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Another Look at Stress: Biofeedback. Part 3 involves the use of some innovative tools that may assist with managing stress and improving a health condition. Biofeedback gives you the power to use your thoughts to control your body, often to improve a health condition or physical performance.

http://www.drmicheledgoss.com/AnotherLookAtStressBiofeedback.en.html #healthystress, #stress, #biofeedback, #stressmanagement, #positivepsychology
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Part 2 of “Another Look at Stress” involves new insights into the science of stress. This new perspective, or paradigm shift, may prove helpful with transforming how you think about and react to stress.

http://www.drmicheledgoss.com/AnotherLookAtStressANewFramework.en.html
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Making stress work! Everyone experiences stress. It is a natural part of our lives. We can experience both healthy and unhealthy stress. I thought it would be helpful to explore some of the positive aspects of stress and learn how to turn stress around. The next few blogs will take “Another Look at Stress”. Part one will involve things to consider when making stress work, or rethinking the way we look at stress. Part two will explore new perspectives and framework for stress. And lastly, part three will involve biofeedback, or and some strategies that can give you the power to use your thoughts to control your body, health, and well-being.

http://www.drmicheledgoss.com/AnotherLookAtStressMakingStressWork.en.html

#healthystress, #stress, #stressmanagement, #positivepsychology
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I thought this most recent study published from the American Psychological Association on stress would be helpful to share.

November 1, 2017

APA Stress in America™ Survey: US at ‘Lowest Point We Can Remember;’ Future of Nation Most Commonly Reported Source of Stress

Stress in AmericaTM poll shows US at its highest stress level yet
WASHINGTON — Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) say the future of the nation is a very or somewhat significant source of stress, slightly more than perennial stressors like money (62 percent) and work (61 percent), according to the American Psychological Association’s report, "Stress in America™: The State of Our Nation".

More than half of Americans (59 percent) said they consider this the lowest point in U.S. history that they can remember — a figure spanning every generation, including those who lived through World War II and Vietnam, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
When asked to think about the nation this year, nearly six in 10 adults (59 percent) report that the current social divisiveness causes them stress. A majority of adults from both political parties say the future of the nation is a source of stress, though the number is significantly higher for Democrats (73 percent) than for Republicans (56 percent) and independents (59 percent).

“We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, APA’s chief executive officer. “The uncertainty and unpredictability tied to the future of our nation is affecting the health and well-being of many Americans in a way that feels unique to this period in recent history.”
The most common issues causing stress when thinking about the nation are health care (43 percent), the economy (35 percent), trust in government (32 percent), hate crimes (31 percent) and crime (31 percent), wars/conflicts with other countries (30 percent), and terrorist attacks in the United States (30 percent). About one in five Americans cited unemployment and low wages (22 percent), and climate change and environmental issues (21 percent) as issues causing them stress.

Adults also indicated that they feel conflicted between their desire to stay informed about the news and their view of the media as a source of stress. While most adults (95 percent) say they follow the news regularly, 56 percent say that doing so causes them stress, and 72 percent believe the media blows things out of proportion.

“With 24-hour news networks and conversations with friends, family and other connections on social media, it’s hard to avoid the constant stream of stress around issues of national concern,” said Evans. “These can range from mild, thought-provoking discussions to outright, intense bickering, and over the long term, conflict like this may have an impact on health. Understanding that we all still need to be informed about the news, it’s time to make it a priority to be thoughtful about how often and what type of media we consume.”

The survey also found that 51 percent of Americans say that the state of the nation has inspired them to volunteer or support causes they value. More than half (59 percent) have taken some form of action in the past year, including 28 percent who signed a petition and 15 percent who boycotted a company or product in response to its social or political views or actions.
Among general findings, as is the case every year since the survey began, women reported significantly higher stress levels than men (5.1 vs 4.4 on a 10-point scale, where 1 is “little or no stress” and 10 is “a great deal of stress”). Black and Hispanic men also reported a significantly higher average stress level (4.8) than white men (4.2).

This year’s survey showed no significant differences in stress across the country’s four regions, with the East reporting a stress level of 4.7, and the South, Midwest and West all reporting stress levels of 4.8. The regions do differ, however, in their sentiments about the future of the nation: Adults in the West (70 percent) were more likely than those in the South (63 percent), East (60 percent) and Midwest (56 percent) to consider the future of the nation as a somewhat or very significant source of stress.

To read the full Stress in America report or to download graphics, visit Stress in America.

For additional information on stress, lifestyle and behaviors, visit the Psychology Help Center. Join the conversation about stress on Twitter by following @APAHelpCenter and #stressAPA.

Methodology

The 2017 Stress in America™ survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Psychological Association between Aug. 2 and 31, 2017, among 3,440 adults age 18+ who reside in the U.S., including 1,376 men, 2047 women, 1,088 white, 810 Hispanic, 808 black, 506 Asian, and 206 Native American adults. Interviews were conducted in English (n=3,187) and Spanish (n=253). Data were weighted to reflect their proportions in the population. Weighting variables included age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online. Hispanic respondents were weighted for acculturation, taking into account respondents’ household language as well as ability to read and speak in English and Spanish. Because the sample is based on those who were invited and agreed to participate in the Harris Poll online research panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. A full methodology is available upon request.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes nearly 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.

Repost courtesy of American Psychological Association
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We get happier with age! The next blog explores happiness across the life span. It is nice to know that while some physical and cognitive limitations may increase with age our emotional well-being and other health promoting factors may increase. Developmental, social relations, and health studies suggest that our happiest and best years may be ahead of us.

http://www.drmicheledgoss.com/ItJustGetsBetterWithTime.en.html
#healthyaging, #happiness, #well-being, #positivepsychology
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Healthy and successful aging is diverse and challenging to define. It is constantly being redefined based on many cognitive, social, emotional, and physical factors. We can promote well-being across the life span with social connections, pro-social behaviors, positive attitudes, mindful thinking, physical exercise and self-care. We are all getting older. This blog provides some helpful things to consider as we age.

http://www.drmicheledgoss.com/GettingBywithaLittleHelpFromMyFriends.en.html
#happiness, #healthyaging, #healthyfriendships, #successfulaging
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The next few blogs will be devoted to exploring social relationships and our quality of life over time. Many researchers suggest that social relations and activities can impact our physical, spiritual, and emotional health. Keeping socially connected is important to facilitate healthy and successful living at all ages. Having positive connections with our communities and families may help to alleviate many stressful life events while improving our overall health and well-being.

http://www.drmicheledgoss.com/Blog.en.html
#happiness, #socialconnections, #healthyaging, #healthyfriendships, #successfulaging
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As compassionate people, sometimes we are faced with life's challenges. One dilemma we are often faced with is how involved we should get when helping others. When someone ask for your assistance with a problem, crisis, or conflict, here are some helpful things to consider. "Supporting Others With Open Hands"

http://www.drmicheledgoss.com/Blog.en.html
#supportingothers, #lifeschallenges, #openhands, #compassion
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My Wellness Blog series is coming to an end. The last part of my blog involves “Coping With Loss Over The Holidays”. I have a childhood friend who lost both parents within a year during the holidays and another friend who experienced six deaths in the family while tending to two other siblings with chronic illnesses this year. I thought it might be helpful to provide some strategies for those suffering from the loss of a loved one over the holidays. I hope you may find this helpful in your healing process.

http://www.drmicheledgoss.com/Blog.en.html
#Grief, #Copingoverloss, #copingovertheholidays, #wellness
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Part 10 of my Wellness Blog involves some helpful tips on "How to Maintain Healthy Relationships" over the stressful holiday period.

http://www.drmicheledgoss.com/Blog.en.html
#stressmanagement, #stessfulrelationships, #wellness, #copingwithstress
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