Stress Busters Interview on Good Day Houston with Debora Duncan

Stress is inevitable. What we do with stress is perception, attitude, confidence, fear, worry and history of resilience all wrapped up into one package. Mainly, perhaps hard to believe, but how we view events determines their meaning. If we believe a person, situation, experience is dangerous, out of control, we will likely react with feeling and being stressed. We get stressed out when we become overwhelmed and our resources, sleep, rest, and social life is suffering. Can you prevent stress, not likely. Can you manage it better, very likely. This short interview video may provide some pointers. Take a look at this 2011 interview on Good Day Houston for some fun facts.

Live longer

In a recent Ted Talk, I was intrigued to hear about what makes a difference with longevity, health and happiness. This chart will show you the findings of the study, but you really need to listen to the talk by Susan Pinker. 
Of course, paying attention to the other factors on the list is also a pretty good idea. These are the usual suspects of health. Smoking and alcohol are top candidates for you to modify and very much in your control. However, there are genetic and learned factors that predispose you to addiction. It will take professional help to treat longer standing and deeper issues related to addiction. The message is clear, stay connected socially and keep, develop or enhance close relationships. Take classes, join groups, find purpose and meaning to make your life more interesting, adventurous and especially FUN. Book clubs, bible studies, retreats, bingo, games nights, bowling, or continuing education classes helps your brain and connect to others. Why are the people in Scandinavian countries also cited at the happiest people and cultures? They are the most socially connected. Surprise yourself by trying some new things to do with your life and free time. 
Click on this link.  Longevity Talk by Susan Pinker 

Test Anxiety........Harms Performance

Harnessing difficult material for any standardized test can be difficult by itself. Anxiety interferes with concentration, focus and retention. There are many tools that can minimize or even eliminate performance anxiety. Managing anxiety is a skill to be learned, not magic. Learning to let go of fear, pressure, perfection are important aspects of breaking free of fear. When there is a great deal riding on a score to get into business school, medical or law school or even college, many people simply lock up. Scores go down and more anxiety sets in and performance suffers. Learning to be present, mindful, positive, confident and calm contribute to better performance and higher scores. Keeping your life in balance helps achieve better life balance and greater satisfaction with managing the sacrifices necessary when you chose to advance yourself.  Follow some the tips from this blog. Be sure you have a strategy, have developed the ability to calm yourself when you need to. If you follow the tips and strategies of your tutor, you will not only improve, you will feel better about the entire process or preparation. Mental rehearsal used by athletes, relaxation techniques, meditation, cognitive re-framing, and imagery are a few of the tools that will help you perform at the level you need to advance you life, career and education.
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Vaping....the new addiction: What is it?


Vaping—the use of electronic cigarettes—has largely replaced traditional tobacco in schools. Peters has caught kids as young as 11 trying it, and use seems to be growing more common by the month. From the high school on down, its popularity has boomed in the past year, and teachers are scrambling to get ahead of a phenomenon with unknown long-term risks, and no sign of slowing down.
E-cigarettes, or e-vaporizers, are battery-operated devices that people use to inhale an aerosol, which typically contains nicotine (though not always), flavorings and other chemicals.
While e-cigarettes don’t have the tar found in traditional cigarettes, users usually don’t know exactly what’s inside—some of which may be equally harmful, according to preliminary studies. However, the plot thickens. 

Vaping now has moved way beyond nicotine as the liquid being inhaled.

ELECTRONIC cigarettes are being modified to enable users to inhale vapour from banned drugs. People admit using the devices to vape cannabis, crack cocaine, ecstasy and heroin, plus former legal highs such as mephedrone. Don't start and don't believe it is safe. This is the newest device to deliver drugs into your system. Get help, stop, quit and find healthy ways to manage your life, emotions, stress and anxiety
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Worry..........

"Worry is the darkroom in which negatives develop."

Getting out of negative self-talk is part of the answer to releasing anxiety, stress and depression. If you are spending your life force and mental energy in this place, you are causing yourself needless suffering. Worry robs you of the present.  If you're preoccupied with "what ifs" and worst-case scenarios, worry becomes a problem. Unrelenting anxious thoughts and fears can be paralyzing. They can sap your emotional energy, send your anxiety levels soaring, and interfere with your daily life.

Chronic worrying is a mental habit that can be broken. You can train your brain to stay calm and look at life from a more balanced, less fearful perspective.  Always expecting the worst can take a toll on your emotional and physical health. It can leave you feeling restless and jumpy, cause insomnia, headaches, stomach problems, and muscle tension, and make it difficult to concentrate at work or school. You may take your negative feelings out on the people closest to you, self-medicate with alcohol or drugs, or try to distract yourself by zoning out in front of screens. Chronic worrying can also be a major symptom of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), a common anxiety disorder that involves tension, nervousness, and a general feeling of unease that colors your whole life.

Cognitive Behavioral Thearpy (CBT) can help reduce and even eliminate worry, thus reducing anxiety and helping your overall attitude, happiness and health. Meditate, relax, exercise, pray, listen to inspiring music, plan for fun, schedule time to be social, engaged in some hobbies, interests, or meaningful endeavors. These can replace worry. You can become so busy and fulfilled, worry dissolves.