with other treatments that will help you in the short term.

The most common of the treatments that is usually combined with psychotherapy is a program to desensitize the patient. This will require that the patient be left alone for short periods of time so that they can face their fear and get used to being alone. As the therapy progresses the patient will be left alone for longer and longer periods until they reach the point where they can be left alone most of the time. This will not completely get rid of the fear but it will allow people to at least control it so that they are able to function in a normal setting.

Another common treatment that is widely used for monophobia is hypnosis. Hypnosis has a long history of helping people to deal with phobias so it is no surprise that it will work here as well. Basically while you are hypnotized they hypnotist will convince you that you are not afraid of being alone. Again this is not a cure but rather a short term fix that will help you to function.

One last option that your therapist may consider to help treat monophobia is medication. Usually the medication will be to address the anxiety that you feel when you are alone. This is an approach that therapists normally only use as a last resort. This is because they don’t want you to become dependent on the medication. The medication does not deal with the phobia but rather with the symptoms so it is only effective if it is used in conjunction with psychotherapy.

The treatment that will be used to help you deal with monophobia is going to depend on how serious the problem is. What will work for people with mild cases will likely not work if you have a panic attack as soon as you are left alone. There are people with such serious conditions that they can’t even go to the bathroom on their own, it is hard to imagine them being left by themselves to be desensitized. In most cases a combination of methods will be used to help you to get to the point where your monophobia no longer controls your life.

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7 Things You Are Unaware of That Can Cause Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks!

Most of us go through life unaware of the various reasons that cause the many ailments that plague us… take snoring for example; are you aware that you can actually become mentally or physically ill by just sleeping next to someone who snores? Ah… it could also happen to you if you are fond of missing breakfast! I bet you didn’t know this. This article will discuss 7 things that you might be unaware of that causes your depression, anxiety and panic attack…

1. Eating Large Sizes Of “Crap”

We no longer dish out correct portion sizes during meal time because we have become so used to the so-called super-sized meals that those take-away shops and fast food joints offer. It doesn’t help that the restaurants also serve large helpings of pasta and the like too. You are not starving your family if you serve proper portions during meal. Re-learn it if you must.

2. Inadequate Community Time

We have become so busy in today’s world that we no longer have time to leisurely spend with members of our community; we no longer engage in community group activities like; walking clubs, or book clubs, or playing a sport like street basketball or football (soccer). You must realize that not creating time for activities that allow you interact with members of your community is a surefire way of developing depression, anxiety and panic attack.

3. Depriving Yourself Of The Goodies

In one simple word; Don’t! Yes, I know you are suppose to watch what you eat and all that, and you should, but get this; the occasional “pig-out” – be it a coffee binge or a steak binge is okay (in fact advised) – just don’t overindulge or do this regularly, it is a once-in-a-while event. Food cravings are caused by food deprivation and you don’t want to be craving anything.

4. Inadequate Intake Of Fruit & Fibre

As an adult you ought to eat like one – don’t eat like a child! It will surprise you the number of adults who actually don’t take fruits or fibres at all. You want to ensure that you indulge in meals that contain these like; oats, fish, beans, eggs and the like. Eating the above will prevent depression, anxiety and panic attack from affecting your life.

5. Sedentary Work

Exercise is swell for your body but even more importantly you need to engage in sedentary work – little bits and pieces of movement which we ought to engage in daily. These movements help keep up our metabolic rate. This is especially useful if you are like me who spends quite a lot of time in front of the PC.

6. Don’t Believe Every Myth You Hear

Myths and legends are a part of human lore. You probably grew up on stories about heroes and so on. But you must make it a point of duty not to believe every myth you are told! What do I mean by “myths” in this context? Well, out there are many so-called “Doctors”, you know “MDs” – these guys spew out all sorts of crap from their mouths. I’ll give you an example; A doctor told his patient that it was okay for him to accompany his meal with a huge glass of vegetable juice. Reason? Well, he said that there would be a zero calorie count since the drink went straight into the patient’s bloodstream!

Or check out this one; Almonds contain what these Doctors call “negative calories”. The truth is this; there is no food anywhere in the world which contains “negative calories.” Morale of the story; don’t believe the myths if you want to avoid depression, anxiety and panic attack.

7. Beware Of “Hidden Calories”

Do you really take the time to investigate what’s in the food you eat? What is its composition, what is it made up of? I bet you don’t – I may be wrong but most of us do not. Hidden calories are probably the worst culprits where depression, anxiety and panic attacks are concerned because not knowing the composition of what you ingest can cause you to experience these nasty conditions. Example; the so-called energy drinks that are suddenly so popular mostly contain a high level of caffeine. Stay away from these and other foods that contain hidden calories if you aim to escape suffering depression, anxiety and panic attack.

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Natural Remedies for Shingles Relief And Treatment

Shingles is a common affliction found across a wide cross section of the population. Anyone who has ever had chicken pox may also suffer from shingles so almost everyone in temperate climates has been exposed to the virus (varicella-zoster). In most cases it doesn’t cause symptoms but lies dormant in the body. The older an individual becomes the greater the chances of a shingles outbreak.

The first symptoms of shingles are usually a rash, itching, and or tingling feeling. This is because the virus is in the nerves which serve the skin. Usually, the skin lesions clear up within 7-10 days though complications may lead to pain that lasts for months. Because it is caused by a virus, the infection travels through the body via the blood and that is why some natural remedies that have traditionally been used as blood purifiers are used to treat shingles naturally.

Burdock root is one herbal remedy that has been used throughout the world for the treatment of shingles and other viral infections. It has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries and also in traditional Western treatments for a wide variety of ailments. While it doesn’t cure it completely, many who use it report relief. Used according to the directions something as simple as a tea made from Burdock root can be used to treat the pain and itching of shingles.

There are prescription drugs that are sometimes prescribed for shingles outbreaks. Unfortunately, the more powerful the drug the greater the side effects and risk. Though Foscarnet stops replication of all known strains of the herpes virus (when tested in a laboratory), it can also cause kidney failure, damage to the heart muscles, and seizures.

One of the great dangers of shingles is that they can actually affect the eyes and even cause blindness. Obviously, if you have a shingles outbreak you should consult a physician. However, depending upon the severity of the outbreak and your own personal tastes, you may want to include herbal tea made from Burdock root along with ointments and tinctures that include all natural ingredients to soothe your symptoms.

Treating shingles with natural ingredients, herbs and ointments is a way to find relief without subjecting your body to synthetic chemicals and drugs, but you should realize that it also means taking some responsibility for your own health and safety. If you have any doubts you should always consult a healthcare professional.

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Stress And Anxiety – Do You Need ‘Nerve Pills’?

“It requires a great deal of inexperience to be beyond the reach of anxiety”. (anon)

This is the age of anxiety! Seventy percent of people today are stressed out from overload – working harder for the same pay, juggling family and work, and worrying about money. As well, some people have Anxiety disorders such as panic, phobias, obsessions and compulsions – illnesses in which anxiety comes from within. To reduce stress and anxiety effectively we need to understand our symptoms and emotions, worry accurately, learn coping strategies, and find support. But there must be an easier way – what about ‘nerve pills’?

A tranquillizer can calm racing minds, slow pounding hearts, ease tight breathing, relax tight, painful muscles and help us sleep. The Benzodiazepines, such as ‘Xanax’ (alprazolam – short-acting) or ‘Rivotril’ (clonazepam – longer acting) can help in dealing with major life stresses especially if taken at night when anxiety symptoms such as insomnia interfere significantly with work or caring for a child.

But taking more than just occasional doses can cause problems. Tranquillizers have potentially dangerous side effects including reduced mental alertness, concentration and memory, as well as physical unsteadiness. Driving may become dangerous, they may precipitate a depression and react badly with alcohol. Regular use can lead to tolerance and increasing doses – people in abusive situations or who have problems with alcohol or other drugs seem to be especially at risk for this. Tranquillizers must be stopped gradually, or you risk dangerous withdrawal symptoms, including seizures. In most stressful situations, it would be better to experience and express our emotions rather than just numbing them, and apply the energy of anxiety to finding healthier ways to become equal to the stress.

Anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessions and compulsions, have much more severe symptoms and anti-anxiety medications may be invaluable in allowing us to function, at least in the early stages. But in the long run it’s best to correct any underlying biochemical imbalance using antidepressant drugs such as ‘Paxil’ or ‘Zoloft’. These damp down excessive or obsessional worry without making you dopey, reduce the frequency and severity of panic attacks and treat the depression which is often part of mood disorders. Knowing you can control your anxiety improves motivation to find more long lasting success through self-management. However, a few people need to take medication indefinitely just to function adequately, and they shouldn’t feel any more guilty about it then a person with diabetes taking insulin.

Anxiety disorders can start young – many students quit high school because of a phobia about public speaking. If we started teaching about anxiety and coping skills early, perhaps we could reduce the rates of serious anxiety disorders and alcohol and drug abuse.

Tranquilizers really help in disabling anxiety, but using drugs (or alcohol) to handle the common stresses of modern life is dangerous – like painting over a rust spot on your car without removing the rust. If you do take tranquilizers, work closely with your doctor, aiming to gradually reduce the dose while learning effective coping techniques. Ask your doctor about cognitive-behavioural therapy, anxiety programs, and support groups. Yoga, relaxation, some herbal remedies and acupuncture can also be helpful. Read books and learn from others who have recovered, because with knowledge, skills, support and persistence, the battle against anxiety can be won!

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How Seizure Threshold Depends on Breathing

Carbon dioxide (CO2), the gas we exhale, controls excitability of nerve cells, as it has been proven by decades of medical research. Slight rise in CO2 level in the brain reduces excitability of nervous cell and makes people, when studies are done on humans, calmer and more relaxed. Voluntary hyperventilation, or overbreathing, causes the opposite effect: it makes brain cells more excitable and people more anxious. You may easy recall horror movies where, in the state of extreme panic, people breathe heavily through their mouth. As a result, their nerve cells become over-excited (or “irritable”, as it was called in physiological studies done decades ago) and predisposed people become confused: they cannot make their mind and suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. All this research has direct relationship to seizures, seizure threshold and epilepsy.

During seizures, nerve cells become hypersensitive and discharge signals spontaneously, while adjacent brain areas amplify these signals. Furthermore, numerous studies devoted to epilepsy proved that hyperventilation readily provokes seizures. Many medical studies suggested that hyperventilation readily provokes seizures in all patients. As a result, when doing EEG test, medical professionals use hyperventilation to induce seizures so that to confirm the diagnosis of epilepsy or related conditions leading to seizures. These are some of the titles of publications, which claimed the ability of overbreathing and low brain CO2 to produce seizures:

– Will a critical level of hyperventilation-induced hypocapnia [low CO2] always induce an absence seizure? (Wirrell et al, 1996)

– Effect of hyperventilation on seizure activation: potentiation by antiepileptic drug tapering (Jonas et al, 2010 )

– Childhood absence epilepsy: Electroclinical features and diagnostic criteria (Ma et al, 2010)

– Clinical and electroencephalographic characteristics of epilepsy with myoclonic absences (Yang et al, 2009)

– Utility of daily supervised hyperventilation during long-term video-EEG monitoring (Arain et al, 2009)

– Moderate hyperventilation prolongs electroencephalogram seizure duration of the first electroconvulsive therapy (Sawayama et al, 2008).

– Correlation between cerebral perfusion and hyperventilation enhanced focal spiking activity (Marrosu et al, 2000)

In a 1972 research article published in the British Journal of Anesthesia, the scientists measured the exact numbers by monitoring averaged evoked electromyogram of brain cells. They found that even very slight changes in brain CO2 levels have profound effect on seizure threshold. For example, just 2.5% decrease in CO2 levels in nerve cells increased their excitability more than 2 times (Higashi et al, 1972). Such small CO2 decrease can be achieved by one large sigh or a few coughs!

While normal CO2 concentrations (the medical norm) is 40 mm Hg, most modern people breathe much more than this medical norm established about 100 years ago. Hence, most people are CO2-deficient. In sick people with chronic disorders, breathing is even heavier (you can often see and hear panting of the sick at light physical exertion). Hence, it is normal that rates of epilepsy and incidence of seizures have had a sharp increase during the last century. This change in breathing pattern (from slow and light to deep and fast) was due to abnormal lifestyle factors for the modern civilization, including mouth breathing, lack of physical exercise (or exercise with breathing through the mouth), chest breathing, overeating, sleeping on one’s back and many others. Furthermore, hundreds of studies proved that overbreathing leads to lowered brain and body oxygen content and brain hypoxia (low O2) is another contributing factor.

Consider common environmental and lifestyle that make breathing heavier and produce hyperventilation in all people:

– stress (when we are stressed our unconscious breathing becomes deeper and faster)

– hyperthermia (or overheating)

– overeating (one may know that physical exercise is very hard after large meals)

– abnormally high or low blood sugar

– sleep deprivation.

You can easily see that these are exactly the same factors that can trigger various types of seizures, including stress-induced seizures, febrile seizures (due to fever in children), hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic seizures, and seizures triggered by lack of sleep. Virtually anything that is harmful and abnormal for the human body, including poisons, drugs, toxins, infections, poor posture, strong emotions makes breathing heavier and can lead to seizures only if the person have heavy unconscious breathing at rest.

Hence, the solution is to learn how to improve oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the body and brain by normalizing breathing using breathing techniques and correction of lifestyle risk factors.Then we can prevent all types and chances of seizures and treat epilepsy successfully.

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How to Be Free of Anxiety by Understanding the Three Principles Behind All Life

Being a psychotherapist, there is not a day goes by that I don’t sit with people who are anxious, including myself. The thing is, if they could find what would reassure them, they would not be seeing me. In other words, anxiety becomes a problem when nothing reassures; and finding nothing that reassures becomes, itself, a source of anxiety, leaving people caught in a downward vicious cycle.

Enter a deep-enough understanding of the three principles behind all experience to the rescue. These three principles underlying all life are MIND, THOUGHT AND CONSCIOUSNESS. No one can really tell us what these are, but we all know they exist. They are as palpable as is our experience, and the means by which any experience at all is possible.

Thankfully, we don’t need to define these, any more than we need to know how our automobiles work to drive them. I suspect that any definition would miss the boat by limiting them, and I am quite certain that they are limitless, therefore, undefinable. However, understanding that these three principles are the source of our experiences, and not what happens to us, allows us to change our relationship to our experience. Yes, all that we experience comes, not from what happens to us, but from how we are making use of these “divine gifts”, as Syd Banks called them.

What reassurance does this understanding of the three principles provide? The assurance that:

  • There is nothing ever fundamentally wrong with us (mind, thought and consciousness), we just think there is, and when we do we get anxious.
  • Beyond our frightened, confused, contaminated thinking we all have the potential to think clearly, to tap wisdom – the limitless intelligence of mind.
  • Because of this limitless intelligence we are only stumped for the moment, and we can rest assured that in time some new thought, some new perspective will occur to us that will provide the missing link..
  • These principles are the creative force behind our moment to moment experience and they explain inclusively and exclusively the role of thought in creating our states of mind, which, again, do not depend on what happens to us, but on what and how we think about what happens to us.

Just as the more mature understanding of parents allows them to remain calm when their young child gets distressed, a sufficient understanding of the three principles allows us, in our roles as parents, teachers, employers, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, lovers, or friends to remain clam-enough even when we find nothing we do or say reassures our loved ones. And our ability to remain sufficiently at ease, reassured, calm, and confident impacts our distressed loved ones so that they start calming down.

Once they have calmed down enough, they are in a better position to come to see for themselves what we are coming to see for ourselves- that behind all life there is innate intelligence, health and the capacity for healing; that at its foundation life is profoundly organized, organizing, creative, intelligent, and evolving; that ultimately, our state of mind and our happiness do not depend on anything outside of us, but come from our thinking.

I would say that I am still as anxious as ever. My anxiety goes all the way back to when I was three, caught in a horrid dilemma – that of awakening in the middle of the night having to pee really badly, but not being able to go to the bathroom because of the monster under my bed that would eat me the moment I moved on the one hand; and on the other hand, the danger of peeing in my bed and having my father eat my head off for doing so. Today among the myriad objects of my anxiety there are:

  • getting fired
  • getting sued
  • getting rejected
  • getting cancer
  • losing my mind
  • losing my health
  • ending up homeless

Because I seem to be as anxious as ever you might think that an understanding of the three principles of mind, thought, and consciousness is useless. And I’d agree in terms of this understanding not giving me any more control over my thoughts and feelings (my experience). But I’d disagree because understanding where my experience is coming from (the three principles), and the inclusive and exclusive role of thought in creating my experience, enables me to take my experience with a grain of salt. I do not have to take what I am experiencing so seriously. I am not so frightened by it. As I often say, “But for my thinking I would not be in a panic right now.”

I KNOW that I have nothing REALLY to be afraid of, I just THINK I do. I understand that the threat of these dreaded catastrophes ultimately can’t and doesn’t bar me from being able to be happy and enjoy life – what I call “the delight of existence”. I KNOW that this terror will pass. It always has, it always will. I KNOW that the terror I feel is more akin to the terror I feel in a horror movie or on a roller coaster, and I remember how I actually pay to get terrified.

Ultimately, my understanding of the three principles enables me to have total assurance that my state of mind does not depend on not getting fired, or sued, etc. I can see the potential I have to experience a nice feeling and a good state of mind even when I am fired, or sued, or get cancer, or lose my mind, or end up homeless. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not being glib and imagining that I would not go through hell if these things happened. I am quite sure I would, but I am also positive that I don’t have to stay in hell because of these situations, and I know that hell is made in mind, by mind, through thought and consciousness, not by what happens. If I had no opinion about these “catastrophes”, I’d remain unaffected.

As Syd Banks put it:

“We are all but one thought from heaven…

If we can but find that thought.”

May this brief article face you in the direction of heaven.

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What to Do If Your Bearded Dragon Has Diarrhea

All reptiles are prone to many illnesses that can cause undesirable diarrhea. The Bearded Dragon is one of these reptiles that can be prone to stress diarrhea as well as diarrhea caused by parasites. There are many ways to treat this condition in your pet. Some of these are simple remedies and others will require the help of a trained reptile veterinarian. Remember that you should not allow the condition to manifest itself for more than two to three days without seeking the help of a veterinarian. Here are some suggestions for what to do if your Bearded Dragon has diarrhea.

Give it time

If you have just brought your dragon home, it may just be a case of adjustment. Stress can cause diarrhea in all reptiles. You pet may simply be stressed about being in a new home. Provide the correct habitat, heat and both plant and food and give him a few days to adjust. Also make sure that there is adequate heat and light for your pet. Misting with water is also important for both juvenile and adult reptiles that have diarrhea. Although most reptiles do not need loads of water to survive, a reptile with diarrhea can dehydrate. Misting a little every day when there is diarrhea can help prevent this. Don’t soak the pet, but a light mist will help.

Get your pet checked

Find a veterinarian that specializes in reptiles. If you have recently acquired your pet, it is possible that it has parasites or an infection. The two most common types of infection in a Bearded dragon are hookworms and parasites. Hookworms are treated in much the same way that a dog might be treated, by deworming. An infection of parasites however, can be a bit trickier to treat. The most common dragon parasite is Coccidia, which would require prescribed medicine from a vet in order to clear the infection.

Clean the habitat

There could be something in the habitat that is causing the diarrhea or stress to the animal. The habitat should be cleaned (with the animal removed) and sterilized with a bleach solution. Be sure to rinse this solution out well so that it cannot harm your pet. If you really want to be thorough about it you can bake any wood parts to the habitat at 250 in an oven for an hour and boil any other habitat parts for 30 minutes. This will kill any underlying bacteria that could be causing diarrhea.

Isolate and Quarantine

There is a possibility that your dragon has picked up adenovirus. The symptoms of this virus are frustrating to most reptile owners as they can be very general with lethargy and diarrhea. If there is any chance that your dragon has picked up this virus, isolate it from the rest if you have more than one. Adenovirus can wipe out an entire group of reptiles if all are infected. Unfortunately, there is no sure fire way of telling if the animal has this or not because it can only be identified through autopsy of the deceased animal.

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Stress Relieving Foods – How Your Tastebuds Can Tranquilize Tension

Extreme Moods Possibly Resulting from Extreme Foods?

There’s no dispute that stress is a significant part of our day to day lives. We deal with it in several ways. However, some men and women have serious trouble coping with it. They allow it to determine their surroundings & sadly, command their psychological and bodily well-being.

No matter if it’s working a lot of hours, driving your little ones throughout town for their activities, up keeping of your home, or coping with private or family matters, stress can have an influence on you physically, psychologically, sentimentally, and spiritually. However there are actually a number of different ways to combat stress, starting with eating habits.

Strangely, many people never make the distinctions concerning the food they eat and their level of anxiety. Your diet is among the contributing reasons of pressure and apprehension. And if you are too excessive in your eating habits subsequently your feelings and anxiety will likewise echo as such. In order to combat this, lets study several of the foods that cause & relieve stress

Chemically Altering Foods

Steering clear of caffeine and booze is advised when things are decidedly nerve-racking. Chemical compounds like these can both sap your vigor and thieve you of the resources you must have to effectively deal with anxiety. Sweet foods need to also be omitted in addition, as they trigger your blood glucose levels to increase then drop swiftly, which can consequently produce your energy levels to surge and drop at an identical rate.

Nevertheless, you can find a number of super-foods that supply you with the endurance and nourishment your body demands to keep anxiety to a minimum. Asparagus is substantial in folic acid & has certain properties can assist in calming your emotions. The vitamin B complex that asparagus contains are key players in producing 5-Hydroxytryptamine, better known as serotonin, the chemical in your brain that puts you into a tranquil mood.

Even though some argue about the detrimental points related to beef, it’s truly a wise evening meal choice for an apprehensive household. Red meat’s ample amount of B vitamins, iron and zinc assists to put you into a pleasant state of mind & helps you remain there too. Your supermarket’s meat section can aid you to find low fat cuts of lean meat for the healthiest alternatives.

Milk is also an excellent natural stress reliever. Amassed full of calcium, protein, minerals, and vitamins B2 and B12, it will strengthen bones and encourages healthy cell regeneration. Matched with a balanced whole-grain cereal alternative in the morning, skim milk is a fantastic way to begin your day and equip yourself to combat the conflicts that you’ll be confronted with. Cottage cheese is conjointly one more good dairy option, and when served with fruit that’s substantial in vitamin C, it assists the body to repel free radicals that saps your vitality while in your most burdened stretches.

Almonds are additionally an astounding decision on the subject of fortifying yourself versus stress. They are substantial in essential vitamins and minerals as well as healthy fats, all happen to be excellent agents towards toxins, that are proven to induce malignancies and coronary heart ailment

You Are What You Eat

Bear in mind that the food you ingest produces organic chemical compounds that is extremely effective to your mood in addition to your health. Just like some foods may make you feel slow, sleepy and ultimately bring your mood down, consequently there are foods that when consumed make you feel empowered, alert & light-hearted. So if the stress is increasing in your life & you can’t seem to get a grasp on things, perhaps you should think of changing your diet. After all, you are what you eat. Therefore, if you eat good I’m inclined to believe that you will rapidly begin to feel every bit as good if not better!

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Agoraphobia Is Not the Opposite of Claustrophobia

Agoraphobia isn’t the opposite of claustrophobia – but a lot of people think it is. In fact I used to think exactly that. I used to think exactly that even when I was suffering from agoraphobia. I was even offered the opportunity to join an agoraphobics group, but I said no because I wasn’t afraid of open spaces. I quite liked open spaces as long as no one else was anywhere near me. In fact if there was no other human being in sight, then that was OK as far as I was concerned. But that was all a very long time ago.

The translation of agoraphobia is ‘fear of the market place’, not, as many people think, fear of open spaces. The essence of the market place is people and human interaction. This is what is fearful. Places that agoraphobes typically avoid, or have problems with, are supermarkets, theatres, cinemas, crowds, parties. Places where a rapid exit might be difficult.

The fear is usually of showing oneself up in some way in the eyes of others. Typically agoraphobes worry about things like: vomiting (usually as a result of severe anxiety); fainting; having a panic attack; or suffering from a genuine health emergency like a heart attack. The concern is usually one of embarrassment – perhaps fainting and finding oneself on a supermarket floor gazing up into a circle of concerned faces who will insist on making a fuss and calling an ambulance.

Many agoraphobes manage to get by with a trusted helper who accompanies them when they need to go shopping or out socialising. This person is there to rescue them and take them home should anything bad, like a panic attack occur. But when that helper is not available life is very restricted.

If medical help is obtained the most likely result is medication with tranquillisers and anti-depressants. Neither of which actually solve the problem, they just enable a minimum level of functionality. The problem remains, like a monster in the wardrobe, waiting to show its scary face as soon as you turn off the lights,  or look the other way. So you are trapped. The medication keeps the monster locked in the wardrobe, but doesn’t get rid of it. Stop the medication and the monster is free once more.

Life as an agoraphobe is no fun at all.

So if you are agoraphobic and reading this I want to reassure you about a few things:

  • This is not a disease, but you can ‘heal’ it.
  • There is nothing physically wrong with you.
  • Your brain is as normal as anyone else’s.
  • The cause is the way you think.
  • The cure is changing the way you think.

Changing the way you think is not easy, but it is a lot easier than living the isolated, fearful, life of an agoraphobe.

When you think about the totality of the change you need to make, it seems an insurmountable task.

When you think about the single next step you need to take – it becomes not only possible, but relatively easy.

The first steps are the most difficult. Every step after those first few become easier. They become easier because you have the memory of success and knowledge that what you are doing is already making a positive difference to your life.

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