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Too much anxiety takes the fun out of life!

2015 October 26 by

Too much anxiety takes the fun out of life! Here are some sensible tips for stressed out students.

Be prepared. Develop good study habits. Study at least a week or two before the exam, in smaller increments of time and over a few days (instead of pulling an “all-nighter”). Try to simulate exam conditions by working through a practice test, following the same time constraints.

Develop good test-taking skills. Read the directions carefully, answer questions you know first and then return to the more difficult ones. Outline essays before you begin to write.

Maintain a positive attitude. Remember that your self-worth should not be dependent on or defined by a test grade. Creating a system of rewards and reasonable expectations for studying can help to produce effective studying habits. There is no benefit to negative thinking.

Stay focused. Concentrate on the test, not other students during your exams. Try not to talk to other students about the subject material before taking an exam.

Practice relaxation techniques. If you feel stressed during the exam, take deep, slow breaths and consciously relax your muscles, one at a time. This can invigorate your body and will allow you to better focus on the exam.

Stay healthy. Get enough sleep, eat healthfully, exercise and allow for personal time. If you are exhausted—physically or emotionally—it will be more difficult for you to handle stress and anxiety.

(Anxiety and Depression Association of America)

Tips to Reduce Stress and Sleep Better

2015 April 21 by

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Stress is our response to daily life. It affects us emotionally, physically, and behaviorally. The right amount of stress can be a positive force that helps us to do our best and to keep alert and energetic. Too much stress, however, can make us tense and anxious and can cause sleep problems.

What Are the Signs of Stress?

Common signs of stress include depression, sleep problems, tension, anxiety, work mistakes, poor concentration, and apathy, among many others. If high levels of unwanted stress are not properly managed, your health and sense of well-being can suffer. Therefore, it is important to learn how to manage stress.

Tips for Managing Stress for Better Sleep

These tips can help you ease stress and hopefully get a better night’s sleep:

  • Assess what is stressful: The first step in getting a handle on stress is to figure out what is causing it. Take a good look at your physical condition and your daily activities. Do you suffer from pain? Are you overloaded at work? Once you identify your stressors, you can take steps to reduce them.
  • Seek social support: Spending time with family and friends is an important buffer against stress. It can be helpful to share your problems with people who care for you.
  • Practice thought management: What we think, how we think, what we expect, and what we tell ourselves often determine how we feel and how well we manage rising stress levels. You can learn to change thought patterns that produce stress. Thoughts to watch out for include those concerning how things should be and those that overgeneralize sets of circumstances (for example, “I’m a failure at my whole job because I missed one deadline.”) Many commercial audiotapes and books can help you learn thought management exercises.
  • Exercise:Exercise can help you blow off steam, thereby reducing stress. In addition, flexible, loose muscles are less likely to become tight and painful in response to stress. However, it’s best to exercise at least 2 hours before bedtime so that your body temperaturereturns to normal. If you have a medical condition or are over age 50, it’s best to check with your doctor before beginning an exercise regimen.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Junk food and refined sugars low in nutritional value and high in calories can leave us feeling out of energy and sluggish. A healthy diet, low in sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, can promote health and reduce stress.
  • Get adequate sleep: A good night’s sleep makes you able to tackle the day’s stress more easily. When you are tired, you are less patient and more easily agitated, which can increase stress. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Practicing good sleep hygiene along with stress-lowering tactics can help improve your quality of sleep.
  • Delegate responsibility: Often, having too many responsibilities can lead to stress. Free up time and decrease stress by delegating responsibilities.

These steps can help many people sleep soundly through the night. However, if you have frequent sleep problems, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can assess you for possible sleep disorders and recommend safe and effective sleep medicine.

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WHY IS A GOOD NIGHT’S REST SO IMPORTANT? 

2015 April 16 by

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Everyone is affected by stress sooner or later, but too much stress is bad for you mentally & emotionally, and it destroys health. Stress is known to be a cause of many illnesses and it keeps your immune system weak.
Stress is when we feel the pressures of life from work or tasks that we are being pushed to do. Anxiety is a symptom of stress that turns into fear, worry and apprehension. All of us experience anxiety from time to time. It can be uncertainty about some situation, tension, or exaggerated worry and fear that can even result in panic attacks. Anxiety may cause us to lose sleep, or appetite, or our ability to concentrate and it can impact negatively on mood. It is important to recognise that it can have an effect on relationships, work productivity and overall health & well-being. Anxiety is not imagined, it is real with real symptoms but there is a natural solution for anxiety. 
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CONVENTIONAL SLEEPING PILLS
Sleeping pills, both prescription and over the counter (OTC), are a popular remedy for those suffering from disordered sleep. But how does a prescription sleeping pill differ from an over-the-counter sleep medication, and how long can or should you safely take either of them?
The main ingredient in many OTC sleeping pills is an antihistamine which results in the drowsy and sedative effect. Many of the OTC sleep aids are good for specific situations; as an example, an analgesic sleep aid is good when someone has pain keeping them from sleeping. These medications are usually a combination of a pain or inflammation reliever and an antihistamine. Always read the label carefully, and follow the recommended dosage and use instructions. What I would not recommend is that someone take an OTC sleep aid every night. These are not meant for every night use, which the manufacturers say on the box. You need to be responsible for what you take and if you need an OTC every night to aid your sleep, it’s time to speak to a sleep specialist.
Some of the more popular prescription sleeping pills contain zolpidem. While they are very effective, be cautious of potential side effects. These side effects include hallucinations, problems with memory, excessive daytime tiredness, sleepwalking and engaging in other behaviors such as eating and even driving while not fully awake and alert. One way to avoid these side effects is to avoid interactions with other medications and alcoholic beverages, and to always take the prescribed dosage.
 
THERE IS A SOLUTION
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easiHEALTH SLEEP is a formulation of plant extracts which may be used for SLEEP SUPPORT. This supplement is geared towards helping the body achieve healthy sleep by improving sleep patterns.This supplement is geared towards helping the body achieve healthy sleep by improving sleep patterns.
A good night’s sleep is a necessity and these capsules may be used to ensure restful sleep, with no ‘sleeping tablet hangover ’the next morning. 
 
 
GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT!
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