Back to School! Tips for Reducing Stress

Kids-back-to-school-stress-640x480Transitioning back-to-school brings a sense of excitement for many children, change of routine, reuniting with friends, buying new school supplies, and going to a different classroom. With that excitement, comes the stress parents are left with in managing all of the change and needs of their children.

Going back-to-school does not need to be thought of as a crazy time of year. Instead it ...

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Limiting Daily Stress and Strain with Better Self-Care

Salvi LoPiccolo, LMHC
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Living in this fast paced society we quickly forget how important it is to be aware of and maintain our overall well-being. However, this is much easier said than done when we are being pulled in many different directions. Something I try to reinforce to all of my clients is the necessity of self-care. Self-care is any activity or practice ...

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Understanding Stress: What’s Happening and Making a Change

Understanding StressStress is a medical term for a wide range of strong external stimuli, both physiological and psychological, which can cause a physiological response called the general adaptation syndrome. General adaptation syndrome, or GAS, is simply a term used to describe the body’s short-term and long-term reactions to stress.

Stressors can include physical stressors such as starvation, being hit by a car, or suffering through severe weather. Additionally, people can suffer such ...

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Taking Control of Stress

If you are like most people, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about the things causing stress in your life –money problems, career problems, family problems, relationship problems and more. If you are like most people you also spend a lot of time thinking about the “If-Only’s;” the things you imagine would solve all those problems. “If only ...

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The Best Made Plans for a Happy Holiday

635525448577172765ZenChristmasFor most people, the holiday season is a time of reflection, tradition, and joy. For some, the holiday season brings ever rising levels of panic, stress and even depression. Since we are all experiencing very similar situations – visits from family, additional financial strain, traffic, shopping, work deadlines, travel and even the distractions of nostalgia – why is there such a broad range ...

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Get More Sleep!

SleepSleep is essential for a person’s health and well-being, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Yet millions of people do not get enough sleep and many suffer from lack of sleep. For example, surveys conducted by the NSF (1999-2004) reveal that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders and 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems ...

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What’s So Good About The Good Ol’ Days?

Stress appears to be part of almost everyone’s busy, 21st Century lives: all of us today, it seems, are stretched, worn thin, over-committed, and worried about something.

From one perspective, it does indeed seem as though our lives have gotten more complicated, that threats and dangers are everywhere, and that many of us have good cause for feeling that our lives –both individually and as a society- have gotten out ...

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The Difference Between Stress & Anxiety

In many places today we hear of “stress and anxiety;” two terms often linked, used interchangeably, and virtually, in everyday language, meaning the same thing. But the truth is that they are not the same, and not everyone experiencing one also suffers from the other.

Stress is the body’s reaction to a circumstance or situation that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. While we typically associate ...

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Distraction for Feeling Better

Nature has taught us many lessons and it continues to do so. Nature deals with stress by decreasing high pressure to low pressure. This phenomenon can be observed in some of nature’s most impressive forces like volcanic eruptions and disastrous hurricanes, down to those at the microscopic level like cellular osmosis. Through osmosis, for example, a concentrated solution is diluted – similarly distraction is a powerful diluter of overwhelming and sometimes dysfunctional thoughts and feelings.

Most of ...

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