Are Current World Events Stressing You Out?

How are the stressful, frightening events popping up on our social media feeds and replaying continuously in the television news affecting you? Are you having trouble sleeping? Do you feel anxious and fearful much of the time? Maybe you are feeling tempted by an addictive behavior that has been under control for a long time? If this sounds like you, you are not alone. People around the world are feeling the stress of these difficult times and it is showing itself in unexpected ways.

You may have had a lot of stress to deal with in your life even before events like Charlottesville. You may have already been coping with grief, illness, addictions or financial issues. You may have been just managing to get by –keeping yourself well and helping others as needed. And now this! You may feel totally overwhelmed. Again, you are not alone. Most people share your feelings.

Here are a few things we can do to manage the feelings of stress:

  • Connect with friends and talk it out.  Sometimes knowing that people who care about you are willing to just listen to your fears is therapeutic.
  • Get active.  Go for a walk with the dog or visit the local gym for a quick workout. Getting the healthy endorphins moving through your body does wonders for your state of mind.
  • Don’t reach for the junk food and stay glued to news networks.  Filling our body with empty calories and flooding our minds with stressful news images will cause our stress levels to increase.  Turn off the television and grab a book or call a family member.  Get plenty
  • Take the focus off your
  • images (4) feelings of stress by helping make a difference in the world. E-mail or call government officials to let them know how you feel about the actions they are taking. Join activist groups that share your views on world events. Assist an organization that is working on relief efforts. Help someone in your community who is having a hard time.

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Confident Woman

When I go shopping for new clothes, I engage in one of my regular dressing room customs. I fold over my arm as many items as I physically can carry around the store and/or the maximum number of items allowed per the store dressing room policy just so I don’t have to hobble out in a too tight dress to ask for a new size. I typically find fault with every item because they, ‘don’t look anything like they do on the mannequins on me in this horrible three way mirror!’ Although, I would say I’m a confident woman, I admit I’m also somewhat preoccupied with minor, and often imaginary, flaws in physical features. I’ve had the ‘I would like to get the pudgy part under my chin,’ talk with my husband many times and he insists I will ruin an already beautiful face in his opinion.

So plenty of us have the same self-doubts, whether regarding our physical appearance, our abilities at work, our success as a wife or mother etc. even though these doubts may be completely false, for some reason the bad stuff is easier to believe.

But a University of California neuropsychiatrist believes there is a part of a woman’s brain that causes this kind of self-critical thinking. “It turns out there’s an area of your brain that’s assigned the task of negative thinking,” says Louann Brizendine, MD, author of The Female Brain. “It’s judgmental. It says ‘I’m too fat’ or ‘I’m too old. The worrywart part of the brain is the anterior cingulate cortex.

downloadIn women, this part of the brain is actually larger and more influential, as is the brain circuitry for observing emotions in others. “The reason we think females have more emotional sensitivity,” says Brizendine, “is that we’ve been built to be immediately responsive to the needs of a nonverbal infant. That can be both a good thing and a bad thing.”

These findings confirm the realness of the struggles we ladies deal with when it comes to confidence.
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Thinking about quitting? Remember why you started.

We all feel this way from time to time.  That feeling of being stuck, that feeling of doubt, that feeling of what am I really doing?!

Sure we can pump ourselves up with motivational sayings like “quitters never win” and “failure is not an option,” but really? When we’re overwhelmed by serious demands and out of time, money, and energy that happy self talk doesn’t always cut it.

Here are three easy ways to get back in the game:Winning

  1. Stop doubting yourself – if you were not capable of reaching the thing you’re going after you would have never had the idea to go after it in the first place.
  2. Try a different route – you know how the GPS in your car will re-calculate when you  take a wrong turn?  We can do the same thing by re-calculating our plan.  There are several ways to get to the same place, right?
  3. Don’t be an island- you don’t have to do it alone.  Invest in that goal by getting a mentor or business or personal development coach, someone who doesn’t know you, but knows your situation and feels your pain AND can guide you to practical solutions. Find someone who can accelerate you toward what you want.

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