The Art of Stress Management

April 15, 2018 Joe Brady

Learn to handle the physical and emotional effects of stress. Scientific studies have found that those who practice Mind/Body stress management techniques have more energy, improved sense of well-being and self-esteem, and less depression and anxiety.  Find fun ways to relax, be physically active, and manage the effects of stress and time pressures. 

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/99-101/default.html

  • One-fourth of employees view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives. -Northwestern National Life
  • Three-fourths of employees believe the worker has more on-the-job stress than a generation ago. -Princeton Survey Research Associates
  • Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints than are any other life stressor-more so than even financial problems or family problems. -St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co.
  • Health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress.
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • The evidence is rapidly accumulating to suggest that stress plays an important role in several types of chronic health problems-especially cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, and psychological disorders.

Stress = fight or flight = stress hormones = accelerated aging and Health

Stress sets off an alarm in the brain, which responds by preparing the body for defensive action. The nervous system is aroused and hormones are released to sharpen the senses, quicken the pulse, deepen respiration, and tense the muscles. This response (sometimes called the fight or flight response) is important because it helps us defend against threatening situations. 

 

Young healthy rats fed stress hormones show rapid acceleration of aging!

Short-lived or infrequent episodes of stress pose little risk. But when you never take a break, the body is kept in a constant state of activation, which increases the rate of wear and tear to biological systems. Ultimately, fatigue or damage results.

Physical Activity is the best way to burn off Stress hormones (the body wants action)

Stress and Health: What the Research Tells Us

Chronic Stress has been linked to:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Workplace Injury
  • Suicide, Cancer, Ulcers, and Impaired Immune Function
    -Encyclopedia of Occupational Safety and Health

 

 

Stress Prevention and Job Performance in hospital settings. 

The frequency of medication errors declined by 50% after prevention activities were implemented in a 700-bed hospital.

70% reduction in malpractice claims in 22 hospitals that implemented stress prevention activities. In contrast, there was no reduction in claims in a matched group of 22 hospitals that did not implement stress prevention activities.
-Journal of Applied Psychology

 

Stress management training 

Healthy mind/body practices like Tai Chi, Qigong, and yoga help reestablish the connection between mind and body and prevent many of the debilitations we see in aging. 

A review of 77 studies, at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, found strong evidence that such practices improve cardiorespiratory fitness, physical function and bone health, balance and fall prevention, mental health and quality of life

Studies have also shown improve the ability of workers to cope with difficult work situations. 

Nearly one-half of large companies in the United States provide some type of stress management training for their workforces. 

Stress management programs teach workers about the nature and sources of stress, the effects of stress on health, and personal skills to reduce stress-for example, time management or relaxation exercises. 

Stress management training may rapidly reduce stress symptoms such as anxiety and sleep disturbances; it also has the advantage of being inexpensive and easy to implement. 

Tai Chi Healing Sounds Meditation 

Transforming Stress into Energy

Use ting shaw or a singing bowl to tune the sounds like tuning a piano with a tuning fork

Fire element and the healing sound of the Heart

The healing sound of the Heart is the Hawww…sound. play with the tone until you feel the sternum vibrate. The sound transforms the energy of hate and excessive joy into love.

Earth element and the healing sound of the Stomach and Spleen

The healing sound of the Stomach and spleen is the Whooo…sound. play with the tone until you feel the stomach warm and vibrate. The sound transforms the energy of worry into openness.

Metal element and the healing sound of the Lungs

The healing sound of the Lung is the SSSS…sound. play with the tone until you feel the skin warm and tingle. The sound transforms the energy of grief into courage.

Water element and the healing sound of the Kidney & Bladder

The healing sound of the Kidney and Bladder is the Chooorreee…sound. play with the tone until you feel the eardrums vibrate. The sound transforms the energy of fear and into gentleness.

Wood element and the healing sound of the Liver and Gall Bladder

The healing sound for the Liver is the Shhh…sound. play with the tone until you feel the tendons relax. The sound transforms the energy of anger into kindness.

 

For more information see https://www.barefootdoctorsjournal.org/category/healthtopics/stress/

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