Category Archives: stress

Relieving Stress – with Pokemon Go?

With news of terrorism, racial divide, partisan protests and Presidential politics added to already high levels of stress among Americans, rates of tension have skyrocketed. And there seems to be no let up in what we can expect in the foreseeable future. Millennials, who lead the other generations in the amount of stress they experience on a daily basis, have recently turned to an unusual stress reduction technique – Pokemon GO. Chasing little virtual icons in the real world and capturing them has become a way for Millennials to have … Continue reading

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Healing and Resilience

Tragically, events across America seem to be defining these times as the summer of hate. Divisive rhetoric has spilled over into bloody violence and shootings on all sides during the long weeks. Where are we going as a society with this painful spiral of animosity? Healing, however difficult, can stop the cycle and become a positive response to the pain we feel. When we band together as a nation, we can find common ground and overcome our grief, moving towards peace and reconciliation. We saw such role models last summer … Continue reading

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Searching For Role Models

In a week like no other in recent memory, we have seen horrendous bloody images daily of devastation and death around the world caused by radical terrorists: the bombing at the Istanbul airport, killing 45 and maiming many more; the stabbing death of an American-Israeli teenager sleeping in her bed in Israel; the cold-blooded shooting and murder of 20 at a restaurant in the capital of Bangladesh; the suicide bombing in a Baghdad marketplace, killing over 200 souls; suicide bombs exploding in attacks at three different cities in Saudi Arabia, … Continue reading

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Friendships Decrease Inevitable Stress

On the way to Machu Picchu, outside of the marketplace, I talked with this engaging group. Women gathering with children and connecting is a given when traveling in other countries. And here at home, friendships become even more critical at times of family transition – when children grow up, leave for college, then often boomerang back. Findings from a MacArthur Foundation survey show that the emotional security and social support these relationships provide have been a survival strategy in adversity. And a landmark UCLA study, developed by Drs. Shelley Taylor and … Continue reading

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