Anxiety and worry are definitely emotional experiences, but ask anyone who's had an anxiety episode or who lives with an anxiety disorder, and they'll tell you that it can be a physical problem, too. In fact, studies have long linked anxiety to physical conditions like migraines and even thyroid disease.
"The physical symptoms play a major role in anxiety," says Amy Morin, LCSW, a psychotherapist and author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do. "If someone experiences shortness of breath, for example, they are more likely to think anxious thoughts like, I'm going to die. That in turn, spikes their anxiety. It can be a vicious cycle that is hard to break unless you address the physical symptoms." Continue reading.
Originally posted on Refinery29.
Some lucky people are actually born with personalities that make them worry less, but what about the rest of us? The good news is there are proven ways to combat too much stress and its harmful effects on our bodies and minds. Don’t sweat it! You can adopt some of these simple stress busters, too.
Taking a few minutes each day to meditate may help lower your stress levels. Think you don’t have time? Well, even a little mindfulness training goes a long way, according to one study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology. Half of its participants took part in a three-day mindfulness meditation program, a total of 25 minutes each day. The other half analyzed poetry. Those who meditated felt less stressed. Continue reading.
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"If anyone is suffering from depression, loneliness or any form of mental health issue, and believe they would benefit from a couple of hours watching a league game, we'll be only too happy to have them come and watch for nothing," says Hendon chairman Simon Lawrence.
The non-league club has become one of the first in the country to offer free tickets to matches for anyone who feels isolated.
It is an initiative born out of tragedy.
Last November, former Crawley Town manager Dermot Drummy died suddenly at the age of 56.
An inquest later heard the former Chelsea youth coach, who had been seeking counselling for his "low mood", had killed himself six months after leaving his job at League Two Crawley.
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