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Tools to De-stress Your Life

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by Karen Armstrong, Manager Clinical Massage, Beaumont Integrative Medicine

destress_toolsYou are incredibly busy putting forth your best effort at work, running a home, taking care of your children or your parents (or both) and trying to have a relationship and a personal life.  In addition, you may be worrying about the current economic situation and the impact on your own financial situation. In the middle of it all, you’ve got tight shoulders, chronic headaches, you’re not sleeping, you feel anxious and you don’t feel as if there is any place to stop to rest for one moment.

There is. And it’s called integrative medicine.

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How to Address Workplace Stress

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by Luke Elliott, MS, MD, FAAFP, MBA, Assistant Professor, Oakland University-William Beaumont School of Medicine

Our body at rest is in a homeostatic state, but when presented with a perceived physical or emotional threat, our body is able to react quickly. This reaction is called the “fight-or-flight” reaction, that is, we either stand our ground or run when faced with a dangerous situation.

work-life balanceThe workplace can be filled with many “dangers,” which need a quick response. In the workplace we feel the pressure of processing more and more, and yet, at the same time, maintaining excellent quality. And, we are asked to accomplish these tasks in an environment where, at times, relationships are strained, and we have less autonomy in how we work. This can lead to prolonged emotional stress, producing negative short and long-term health consequences.

When we are presented with a dangerous situation, we need to react. The normal physiological process starts in our brain, spreads throughout the body with the release of glucocorticoid steroids, ending in an increased heart rate and shunting of blood supply to our muscles, enabling our body to ultimately fight or run away. The problem is our bodies were not designed to handle prolonged exposure to these glucocorticoid steroids.

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Address Your Stress

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Stress Awareness MonthFamily.

Money.

Health.

Career.

All factors that contribute to your stress level. April is National Stress Awareness month and a recent survey showed that eight in ten employed Americans are stressed out by at least one thing about their jobs. The focus of the Beaumont Blog this week is going to be achieving a work-life balance and de-stressing your life.

Tuesday – Dr. Luke Elliott, Beaumont family medicine, will discuss how stress has a negative impact on your health and takes a toll on your body.

Wednesday – Lucy Sternburgh, Beaumont Employee Wellness & Community Health Promotion Manager, explains the small steps you can take at work that will result in healthy gains.

Thursday – Integrative medicine offers solutions for dealing with stress and anxiety. Karen Armstrong, Beaumont integrative medicine, talks about the variety of services available.

Friday – Spending time away from the office and unplugging from your daily work is an important piece of unwinding and de-stressing. We’ll talk about the importance of your vacation time.

According to an infographic from OnlinePsychologyDegree.net, 28.8% of Americans will suffer anxiety in their lifetime; more than anywhere else in the world.

So there you have it, a week’s worth of posts dedicated to your mental health and well-being.  Subscribe to blog to receive email updates or keep checking back this week to see how you can “address your stress”! What are your major causes of stress? How do you unwind and relax?

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“I cannot tell a lie.” | Health benefits of telling the truth

by Howard Belkin, M.D., Beaumont psychiatrist

George WashingtonWashington’s famous statement regarding his inability to tell a lie is probably one of the most enduring American political myths. There are, however, many physical and psychological reasons to tell the truth. Believe it our not, truth tellers seem to live healthier, happier, more stress-free lives.

What happens when we are being untruthful? First of all, our feelings of worry, anxiety, and guilt all come into play. Our minds have to, first of all, make up a lie and then remember it for consistency. That takes a lot of mental energy away from our other activities of the day. When we lie, we naturally have feelings of guilt.

These guilty feelings added to the anxiety of having to make sure we don’t forget the lie we have just told, can easily cause us to experience the physical symptoms of anxiety. Our hearts will race, we can get shaky and sweaty, blood pressure can increase and even headaches may occur. Add all of these together and we feel physically unwell. Physical symptoms such as exhaustion or insomnia can also develop. Depending upon the seriousness of our untruths, even our close relationships can suffer.

Additional symptoms can also occur. Chronic lying can lead to chronic depression and anxiety. Chronic anxiety and depression oftentimes lead to symptoms such as weight loss, inability to sleep and multiple other somatic complaints. As you can see, it is always best to tell the truth. Honest.

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