How Much Sleep Do Teens Need? How to Help Them Get There

Teens are known for staying up late and sleeping in. Whether you’re a teen yourself or you happen to live with one, you know that a teen’s relationship with sleep can be somewhat rocky. How much sleep do teens need, really? Read more

The Best Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Your heart pounds. You can’t quite catch your breath. You’ve got butterflies in your stomach. You want to cry or run or curl up in a little ball. You can’t calm yourself down and, worst of all, you’re not sure why you’re upset in the first place.

Though you may feel trapped and alone, you aren’t. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 18 percent of U.S. citizens 18 and older suffer from this extremely common mental illness. There are breathing exercises for anxiety that can help you deal with oncoming attacks. Read more

How to Use the 4-7-8 Breathing Technique to Reduce Stress

Why is breath so important? Breath is readily available as a focal point during meditative practice and is a handy measure of your state of mind. Lowering our breathing rate helps lower anxiety, reduce stress and makes it easier to sleep.

Breathing exercises are one of the core tenets of mindfulness. In this article, we are going to describe a breathing technique called 4-7-8 breathing, which you can use to quickly tap into the power of controlled breathing and its health benefits. Read more

Anxiety Attack vs. Panic Attack: What are the Differences?

Many people use the terms “anxiety attack” and “panic attack” interchangeably to describe the same experience. When it comes to an anxiety attack vs. panic attack, can you use whichever word you want?

These two terms do not actually refer to the same thing. While they share some similarities, there are also differences between the two experiences.

Once you understand how they differ, you’ll be better equipped to use the right term for the right situation. Read more

How to Calm Anxiety

Anxiety can make life difficult. But the answer isn’t powering through your anxious feelings. There are several methods for how to calm anxiety, make it more manageable and improve your life. This article will describe some of those methods, giving you the tools you need to calm down the next time your anxiety feels out of control. Read more

The Best Breathing Exercises for Stress Relief

Breathing sustains life. It sends oxygen to your lungs and brain. It keeps the heart pumping. It’s essential to life. And, as a bonus for those living in today’s busy society, controlled and mindful breathing also helps you manage stress. Everyone who is subject to today’s busy and stressful way of life could benefit from learning breathing exercises for stress management.

By taking control of your breath, you can reset the stress response in your brain. Slow, deep breathing shifts the autonomic nervous system (which is in charge of the fight-or-flight response) back into rest mode and lowers blood pressure. For those who suffer from anxiety, deep breathing has been shown to provide relief by relaxing muscles. Read more

18 Foods That Help You Sleep Better

Getting a good night’s rest is a desirable yet elusive event for many of us as we live our lives in this stressful world. According to the National Sleep Foundation, one in every three adults suffers from insomnia. Despite this statistic, sleep is often the first thing that gets the cut when time is short and stress is high.It seems almost impossible to get quality sleep when we’ve had over an eight-hour workday and taken care of home and family, plus squeezed in a gym session.

Good sleep starts with good sleep hygiene. With kids, parents often develop bedtime routines that successfully help the little ones to sleep. This might mean bedtime stories, dimming the lights, or tucking the kids into bed. Read more

Using Progressive Relaxation Techniques to Help You Relax

One of the most common ways stress manifests itself is through tension in your body – but progressive relaxation techniques may be the key to releasing this tension before it begins to affect you.

More than often, that tension stays with you long after the cause of your stress is gone. It can show up in numerous ways: a headache that won’t go away, tensed muscles, or a twitch that won’t stop.

Even when your mind may be ready to relax, you can feel still feel the residual tension in your shoulders, your back, your joints, your muscles, and elsewhere in your body. Read more

How Does Exercise Reduce Stress? (And How to Use It To Your Advantage)

Think about the last time you were stressed – did you exercise that day? We are betting that the answer is “no”. It probably didn’t occur to you that exercise would help. While we all know about the physical benefits of exercise, we rarely think about exercising to improve our mental health.

But exercise isn’t just for physical health. It is one of the best things you can do to develop a healthier brain and reduce stress levels. If you feel regularly stressed and aren’t frequently exercising, a bit of physical activity might be just what you need.

Let’s dig into the science behind how physical exercise reduces stress, and then cover a few ways you can start using it to your advantage. Read more

How to Stay Calm at Work: 5 Lessons for Reclaiming Peace of Mind in the Workplace

Looming deadlines.

Endless to-do lists.

Conflicts with colleagues.

Late nights worrying about that next promotion.

Whether we love or loathe our jobs, these experiences are common among working people. According to a 1999 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) publication titled Stress…At Work, 40% of workers reported their jobs to be very or extremely stressful and 25% of workers viewed their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives. These numbers demonstrate that staying calm at work has become a major challenge.

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