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Best of Our Blogs: February 20, 2015

Got stress? You’re not alone. I’m teaching another stress management workshop this weekend. What amazes me is how much of a problem stress has become in our society. I’m also continually fascinated by its ability to alerts us to deeper, often neglected issues.

Stress, in general, is a response to something going on whether internal, external, positive or negative. Our bodies react by tensing our muscles, increasing heart rate, slowing digestion, and lowering our immune system, all in an effort to “fight or flight” from the potential enemy. When we get this reaction, it’s a good indication that there are issues we need to address and pay attention to.

Stress could alert us to the fact that we need to slow down and practice more mindfulness. It could signal a lack of faith in our abilities, or a problem we need to address with our kids.

Most of us would rather deal with stress by booking a spa service, or ingest a substance to make us forget. But the truth is that it won’t go ignored. If we don’t confront them, the things we’re running away from will eventually hunt us down with even bigger, louder, more problematic situations and even illnesses that will require immediate attention.

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How a Man Named Chesley Can Help Your Child Manage Anxiety
(Stress Better) – How do you calm a worried kid? You can use this Captain Sully inspired tip to help your child chill the next time he or she is feeling anxious.

Mindfulness: What’s the POINT?
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – Tape these mindfulness acronyms around the house to remind you to bring more meaning, present moment awareness and compassion into your every day life.

Triangulation: The Trap Of The Problematic Person
(Caregivers, Family & Friends) – Triangulation could be affecting your relationships and you didn’t even know it. Read this to learn what intentional and unintentional use of triangulation looks like and how its impacting you.

Boomers: 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Light That Joint
(Addiction Recovery) – The legalization of marijuana has made the idea of smoking pot or imbibing it through cannabis-infused cookies, tinctures and sodas seem less intimidating and maybe even beneficial. But here’s why this addiction specialist says it may do more harm than good.

Research Proves That Money Can’t Buy Happiness
(Building Relationship Skills) – Envious of friends who spent a whole lot dough on their wedding? An interesting new study explains why shouldn’t be. Expensive weddings may put couples at risk for divorce.

Best of Our Blogs: February 20, 2015

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

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Uyemura, B. (2018). Best of Our Blogs: February 20, 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2020, from
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