April 27, 2013
You can't avoid stress completely, but you can keep it from wearing you down. A positive attitude, if you can muster it, is the strongest shield against stress, says Stefan Hofmann, professor of psychology at Boston University. He urges optimism instead of defeatism. Forgiveness instead of blame. Moving on instead of brooding. Perhaps above all, he says, it's important to feel like you have some control over your life and your situation. "Think of yourself as an active participant in your future.
May 7, 1990 |
Remember when meditating was something only hippies did? Remember when it was something only New Age crystal carriers did? No more. East increasingly meets mainstream West these days as meditation and other relaxation techniques--often with roots deep in Eastern philosophies--gain acceptance and credence among Americans ranging from true spiritual seekers to yuppie Type-A's just trying to relax.
November 16, 1986 |
With companies being blamed for causing stress by subjecting workers to cranky bosses, blinking computer terminals, ringing telephones and other disturbances, one Los Angeles man has found there may be more money in fighting stress than in causing it. Alfred A. Barrios, a clinical psychologist and stress-management expert based in Los Angeles, is marketing a $3.95 credit-card-size device that indicates relative levels of stress by measuring fingertip temperature.
December 8, 1991 |
Anyone who thinks stress is a the mark of a superior intellect should go soak their head. At Club Altered States. If it sounds far out, it's not: You'll find it right down the street from the West Hollywood Sports Connection in a spiffy new 4,500-square-foot facility. What's more, its 1,000 members include solid-citizen types from business whizzes to federal prosecutors.
July 8, 2013 |
When people join their voices in song, their hearts come along for the group ride -- speeding up, slowing down and (figuratively) swelling in unison while much of the chorale's muscular movement and brain activity synchronizes as well. It's probably the same phenomenon experienced by field workers, worshipers, soldiers and attendees of sporting events through the ages. But it might also be harnessed for strengthening working relationships in teams and at schools, say the Swedish researchers who explored the effect of choral singing on cardiac synchrony.
December 16, 2006
Re "Boeing says runoff rules too strict," Dec. 12 Could Boeing possibly come up with any better way to flaunt its irresponsibility than by requesting a relaxation of runoff limits? And if the State Water Resources Control Board grants an amendment to Boeing's permit, then we can add the board to the list of environmental slackers that have no doubt seen the warning signs of industrial waste -- waters too polluted to swim in, cancers, groundwater contamination -- and made a conscious decision to bend to business interests instead of the safety of local inhabitants and the land.
January 11, 2007
Re "A second, third and fourth opinion on healthcare," Opinion, Jan. 9 Thanks to state Sen. Sheila James Kuehl for her Op-Ed on healthcare. Her healthcare bill for universal coverage is the only appropriate one offered by our so-called public servants. Several years ago, the California Nurses Assn. conducted a study that demonstrated that a single-payer healthcare system, just by cutting administrative and insurance costs, could provide decent, affordable healthcare to everyone. Instead of pursuing this solution, politicians allow insurance companies to wallow in wealth.
March 7, 2010 |
Have you been feeling a little down lately? Maybe it's the weather. The rainy days we've had this winter just might touch off a mild case of seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that experts say generally appears during late fall or early winter, when sunshine is scarce. For serious cases, treatment includes light therapy, medications and psychotherapy. But for those of us who are just having a gloomy day or two, there are beauty products that claim to elevate mood.
February 8, 2010
Everyone agrees that stressful situations make your blood pressure take off. It's the fight-or-flight, prepare-to-do-something-dramatic response your ancient ancestors had when being charged by a woolly mammoth. Your body releases stress hormones that make your heart beat faster and your blood vessels constrict, and blood pressure rockets. When the stressful situation is resolved, blood pressure comes back down. Some scientists suspect that getting stressed out too often can lead to chronic high blood pressure.