Category: Stress

Hidden Signs of Stress and Anxiety

By Amy Przeworski, PhD, Special to Everyday Health With the hectic pace of life, it can be difficult to keep your stress to a minimum. Sometimes it’s also difficult to recognize that you’re experiencing stress or anxiety. Because of the mind-body connection between your mental health and physical health, stress or anxiety often appears physically as vague aches or pains. Here are some common physical symptoms of stress or anxiety that you may not realize are psychological in origin: Frequent headaches. Clenching your jaw; tensing your facial, neck, or shoulder muscles; or grinding your teeth are physical responses to...

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Can Life With Psoriasis Ever Be Stress-Free?

By Howard Chang I just don’t know if I can remove all of the stressors in my life. Are you a person who fumes all day at something that happens at work or school? I can relate. Do conflicts with others simmer right through to bedtime? Happens to me,too. Does change bring an unsettled;feeling that takes more time than you’d like when making adjustments? I recently learned that a class I registered to audit — and bought plane tickets and reserved a hotel for — was canceled due to low enrollment. Needing to respond to that change in my schedule and plans...

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What Is Postpartum Depression?

There are a thousand definitions of beauty. And there are many degrees of each. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There is sadness in beauty. Beauty can be ugly. It is a concept that has haunted poets, artists and academics for centuries. Males are visual creatures. In their minds’ eye, like the posters teenage boys hang on their bedroom walls, men have an inflated idea of beauty . But to see how he really finds beauty in his surroundings, look at the girl with whom he spends time and feels most comfortable. She is often the opposite...

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Anger Management: How to Keep Your Temper in Check

By Madeline Vann, MPH | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH Everyone gets mad, but it’s important to recognize when your anger has gotten out of control and it may be time to get professional help. It’s just a fact of life that sometimes you’re going to get angry. But if your anger is excessive, you may require anger therapy to help keep your emotions in check. How do you know whether your anger is over the top and if anger management might be helpful to you? “I would say that what is really important is...

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The Health Benefits of Laughter

By Madeline Vann, MPH | Medically reviewed by Christine Wilmsen Craig, MD Laughter is a key component of a happy life, and it has powerful physical and mental benefits. No matter what you’re facing, you can learn to laugh and benefit from its healing ways. Funny movies, sitcoms, cute toddlers, and a good friend’s jokes can all offer one of the most powerful, natural stress relievers out there: laughter. “I think one of the best things is that laughter increases your sense of humor,” says Lynda Tourloukis, a certified laughter teacher based in Park Ridge, Ill. A motivational speaker...

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