Stress and the New Man

by Owen on November 1, 2011

I wrote a post how stress is effecting men on my blog about men. As our roles as men are changing and the economy continues to not improve men are experiencing stress they hadn’t had before today.

It continues to be difficult for men to admit we are stressed out. We are. Admitting to we are affected by stress can make a significant difference in our well being.

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How Your iPhone Can Help You Be Happy

by Owen on November 13, 2010

Fastcompany posted an article about a Harvard study using an iPhone app to track what a person is doing throughout the day.

“That last question proved to be the key to the study, which concluded that a main cause of people’s unhappiness is how frequently their minds wander. According to the app, 46.9 percent of people’s time is spent thinking on something other than what they’re doing. And using a bit of statistical wizardry, study authors Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert were able to tease out that that mind-wandering was in fact the cause of much of the unhappiness. In fact, what activity a person was engaged in only accounted for about 5 percent of a person’s happiness, whereas whether that person’s mind was on- or off-task accounted for over 10 percent.”

Their conclusion – “A wandering mind is an unhappy mind” is not new to us. I think it is great we are using our toys to not only prove it, but as guides to mindfulness and happiness. With Tony Hsieh’s book, Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose we are seeing more support for being happy as a valid state of being. Now we have an app that will help us get it.

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Walnuts Improve Stress

by Owen on October 4, 2010

Penn State researchers found walnuts improve your stress reactions. “‘This is the first study to show that walnuts and walnut oil reduce blood pressure during stress,’ said Sheila G. West, associate professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State”

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Mindfulness Is Making It

by Owen on August 24, 2010

A recent article on Huffingtonpost talks about how mindfulness can help us slow down and enjoy life… we new that.

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Stress Apps for Your Phone

by Owen on June 4, 2010

Deepak Chopra in November 2006, speaking at Yahoo.

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Stress sells. It is certainly selling iPhone apps. The iTune store has 19 apps beginning with the word stress. Our holistic health guru Deepak Chopra, MD has his own stress app called Stress Free. NPR’s story, Therapist In Your Pocket talks about how therapists are using phone apps to help their patients in ways other procedures weren’t before the apps.

These apps take two prevalent phenomena – stress and phone apps and puts them together. These apps make being aware of stress and releasing it, fun and easy. When you have a technology assisting you, what was hard to remember and do, becomes automatic and cool.

These apps certainly beat becoming sick from stress or taking drugs to reduce stress.

What are your favorite apps for stress?

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Guess Who Is Using Mindfulness Now

May 28, 2010

What institution would you expect to be the last to adopt mindfulness-based stress reduction? My answer would be the US military. Well, it seems they are on the way to using it to help their soldiers and Marines. A post on psychcentral.com describes a recent study, “University of Pennsylvania researchers found mindfulness training, or MT [...]

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How Is Your Stress Making You Sick

March 21, 2010

Stress along with other irritants causes inflammation. The excellent post by Mark Hyman, MD describes how all forms of irritation create the natural response of inflammation. As he points out, the problem is not the acute inflammation, such as a sprained ankle. The problem is the subliminal, constant irritation that causes in some way most [...]

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Don’t Multitask

February 27, 2010

Image by DNSF David Newman via Flickr Here is an excellent video by Gina Trapani the founder of a great blog – Lifehacker. The video is a short course on why not to multitask. The magazine Fastcompany produced this video and blog post on the downsides of multitasking. Bottom-line, it produces stress trying to keep [...]

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Say No to Anti-depressants drugs for Children

February 12, 2010

What are we doing to our kids? A recent NPR story does a thorough job of laying out how drugs are now given to kids that are not behaving as we wish. Since the mid-1990s, the number of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder has increased a staggering 4,000 percent. Yes, I do have a charge [...]

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