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Tips to Reduce Your Stress Reactions to the News

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Tips to Reduce Your Stress Reactions to the News

Between Hurricane Sandy, the election, and everyday drama, watching the news can easily trigger feelings of stress for me. Are you feeling it, too? By design, the media over-dramatizes events in order to hook the audience, whether there is validity to the sensationalism or not. Notice the energy of a news broadcast its the energy of stress meant to trigger emotional reactions. If we participate by consuming this media regularly, we can find ourselves living in a stress bath. No, thanks!

When we internalize these nerve-wracking ideas and beliefs, we can experience anger, frustration, anxiety, worry, or fear. Its such a tendency to think were being productive somehow when were upset, but it actually reduces our capacity to effect productive change. When people get scared or fall into despair, they often feel paralyzed, experience cognitive shut-down, and cant make good decisions. And stressful feelings experienced regularly dont just go away they accumulate. Continuously amping-up negative emotions releases excessive levels of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenalin throughout the body, creating hormonal imbalances, and heart rhythm patterns that are jagged and irregular. We may not sleep as well, feel confused and tired or on edge, have brain fog, and our immune system may become suppressed. The long-play version of this can cause a cascade of physical health symptoms including headaches, gastrointestinal disorders, stress eating, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, panic attacks, depression, insomnia chronic modern diseases.

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Deborah, from HeartMath

Deborah Rozman, Ph.D., is President and CEO of the for-profit Quantum Intech Inc (dba HeartMath Inc.) Deborah has been deeply committed to awareness development and personal growth for 40 years. Deborah is co-author with Doc Childre of Transforming Anger, Transforming Stress, Transforming Anxiety, Transforming Depression and Stopping Emotional Eating.

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8:54AM PST on Dec 12, 2012

thanks for sharing

5:57AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

thanks

7:49AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

thanks for sharing

5:41AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

3:47AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

Thanks.

1:54AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

:-)

10:56PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

yup, dont watch or read about it, turn it off and dont buy the paper. Go lalalalalalalalaaaaaahaaa or something like that, when someone mentions it to you and say you dont want to hear b/c its upsetting.

8:55PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

That's easy. Don't watch.

7:34PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

Turn off.

5:24PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

I don't watch the news- but I do skim the newspaper and then read in-depth the interesting articles.

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