7 Things Stress Does to Everybody, Without Exception

Stress is one of the biggest problems we have to deal with in modern life. It’s everywhere, and many don’t realize how much damage daily stress might be doing to them.

It’s all well and good to eat right, get enuogh sleep and exercise, but when it comes to mental hardship people will shrug it off, thinking it won’t have an impact on their health.
Here are 7 recent conclusions about stress you should know about:


Stress at work is bad for the body

A review of relevant research conducted last September, officially identified a strong connection between stress at work and a bigger likelihood to get a heart attack. The review, performed by researches of the College University of London, shows that there is a strong correlation between overworking and a 23% increased chance of a heart attack. Another research published this last year in the Journal for occupational medicine, found that stress at work can cause specific harm to women by increasing their chances of diabetes.

A Smile is Stress Medicine 

A real, honest smile, one that uses both the eye and mouth muscles, may help decrease the heart rate after a stressful even. So found research published in Psychological Science.
“Next time you are stuck in traffic or experience any other type of stress, you can try and put a smile on your face,” says the main researcher from the University of Kansas, Sarah Paseman. “Not only will it help you cope psychologically, it will actually contribute to the health of your heart.”

The link between stress and stressful situations

It turns out that not only can stress alone cause health problems, but even thinking about stress! This from research conducted at the University of Ohio. Researchers found that when a person is asked to think about a stressful event, the levels of C protein, a protein known to deal with inflammation, rise and may cause inflammation themselves.
Similarly, research published in the American Journal of Cardiology showed that a perception of stress can affect health quite significantly. Specifically, researchers from the medical center of Colombia University found that people who believe they are stressed have a higher chance of suffering heart conditions.

Chronic tension may increase the risk of diabetes among men

Being in a state of constant stress is linked to the risk of suffering diabetes among men. This from research published in Diabetic Medicine. Swedish researchers spent 35 years examining the link between ongoing stress at work or home to period pressures or a lack of stress altogether. They found that among those that reported ongoing stress, they had a 45% bigger chance of getting Type 2 diabetes. This in comparison to those who reported temporary stress or no stress at all. The study included 7000 men and took into account other risk factors, such as blood pressure, age and physical activity.

Meditation to increase awareness can be key
A study conducted by the University of California shows that ongoing practice of Mindfulness Meditation (meditation that focuses on the present) can significantly reduce the levels of the stress hormone (cortisol). Findings were published in the Journal of Health Psychology.


Another research, published in the PLos ONE Journal, found that work stress may, in fact, quicken the pace of aging. Researchers found a close link between work stress and short telemeters (the edges of chromosomes that are linked to a person’s aging process, the shorter – the shorter the life span usually). 

The millennium generation is the most stressed out generation 

The millennium is apparently the worst at dealing with stress. So says a large survey performed by the American Union of Psychologists and was published last August. The survey showed that people ages 18-33 experienced an average stress level of 5.4 (on a 1-10 scale) compared to an average national was 4.8.
According to researchers, the largest causes of stress since the millennium are job instability and work-related issues. It found that 39% of the millennium generation admitted that their levels of stress have gone up in the past year. Also, research shows that they experienced a lot more agitation, anger, anxiety and depression when compared to previous generations.

Stress causes Inflammation

Researchers from Carnegie University found that in the long range, stress can harm the ability of the body to resist inflammation, which increases the likelihood of suffering infections. The researchers believe that when a person is stressed, the cells of the immunity system cannot respond to hormone control, and so there is an increased risk of suffering inflammation, which promotes illnesses such as heart conditions, asthma and autoimmune diseases 

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Power of lists 

A college professor once shared with me one of the greatest lessons he learned in 25 years of teaching.

“You can speak wisely and eloquently about a topic, describing how it works, hoping to show students the way, and they will sit and watch you without taking a note or writing anything down of the inspiring points you think you’re making.

But say something like ‘there are really 10 things you need to know about this’ and pens come out, notebooks are opened, heads tilt forward and hands are poised in anticipation of truth.”

We like things that come in numbers. Numbers provide clarity and certainty, a sense that all deliberations are done, the excess carved away and the essentials delivered in a tidy package.

In short, lists have power to drive action when words fall on deaf ears.

So it is within organizations. Think of how many times you’ve seen lists starting at the Fortune 500: “The 100 Most Admired Companies,” “7 Habits of Effective People,” “The 5 Things Every Good Manager Does” and “The 6 Things No Manager Should Ever Do.”

There are two types of lists. There are those that come to us from outside, and those that we make up ourselves. The more powerful kind, of course, is the lists you come up with yourself.

Let’s take that lesson and apply it to how we manage other people.

Talent managers talk about engaging and involving people by hiring expensive consulting firms and providing other intellectual resources to help the effort. But I’ve learned over the decades that the best way to engage people is to personally involve them in the problem-solving or idea-generation process.

The same goes for lists. I used to ask my staff to come up with lists to solve problems. The first time I tried this in a new job, I received a rather moderate response. While there were some early growing pains to this management approach, in time it became a fruitful exercise.

This happened for two reasons: The first being that we solved problems faster; the second being that my staff felt a greater stake in the decision-making process, and therefore felt more engaged.

Here is another way to use lists. When we would have staff meetings to discuss issues or share news, I would ask them to make up a personal list based on their experience.

Don’t be afraid to have fun with the list-making approach. Having fun, after all, is one of the healthiest ways to manage a department. Everyone needs fun in his or her lives.

Make your personal list of five fun things you like to do. Then, go do them.

When Swamy Vivekananda was asked to marry 

When Swami Vivekananda went to USA, a lady asked him to marry her. When Swami asked the lady about what made her ask him such question. She replied that she was fascinated by his intellect. She wanted a child of such an intellect. So she asked Swami, whether he could marry her and give a child like him.
He replied, since she was attracted only by his intellect, there is no problem. 
“My dear lady, I understand your desire. Marrying and bringing a child in to this world and understanding whether it is intelligent or not takes very long time. More over it is not guaranteed.
Instead to fulfill your desire immediately, I can suggest a guaranteed way. Take me as your child. You are my mother. This way your desire of having a child of my intellect is fulfilled.”
The lady was speechless….

Things Stressing You Out Right Now

While most stress triggers money or work are easily identifiable, many minor daily activities are unknowingly contributing to more stress in your life. Alas the daily grind of annoyances and mild anxieties will have a long term effect. The key to combating these sorts of stressors is recognizing them and not letting them bother you. Here are 9 things you can try to avoid.

1. Other stressed people
While you might actively be avoiding your own stress triggers, other people around you might unknowingly be increasing your stress levels. A 2014 German study found that participants observing others being stressed by tasks had rising levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Stress can also be triggered by traumas of those around us, such as people experiencing illness. You’re reminded that these things can happen close to home and you fall into a thinking pattern filled with anxiety and negativity, which stresses you out unnecessarily.


2. Multitasking

It may seem you’re being efficient but this buzz word actually decreases productivity and increases stress. In 2012 a study at the University of Irvine looked at people who dealt with emails while working, as well as people who dealt with emails at a separate time. The former were less productive in their other daily skills. Physically their heart rate also showed more variability, which indicates mental stress. Doing one thing at a time is more fruitful, and better for your health. You can do a good job, and you might be surprised to find you’ll have more time.


3. Your significant other

Even if you’re happy and are in a healthy relationship, living with someone inevitably leads to annoyances. Stress can be caused by simple things, leaving the toilet seat up, or heavier issues money or co-parenting. So how do you avoid this kind of stress? The answer is striving for balance, in spending the right amount of time together, open and honest communication, compromise, and remembering why you love your partner and then acknowledging this daily. Let your partner be a stress-release factor in your life, and not the cause of it.

4. Taking a break
While taking a break from a stressful situation to watch a movie, or meet a friend can be helpful, sometimes you’re so anxious that you’re unable to truly let go and enjoy the present. It creeps back into your mind, making you bad company, and applying further stress to your mind and body. During such moments, it is important to work on being mindful and focusing on the present. Stress and anxiety do, temporarily, go away when you’re truly absorbed in your surroundings.


5. Everyday annoyances

Small daily encounters, rude customer service or waiting in long lines, have bigger affects on your mood than you realize. You want to present yourself as composed and on top of things. Your reaction, whether you adapt and conjure a new plan, or throw a pity party and get upset, makes the difference. If you are more the latter, this can contribute to a mindset steeped in pessimism and victimization, which will eventually eat you away. You have to be realistic, acknowledging that some things are beyond your control and remind yourself that you’re doing your best.


6. Easy fixes

A lot of our coping methods to combat stress are counterproductive. You work longer hours, stop exercising, or eat more junk food. These seem easy fixes, but the truth is foregoing healthy eating and physical activity actually stresses your body out, because these actions strengthen our bodies’ ability to fight stress effectively. 

7. Tea and chocolate
There are many reports mentioning how bad coffee is, but equally guilt culprits are chocolate and tea. This two treats are often relied on for relieving stress. However, what’s not often discussed is that they have as much caffeine as our friend coffee. Caffeine is known to make stress worse by irritating digestion, causing irritability and disturbing sleep patterns.

8. Digital devices
Whether for business or pleasure, technology can wreck your sleep patterns if you use your smartphone, tablet or computer too close to bedtime. Similarly, smart phones and laptops mean we are always in touch, contributing to the work creep phenomenon. By checking email outside office hours, your work stress enters your leisure time. Emails remind you of your responsibilities and it’s really hard to put those ideas to rest, especially if they are bombarding you at all hours of the day.

9. Watching your favorite sport
All sports fans know watching your favorite team play is not a passive activity. There’s a mix of tension, excitement, frustration and elation, whether your team wins or loses. The trouble is your body can’t distinguish between good or bad stress, and watching sports can set off your sympathetic nervous system. This means adrenaline is released, and the blood flow to your heart can be reduced. In the short term this has few consequences, but repeated exposure can lead to high blood pressure and increase heart disease risk.

14 Tips to Naturally Improve Your Digestive System

Many health issues can be traced back to the digestive system, and can be caused by abuse of antibiotics, stress, over consumption of alcohol, infections, etc. most people aren’t even aware that their digestive system isn’t functioning well. If you’re suffering from heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, belching, unexplained lethargy or even odd cravings, you may also have digestive problems. There are many other symptoms, but what you need to know is that your digestive system is not functioning well. This can lead to the inability to absorb nutrients that the body needs for its everyday functions.

1. Avoid foods that irritate your stomach
Some people are allergic or intolerant to certain types of food, such as dairy, gluten, corn, soy, nuts, eggs, etc. Paying attention to your overall feeling after you eat these kinds of foods will help you in the future. If you feel bloated, unable to concentrate, skin issues or any other symptom that appears after eating, consider avoiding that type of food. Test your body and avoid one type of food each week to see which ones are the not agreeing with you.

2. Eat more fat, but not too much
The general consensus is to eat less fat, especially when constipated and get more fiber in your diet. A digestive system that is not working well will have difficulties in processing these fibers, leading to further issues due to the undigested fibers in your body. Fat actually helps in releasing these undigested fibers, so if you’re suffering from constipation, you need fat. Remember – get your fat from a healthy source, such as coconut oil, fish oil, olive oil, or flaxseed oil, and avoid unhealthy fat from soy, sunflower seeds or margarine.

3. Consume more fermented and probiotic foods
Beneficial bacteria perform much of the digestive processes in your bowels. If the delicate balance of their ecosystem is disturbed, they may decline in numbers, leading to digestion difficulties. To strengthen your digestive bacteria, add probiotic foods to your diet, such as yogurt, peas, dark chocolate, pickled cucumbers, and pickled cabbage.

4. Chew more
Many of us forget the importance of chewing as part of the digestion process. Even when we chew, enzymes in our saliva start to break down the food, so the more you chew – the easier it is to digest the food. Try chewing everything 20 times before swallowing. The process may be annoying at first, but it’ll help your digestion, and also can help in weight-loss.

5. Start each meal with something bitter
Even if you’re hungry, your stomach may not be ready to digest food just yet. Bitter food helps signaling your body that it’s time to produce stomach acids, which will help in digestion of the rest of the food. Greens such as rocket, as well as apple cider vinegar, are a great bitter starter.

6. Eat bone soup
Homemade bone soup is an excellent source of nutrients that your body craves, and it’s also cheap to make. The soup contains many minerals, amino acids, gelatin, and glycine, all of which are beneficial for your digestive system. Have it as a meal or as a side, but either way – your body will thank you.

7. Clear your bowels occasionally
We clean our body by showering, but often forget that the insides need a cleansing too sometimes. An enema is an ideal solution for internal cleansing of the bowels. It softens and breaks down any leftover refuse in our guts, then flushes it out. The results are better functioning digestive system and liver, so clearing out these toxins will improve your general feeling as well.

8. Drink ginger or chamomile tea
On top of its calming properties, chamomile tea also aids the digestion process and can help with nausea, stomachaches, and digestive cramps. Drink a cup a day, and you’ll feel the change. If you’re not partial to chamomile, make a ginger infusion instead – but be sure to use fresh ginger root.

9. Massage your stomach after you eat
Many alternative healers suggest massaging your stomach for 2-5 minutes after every meal to aid in digestion. To do that, place your palm on the top of your stomach and move it in a clockwise direction. If you don’t feel like doing it after every meal, doing it once in the evening is also helpful.

10. Support your liver functions
One of the liver’s main functions is producing bile, which helps break down fats in a process that helps the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, K. Insufficient amounts of bile can lead to harder-working digestive system that in turn, causes lethargy, particularly after eating fatty foods. To support your liver, eat beets, artichoke, proteins, and liver.

11. Eat a healthy breakfast
It’s not called “the most important meal of the day” for nothing. A good breakfast kickstarts your metabolism and keeps it working well throughout the day. Even if you’re not hungry, remember that you’re doing yourself a service when you eat, and if you add some yoghurt, you benefit twice.

12. Sit correctly on the toilet

Did you know that your posture when you’re on the toilet actually affects your digestive system? New research found that the best way to move our bowels is by squatting, not sitting. When we sit, we apply pressure to the rectum, similarly to bending a garden hose, obstructing the healthy flow. When you squat, however, your rectum is loose and straight, making it easier to have a movement. So use a small stool when you make your own, to have an easier and healthier time when on the bowl.

 

13. Drink water, but not during a meal
It’s important to drink at least 8 cups of water a day to keep the digestion running smoothly, but nutritionists recommend not drinking during the meal. Some foods make us thirsty, and in these cases, you should take small sips rather than large gulps. Another recommendation is to drink room-temperature water, since cold water slows the digestion process down.

14. Avoid eating when stressed or active
Eating when you’re stressed or in a rush is a sure way to get indigestion. When you eat calmly, your body activates the parasympathetic system, which digestion is part of. In stressful times or during physical activities, the body uses the sympathetic system, taking away energy from the digestive processes. This is why people feel nauseated during stressful times or after running.

12 Little Known Laws Of Karma That Will Change Your Life


1. THE GREAT LAW

– “As you sow, so shall you reap”. This is also known as the “Law of Cause and Effect”.
– Whatever we put out in the Universe is what comes back to us.
– If what we want is Happiness, Peace, Love, Friendship… Then we should BE Happy, Peaceful, Loving and a True Friend.


2. THE LAW OF CREATION

– Life doesn’t just HAPPEN, it requires our participation.
– We are one with the Universe, both inside and out.
– Whatever surrounds us gives us clues to our inner state.
– BE yourself, and surround yourself with what you want to have present in your Life.


3. THE LAW OF HUMILITY

– What you refuse to accept, will continue for you.
– If what we see is an enemy, or someone with a character trait that we find to be negative, then we ourselves are not focused on a higher level of existence.


4. THE LAW OF GROWTH

– “Wherever you go, there you are”.
– For us to GROW in Spirit, it is we who must change – and not the people, places or things around us.
– The only given we have in our lives is OURSELVES and that is the only factor we have control over.
– When we change who and what we are within our heart our life follows suit and changes too.


5. THE LAW OF RESPONSIBILITY

– Whenever there is something wrong in my life, there is something wrong in me.
– We mirror what surrounds us – and what surrounds us mirrors us; this is a Universal Truth.
– We must take responsibility what is in our life.


6.THE LAW OF CONNECTION

– Even if something we do seems inconsequential, it is very important that it gets done as everything in the Universe is connected.
– Each step leads to the next step, and so forth and so on.
– Someone must do the initial work to get a job done.
– Neither the first step nor the last are of greater significance,
– As they were both needed to accomplish the task.
– Past-Present-Future they are all connected…

7. THE LAW OF FOCUS

– You can not think of two things at the same time.
– When our focus is on Spiritual Values, it is impossible for us to have lower thoughts such as greed or anger.


8. THE LAW OF GIVING AND HOSPITALITY

– If you believe something to be true,then sometime in your life you will be called upon to demonstrate that particular truth.
– Here is where we put what we CLAIM that we have learned, into actual


9. PRACTICE. THE LAW OF HERE AND NOW

– Looking backward to examine what was, prevents us from being totally in the HERE AND NOW.
– Old thoughts, old patterns of Behaviour, old dreams…
– Prevent us from having new ones.

10. THE LAW OF CHANGE

– History repeats itself until we learn the lessons that we need to change our path.


11. THE LAW OF PATIENCE AND REWARD

– All Rewards require initial toil.
– Rewards of lasting value require patient and persistent toil.
– True joy follows doing what we’re suppose to be doing, and waiting for the reward to come in on its own time.


12. THE LAW OF SIGNIFICANCE AND INSPIRATION

– You get back from something whatever YOU have put into it.
– The true value of something is a direct result of the energy and intent that is put into it.
– Every personal contribution is also a contribution to the Whole.
– Lack lustre contributions have no impact on the Whole, nor do they work to diminish it.
– Loving contributions bring life to, and inspire, the Whole.
 

Wonserful definitions

CIGARETTE:

A pinch of tobacco

rolled in paper

with fire at one end

and a fool at the other! 



MARRIAGE:

It’s an agreement

wherein

a man loses his bachelor degree

and a woman gains her master



LECTURE:

An art of transmitting Information

from the notes of the lecturer

to the notes of students

without passing through the minds

of either



CONFERENCE:

The confusion of one man

multiplied by the

number present



COMPROMISE:

The art of dividing

a cake in such a way that

everybody believes

he got the biggest piece



TEARS:

The hydraulic force by which

masculine will power is

defeated by feminine water-power!



DICTIONARY:

A place where divorce comes

before marriage



CONFERENCE ROOM:

A place where everybody talks,

nobody listens

and everybody disagrees later on



ECSTASY:

A feeling when you feel

you are going to feel

a feeling

you have never felt before



cl-assIC:

A book

which people praise,

but never read



SMILE:

A curve

that can set

a lot of things straight!



OFFICE:

A place

where you can relax

after your strenuous

home life



YAWN:

The only time

when some married men

ever get to open

their mouth



ETC:

A sign

to make others believe

that you know

more than

you actually do



COMMITTEE:

Individuals

who can do

nothing individually

and sit to decide

that nothing can be done

together



EXPERIENCE:

The name

men give

to their

Mistakes



ATOM BOMB:

An invention

to bring an end

to all

inventions



PHILOSOPHER:

A fool

who torments himself

during life,

to be spoken of

when dead



DIPLOMAT:

A person

who tells you

to go to hell

in such a way

that you actually look forward

to the trip



OPPORTUNIST:

A person

who starts taking bath

if he

accidentally falls

into a river



OPTIMIST:

A person

who while falling

from EIFFEL TOWER

says in midway

“SEE I AM NOT INJURED YET!”



PESSIMIST: 

A person

who says that

O is the last letter

in ZERO,

Instead of the first letter

in OPPORTUNITY



MISER:

A person

who lives poor

so that

he can die RICH!



FATHER:

A banker

provided by

nature



CRIMINAL:

A guy

no different

from the other,

unless he gets caught



BOSS:

Someone

who is early

when you are late

and late

when you are early



POLITICIAN:

One who

shakes your hand

before elections

and your Confidence

Later 



DOCTOR:

A person

who kills

your ills

by pills,

and kills you

by his bills..!!