Posts tagged "stress"

Here Are The Weird Ways We Cope With Stress

A recent stress study by the American Psychological Association put together a profile of the most stressed-out person in America: she's a mom in her late 20s or early 30s who makes less than $50,000 a year, and she probably needs a hug. The study found that women are more stressed than men in general, and…
By: Claire Hannum / February 11, 2015

The Simplest Way To Squash Your Anxiety And Feel Less Sucky

I slept for a total of four hours last night. I tossed and turned, because of a migraine, and stressed myself out about whether or not I'd call in sick today and, if I did, being a freelancer, would I be able to make my rent on January 1st? My brain was struggling and I…
By: YourTango.com / December 26, 2014

I Can’t Run For A While, So What Do I Do Now? Advice Please!

I love the natural high of exercise. To me, it serves as a kind of pseudo anti-depressant* that puts me in an instant good mood, and I like to alternate new workout plans to give me something to look forward to during dull or stressful stretches of time (like, say, the bulk of winter). For…
By: Claire Hannum / October 14, 2014

Oh, Thank Goodness: Someone Finally Said Mindfulness Meditation Might Not Be For Everyone

Oh thank goodness, someone finally says that mindfulness practice isn’t for everyone. Neuroscientist Catherine Kerr studies the effects of mindfulness practice on the brain, and is a practitioner herself, but denies that it is the emotional and scientific wonderdrug it’s been made out to be. Kerr was an author on a 2005 paper that…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 7, 2014

Figure Out If You’re An Abstainer Or Moderator To Manage Your Good And Bad Habits

One of the focuses (focii?) of Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project is figuring out how to break bad habits and moderate indulgences. Yesterday on the project's blog, she talked about two different ways to manage temptations: Abstaining and moderating. She describes author Delia Ephron as a “Moderator”: When she goes to bakeries, for example, she…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 7, 2014

Girl Talk: Sometimes Carpe Diem Doesn’t Always Work Out

This January, I had a bad job interview. I performed the best I could, but they’d kept me in a room, coming in groups of two or three at a time, grilling me on why I wanted and was qualified for an entry-level customer service job for two straight hours. I’ve been employed in some…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 25, 2014

16 Tiny Changes That Make Life Easier

Sometimes I feel totally overwhelmed at the thought of how much I want to accomplish in a given day or week, or how much growing stands between me and whatever distant, self-actualized ideal I hope to someday be. On days when I wake up cranky, thinking about stuff like this creates a snowball effect and…
By: Claire Hannum / June 15, 2014

Study: Being At Home Is More Stressful Than Being At Work

Spending time at home is way more stressful than spending time at work, according to a surprising new study by Penn State researchers. This comes as something of a surprise given the endless national dialogue about American working too much. The study measured participants' cortisol levels, which is one of our bodies' major markers of stress,…
By: Claire Hannum / May 25, 2014

Can Anybody Actually Pass This Sleep Deprivation Test?

Try the test in this video by Richard Wiseman to see if you need to catch up on your catnaps (hint: you probably do). According to Wiseman, an easy way to tell if you're sleep deprived is if you need the help of an alarm to wake up in the morning. Seriously? I have know…
By: Claire Hannum / May 13, 2014

5 Simple Tricks To Decrease Stress

Have you been on the magic carpet ride this month? All the hectic Christmas and Hanukah rituals are over for this year, and in the wake of all the festivities I am reminded of what’s really important in my life—my cherished relationships. Sometimes as I race from one activity to the next, I can forget…
By: YourTango.com / December 31, 2013

How To Avoid Becoming A Grinch This Holiday Season

I loooove the holidays. But that doesn't make the lead-up any less of a bitch. The older I get, the more I find how unforgiving this season can be. When I was a little girl, I never understood why some of the grown-ups in my life seemed to dread it so much. An English professor once…
By: Claire Hannum / December 20, 2013

How An Email Becomes A Life Or Death Situation

You're sitting in your cubicle at work and you get an email from your boss asking you if you [insert task pertinent to your line of work here]. Your heart plummets into your stomach. Your worst fears are confirmed. You fucked up. You start to sweat. shake, hyperventilate. You briefly consider leaving everything you know…
By: Ami Angelowicz / October 8, 2013

A Catalog Of Thoughts I Had While Stricken With NyQuil Insomnia

Do weird things happen to you when you take NyQuil? Because they keep on happening to me and I am so over it. Last night, my boyfriend and I were watching the Ken Burns documentary on the Dust Bowl, helpfully titled "The Dust Bowl" (be glad you were not an Oklahoma farmer in the '30s),…
By: Julie Gerstein / July 9, 2013

4 Random Musings From A Long, Solo Bike Ride

This weekend, I went to a friend's wedding in Los Angeles. The festivities took place at a resort by the beach. The best thing about the hotel I was staying at (other than the high thread-count sheets and the unlimited hot water) was that they had free bicycles for the guests. Something you should know…
By: Ami Angelowicz / May 28, 2013

8 Little Ways To Deal With This Scary, Awful, Crappy Week

First there was the horrific attack at the Boston Marathon, followed closely by news of multiple poison-laced letters sent to Washington, DC. Yesterday, we saw the Senate ignore the pleas of 90 percent of the population and vote to protect the NRA, and…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 18, 2013

Stressed? 5 Ways To Avoid A Holiday-Fueled Freak Out

The holidays are good times — everything is sparkly and Mariah Carey is blasting wherever you go. But they also create the perfect storm of getting-to-the-airport, gift-giving, bring-on-the-crazy stress. The good news: Your body has your back. “The way the body responds to stress is the same during the holidays as during any other time…
By: Refinery 29 / December 17, 2012

Reason Number 2,453 Why Canada Is Better Than Us: Canadian University Installs “Puppy Room” For Stressed Out Students

Do you go to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada? No? Well, get your but there on December 4, 5 and 6th, because the school is creating a goddamned puppy room for stressed out students. The pups won't be permanently on campus; they're graciously volunteering their time and soft, floppy ears with volunteers from…
By: Julie Gerstein / November 30, 2012

The Things That Comfort Us In Times Of Extreme Stress

Between Hurricane Sandy and the election, I would classify the last two weeks as a time of extreme stress. Nothing I won't be able to bounce back from, but I've had a few sleepless nights and a perma-knot in my stomach. Some of you have voiced your opinions in the comments, wondering how TheFrisky ca…
By: Ami Angelowicz / November 8, 2012

12 Totally Free Ways To Improve Your Mental Health

We all feel a little crazy sometimes (for me, "sometimes" means at least three times a day), and while we're big proponents of therapy and other structured forms of mental health support here at The Frisky, there are times when limited funds or busy schedules make it tough to get professional help. In honor…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 21, 2012

10 Surefire Ways To Deal With Anxiety

I've struggled with anxiety since I was a kid. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, earthquakes used to be a huge source of stress for me, and I'd often lie awake at night terrified that the ground would start shaking. As an adult, I've got a pretty good handle on specific fears like that, but…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 1, 2012
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