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Everyone knows what someone means when they say they are "stressed out.” But what is stress itself?

Stress is your body’s response to anything that disrupts your normal life and routines. The causes of stress can be everyday events and changes, such as relationships, work, money, and difficult decisions. They can also be traumatic events, such as the death of a loved one, natural disasters, and trauma. The good news is that people are resilient. We can recognize stress as a natural response to changes and challenges, and we can learn how best to respond to these cues when managing stress.

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Boo! Enjoying Roller Coasters and Surviving Panic Attacks

Last weekend as we walked around the Halloween section picking out costumes, I wondered how it is that my kids, who insist on sleeping with a night-light on, find this holiday so appealing.

Mental Ophthalmology

This post is one extended metaphor and may illicit a strong “yes I get it, move on” reaction. Proceed with caution.

How to find affordable psychotherapy

Finding affordable psychotherapy can sometimes seem like an oxymoron.

Flow

Happiness exercise:  How to remove stress and boredom at work

Worry vs. Anxiety

When I was invited to be a blogger for PBS.org, as part of the upcoming series This Emotional Life,.

Practicing Mindfulness

One of the best definitions of mindfulness comes from Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Videos

Shopping for stress

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Dr. Peter Whybrow, Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA,...

Positive and negative stress

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky explains that stress in the form of stimulation is a positive force...

Understanding stress

Dr. Bruce McEwen, Director, Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University, answers the questions, What is stress? Does stress harm the brain? and, What...

Eat, Pray, Love…and Relax

Elizabeth Gilbert, the best-selling author of the book, Eat, Pray, Love, talks about why divorce produces such a high level of stress, how she...

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