Back To School Anxiety – Tips for Busy Parents

Back to school anxiety - tips for busy parents

September is in full swing, and if your days have been as busy as mine have lately, the lazy days of summer are a distant memory. Getting the kids ready for the beach has given way to getting them ready for school, and parents everywhere are dreading the stress and anxiety that builds as we head into the fall and the coming holiday season. Managing a hectic schedule of sports and school, parent-teacher conferences and PTA meetings, on top of everything else that life demands, can make it difficult to remain calm and stay positive.

You’re not alone in your struggle with back-to-school stress and anxiety. Your spouse and children are also feeling the added pressure of the school year, which sometimes makes home feel like anything but a refuge. But with the right mindset and time-management strategies, the back-to-school season doesn’t have to fuel anxiety and put undue stress on you and your family.

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Overcoming Anxiety- Recovery Is Possible

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Living with anxiety isn’t easy. The excessive worrying, missed sleep, and panic attacks can be overwhelming. Chronic anxiety may leave you feeling isolated and affect your relationships with family, friends and coworkers, exacerbating the problem. And this is to say nothing of the health consequences, which range from a compromised immune system to the development of heart disease. After being officially diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, rather than feeling validated and hopeful, some people feel even worse. [Read more…]

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Relaxation Techniques for Anxiety Relief

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If we take a look at the statistics, we see that anxiety and stress levels are alarmingly high in the U.S. Nearly one in five adults suffers from anxiety, and according to a National Health Interview survey, three-quarters of Americans report high stress in their lives. These startling numbers highlight the need for real anxiety relief. But we don’t think this means that 20 to 75% of the population should turn to prescription drugs to cope with this problem.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a type of anxiety disorder that occurs after a traumatic incident or experience. It is probably most associated with soldiers returning home from war, but PTSD can affect anyone who has gone through a traumatizing experience, whether physically or emotionally.

When you experience stress, the body releases stress hormones, especially cortisol. This is part of our survival instinct and is a normal reaction to a perceived threat. In people without PTSD or other anxiety disorders, these stress hormones will return to their baseline levels once the stress has passed. In people suffering from PTSD, however, the levels of these hormones remains heightened.

What Are the Risks for PTSD?

PTSD affects a greater number of women than men. In fact, women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with the disorder. A conclusive reason for this has not been proven, although genetics, family setting and emotional behavior appear to play a role.

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Breathing Exercises for Anxiety: The Simplest Path to Peace of Mind

On Tuesday, we posted about the benefits of visualization techniques for anxiety relief. One of the common threads between the techniques we discussed is that each begins with choosing a quiet, comfortable spot and taking a few deep, calming breaths. This sets the stage for practicing the visualization. But did you know that breathing itself can be one of the most effective ways to relieve anxiety? Research has shown that breathing exercises can have an immediate calming effect. If you’re looking for a simple, drug-free and fast way to calm down, I highly recommend learning a few easy deep breathing exercises for anxiety.

 

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Do Visualization Techniques for Anxiety Really Work?

You have probably heard a great deal about the effectiveness of yoga and meditation in helping to alleviate anxiety symptoms. These activities are known to relax the mind and body, and allow you to reshape your way of thinking. Similarly, using visualization techniques for anxiety relief can be extremely effective.

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Is Prolonged Stress Dangerous?

Everyone suffers from stress; some people more than others. Some stress is natural, and can actually be beneficial. But when stress is prolonged and excessive, it can cause mental and physical problems.

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If you take action to manage your stress as soon as you notice it’s becoming a problem, you can prevent it from causing serious damage. Unfortunately, most people suffer with stress for long periods of time, to the point where it becomes a chronic condition. This type of prolonged stress can cause a number of health problems and even lead to long-term disorders.

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Common Panic Attack Causes and Triggers

The moment you have a panic attack, you’ll know how it feels. Your heart rate increases, you might experience chest pains or shakiness, and you feel like you’re losing control. This can be frightening, but knowing what causes panic attacks and how to address them can help to prevent future complications.

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What Is a Panic Attack?

Panic attacks are sudden episodes of intense fear that may occur without warning. They can happen anywhere, anytime, and trigger unpleasant physical symptoms when there is no legitimate danger. Panic attacks usually peak within 10 minutes, but episodes can last from 15-30 minutes. You might have a panic attack only once, but most often people experience recurring episodes.

During a panic attack, you may experience any of these symptoms:

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The 5 Types of Anxiety Symptoms

The 5 types of anxiety symptomsJust as anxiety can manifest in many different forms, such as social anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder, there is also a broad range of anxiety symptoms that individuals may experience.

These symptoms can be classified into five categories: physical, cognitive, behavioral, emotional and social, and there are countless symptoms that can fall under each category. Below, I offer a glimpse into the five most common types of anxiety symptoms.

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Is Anxiety Medication Necessary?

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Medication can help to relieve some of the symptoms of anxiety, but it also comes with a number of safety concerns and side effects, including a significant risk for addiction and dependency. To determine whether anxiety medication is necessary for you, you should consider all the benefits and drawbacks so you can make an informed decision.

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