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Mood disorders

The word mood is defined in the dictionary as: 1) a temporary state of mind or feeling, or 2) an angry, irritable, or sullen state of mind. In other words, a mood is a temporary emotional state that can be described as good (positive) or bad (negative). Moods are...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder – SAD

I have this theory that whichever season you were born in affects how you feel about the opposite season. I was born during spring, and I am not fond of getting too hot or too cold. Apart from the rhinitis, sinusitis and hay fever that come with spring, I actually...

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Communicating under stress

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen R. Covey How we talk and how we listen are always important, but when the pressure is on, this becomes even more important. During a stressful time,...

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Serotonin – The “calming chemical”

The feelings we experience are nothing more than chemical reactions taking place inside our bodies. I briefly touched on the subject of chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) in an earlier blog post related to stress. Refer to this link if you would like to read it...

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Lifestyle changes to combat stress

A healthy lifestyle is an essential part of any stress-reduction programme. You can enhance your overall health and ease your struggle with stress by getting regular exercise, eating well balanced meals and avoiding excessive alcohol, caffeine and tobacco. EXERCISE:...

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Stress treatment

The task of learning how to control stress is lifelong. By getting control over your stress, you won’t only improve your health, but also increase your ability to succeed. WHEN TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR STRESS A lot of physical and emotional illness can be the...

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Work and stress

Unsatisfactory and/or high workloads, unrealistic deadlines and over-management in the workplace. Sound familiar? According to a new survey, conducted by mental wellness advocate Pharma Dynamics, 31% of participants referred to their jobs as extremely stressful. 40%...

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Children and stress – childhood factors

Have you ever seen the meme that says: “I’m done adulting” or “I can’t adult today”? Raise your hand if you have ever felt the need to go back to your childhood, where you would not have the worry of paying bills and could just be carefree. I certainly have (and still...

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Risk factors for Stress

Whether it’s stressful events or long-term situations that overwhelm our natural coping mechanisms, virtually everyone will experience stress at some point in their lives. Personally, I’ve never met anyone who confirmed that they never experienced stress in some form....

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