PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING IS TO HELP YOU:
1. Handle crises in relationships 2. Deal with stress and other pressures 3. Resolve fears, panics and anxieties 4. Cope with continuing family problems 5. Work through difficult decisions 6. Break through depression and sadness
Psychological counselling is not confined, though, to helping people cope with difficulties. Other benefits to be gained include developing creativity, self-expression and finding pathways to self-discovery. By exploring past and present circumstances you can open up to new possibilities, and take control of your lifestyle. Find yourself and be yourself.
PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING CAN HELP ENABLE YOU TO:
1. Develop more fulfilling relationships 2. Bring out your creativity and self-expression 3. Learn to assert your own needs
4. Renew a sense of purpose in your life 5. Find paths to self-discovery 6. Feel happier within yourself
OUTPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH / LIFE SKILLS SERVICES
Professional and confidential counseling is provided to children, adolescents, and adults for a variety of concerns and problems. Counseling, Lifeskills and psychotherapy services are also offered to couples and families. Psychological testing and interpretation, professional education and training seminars, and consultation services are available.
A COUNSELOR listens to the clients, offers suggestions, feedbacks, and understanding. Counselors help people to explore their feelings so they can reflect upon their life happenings and understand themselves and the situation better. They offer time, help, empathy and respect which the clients require in order to express their feelings and understand themselves from a different perspective. Counselors suggest strategies to help the clients improve their perspective and behavior and thus better their life. They empower their clients by teaching them coping skills.
Across most areas of counseling, the counselor establishes trust and respect with the client. Encourages the client to speak openly about their issues, listen attentively and offer suggestions and help wherever required. Counselors actively listen to the clients concern and empathize with their position. Counselors are not judgmental and accept the issue of the clients without bias; they challenge the inconsistencies of the clients' words, thoughts and actions and thereby lead them to a deeper understanding of self.
PSYCHOLOGISTS study human mind and behavior. They work in hospital settings, clinics, private practice, social services and schools. Psychologists apply their knowledge to many fields like health services, law, education, sports, managements etc.
Clinical psychologists work more in the health and medical departments and provide counseling services for mentally and emotionally distressed clients. They work in rehabilitation settings, treating clients with chronic illness, neurological problems, spinal cord injuries, arthritis etc. Clinical psychologists interview clients and provide diagnostic tests. They also offer individual, family or group psychotherapy. Psychologists teach clients coping skills and design behavior modification techniques.
PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
PSYCHOLOGISTS are concerned with all aspects of behavior, thought, emotions, feelings and motivation underlying such behavior. They study people: how they act, react, interact. Psychologists are not medical doctors and are not entitled to prescribe medicines.
PSYCHIATRISTS are qualified medical doctors and deal with mental disorders, their diagnosis, management and prevention.
PSYCHOTHERAPISTS might be qualified psychologists, psychiatrists or other mental health provider who has specialized training in providing therapy. Psychotherapy is conducted in ways like- individual, family, group psychotherapy. They are ways of helping people overcome emotional problems, stress, anxiety, behavioral problems etc
Some common early signs of a mental health problem are:
Changes in eating habits and/or appetite: over-eating, bingeing, not eating.
Doubting without reason or having suspicion.
Feeling tired and lacking energy.
Hearing and seeing things that others don't.
High levels of irritation and frustration- anger
Increased anxiety, looking or feeling ‘jumpy’ or agitated, sometimes including panic attacks.
Increasing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
Isolating you, socializing less; spending too much time in bed.
Losing interest in activities and tasks that were previously enjoyed.
Loss of, or increase in, sexual desire*.
Mood swings that are very extreme or fast and out of character for you.
Other differences in perception; for example, mistakenly believing that someone is trying to harm you, is laughing at you, or trying to take over your body.
Poor performance at work.
Self-harming behavior, such as cutting yourself.
Wanting to go out a lot more, needing very little sleep, feeling highly energetic, creative and sociable, making new friends rapidly, trusting strangers or spending excessively – this may signal that you are becoming 'high'.
Work Life Balance - Achieving the Best Balance between Work and Life
Communication Skills Training
Basic Communication Training
Empathy Skills Training
Listening Skills Training
Assertiveness Skills Training
Positive Attitude Training
Anger Management Training
Adaptive Thinking Training
Creativity and Thinking Training
Human Resources Training
Presentation Skills Training
Why is Psychological Fitness Important?
Psychological fitness is about strengthening your performance and resilience. It involves the way you:
• Think and process information
• Feel about yourself, others and your environment
• Act in response to your thoughts and feelings
When you think, feel and act positively, you help protect your psychological health and build overall strength and stamina.2, 3 other positive aspects of being psychologically fit include: 1
• Strong coping and decision-making skills
• Mission focus
• Engagement and interaction with others
Psychological Counselling aims to help people manage their difficulties and transform personal problems into their own personal growth.
Who is it suitable for
People usually come to psychological counselling when talking to friends and families proves not to be enough. Having someone to talk to who is not directly involved in your particular circumstances can make a real difference. Psychological counsellors are trained in the art of listening and have skills to help you explore your concerns, to help you make sense of complex issues and to find a way forwards. Psychological counsellors work with individuals, couples and groups (such as families). All counselling work is, of course, completely confidential.
What kinds of problems can it help?
Psychological counselling is able to help with a broad range of individual and social problems. Many people find it helpful when faced with difficult stages in their normal life cycle such as career changes, loss and bereavement or crisis points in relationships. Others look to psychological counselling to help alleviate distress whether from pressures of living or through longstanding problems which have proved resistant to change. Psychological counsellors are trained in modern psychological methods to help you resolve fears, panic and anxieties, and to help you break through depression or other forms of sadness.
Personal problems can have a way of taking over. You might find yourself repeating the same old pattern, or you might feel stuck and uncertain what, if anything you could change. Why suffer sometimes having someone to talk to is all that it takes to cope. Like all counsellors I try to be a good listener. More than this, as a psychological counsellor my first priority is to help you find strategies to deal with the immediate problem concerning you, and then to help you discover how you can change things for the better.
Psychological Counselling is especially suitable to help you:
handle crises in relationships
deal with stress and other pressures
resolve fears, panics and anxieties
cope with continuing family problems
work through difficult decisions
break through depression and sadness
Psychological counselling is not confined, though, to helping people cope with difficulties. Other benefits to be gained include developing creativity, self-expression and finding pathways to self-discovery. By exploring past and present circumstances you can open up to new possibilities, and take control of your lifestyle. Find yourself and be yourself.
Psychological Counselling can help enable you to:
develop more fulfilling relationships
bring out your creativity and self-expression
learn to assert your own needs
renew a sense of purpose in your life
find paths to self-discovery
feel happier within yourself
What happens in Psychological Counselling Sessions?
Client and counsellor sit in private and engage in a lot of talking and listening. Each session typically lasts between 50 minutes and one hour. Sometimes just a single session is sufficient for a client's needs, but more usually client and counsellor continue to meet for several weeks or even months. Client and counsellor plan together how often and for how long to meet. Nowadays many psychological counsellors prefer to work with clients over a small number of highly focused sessions and then to offer an "open door" policy. This means that clients are free to return for more sessions if and when they require them, knowing that there is a reliable professional service available and that they will always be made welcome.
Couples meet with the counsellor in the same way and may use the sessions to better understand how they communicate and react to each other’s needs. Many couples find attending alternate individual and joint sessions to be especially helpful.
How will I be treated?
Most importantly, you will be treated as a person rather than a case study. I tend to avoid labelling people with psychological diagnoses such as being "anxious", "depressed" or "psychosomatic" etc. I find that many clients have been previously (mis)labelled by someone else and that it is counter-productive. Instead, I take each person individually and regard their problem as a unique theme. I try to understand what it must feel like from the inside. I am then concerned to help you unravel whatever keeps the problem going and to help you identify ways of changing things for the better.
Psychological Counselling is very much a collaborative process, and I will try to help you to help yourself. I promise that you won't be engulfed by the therapy (or the therapist), or pressured to say or do anything you wouldn't want to. What matters most is that we learn to work together on the basis of respect and trust. I hope that you will find the experience of Psychological Counselling both interesting and rewarding, and that it will enable you to transcend whatever troubles you and to discover your true potential.
Psychological fitness is important to a warrior’s strength, commitment and health because coping with the stressors and realities of deployment takes a fit mind, not just a fit body. In fact, psychological fitness is just as important as physical fitness is in building stamina and performing at your peak.4
Strengthening your mind can carry you through tough times on the battlefield and can also help you be a source of strength for your fellow service members. Once back at home, being psychologically fit can lower your risk of health problems after deployment, which can contribute to a healthier reintegration. In addition, the psychological resilience that you develop will help foster leadership skills that you can use throughout your life.5
What You Can Do To Improve Psychological Fitness
Service members can train in many ways to achieve psychological fitness. The following tips can help you manage your stress and increase resilience: 2
• Exercise often. Research shows promising relationships between exercise and psychological health. Benefits include sleeping better, having increased energy, lowering blood pressure and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.6
• Talk about what’s bothering you. Everyone should have someone to talk to when things get tough to help avoid letting problems or concerns silently build up inside. Talking to a trained health care professional, Non-Commissioned Officer, fellow service member or chaplain can be helpful.
• Write things down. If there are some things you feel are too personal to talk about with others, writing what you’re thinking can help you feel better and make your concerns seem more manageable.
• Stay healthy. Try your best to get enough sleep and eat healthy, nutritious foods.
• Be social. Don’t spend all your free time playing video games or watching movies. Talk to the people around you and develop relationships with people in your unit. If you deploy, keep in touch with people back home too.
• Stay positive. Know you have what it takes to succeed and be solution focused. While stressful situations may be unavoidable, staying in control of your thoughts can help you stay resilient in difficult times.7 keeping a sense of humor also helps in dealing with difficult experiences.
• Think about the advantages of deployment. If you are deployed, you are involved in a truly unique experience, which is something you will remember forever. You will build some of the most profound relationships of your life. What you experience there will grant you tremendous skill and perspective in dealing with problems and issues throughout your lifetime. Keep this in mind to stay positive. It also helps to remind yourself that you have a sense of purpose and that you are connected to something bigger than you.4
• Manage stress. Coping with stress well will strengthen your psychological health. For stress management tips, read The Defense Center of Excellence guide to Life Stress or use healthfinder .gov’s managing stress toolkit. See the resources listed at the end of the article for branch-specific stress management tips.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an intensive, short-term psychotherapy based on the concept that changing negative thinking patterns and behaviors can have a powerful effect on a person’s emotions. CBT involves identifying, examining and changing counter-productive patterns of thinking and behaving that are associated with psychological problems such as anxiety, depression and other difficulties that may affect personal relationships, enjoyment of daily activities, and the ability to work.
With respect to the treatment of medical conditions, CBT focuses on identifying patients’ internalized “illness representations”— that is, their cognitive schema or paradigm of their illness— and how these cognitions affect patients’ emotions and behaviors. CBT therapists ask patients to assess and evaluate their thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs, especially those accessed in the midst of problematic situations. CBT then focuses on helping patients to clearly recognize and change those thoughts, beliefs and behaviors that are dysfunctional in their lives and modifying these to improve their health and well-being.
Psychological help for all psychological related issues
Supportive psychotherapy, which is most commonly used, relies on the empathetic and supportive relationship between the person and the therapist. It encourages expression of feelings, and the therapist provides help with problem solving. Problem-focused psychotherapy, a form of supportive therapy, may be conducted successfully by primary care doctors.
Psychoanalysis is the oldest form of psychotherapy and was developed by Sigmund Freud in the first part of the 20th century. The person typically lies on a couch in the therapist's office 4 or 5 times a week and attempts to say whatever comes to mind, a practice called free association. Much of the focus is on understanding how past patterns of relationships repeat themselves in the present. The relationship between the person and the therapist is a key part of this focus. An understanding of how the past affects the present helps the person develop new and more adaptive ways of functioning in relationships and in work settings.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy, like psychoanalysis, emphasizes the identification of unconscious patterns in current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. However, the person is usually sitting instead of lying on a couch and attends only 1 to 3 sessions per week. In addition, less emphasis is placed on the relationship between the person and therapist.
Cognitive therapy helps people identify distortions in thinking and understand how these distortions lead to problems in their lives. The premise is that how people feel and behave is determined by how they interpret experiences. Through the identification of core beliefs and assumptions, people learn to think in different ways about their experiences, reducing symptoms and resulting in improvement in behavior and feelings.
Behavior therapy is related to cognitive therapy. Sometimes a combination of the two, known as cognitive-behavior therapy, is used. The theoretical basis of behavior therapy is learning theory, which holds that abnormal behaviors are due to faulty learning. Behavior therapy involves a number of interventions that are designed to help the person unlearn maladaptive behaviors while learning adaptive behaviors. Exposure therapy, often used to treat phobias, is one example of a behavior therapy (see What Is Exposure Therapy?).
Interpersonal therapy was initially conceived as a brief psycho logic treatment for depression and is designed to improve the quality of a depressed person's relationships. It focuses on unresolved grief, conflicts that arise when people fill roles that differ from their expectations (such as when a woman enters a relationship expecting to be a stay-at-home mother and finds that she must also be the major provider for the family), social role transitions (such as going from being an active worker to being retired), and difficulty communicating with others. The therapist teaches the person to improve aspects of interpersonal relationships, such as overcoming social isolation and responding in a less habitual way to others. Source: http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/sec07/ch098/ch098d.html
Personal relationships involve the everyday interactions we have with others. Primary factors contributing to the success or failure of personal relationships are how interpersonal relationships are shaped, what they do to us once they are created, and what people do in relationships.
To understand the intricacy of a relationship, it is essential to examine the apparent qualities of relationships: the real behaviors of persons in relationships, the stimuli that activate various reactions (including reactions such as attraction, anger, and satisfaction), the series of interactions between persons involved in relationships (their communication approach), and the manners through which individuals put across themselves and their intent (with a focus on emotions). Other issues include personality variables, deviance and relationships, power and authority in relationships, and clinical topics such as loneliness.
The mental behavior involved in relationships are especially important for understanding how persons make conclusions and judgments about one another, how emotions are experienced, and how decisions are made to attempt to influence one another or simply to live up to another's expectations.
OBSESSION COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)
Obsession Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder where a person has recurrent and unwanted ideas or impulses (called obsessions) and an urge or compulsion to do something to relieve the discomfort.
Common obsessions include persistent fears that harm may come to self or a loved one, an unreasonable concern with becoming contaminated, or an excessive need to do things correctly or perfectly. Again and again, the individual experiences a disturbing thought, such as, "My hands may be contaminated -- I must wash them" or "I may have left the gas on" or "I am going to injure my child." These thoughts tend to be intrusive, unpleasant, and produce a high degree of anxiety. Sometimes the obsessions are of a violent or a sexual nature, or concern illness.
Compulsive persons resort to repetitive behaviors called compulsions. The most common of these are washing and checking (e.g., making sure the gas is off for the oven). Other compulsive behaviors include counting (often while performing another compulsive action such as hand washing), repeating, hoarding, and endlessly rearranging objects in an effort to keep them in precise alignment with each other. Cognitive problems, such as mentally repeating phrases, list making, are also common. Some people with OCD have regimented rituals while others have rituals that are complex and changing. Performing rituals may give the person with OCD some relief from anxiety, but it is only temporary.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is commonly treated with behaviorally-oriented psychotherapy. Occasionally psychotropic medications are also used.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
It is a therapy which takes a psycho therapeutic approach to solve problems that are related to behaviors, dysfunctional emotions and cognitions by means of a systematic and goal-oriented procedure. The idea around which the CBT techniques have developed is that, OUR OWN and no external factors are responsible for the behaviors we exhibit and feelings we experience. The cognitive behavioral therapy techniques are time bound and the average number of sessions required to complete the therapy is 16. Read more on cognitive behavior therapy and psychotherapy.
Cognitive Rehearsal: In this technique, the patient is asked to recall a problematic situation of the past. The therapist and patient work together to find out the solution to the problem or a way in which the difficult situation if occurs in the future may be sorted out.
Validity Testing: It is one of the CBT techniques in which the therapist tests the validity of beliefs or thoughts of the patient. Initially, the patient is allowed to defend his viewpoint by means of objective evidence. The faulty nature or invalidity of the beliefs of the patient is exposed if he is unable to produce any kind of objective evidence.
Writing in a Journal: It is the practice of maintaining a diary to keep an account of the situations that arise in day-to-day life. The thoughts which are associated with these situations and the behavior exhibited in response to them are also mentioned in the diary. The therapist along with the patient reviews the diary/journal and finds out the maladaptive thought pattern and how do they actually affect the behavior of an individual.
Guided Discovery: The objective/purpose behind using this technique is to help the patient and enable him understand his cognitive distortions.
Modeling: It is one of the cognitive behavioral therapy techniques in which the therapists perform role-playing exercises which are aimed at responding in an appropriate way to overcome difficult situations. The patient makes use of this behavior of the therapist as a model in order to solve the problems he comes across.
Systematic Positive Reinforcement: The systematic positive reinforcement is one of the cognitive behavioral therapy techniques in which certain (positive) behaviors of a person are rewarded with a positive reinforcement. A reward system is established for the reinforcement of certain positive behaviors. Just like positive reinforcement helps in encouraging a particular behavior, withholding the reinforcement deliberately is useful in eradicating a maladaptive behavior.
The CBT techniques described in the above article are useful from the point of view of solving many of the problems which occur from maladaptive thoughts and behaviors. The therapists can use these cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to cure most of the problems related to psychology in a time-bound manner. Source:http://www.buzzle.com/articles/cognitive-behavioral-therapy-cbt-techniques.html
Simple solutions to everyday balance.
1. What is work-life balance?
Well, we certainly know what it isn't! When your to-do list is as long as your arm, when you come home from work, open the refrigerator, and find the set of keys you lost that morning in the butter dish, when you're thinking of sticking post-it notes on your children's foreheads to remember their names, then you know you're out of balance…way out of balance.
Let's be honest. How many people do you know, including yourself, who are living a truly balanced life? Work-life balance is unique to every individual- it's a matter of learning what truly nourishes you and what causes stress and chaos in your life. Balance is about discovering an awareness of what throws you off balance and learning skills that bring you back to your true self.
For example, is your lunch hour restorative, or are you running errands at lunch returning frazzled, continuing your day like a tornado. I urge my clients to notice what nourishes them; a call to a friend or a spouse, a short meditation or nap, maybe some exercise, or even a long leisurely meal. What feeds you?
Work-Life Balance is a deep understanding, that no matter what challenges we face in our everyday lives, we have the ability to experience life with a sense of power and balance.
2. Tell us the secret of work-life balance.
The secret to work-life balance is listening: listen deeply to your inner voice, listen to the people around you, and listen to your environment. Listening gives you the information you need to make the choices that can restore balance and energy to your life.
I'll never forget my client Mark: a handsome, intelligent, successful 57-year-old businessman. When I asked how long he had felt out of balance, he shrugged and said, "Oh, maybe a month." But after questioning him further, I found that 4 years earlier he had had a heart attack, 2 years after that a battle with cancer, and 1 year later his marriage fell apart.
Clearly, Mark had stopped listening. Once he learned to listen to his life, he redefined success on his own terms, and reclaimed a sense of balance, energy, and fulfillment.
We live in a culture fascinated with talk shows where people talk faster and louder than each other. The top television and radio shows in America consist of people yelling at each other. Nobody is listening. Our hectic world keeps us whirling. The true secret to
3. How can I avoid getting out of balance in my life?
You can't! It happens to the best of us. But you can develop practices that will warn you when you are out of balance and help you return to balance easily and effortlessly.
We innately know when we are out of balance. We have implanted detectors that go off like smoke alarms screaming to us, "red alert, red alert, out of balance." But we have learned to turn a deaf ear to our inner alarms. We have unplugged our inner alarms. We have taken the batteries out, so can move faster and faster and faster, like a train running out of control on a track. Millions of us share this same experience.
I work with my clients to develop a personalized checklist to increase their awareness on a daily basis: "when do I start to raise my voice? When does my heart thump in my chest? When do I want to cry, scream, or eat a gallon of ice cream?"
They soon discover their own unique warning signs that their lives are getting out of balance. My clients often experience a great sense of relief when they finally realize they don't have to hold up the earth anymore. And shortly after that they begin to experience more and more authentic happiness and a greater sense of purpose.
4. Many people fear the word "change", as it is synonymous with "pain."
What is the one thing we can do to allow change to happen easily?
"Change" is just another word for "living." Life itself is change, from the moment of our conception to the moment we no longer exist. Our relationships, our bodies, our careers—all are in a state of change. Change itself doesn't cause pain—the pain comes when we resist the natural ebb and flow of life. Change is your life's purpose unfolding before you.
There are two faces of change that are quite different. One is the natural cycle of life that we have no control over, such as seasons, weather, illness, and death.
The second face of change is the power of choice that we can exercise daily to make small changes that can transform our lives.
How many people do you know that have stayed in suffocating relationships, dead end jobs, or are eternally imprisoned by their own fears because they fear change more than the freedom and power available to them? Change is infinite possibility for your life.
5. What are three simple things we can do to achieve work-life balance?
Just remember A-C-E, "ace": Awareness. Choice. Energy.
This 3 step process is simple, does not cost any money, does not require you to trek off to a distant land, does not mean you must search for a guru, and doesn't take any more time out of your busy day. Its power lies in its simplicity.
A. Deepen your awareness through listening deeply and noticing two things: what throws you off balance, and what brings you calm and fulfillment. Many of my clients that I see at 4pm can't remember what they ate for breakfast or lunch that day. If they don't look down at their clothes, many can't remember what they wore to work that day. AWARENESS. Being mindful, present in your life.
C. Exercise the power of choice. Choose to release what drains you and embrace what truly nourishes you. When you begin to make life giving choices in your life, you will be able to make many more decisions easily. Realizing your life is the consequences of your choices becomes very empowering.
E. You will reclaim the energy that is your natural birthright. You life will become a powerful dynamic concentric circle. The more aware you become the more you become aware of your choices. The more you realize that your life is created by your choices the more real energy and power you will experience in your life.
Stress Management: Mindful Living Everyday TM
The greatest challenge we face on earth is our long term survival. We have not been aware and, thus, have created the demise of our planet and ourselves by living “mindlessly.” Our only hope for the future is to commit to “Mindful Living Everyday™.” Our mysterious challenging destiny lies before the human race. I invite everyone to join our community and learn now to live mindfully, as we save our planet and our own precious lives.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is moment by moment awareness.
Mindfulness is a skill that teaches us to be less reactive to the experiences of our life.
Mindfulness is a practice that creates intentional awareness in the present moment.
Mindfulness is learning to wake up to each moment of our lives.
Mindfulness is learning to pay attention to your life.
Mindfulness teaches you to “unplug” from your busy-ness and be present.
Mindfulness teaches us to “wake up” to your magnificent life.
Mindfulness is learning how to develop awareness in your life.
Why Does It Matter?
Most of us race through our lives. Some of us live lives of habituation. When we are unaware of our daily choices and responses, we are living mindlessly. We can become a zombie and lose consciousness of our precious life.
We can find ourselves being “swept away” by the current of our thoughts, feelings, worries, fears and stresses.
When we live mindless lives of habituation we are not aware of our choices, addictions or the suffering we are creating in our lives and the lives of others.
Mindfulness is essential for mental and physical health. When we learn to live mindfully, we learn to observe our behavior, thoughts and reactions to the challenges in our lives. Mindful training teaches us to observe and be present in each moment with compassion and acceptance.
We are NOT Living Mindfully
• Food. Many of us overeat and don’t respect the food and the ritual of meals. Most of us rush through our meals with little respect for our food, the farmers, the preparers and work that went into our meal. Many of us do not pause for a moment of gratitude and observation of our food. Do you observe the brilliant colors, the fragrance, the shape and the texture of your food with respect and gratitude?
• Anger. Countless individuals react to another person or to a different opinion with mindless habitual anger. When we are mindful we are centered in the present moment and instead of reacting immediately with anger we observe information and mindfully choose an intentional response.
• The Breath. Most of us take our breath for granted. When we are mindful we are aware that our breath is an essential key to our health. In our culture, we always seem to be in a hurry, rushing and breathing shallow and quickly. Our breath is the first action we take when we are born and our final action before we move to our next level of existence. Have reverence for your sacred breath and the peace it creates in your life.
• Emotions. A vast number of us are continually flooded by the domino effect of our unchecked emotions. We move from worry to anger, then to fear and are not aware of our habituation to this heightened emotional state that robs us of our peace and balance.
• The Earth. We have not respected our precious natural resources and now we are seeing our planet suffer. As we “wake up” we are learning how to mindfully conserve and respect our use of water, the earth, the air and other precious resources.
Research Shows Mindfulness Restores Balance and Reduces Stress
• Numerous studies show mindfulness practices can lower blood pressure, heart rate and create an immune boost.
• Research reveals mindfulness training reduces stress and aids in depression.
• Research shows mindfulness programs integrated into school curriculum improves academic performance, self-esteem, concentration and behavior problems.
• Researchers studied the effects of mindfulness training on grade school students and found they were more relaxed, had less anxiety and experienced positive effects in behavior, mood and attitude.
Mindfulness Tips for You, Your Family and Coworkers
• Mindfulness Discussions: Set a time 2-3 times a week to begin discussing the concept of mindful living. Create a goal of doing a mindfulness practice each day.
• The Breath. Your breath is your anchor, your connection to the source. When we live our hurried lives we breath shallow and quickly. When we rush we don’t breathe deeply into our lungs and fill them with air. We must have oxygen to feed our brain, our vital organs and our body. Nourish your body, mind and soul by beginning to breathe mindfully. Inhale mindfully and deeply to the count of 1-2-3-4 and exhale to the count of 1-2-3-4.
• The Mindfulness Game. Play a mindfulness game with your children or at work. Sit quietly and listen. Name all the things you hear. Who can hear the most sounds? Repeat this mindful exercise with your other senses. Have fun and be playful.
• A Mindfulness Walk. Each day, take a mindfulness walk with your family or your coworkers. Challenge each person to become aware of rocks, trees, flowers, animals, cars, smells, sights and different people.
• Eat Mindfully. Rituals are rich with meaning and experiences we never forget. Meals are the perfect time to teach mindfulness at work and home. Begin your meal with silence and awareness of the precious food on your plate. Talk about the workers and processes involved in getting your food to your table. Create awareness of the color, smell, shape, texture of your food. Eat intentionally while chewing slowly and respectfully. Take a moment to thank the fish, cow or chicken for their sacrifice and kindness to nourish you.
• Mindful Emotions. Take time to do mindfulness exercises with your family and coworkers, inquiring how different emotions feel, physically and mentally. Mindfully experience love, anger, fear, hate, jealously, stress, grief, gratitude and happiness. Share your feelings as you mindfully explore the power of your emotions.
• Mindful Speech. Words are energy. They can heal or destroy yourself and others. Words begin as thoughts, then weave into our emotions and create our speech. Talk about mindful speech at home and work. Each of us can transform our lives when we learn to speak mindfully.
Please continue to visit our “Mindful Living Everyday™ community as we explore new solutions to renewing our planet and transforming our own lives.
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Stress is the epidemic of the 21st Century. Stress and stress-related illnesses are costing companies millions of dollars annually, and costing individuals their happiness, their health and their lives.
It is essential to become aware of your stressors, learn to manage stressful situations and practice stress reduction techniques that work for you. If you're living with high levels of stress, you're putting your entire well-being at risk. Stress wreaks havoc on your emotional equilibrium, as well as your physical health. It narrows your ability to think clearly, function effectively and enjoy life. The Stress Institute was created to help individuals learn relaxation and incorporate stress reduction in their everyday lives, as well as workplace stress reduction.
Wellness and stress
Stress Management Specialists Summary: Stress Management Specialists are trained to help individuals learn how to better manage their time and prioritize their life.
A stress management specialist can help one reduce, prevent and cope with stress in their life by teaching them organization skills, relaxation skills and time management. Stress Management Specialists are trained to identify the source of stress so that they can best recommend how to cope with and manage the stress as well as how to avoid stressful situations. When the stressful situation cannot be avoided, a stress management specialist can help their client adapt, alter or accept the stressor.
Education and Training: A stress management specialist can be someone in the field of counseling, psychology, holistic care or any other mental health area. Some Stress Management Specialists may have more training and education than others.
Stress Management Specialists FAQs:
What are Stress Management Specialists?
Stress Management Specialists are professionals who work with individuals, couples, or families to manage stress and decrease the anxiety that appears as a result of the stress. Stress Management Specialists first focus on what causes the stress so that they can make positive changes to avoid it in the future or learn how to adapt to it.
How often do people see Stress Management Specialists?
Many see Stress Management Specialists during a particularly stressful period in their lives, such as a big life transition. Others may require Stress Management Specialists more often if they are prone to stress.
What are some signs that one should seek the help of a Stress Management Specialist?
Those who are dealing with any stressful situation or who are having trouble managing their time and or/relationships should seek Stress Management Specialists. Some common issues Stress Management Specialists can help with include: Time Management, Relaxation, Anxiety, Procrastination and Substance Abuse.
What is stress management?
Stress management is designed to help individuals learn how to manage their stress in a way that is healthy and effective. It aims to help them deal with stressful situations by taking control of their own lives and adapting to their surroundings.
What are the benefits of using Stress Management Specialists?
Stress Management Specialists have been specially trained to not only identify why an individual is experiencing stress, but also to help them prevent, reduce and cope with stress when it occurs. After seeing a stress management specialist, one will usually find that they have more time for personal relationships, work, fun and relaxation. The constant worrying and anxiety will decrease once the individual learns how to take charge of their own life.
How do I find Stress Management Specialists in my city and state?
The wellness.com directory will help you locate Stress Management Specialists in your state. Select Stress Management Specialists from the professionals menu and select the state that you are looking to locate Stress Management Specialists in. After you have located your state, find the city that you will need Stress Management Specialists in. Select the state and city and you will see a list of Stress Management Specialists in your city and state.
Stress Management Specialists Related Terms: Stress Reduction Specialist, Stress Management Expert, Time Management Specialist, Relaxation Therapist
Wellness is more than just the absence of illness. Wellness is a proactive process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence. Focusing on wellness and practicing self care helps us to put emphasis on prevention.
Process means improvement is always possible
Aware means that we continuously seek more information about how we can improve.
Choices mean that we consider a variety of options and select those in your best interest.
Success is determined by each individual to be their collection of life accomplishments
Wellness = reducing your risk for disease:
Preventing and treating injuries
Monitoring health and safety
Using our health care system focusing on prevention instead of only using the healthcare system for disease.
Self Care is an outcome of
Exercising our wonderful bodies
Eating a healthy diet
Finding or creating a group to meet with on a regular basis to encourage community, support and sharing
Being aware of the stress in your life
Practicing stress reduction methods on a regular basis
STRESS AND ITS SYMPTOMS
• Negative or depressive feeling
• Disappointment with yourself
• Increased emotional reactions – more tearful or sensitive or aggressive
• Loneliness, withdrawn
• Loss of motivation commitment and confidence
• Mood swings (not behavioral)
• Changes from your normal behavior
• Changes in eating habits
• Increased smoking, drinking or drug taking ‘to cope’
• Mood swings affecting your behavior
• Changes in sleep patterns
• Twitchy, nervous behavior
• Changes in attendance such as arriving later or taking more time off.
• Confusion, indecision
• Can’t concentrate
• Poor memory
COMMON BEHAVIORAL SYMPTOMS OF STRESS
Increased coffee consumption
Excessive and continuing irritability with other people
Increased and suppressed anger
Loss of your sense of humor
Not be able to cope with life, feeling out of control
Jump from one job to another without finishing things
Excessive emotion & crying at small irritations
Lack of interest in anything other than work
Permanently tired even after sleep - (another very common symptom of stress)
Decreased sex drive / libido