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Stress Relief

We offer wholistic stress management for dis-ease, and dis-order in all areas of life. Stress is now recognized as the third leading cause of heart attacks by the American College of Physicians, behind unhealthy cholesterol levels and smoking. Additionally, stress is a major risk factor for disease and health problems in every system of the body.


  • Stress Contributing Factors
  • Meditation
  • Wellness Apps

Stress is a contributing agent for:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Insomnia
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Immune system disorders

It is not an exaggeration to say that stress is literally a killer. Therefore in today's world, everyone needs a practical way to relax. Some people might use exercise, some reading, and others might use devotional or spiritual practices. We understand the need for personal choice in this area, and we provide guidance based on your mind-body-consciousness type. Recently, meditation has been recognized as one of the most powerful ways to reduce stress, and specifically to reduce the physiological effects of stress on the body. This is why we consider meditation the centerpiece of our stress management program.

 

 

 

Meditation is much more than just stress relief. Studies on meditation have shown benefits in all areas of life: recovery from illness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and even overcoming addictions, in addition to relief from stress and anxiety. Studies even show that meditation effects the environment and society in a beneficial way.

As an example, studies show that all over-the-counter pain relievers are not the same: only Aspirin reduces heart attack but Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Ibuprofen (Advil) don’t, and some pain relievers can be harmful. Therefore, we recommend meditation because the studies show it works uniquely to improve most health issues.

Everyone needs a practical way to relax, but you also need a way to protect yourself from the environment (foods, air, water, noise, stress, people, relationships, work). Meditation counters the stress in life that is so intense today. There are many types of meditation and rather than compare and contrast all of them with the goal of a one-size fits all solution, we prefer an individual recommendation. We work to explore and promote the opportunities for growth and expansion that best fit your personal level of experience and understanding.

Each individual has natural desires and different practices will be more or less aligned with those desires. We can help you find the practice that will resonate with your personal history, circumstances and life experiences.

Researchers identified the following resources to help medical professionals handle stress and reduce burnout, but they are just as helpful for everyone. Sarah Pospos, MD, from the University of California San Diego, and her colleagues, compared 36 different resources and selected the following list of the seven best based on convenience, affordability, accessibility, and confidentiality.

  • Breathe2Relax: a mobile app that provides guided breathing instruction through video and audio tutorials. Gett it free on Apple or Android.
  • Headspace: a mobile app that guides users through meditation sessions, which has been shown to reduce depressive symptoms. Get it free on Apple or Android.
  • Guided audio files from the University of California San Diego: Online resources with guided meditation audios that include mindfulness-based stress reduction, which have been shown to improve mental well-being. Available free from UCSD.
  • MoodGYM: an online 5-week cognitive behavioral therapy program proven to decrease suicide ideation in medical interns. This app has the added credential of being evidence based. There is a fee for this service when you register at the MoodGYM website.
  • Stress Gym: an online program that includes 8 modules and step-by-step stress management guides. These are free online resources available through the University of Michigan.
  • Virtual Hope Box: a mobile app for suicide prevention that helps users with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. Get it free on Apple or Android.
  • Stay Alive: a suicide prevention app that provides customized safety plans, breathing and grounding exercise tutorials, and an online discussion forum. Get it free on Apple or Android.

If you wish to review all of Dr. Pospos and her team's recommendations, you can find the full article online at the journal of Academic Psychiatry, and the citation is: Pospos, S., Young, I.T., Downs, N. et al. Acad Psychiatry (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40596-017-0868-0