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Stress Management and Relief
Stress early in life not only causes uncomfortable feelings for kids, it may also lead to problems later in life. Kids often share their negative feelings about being stressed too much by acting up. It is always a relief to see a kid smiling and playing when that stress is lifted. New research shows by keeping life as stress free as possible for kids you are probably also helping them achieve better mental health later in life.
Couples trying to conceive a child are often told “Relax, it will happen when you aren’t expecting it.” There is some truth to those words. A study finds that women with high stress levels may be up to twice as likely to experience long-term infertility.
The technology revolution clearly has a lot to offer to benefit mental health. There are of course a myriad of mental health professionals online who can offer immediate support for people in mental distress. And the wide availability of mental health information online can have a great impact for those interested in self-help with their emotional well being. There is also a consideration that socializing and working online has the potential to open up brain circuits which can promote mental health.
Researchers have long known that when people endure long periods of chronic stress, their risk for developing future mental health problems increases. Prior studies have shown abnormalities in the brains of people suffering from stress-related conditions, such as chronic anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – and a new study now tells us why.
One soldier returns home from a tour in Afghanistan, where he saw a great deal of combat. He takes time to unwind, reacquaint himself with his family and then finds a good job and picks up his life pretty much as it was before going off to serve his country. 2nd soldier's story with PTSD is different.