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Equipped For The Day!

 stEvery new day seems to bring with it a fresh load of events that can make us become stressed. Ironically, even events that should normally be enjoyed have also become stress provoking.

As earlier stated, the first step to creating new beginnings is to get to know yourself as it is the key to breaking the hold that stress may tend to have on you. Having gained a knowledge of yourself as well as your capabilities, you get to know what you can handle, what to prepare for, what you should avoid and what to do when faced with stressful situations.

The next step is to arm yourself with tools to relieve stress in daily activities.

One of such tools is mindfulness meditation.

What does it mean to be mindful?

It simply means being aware of what is happening within and around you at the present moment.

To meditate means to consciously direct your attention at something in particular with the aim of gaining a better understanding of it.

Put together, Mindfulness meditation involves a conscious effort of being aware of the internal and external occurrences in the present moment. That is, being aware of what you feel RIGHT NOW, what you think RIGHT NOW as well as your bodily responses to external stimuli.  It is a non-judgmental practice whereby you live in the present moment, not dwelling on your pasts or future, just the present moment.  

This practice involves focusing primarily on your breathing and practicing deep diaphragmatic breathing. This helps to direct awareness to the mind, enable you achieve a more coherent heart rate and become conscious of your current overall functioning.

Do you know when you are breathing in or when you are breathing out?

Most times, we are unaware of this, we just breathe because that’s what human’s do. This explains why it is a CONSCIOUS effort to become aware of “breathing in and knowing that I am breathing in” and “breathing out and knowing that I am breathing out”

By practicing mindfulness meditation daily,

You overcome stress and react more positively to situations

You become healthier physically and mentally

You become less impulsive

Your memory is improved

Your relationships get better and more fulfilling

You become more productive and eliminate procrastination

You become less judgmental

You become more confident

Peaceful-WomanOne of the best gifts you can give yourself is to become skilled at being mindful because you can take it with you everywhere you go.

Remember to live in the moment, it’s happening right NOW!

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Stress Management: Signs and Symptoms

stresssIn the first part of these series, we shared information about what stress is, how it affects us and some common stressors, in this second part, we are looking into the warning signs and symptoms of stress. You will benefit immensely from this article not just by reading it but by also looking through your lifestyle and having a self-analysis as regards each of the signs and symptoms as it applies to you because the more aware you are about stress, the easier it is to keep it at bay. Try to make it more practical by writing down one or more of these signs and symptoms that you have experienced persistently in this year and how it has affected an aspect of your life.

Here are some common signs and symptoms of stress:

  • Frequent headaches:stress_1521948c_1752604c if you experience persistent headaches such that you have to constantly be on medications, it is as a result of unchecked stress.
  • Tiredness and weakness: a lowered energy level is a sign of stress, if for instance you suddenly easily get tired and weak consistently, you may need to consider it as a warning sign.
  • Unwanted/unplanned weight gain/loss: stress can led you to eat more thanscale-weight-loss-600x450-TS-160476214 required (especially unhealthy foods) or make you loss appetite  completely thereby causing unhealthy weight gain or weight loss which you have not bargained for.

 

 

  • Tremors/ fidgeting: have you ever wondered why some people seem to have tremors or fidgets like hand tremors? well, that is something that could be as a result of stress. so if you ever find yourself experiencing tremors or fidgeting, then, stress may be the reason.
  • Decreased work efficiency/productivity: used to be highly productive?, used to be very efficient?, what happened along the way? stress happened! stress can lower your productivity by starting in subtle ways and ending with damaging results if not checked.
  • Nervousness: the more your stress levels, the more nervous you can become.
  • Reduced sexual desire/libido:  because stress affects the reproductive system as well, it can result in serious complications such as  a low sex drive or loss of libido and this will in turn cause problems in the relationship between couples. 

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  • Racing thoughts: having rapid thought patterns can be as a result of stress.
  • Difficulties with concentration/attention: finding it difficult to concentrate on a task or having struggles with attention could be as a result of stress.
  • Insomnia: this is a sleep disorder often characterized with difficulties sleeping (falling asleep and staying asleep) in the absence other health conditions, it could be as a result of stress.
  • Mood swings: this is a noticeable change in a person’s mood or emotional state that is a very common sign of stress. If you have noticed changes in your moods or you are experiencing unstable moods, it is is probably due to stress.
  • african-american-woman-stressedAnxiety: is an unpleasant state associated with nervous behaviour, worrying, apprehension and fear and can interfere with a person’s functioning.
  • Forgetfulness: the tendency to forget things is more likely to happen when stress is involved.

 

Having listed these signs and symptoms, it is important to know how to properly manage stress. Practical ways to manage stress will be the topic of discussion in the next article. 

Remember to follow @DrMorayoJimoh  for more interesting updates on stress management

 


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Stress Management: The Effects of Stress on your health

In this month, we are sharing information about stress management with very interesting topics and useful information to help you manage stress properly, we will be shedding light on what stress is, its effects on health, causes of stress, signs and symptoms of stress, ways to manage stress, clinical interventions and more eye opening information. This is the best information to get you going as the year wraps up and as you plan for the new year.

stressladysmallLife is full of ups and downs, challenges here and there, deadlines, frustrations, disappointments and expectations. As a result of this, many have taken up stressful living as a life style.  Stress is the psychological and physical reaction to the challenges of everyday life. It originates from the body’s response to a perceived threat or danger, this response is known as the “flight or fight response which helps the body deal with unexpected situations by releasing some stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol and  prepares the body for action resulting in an “emergency state”.  In this state, there is an increase in heart beat and blood pressure, breathing becomes faster, there is also more stamina and speed. However, when an individual is constantly operating on this “emergency state”, It often results in serious health consequences.

stress_responseStress affects certain parts of the body such as the brain and nerves, muscles and joints, pancreas, intestine, stomach, heart, respiratory system and reproductive system. Therefore, problems associated with these parts of the body are common when an individual is going through a lot of stress.

Stress has been linked to various physical and emotional problems some of which include;

  • Hypertension
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship problems
  • Burnoutblack_man_stress2
  • Heart problems
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine
  • Memory problems
  • Aches and pains

It also increases the body’s susceptibility to infections by weakening the immune system.

 

Anything that can cause stress is known as a stressor, which can be negative events or positive ones. Here are some common stressors:

  • Financial problems
  • Excessive job demands
  • Family problemsgeneral-stressors-banner20130829-28277-1g37to3-0_540x245
  • Fear
  • Worrying
  • Death of a loved one
  • Threatening life events such as accidents and disasters
  • Marriage
  • Getting a new job
  • Divorce
  • Unemployment

 

Keep in mind that negative things will happen in life but it is how you are able to handle these negative situations that determines how much you can cope with stress. The warning signs of stress and more information will be discussed in the next article.

kindly visit www.mobilehealth consult.org also, follow @Drmorayojimoh for more interesting update on stress management.

 

 

 

 

 


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Mindfulness Meditation: Your Passport to Optimal Health

Our last post highlighted how  mental capabilities can be improved with Mindfulness Meditation. Mindfulness meditation has tremendous benefits and it is  becoming widespread in schools and hospitals. According to US Today, many hospitals  are now teaching mindfulness meditation to patients to relieve stress and pain. Research also suggests that  the practice can alleviate  pain, improve concentration, boost  immune function, lower blood pressure,reduce anxiety and insomnia, and even help prevent depression.

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With all these benefits, you may be wondering how Mindfulness meditation can boost your health. Mindfulness meditation among all the numerous benefits serves to reduce stress and there lies an unbroken link between Stress and Illness.  Many people complain of  body aches, pain, head aches, high blood pressure and its presenting symptoms and are quick to take self medications or visit the doctor without knowing that the symptoms they feel  are stress induced. With a whooping 75 % of doctor visits considered as being stress related, let us examine the relation between stress and illness.

Stress and Illness

Stress occurs when one is faced with a situation that proves difficult to manage.  When  you can’t manage the stressful situation or feel that you can’t meet the demands of that situation, your body goes into a  fight or flight response which triggers muscle tension,  increase in blood pressure, and heart rate and release of stress hormones. These responses increase the demands placed on the organs of the body and reduces the efficiency of  the immune system while giving room for infections and diseases especially when the body is continuously presented with stressful situations.

How stress leads to illness

Thus, stress can not only your  affect your emotional health leading to anxiety disorders and depression but it can also be injurious to your physical well being.Research has revealed that several  health problems are associated with stress as  stress seems to worsen or increase the risk of health conditions like obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (ulcer), and asthma. Stress also fast tracks the aging process by 7 to 19 years .

So STRESS LESS today and enjoy the many benefits of Mindfulness Meditation which include:

  • ¨ Reduced stress levelsrelaxing-nature-scenes
  • ¨ Boosted Immunity
  • ¨ Lowered blood pressure and heart rate
  • ¨ Reduced depression and anxiety
  • ¨ Improved sleep and digestion
  • ¨ Increase in energy levels
  • ¨ Pain reduction
  • ¨ Decreased inflammation

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