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When Rick Fried, MD, PhD, gave a talk at a dermatology conference seven years ago on the relationship between psychological and dermatological problems, at least one dermatologist in the audience was skeptical about the mind/body connection. Then another dermatologist stepped to Fried’s defense, telling her colleague that before he attacked Fried he should at least make sure his zipper was up. The skeptic’s fly wasn’t really down, but his deep blush vividly illustrated the impact that emotions have on the body’s largest organ — the skin.
“How amazing is it that a simple cognition — ‘I said or did something foolish’ — can cause virtually every blood vessel in the skin to instantaneously open up, causing a blush or flush?” asks Fried, a psychologist turned dermatologist who is the clinical director of Yardley Dermatology Associates and Yardley Clinical Research Associates in Yardley, Pennsylvania. “That’s pretty amazing evidence that the mind and body are linked.”
These days, dermatologists are much more accepting of the field now known as psychodermatology, and psychologists are getting more involved in helping dermatology patients. They’re investigating the role that stress and other psychological issues play in acne, psoriasis, eczema, itching, hives and other skin problems. They’re treating the social anxiety, depression and other psychological issues that can arise when people have skin conditions. They’re also developing interventions, whether to help dermatology patients deal with psychological issues or to help people avoid melanoma and other skin problems in the first place.
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Ugh, life can be SO stressful! I mean, here we are, only in the second month of the new year and we are already totally frazzled.
Can you remember the festive season? The peaceful thoughts you had over Christmas? Somehow I suspect that the huge parties thrown over New Year’s can be the culprit (though not in all cases, of course….some people just don’t party so hard!). The moment you landed back behind your desk, your life turned upside down again. Same-old-same-old and ….worse.
Well, do I have a few nice tips for YOU! Now, I am not one to hold any person to new year’s resolutions (I don’t believe in them myself – they are usually meant to be broken, causing endless self-chastising. In the end, the only trip you take in the new year is a guilt trip!)….however….I do suggest that you give these few pointers a try. They are easy as pie…anyone can do it and it is quite possible to actually de-stress yourself. YES, IT IS REALLY THAT EASY!
Have a look at what Domonique Bertolucci says in her article for Mind Body Green:
”About 10 years ago, I made the decision to simplify my life. Initially this was driven by logistics, as my husband and I had moved from London to Sydney, and into a tiny apartment with absolutely no storage. But soon keeping my life simple and as stress free as possible became a way of life.
With morning walks by the harbor and a short stroll from the bedroom to the living room as my daily “commute,” I had plenty of time both to think and not think, and for the first time in years I found myself with a calm and quiet mind.
After the toxic cocktail of adrenaline and cortisol that had been coursing through my veins during my past life in the corporate world, this new state could only be described as bliss.
I’ve long given up the pseudo-excitement of a high-stress life and I am so much happier and healthier for it.” (MindBodyGreen, 2015 Feb, 3)
Here are 10 easy ways you can reduce the stress in your life:
1. Live in the moment.
Just because there are still things you want to do or have doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your life as it is right now.
2. Recharge your batteries.
When you live a busy life, it’s important to take time out to unwind. Regularly.
3. Learn to say no.
Don’t try to be all things to all people. It’s OK to say “no” sometimes. In fact, it’s OK to say “no” whenever you want to.
4. Do your best.
Stop trying to be perfect. There really is no such thing as perfection. It’s entirely subjective, which makes it an impossible goal.
5. Learn to breathe.
Not only is worry exhausting for your mind, it also has a debilitating effect on the body. When you find your mind turning and churning, stop for a moment and feel the effects these cyclical thoughts have on your body.
6. Dump your endless to-do list.
Stop worrying about all the things you should be doing, procrastinating about the things you don’t want to be doing or kicking yourself for things that you should have done.
7. See the upside.
There will always be two ways to see everything you experience in life: the upside and the downside.
8. Clear the clutter.
It’s much easier to have a calm, clear mind when you live in a calm, clear environment, so don’t hold onto things you don’t want or need.
9. Have a power-down.
Cast your mind back to a time before voice mail, texts and instant messages were a part of everyday life. Back then, if a person couldn’t get a hold of you when they wanted to, they simply tried again later. It doesn’t have to be so different now
10. Spend time with the people you love.
At the end of your life it won’t matter if you earned a lot of money, got a promotion, had a tidy house or were the perfect size six. What will matter is that you lived a life filled with love, laughter and joy……continue reading – Click here
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