Six Surprising Benefits of Stress

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Stress is usually viewed negatively, but it actually has some surprising benefits. Consider stress from a different perspective. Extreme and long-lasting stress won’t help you. However, some limited instances of short-term stress can be useful.

Consider these benefits:

1. Stress can help the brain.

• Researchers found that stress can make neural connections stronger and help memory. This applies to short-term stress and not long-term or severe stress.

• The study also found that short-term stress can help push the brain to an optimal condition. This means that the brain is forced to focus better and reach its highest potential.

• During the study, the rats’ brains improved because stem cells made new nerve cells. Scientists believe the same thing is happening in human brains under stress.

2. Stress can provide motivation.

• A looming deadline can make you stressed, but it can also force you to take charge of the situation. This provides the motivation to stop procrastinating and complete what is needed.

3. Stress can fortify resilience.

• The idea that stress can make you stronger is true. Researchers believe that surviving short-term stress helps build emotional and mental resources.

4. Stress can improve your immune system.

• The immune system responds to stress by going into active mode. Researchers believe this developed over time to protect humans. Evolution allowed people to stay strong and healthy under stress.

5. Stress can serve as a signal.

• If you feel you’re under constant pressure, take the time to reflect on your concerns about friends, family, work, and other obligations. Your stress could be telling you that some things may need to be adjusted, so you’re not overwhelmed.

6. Stress can strengthen your relationships.

• The hormone makes you feel like bonding with others and sharing your burdens. This can help you build stronger relationships with those you love. It can encourage you to share your troubles instead of letting them consume you.

There’s no doubt that living under constant, extreme stress is harmful. However, short-term stress has benefits. It can advantageously affect your body and mind in a variety of ways ranging from motivation to brain activity.

What benefits have you recognized that Stress offers?

Balanced in Stress,

Shayla Peterson, LCSW, LISW-CP

www.ctrlshiftbalance.com

888-449-5101

Dealing with Stress on the Job Tip #3

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As scheduled, we will added tip #3 for dealing with a stress in the workplace. I’m interested to know how you incorporated the breathing technique and writing tool to combat your stress from the previous weeks. This week will add another tool to your tool box.

When we feel stressed at work, it’s important we learn how to harness our emotions so we can move forward. Today will be focus on :

Use of Positive Imagery. Keeping a calming picture on your desk or on your computer background. When you feel like work has become overwhelming, stare at the image and imagine yourself there. Doing this for 60 seconds can restore your ability to cope so you can move forward without the crippling effects of stress.

If you are finding it hard to incorporate these tools thus far and find it hard to manage your stress at work, reach out to mental health professional. Long term stress effects both our mental and physical health.

Wishing Calm & Wellness,

Shayla Peterson, LCSW, LISW-CP

Managing Stress in the Workplace Tip#2

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As scheduled, we will add tip #2 for dealing with a stress in the workplace. I’m interested to know how the breathing technique from Tip #1 worked out last week. This week it would be best to practice Tip #1 and incorporate Tip #2.

When we feel stressed at work, it’s important we learn how to harness our emotions so we can move forward. The good thing is, there’s tools for this. Today will be focus on :

Taking a moment to write!

When you start to feel stress, find some privacy, pull out a blank piece of paper, and write freely for 5 mins. Free, uncensored writing for just a few minutes will allow you to get the emotions out of your mind. When you put all of your emotions down on paper, crumble it up and throw it away. Then try to return to work without the stress.

Each day will bring new stressors into your workplace and that why having different techniques in the tools box that you quickly and easily incorporate in your day. Share how Tip #2 has made your life easier to manage stress in the workplace.

Happy Writing and Wellness,

Shayla Peterson, LCSW, LISW-CP

Dealing with Stress On the Job – Tip #1

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Do you often feel like you’re going to lose your mind if you continue to work in such a stressful workplace?  We all experience stress on the job. It is not unique to anyone, but what is unique to each of us is how we deal with it.  

 You can learn to deal with work-related stress in a positive manner so it doesn’t continue to hold you back.  When you are unable to deal with stress effectively, you can’t be as efficient or effective on the job and, more importantly, your health will suffer.

Techniques to Deal with Stress at Work

When you feel stressed out at work, practice harnessing your emotions so you can move forward.  Luckily, there are many ways you can do this; you just need to find which technique works best for you. There’s five workplace stress techniques that I would like to share over the next few blogs, make sure you check in regular so you don’t miss them.

Tip #1

1 The best thing you can do when you feel the stress coming to a boil is to stop what you’re doing and just breathe.  You’ll be surprised at how much it helps just to take a breath and gather your thoughts.  In fact, take ten slow, deep breaths, then return to your work.  The great thing about this technique is that you can do it anywhere, even when you’re sitting in your boss’s office!

Let me know this tip works for after incorporating it this week.

Wishing you Wellness at Work,

Shayla Peterson, LCSW, LISW-CP

June Is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

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I’m a stranger behind the same set of eyes that the girl in the photo holds.

– Amanda Steele, The Cliff

Traumatic events such as military combat, assault, an accident or natural disaster can have long lasting negative effects. Sometimes our biological response and instinct, which can be life saving during a crisis, leave people with ongoing psychological symptoms because they are not integrated into consciousness. PTSD effects 3.5 % of the US Population about 7.7 million Americans. Women are more likely to develop this condition than men. While PTSD can occur at any age, the average age of onset is in a person early 20’s.

• intrusive memories, which includes flashback and reliving the moment of the trauma, bad dream and scary thoughts

• Avoidance, which include staying away from certain places or objects that are reminders of the traumatic event. A person may feel numb, guilty, worried or depressed or have trouble remembering the traumatic event

• Dissociation, which can include an outer body experience or feeling that the world is “not real” (derealization)

• Hypervigilance, which can include being startled very easily, feeling tense, trouble sleeping or outburst of anger.

#mentalhealthawareness #ptsdawarenessmonth #mentalhealthmatters #therapyhappens

Our Father’s Mental Health Matters

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Happy Father’s Day from Ctrl Shift Balance Virtual Counseling to all the Fathers and Father figures!

We understand that Father’s Mental Wellness Matter. Did you know that Fathers can also experience depressive symptoms such as :

☑️dismissing negative emotions

☑️ avoiding family, people and work

☑️ increasing time spent at work

☑️ anger outbursts

☑️ increase consumption of food, alcohol, marijuana and others

Addressing Mental Wellness in Father’s, we improve the well-being of children.

#fathersmentalhealth #mentalhealth #mensmentalhealth #fathersday #mensmentalhealthawareness #mensmentalhealthmatters #cognitivebehavioraltherapy #solutionfocusedtherapy #therapyhappens

Experiencing the World Differently

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“Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.” 

Depression is more than a feeling of going through a rough patch. It’s a mental health condition that requires understanding and medical care. Some experience one episode, but most experience reoccurring depressive symptoms. An estimated 16 million adults adults have had one depressive episode in the past year. It does effect women more than others. Women are 70% more likely than men to experience depression. Experiencing Depressive symptoms are different for everyone. For most, depression changes how one functions day to day. Common symptoms includes:

☑️ changes in sleep

☑️ changes in appetite

☑️ lack of concentration

☑️ loss of energy

☑️ lack of interest

☑️ low self-esteem

☑️ hopelessness

☑️ changes in movement

☑️ physical aches and pains

Experiencing the World,

Shayla Peterson, LCSW, LISW-CP