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STRESS! The silent killer.

Anxiety disorders are often a product of stress. From generalized anxiety disorder to panic disorder, among others. Anxiety inducing moment in your life can be eliminated simply by reducing stress. Stress is normal in daily life no matter who you are, but if you let your stress take control of your life, serious problems will arise. Stress comes from different sources. From daily activities, to closing up assignments, meeting with deadlines, to raising the kids, attending the family issues, to the daily negative news, insecurity issues, upward cost of living, sudden sad news etc. Fortunately, ongoing stress is easy to overcome, but it is important to know the steps to doing so.

Stress is an internal reaction triggers by external factors, like pressure, when demand exceeds available resources. One of the best ways to overcome these is regular exercising which is an example of emotion focused coping strategies. Daily exercise can help you learn to physically deal with stress by improving your tolerance to stress during exercise. During a panic attack, most people feel short of breath and a pounding heart. A hard workout gives you these same experiences, but in a healthy way. As you exercise more and more, you push your body to accept these conditions without panicking.

Getting a good night’s sleep is also very important to reducing stress. Stress can physically wear out a person’s body, and without sleep, you will feel the effects of stress much more readily. This can lead to anxiety disorders very easily. To get enough sleep, make sure that you schedule at least 8 hours for sleeping. Don’t eat or drink lots of sugar or caffeine products before bedtime and try to do relaxing activities in the few hours before bedtime. If necessary, see your doctor for help with sleeping problems.

Another key to reducing stress is to schedule time for non-work related activities i.e. pursuing your hobby. Take vacations or at some days off in order to have fun and relieve yourself of the external sources of stress. Work is a major cause of stress, and with that stress comes worry about finance, health, and many other things. By setting aside specific time to relax and enjoy yourself with loved ones or on your own, you can physically and mentally set aside the stress for at least a few hours. Try to have at least an hour to yourself every day and an entire long weekend every few months to purely enjoy fun activities.

Lastly, work to reduce stress by learning to think a bit differently about life. Some of the most stressed-out people are perfectionists. While this can be a good trait, it can also go too far. Know when to let something go. Also, think positively about your life. When you worry that you aren’t good enough or are upset about little things, they really add up to hurt you. Managing your thought process is just part of the battle, but if you work at reducing stress, you can avoid developing anxiety problems.

When stress and what causes it are not addressed, it leads to anxiety provoking situation, which can aggravate to burnout. Burnout that is not effectively managed can lead to depression. Burnout can also lead to being hostile and violent. If depression is not well handled, it can either lead to a psychotic behavior or suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts and finally suicide!

On our next safety article, we shall be learning about two types of positive coping strategies.

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Do I Need Mental Health Help?

With extreme emotional issues, we often have no problem deciding whether we need to see a counselor or not; however, with a slight discomfort, a few bad days, we can’t always make that decision.

Ask yourself the following questions and truthfully answer YES or NO.

👉 Do you get honest satisfaction from simple pleasures?

👉 Do you have respect for yourself?

👉 Can you laugh at your own errors?

👉 Do you feel capable of dealing with situations as they come your way?

👉 Can you accept displays of your own emotions – fear, anger, jealousy, guilt, worry?

👉 Do you have personal relationships that are satisfying and lasting?

👉 Do you trust others and assume that others will trust you?

👉 Do you respect people who differ from you?

👉 Do you refuse to be pushed around and refuse satisfaction from it?

👉 Can you feel you are a part of a group?

👉 Are you able to love somebody?

👉 Do you accept as much responsibility as comes your way?

👉 Do you make your own decisions?

👉 Do you deal with your problems as they arise?

👉 Do you shape your environment whenever possible and adjust to it whenever necessary?

Count up the number of no answers.  If you don’t have any, you are exceptional.  A couple of No answers is normal and is absolutely nothing to be concerned about.  If, however, you answered NO to more than five questions, there is a good chance you could benefit from some type of counseling to help get you back on track.

The fact you are able to take this test is a good indicator that, with the proper counseling, you will be fine.

Just don’t let it go until more answers turn to NO. You deserve enjoying the best mental health possible.  Don’t neglect it.

When stress and what causes it are not addressed, it leads to anxiety provoking situation, which can aggravate to burnout. Burnout that is not effectively managed can lead to depression. Burnout can also lead to being hostile and violent. If depression is not well handled, it can either lead to a psychotic behavior or suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts and finally suicide!

On our next safety article, we shall be learning about two types of positive coping strategies.

To watch our latest health and safety videos, visit: Safety World – YouTube.

Do remember to subscribe!

Anger Management Activities

Dealing with anger and its repercussions can be very challenging. Unaware of how to handle irritating and stressful situations may be a reason for many fits of anger and rage. Most people, with the exception of young children perhaps, recognize their problem with uncontrollable anger. Although there are many anger management activities which would enable them to better cope with confrontational situations, some people are uneducated regarding these techniques and activities.

There are man anger management activities individuals can practice or participate in when attempting to cope with daily feelings of anger. One activity which is recommended for anger management is exercise. Exercise has been proven to have a positive impact on an individual’s mood. Exercise helps an individual to decrease any negative feelings they might be experiencing. An effect anger management activity might be as simple as going for a walk or jog in the park. Visiting the gym to work out of taking part in their favorite sport may work well for an individual as an anger management activity. Taking a hike or spending a few hours in the beauty of nature would definitely allow a person to clear their head and release tension. Outdoor anger management activities would surely create an environment of serenity.

Anger management activities such as attending a support group, camp or retreat would certainly help people who are experiencing difficulties controlling their anger. One positive aspect of attending anger management activities such as there is the individual would see first hand that their problem is not unique, that it is shared by plenty of other people. Being able to share with people in similar situations might be the key to anger management for some individuals. Sharing would likely provide hope through success stories. In anger management activities such as these, people are forced to deal with their anger issues through various activities group sessions and one on one consults.

Anger management activities are recommended when dealing with children who are coping with anger issues. A child is unlikely to respond well to group sessions and perhaps even become bored with one on one consults. Finding activities which are interesting and even challenging may be a better alternative. Kids enjoy fun and games. Designing anger management activities which are enjoyable yet beneficial would be so much more effective than forcing a child to sit down with an anger management counselor. Worksheets, coloring pages, individual games as well as interactive games would be accepted much better by children than a trip to the psychiatrist. When children are involved, it is essential to approach the problem carefully. Being overbearing will not go over well with kids.

When considering anger management activities for kids, it is essential to be mindful that they are only children and the approach is important. When considering anger management activities, an individual ought to choose one which they find interesting and enjoyable. Sticking a person in an unfamiliar setting may create feelings of anger which is not the intention of anger management activities. Finding an activity that works should be the key focus.

Anxiety And Suicide

Anxiety disorders affect millions of people across the country, and one of the most dangerous things about these disorders is that they can lead to thoughts of suicide if left untreated.

If you are currently having thoughts of suicide, even on an occasional basis, ask for help. You can do this by calling a doctor or just talking to friends and family members who may be able to help you.

Anxiety disorders are not the end of your life as you can overcome them.

Types of Anxiety Disorders
According to WebMD, There are several types of anxiety disorders:

Generalized anxiety disorder. You feel excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason.

Panic disorder. You feel sudden, intense fear that brings on a panic attack. During a panic attack you may break out in a sweat, have chest pain, and have a pounding heartbeat (palpitations). Sometimes you may feel like you’re choking or having a heart attack.
Social anxiety disorder. Also called social phobia, this is when you feel overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. You obsessively worry about others judging you or being embarrassed or ridiculed.

Specific phobias. You feel intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying. The fear goes beyond what’s appropriate and may cause you to avoid ordinary situations.

Agoraphobia.You have an intense fear of being in a place where it seems hard to escape or get help if an emergency occurs. For example, you may panic or feel anxious when on an airplane, public transportation, or standing in line with a crowd.

Separation anxiety. Little kids aren’t the only ones who feel scared or anxious when a loved one leaves. Anyone can get separation anxiety disorder. If you do, you’ll feel very anxious or fearful when a person you’re close with leaves your sight. You’ll always worry that something bad may happen to your loved one.

Selective mutism. This is a type of social anxiety in which young kids who talk normally with their family don’t speak in public, like at school.

Medication-induced anxiety disorder. Use of certain medications or illegal drugs, or withdrawal from certain drugs, can trigger some symptoms of anxiety disorder.

Causes of Anxiety Disorder
Some causes of anxiety disorders are:

Genetics. Anxiety disorders can run in families.

Brain chemistry. Some research suggests anxiety disorders may be linked to faulty circuits in the brain that control fear and emotions.

Environmental stress. This refers to stressful events you have seen or lived through. Life events often linked to anxiety disorders include childhood abuse and neglect, a death of a loved one, or being attacked or seeing violence.

Drug withdrawal or misuse. Certain drugs may be used to hide or decrease certain anxiety symptoms. Anxiety disorder often goes hand in hand with alcohol and substance use.

Medical conditions. Some heart, lung, and thyroid conditions can cause symptoms similar to anxiety disorders or make anxiety symptoms worse. It’s important to get a full physical exam to rule out other medical conditions when talking to your doctor about anxiety.

If you’re having thoughts of suicide, there is nothing other people can do to make you feel better about yourself. However, they can give you the tools needed to do that.

Lots of people kill themselves every year using suicidal methods like hanging, shooting, cutting, and overdosing, but these deaths are a real shame, since every single person has value in the community. You may feel hopeless right now, but there are people who can show you how to feel better. Although it is very difficult to deal with anxiety, others have gone through the same thing and can teach you methods for overcoming.

Call a close relative or friend immediately if you are having thoughts of injuring yourself, for whatever reason. You are not alone in this ordeal, or else these friends and family will not exist. You can call anonymously in order to simply talk to someone you feel can help about your problems. There is no pressure to do or not do anything. it is simply a tool to talk to someone and hear new ideas.

Pain and sadness is normal in every single persons life, although many people hide it very well. However, if you find that your anxiety disorder is causing too much pain for you to bear, you can do one of two things: work to reduce the pain or work to increase your skills and resources for dealing with the pain. Although you may feel alone right now, millions of people are getting the help they need and living happy lives.

If nothing else, take some time to think about things. Even if you’ve had a horrible day, give yourself a few hours or days or even weeks to make a decision on ending your life. In that time, consider all of the options available to you and think about the other people your suicide will hurt. Suicide is not the answer to relief from pain in most cases, so by truly examining your feelings, you can work towards happier days.