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STRESS IS GOOD Basis of body's fight-or-flight response Is meant to be protective, not harmful.
GOOD STRESS (EUSTRESS) Boosts brain power (memory and learning) Stimulate Production of brain chemicals - neurotrophins Strengthen the connections between brain cells Can Increase immunity Increases resilience Motivates for success Can enhance child development.
GOOD STRESS (Eustress) Is just the thing you need to get things done Makes you think of stressful situations as a challenges Can help you enter a state of flow Heightens your awareness Help you focus into an activity Drive you to success
THE BRAIN The brain is A chemical & an electrical machine Brain ’ s electric frequencies change throughout the day depending on the brain ’ s activity which lead to brain waves Its efficiency depends on the level of harmony between its brain waves
ALPHA BRAIN WAVES Alpha waves (8-12) cycles per second Occur once before falling asleep and when we first wake up Waves are slow and more organized
WHEN IS STRESS BAD? When it is chronic When we feel we're no longer in control When situations are affecting us negatively
TOO MUCH STRESS Triggers your fight or flight response: Adrenaline starts pumping Heart beats faster Blood pressure rises Can’t unwind Can increase risk Anxiety Depression Heart disease Weight gain Memory and concentration problems.
SIGNS OF A TIRED BRAIN Poor attention span Foggy, forgetful, confused, spaced out Decrease ability to learn Lack of creativity Burned out Moodiness, irritability, anxiety, tension
CA CAM COMPLEMENTARY & Y & ALTE TERNATI TIVE M MEDI DICI CINE NE Nutrition Herbal Medicine Physical activity Yoga Meditation Spiritual Music Acupuncture
NUTRITION Protein in breakfast Complex carbohydrates Balanced meals Food sensitivities Vegetarian diet Water Avoid alcohol Avoid caffeine
HERBAL PRODUCTS Kava: Helps anxiety. Can have serious liver side effects Passion flower: Safe but can cause drowsiness, dizziness and confusion Valerian: Generally safe but can cause headaches, dizziness and drowsiness Chamomile: Safe but Can increase the risk of bleeding when used with blood-thinning drugs Can cause allergic reactions Lavender: Orally can cause constipation, headaches, increase appetite & cause low blood pressure Lemon balm: Safe but can cause nausea and abdominal pain
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES EXERCISE 30% of US adults exercise Walking, running Going to the Gym Yoga Tai Chi
MEDITATION Mindfulness Practiced for 2500 years, in Western Culture since 1970s Paying attention in a particular way On purpose In the present moment Non judgmentally
SPIRITUALITY Provides Frame work for understanding the world and self Increase tolerance to uncertainty, enhanced coping, resourcefulness and optimism Community support Mantra, sounds, visualization, Qi
MUSIC Weightless by Marconi Union Electra by Airstream Please Don’t Go by Barcelona Pure Shores by All Saints Someone Like you by Adele Canzonetta Sull’aria by Mozart
MEDICATIONS Antidepressants Paxil, Effexor, Luvox, Prozac, Zoloft Mixed Classes Buspar, Beta Blockers (Inderal), Vistaril Antipsychotics Seroquel Benzodiazepines Valium, Ativan, Xanax, Librium
DE-STRESS THROUGHOUT THE DAY Wake up early Think for few minutes of goals for the day Sing in the shower
DE-STRESS THROUGHOUT THE DAY Organize and clean your space Go for a walk Find your Space Visualize your stressful thoughts a sort of visual mindfulness meditation Find a hobby Watch funny shows
DE-STRESS THROUGHOUT THE DAY Take deep breaths Clench your muscles then release (1930's) Use pressure points Massage Focus on things you are grateful for Smell the roses
BRAIN SOUNDS Certain brain sounds produce a deep state of alpha consciousness Recite a calming motto, mantra, or prayer Sound OM "The Serenity Prayer” God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.
BRAIN SOUND Sit in chair Focus on your breathing for a minute Silently say the sound Try the repetition slower, then faster, then slower and so on Find the right rhythm for you Don ’ t doze off
NOTICE 5 THINGS EXERCISE Notice five interesting things you can see, hear, feel, or smell
DEEP BREATHING Change the condition response to stress Detach from overestimation of danger Reduces Cortisol, epinephrine and nor-epinephrine
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