Live Happy

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Our world has a ton of pressure. How can we balance it all and keep our head up at the same time? This document compiles a lot of leading psychological and sociological research on stress, and offers actionable ways to start feeling better.

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  • Live Happy

    1. 1. How to Live Happy Or: Stress free is the way to be
    2. 2. Some Problems That Cause Stress Job worries Anxiety, and stress Relationship worries build over time Health worries Family issues Lets take a look at some of the facts. 2 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    3. 3. What Exactly Is Stress? The Biology of Stress A reaction to anything that disturbs an individual’s equilibrium, usually characterized by an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension The Sociology of Stress A state of discomfort caused by the pressures and expectations an individual feels from their social needs of acceptance from those around them The Psychology of Stress A mentally or emotionally upsetting condition, occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting mental health, leading to irritability, anxiety and depression. Sources: Biologyonline.com, Psychology Today, Medical Encyclopedia 3 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    4. 4. Stress and You Everybody from babies to teens to adults, is subjected to some form of stress every day For most people, these stresses are minor: situational stresses, that come up and are dealt with by an individual’s coping mechanism. Paradoxically, most stress is good stress. If the body copes with the stress properly, various chemicals do their thing to ensure a return to equilibrium. If the body doesn’t cope, an individual may develop ulcers, hives, or clinical depression. If the mind copes properly, the stress is relieved or even turned into a motivator. If the conscience mind can’t cope, depression (not clinical), anger, or nervous tics may manifest. Sources: Get A Grip: Overcoming Stress and Thriving in the Workplace, by Bob Losyk 4 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    5. 5. Not All Stress is Bad Stress started out as a biological “fight or flight” response, when our ancestors had to face wild animals and decide if they would fight the beast, or run away! Some stress is beneficial, because it motivates us to improve our performance and make changes in our lives. If we had no stress, it would prevent us from functioning at all. Everybody perceives stress differently. One person can relish the challenge of getting up and speaking in front of a group. Another person can feel sick all day before hand. But steps can be taken to overcome those types of fears. One simply has to learn to solve the conditions that lead to unnecessary stress. Source: Get A Grip: Overcoming Stress and Thriving in the Workplace, by Bob Losyk 5 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    6. 6. Reasons Why People Get Stressed Life Sucks. But You’ll Be OK. You hate your job. At least you’ve got a job You’ve lost your job. You’ll find another one. Your family bugs you. They still love you. Your friends bug you. You’ll make new friends. 6 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    7. 7. Self−esteem: Today’s Bete Noir The most important part of a person is not their face or body, nor their job. It is their self-esteem. Their pride in themselves as a person, and their estimation of their own self-worth. One’s self esteem suffers, however, if one is unhappy with one’s physical appearance. Unfortunately, most unhappiness is artificially generated, with individuals concerned with how other people view them. If an individual lose his or her job, for any reason, their self-esteem will probably plummet, while their stress level will go through the roof. Coping behaviors are important in these situations…some only compound the problem! Source: The Stress Answer: Train Your Brain To Conquer Depression and Anxiety in 45 Days, by Dr. Frank Lawlis 7 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    8. 8. Building Toward High Personal Worth Do you suffer from low self-esteem? Retrain your brain. Celebrate yourself - Train your brain that it feels good to do good. Think about all the good things in your life. Relax - Give yourself at least 30 minutes a day to relax. Do yoga or Tai Chi, or play a game (but don’t be competitive about it!) Meditate in action - Focus on your thought processes calmly and deliberately, and release negative emotions. Make a plan - A feeling of helplessness always brings people down. Take control of your life. Source: The Stress Answer: Train Your Brain To Conquer Depression and Anxiety in 45 Days, by Dr. Frank Lawlis 8 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    9. 9. How To Re−train Your Brain The brain, like every other organ and muscle, will atrophy and shrink without proper use, or it can become stronger and healthier with proper nurturance. This includes both absorbing knowledge, and absorbing experience to give you the skills to help you cope/react to future stimuli. Brain plasticity = the flexibility of the brain to change – not only according to how we use it, but in response to demand. Work on fundamental skills using imagery: Demonstrate and create a visual image of the desired skill or ability Practice, practice, practice Celebrate success with positive feedback REPEAT for each new skill, ability, or development of new reaction to old stimuli Source: The Stress Answer: Train Your Brain To Conquer Depression and Anxiety in 45 Days, by Dr. Frank Lawlis 9 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    10. 10. Changing Trigger Responses To deal with stress, your brain copes by developing a response. Sometimes your brain gets stuck in the response, even when new information is presented. We learn to become hurt, angered or frightened by words, thoughts or situations that remind us of past situations. Changing trigger responses is similar to changing other habits – your brain must create new neuron connections. Whenever you stop an unwanted habitual behavior, the neurons that have attached themselves to that old pattern will detach themselves and form a new pattern. Source: The Stress Answer: Train Your Brain To Conquer Depression and Anxiety in 45 Days, by Dr. Frank Lawlis 10 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    11. 11. Keys to Successful Retraining Biofeedback Its Pavlovian - By self-rewarding, whether material or self-praise for desired responses to stress, we can have some control over our development. After all, we learned many current behaviors this way. Its mind over matter – With practice, some say we can even control blood pressure, heart rate, and even sweat consciously Imagery Training The Olympian technique - Used most notably by athletes, the mantra is “conceive, believe and achieve.” You imagine a situation in your mind, rehearse it in your mind, and relax in your mind. Then, when it comes to the real thing, you are able to act without the stress you are normally subjected to. Source: Mayo Clinic Stress Management Article on Biofeedback, Mindtools.com. 11 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    12. 12. Mental Exercises It takes an average of 45 days for an individual to retrain their brain. Form an image of yourself after your new behavior has become a habit - the imagery should be very detailed. Imagine every aspect of your life and how it will be effected by this new behavior. Do this once each morning. Practice on a daily basis with that new behavior. Take notes of how other people react to your new attitude. Does it work? Reinforce the new habit by giving yourself a gift (but not food, if your new behavior is to not overeat!) Buy a book, stickers, clothing, shoes – whatever speaks to you as a reward. Keep a journal of how you feel, emotionally, throughout each day. Is it working? You should feel noticeably better in as soon as a few days, and considerably better in three weeks. Source: The Stress Answer: Train Your Brain To Conquer Depression and Anxiety in 45 Days, by Dr. Frank Lawlis 12 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    13. 13. Action Plan: Start Feeling Better Self Diagnosis – what’s eating you? An event from your past An issue you have right now, with job or friends Your current lifestyle Problems you foresee in the future What can you do? Knowing yourself is half the battle - Find out what your stress triggers or stressors are, and work to replace unhealthy coping activities with healthy ones. Taking action to de-stress is the other half. Many good coping mechanisms are within easy reach of any of us. Figure out what works best for you and do it. Source: The Stress Answer: Train Your Brain To Conquer Depression and Anxiety in 45 Days, by Dr. Frank Lawlis 13 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    14. 14. Know Thyself – Half the Battle If you know your enemy but do not know yourself, you still cannot win - Sun Tzu, The Art of War What areas of your life are stressful, and how do you react to and cope with those situations? Can you eliminate the stress? Can you change and improve how you cope with it? Review a Do-It-Yourself Stress Symptom checklist, and a Stress Assessment checklist. These tests will help you explore coping behaviors that people commonly use when they find themselves in stressful situations. Curious to know yourself better? A sample checklist is only a page away! Source: Career Success/Personal Stress: How To Stay Healthy in a High-Stress Environment, by Christie A. Leatz, M.S.W. with Mark W. Stolar. MD 14 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    15. 15. Test Yourself to Best Yourself Do you exhibit any of the following symptoms often? If so, you may be stressed out. Mental and Emotional Physical Anger/rage Accident Prone Confusion Exhaustion/Fatigue Constant forgetfulness Headaches Depression High blood pressure Fear/phobias Indigestion Hopelessness Migraines Indecisiveness Muscle spasm Irritability Muscle tightness/soreness Nightmares Teeth grinding Worry Ulcers Source: Get a Grip: Overcoming Stress and Thriving in the Workplace, by Bob Losyk 15 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    16. 16. Feel Better by Taking Action Which of these effective stress relieving activities work best for you? Try them all to see what works. What are your favorites? Having sex Attending plays or sporting events Indulging in a hobby or hobbies Eating a balanced diet Hugs (getting and giving) Planning your strategy Imagery training Biofeedback Listening to (soothing) music Doing breathing exercises Massage Crying at a chick flick Meditation or centering Dancing Organizing your space Relaxing deep muscle Planning your work more efficiently Doing arts and crafts activities Playing with your children or a pet Giving yourself rewards Reading or watching TV Going out with friends Taking hot baths Watching a movie Source: Career Success/Personal Stress: How To Stay Healthy in a High-Stress Environment, by Christine A. Leatz, M.S.W. with Mark W. Stolar, M.D 16 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    17. 17. All Coping Behaviors Are Not The Same Some activities are good for recovery Taking a hot bath to relax at the end of the day feels marvelous, and helps you recover from the stress felt throughout the day Some are better for future stress reduction If you can re-arrange your space to do things more efficiently, that can help reduce the stress altogether, giving you that much less stress to recover from. Change your diet to eat healthy foods, and exercise: thirty minutes of exercise a day not only does wonders for your figure, but also for your mental health. So be sure to recover from your daily stress, while taking steps to limit your future stress Source: Career Success/Personal Stress: How To Stay Healthy in a High-Stress Environment, by Christine A. Leatz, M.S.W. with Mark W. Stolar, M.D. 17 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    18. 18. Food, Glorious Food While a lot of stress is caused by external forces – the job, family and friends by whom you’re surrounded – much of it is caused by your own health issues So eat a balanced diet! Don’t skip meals, have breakfast, lunch and dinner. Portion control is the only diet you need. Take multivitamins and antioxidants. Just one glass of Star Power each morning gives you a full dose of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It makes your breakfast much more effective Live Happy – it’s the better breakfast beverage! 18 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.
    19. 19. Brought To You By Star Power Want to get your life on the right track? Why not start by supplementing your nutritional plan with the heart-healthy antioxidants found in Star Power’s 100% starfruit juice? Rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C, its unlike anything else. Still drinking OJ in the morning? Switch to Star Power for all the Vitamin C and a packed punch of antioxidants for only 100 calories. It’s the better breakfast beverage. Website: www.drinkstarpower.com Company Blog: journal.drinkstarpower.com Author’s Information: Vik Venkatraman is an expert in health, nutrition and fitness. He has been advising businesses and individuals on personal health and wellness branding and strategy for 5 years. Email: vik.venkat@drinkstarpower.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/vikvenkat 19 © 2009 Star Power LLC, Please reference if distributed.

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