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Coping With Stress
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
Aired:
12/12/2008
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"There cannot be a stressful crisis next week.  My schedule is already full."  Henry Kissinger

 

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51:49 minutes (24.88 MB)
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We've been hearing for years that stress is bad for us.  It affects the way we sleep, the way we feel, the way we interact with others.  Research also shows that it can weaken the immune system, causing health problems and, it has troubling correlations with unhealthy behaviors, like eating or drinking to excess.

Today on Where We Live, as the holiday season comes into full swing and the economic crisis deepens,  we'll talk about stressing out.  Experts and treatment professionals join us to talk about how our bodies deal with stressful circumstances, how much worry is normal, and what we can do to retain, or at least regain, some sanity in these uncertain times. 

A new study by the American Psychological Association finds that stress levels have gone up significantly - not surprisingly, the economy's the number one reason.  Join the conversation!  Are you stressed out?  How do you cope?


 
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email from Alice in Roxbury

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, and often work with people struggling with stress. I often share with them something that my tai chi instructor says..."your body believes what your brain believes is true". Since the "stress response" is a result of the body responding to cues that signifiy danger, it is important for people to be helped to reevaluate their definition of danger.

Also, a resource in the community that you have not mentioned is faith and religion. Every religion has some doctrine that assists people in "counting their blessings", which is another way of mitigating the definition of danger. Those who gather together to practice religion become a community, accept and support one another.

Email from Amy deCamp

Just a vote for support groups - some people are simply more susceptible to accumulative stress than others, and chronic stress can be wicked for those of us who live with chronic depression or anxiety.  A note for those in the audience to whom this applies,  a support group helps me get through the week.  I recently went to my first-ever support group and recommend those sponsored by the National Alliance for Mental Health - just google NAMI to find a group near you.

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Einstein told us what we must do to cope with the changes of modernity, including destructive aggression: "a new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels"

The skills we require to deal with stress are available on the Internet in a FREE book entitled: The Short Course to Mental Wealth.  Simply go to www.anwot.org and anyone can read it on the screen or print a hard copy.  "Mental Wealth" is the mental skills and proven wisdom that enable use to feel good and do good.  Mental Wealth is a far more secure and satisfying source of life's satisfaction than physical wealth.

Anyone, no matter what their situation, can make life more wonderful using the skills others have shown work.   I also endorse the prior comment on the importance of support groups.  Consider what a wonderful job Alcoholics Anonymous does.