Dealing with Stress
Destress by eating breakfast

LONDON: People skipping breakfast had better mend their ways, as a new study shows how the morning meal reduces stress and improves mental and physical performance throughout the day.

Volunteers who ate after waking up benefited from an 89 percent reduction in anxiety when faced with a challenging situation, the Daily Mail reported. They were typically able to deal with the dilemma seven percent quicker than on days when they went without it, the mental and physical tests have revealed.

Read Mind your breakfast for stress-free life!

Understanding Anxiety in Children

This is a hugely important issue. Kids are impacted by stress and anxiety just like adults. This article has some good tips for dealing with your child’s anxiety.

Children experience anxiety in much of the same way as adults do, however a more limited emotional vocabulary can make the experience extremely distressing for the child and frustrating for parents.

The anxious child may feel constantly “on edge” or seem to be on “high alert” becoming clingy, impulsive, exhibit trouble getting to sleep and/or staying asleep longer than usual, accelerated heart rate, rapid breathing and complain about physical symptoms like headaches and stomachaches.

Fears are a normal experience of growing up, and most kids outgrow or replace one fear for another. Babies and toddlers experience separation anxiety, becoming emotionally distressed when one or both parents leave. Kids ages 4 through 6 have anxiety about things that aren’t based in reality, such as fears of monsters and ghosts. Kids ages 7 through 12 often have fears that reflect real circumstances that may happen to them, such as bodily injury and natural disasters.

Read Help kids cope with anxiety

Simple ways to reduce stress and increase happiness

Good ideas for decreasing stress…

Break time


Work-free lunches

Connect with others

Great start

Take control

Get alll the details at Simple ways to reduce stress and increase happiness

30% of Americans on Anti-Anxiety Medication

A new documentary looks at the juxtaposition of DSM diagnostics, pharmaceutical companies and high paced culture creating a huge amount of anxiety and medication to treat it.

We live in a fast-paced culture where our hectic schedules, demanding careers and unhealthy eating habits lead us into a cycle of anxiety. And while there’s a pill for that, an increasing rate of diagnoses for the anxiety disorders indicate that North Americans are paying a heavy price for their high-stress lifestyles — one that may not  be fixed by a cure-all caplet.

The CBC documentary The Age of Anxiety, produced by Emmy Award-winning Toronto-based film producer Ric Esther Bienstock, investigates the rapid increase in anxiety diagnoses, narrowing down the culprits to changing cultural values shaped by the media and pharmaceutical companies that are taking aim at medicating even the smallest of stresses.

“As we explored we kind of discovered that there is this perfect storm of pharmaceutical companies, the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and how all of this ties in within our crazy culture to kind of reinforce that maybe we should get treatment for it,” says Bienstock, who herself was once prescribed anti-anxiety medication by a physician without any tests or questions.

Read The Age of Anxiety: CBC doc explores the way we see (and treat) stress

Yoga and meditation decrease stress in caregivers

Not surprisingly, yoga and meditation help caregivers reducer their levels of stress.

But now, it turns out yoga doesn’t just help the person with the ailment — it could also help the person taking care of the person with the ailment.

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles found that meditation from yoga can help lower depression in caregivers, and may also improve their cognitive functioning.

The researchers even found that the meditation was associated with a decrease in cellular aging from stress.

Read Yoga For Caregivers: Meditation May Lower Depression, Improve Brain Functioning In Dementia Caregivers

Is your job killing you?
Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

Lower blood pressure the natural way…

Reduce salt intake

Lose weight

Relax with music

Laugh a lot

Read Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

A healthy office is a happy office

Every office should have a program like this…

Read A healthy office is a happy office: yoga teacher

Outsmart your stress…Breathe

Over the course of thousands and thousands of years our brains have become wired toward creating, fixing, solving, basically just doing. It’s been a great benefit; we have roofs over our heads, cars to drive, chairs to sit on and even this technology to connect around. But when it comes to our stress or uncomfortable emotions, the brain mistakenly uses the same approach and unknowingly make our stress and pain worse.

Outsmart Your Stress: The 1-Minute “Be” Practice

Stress Reduction In The Workplace: Save Your Bottom Line

Too much stress in the workplace results in a negative attitude or work environment, which can cause poor relations with coworkers, irritability, and eventually escalate to violence. Workers may become depressed or sleep deprived, which could result in substance abuse or over-eating, not to mention lack of focus and impaired judgement. All of this effects the quality of life of workers and the bottom line for employers.

When workers are constantly operating on high stress mode, it can have serious effects on cognitive function. Stressed out workers can experience memory problems, lack of concentration, and poor judgement. Stress can be blamed for approximately 60 – 80% of accidents on the job. 

Recommended practices…

 1. Make sure managers are leading by example.

2. Encourage early office arrival by offering bagels or other breakfast options.

3. Create a space dedicated to relaxation.

4. Encourage socializing and team building activities.

5. Allow pets at the office. (Like that one!)

Read Stress Reduction In The Workplace: Save Your Bottom Line