Let’s face it, we live in a very stressful time. Our lives are busy and there never seems to be enough time in the day to fit everything in that needs to be done. Our hectic schedules often increase our stress levels. While some stress is good for you, too much stress can lead to serious and life threatening medical conditions.
Anxiety is a normal emotion that almost everyone feels at one point or another. Life changing events, new situations, stress and major decisions can leave us feeling anxious. While some of these feelings are completely natural, they can also be very unhealthy and start to interfere with our daily life.
Now that the new school year is just around the corner, it's bringing a mix of emotions for children and their parents. Some children look forward to going back to school while for others, it can cause anxiety and stress. First-time students, new schools, teachers, routines, separation anxiety and new friends are just some of the issues that children can find very stressful. But there are ways that parents can help ease their child's anxiety of a new school year.
Experts have been really studying the effects of sleep – or lack of- on the human body in recent months. While we have known for decades that it's important to get a good sleep every night, new research has shown just how damaging poor sleep habits can be on the body. While circumstances such as age, pregnancy, and overall health might contribute to our sleep needs, as adults we need an average 7 to 9 hours of sleep each day. Without a proper sleep, we suffer mentally and physically. Here are some of the important reasons why we need adequate sleep.
Stress is part of life. In fact, some stress can be good for you because it can warn you of danger and trigger a reaction. However, bad stress can have a negative effect on our health. High stress levels are responsible for many illnesses and diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, digestive problems and mental health issues including anxiety and depression. Bad stress can also lead to negative behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse and even shorten our lifespan.