April 29, 2015 

Each one of us faces stress- to varying degrees and at various points in our life. Work, money, health, relationships, media overload, sleep deprivation and poor nutrition are major causes of this stress. If harnessed effectively, stress can be a positive force; it can help motivate and improve performance. Yet we often hear stress blamed for contributing to a host of ailments, such as heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. It is critical, therefore, to learn how to manage stress before it manages us.

Create A Positive Narrative!

Research shows that people who frame their life events in a positive manner have better mental health than those who frame their life events negatively.  While it is essential to accept difficult events, it is equally important to weave a positive spin whenever possible. For example, if after a heart attack you begin to exercise, eat better and pay more attention to your loved ones, the event becomes a positive story rather than a major setback. Finding meaning in the negative life event becomes a motivator for positive changes that improve the quality of your life.

Are You Aware That:
  • Positive life events like marriage or the birth of a child can be as stressful as death and divorce.
  • 3 out of 4 doctors' visits are for stress related ailments. 
  • Stress related healthcare and missed work costs employers $300 billion annually.
  • According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute:
  • 77% of people report that stress has caused them physical symptoms in the last year;
  • 73% report psychological symptoms associated with stress;
  • 50% report stress has caused irritability and/ or anger; 
  • 50% report lying awake at night due to stress.
  • Take Action and Get Positive Results 

    Over the past several decades, people have reported increasingly higher levels of stress. When stressed, your body reacts as if it is in danger; the fight or fight mechanism kicks in. People function as if on high alert. While the initial reaction may be helpful in responding quickly and efficiently, a prolonged state of stress reaction is harmful. Use mindfulness to create a place of internal stillness to minimize stress and maximize emotion regulation. Figure out what causes you stress and see what you no longer need. Accept what you can accomplish and let go of an unrealistic pursuit of perfection. Focus on the present and let go of worries about what was or will be. Weave your life story with a positive spin to better manage your stress. Using these tools will reduce the deleterious physical and psychological effects of stress. If you are "stuck" in a stress trap, seek professional help.


    At Core Counseling, you can pursue Mind-Body Wellness through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and other therapeutic techniques. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, call me at Core Counseling, LLC: 201.875.5699. Experience a comfortable, private and confidential environment with an atmosphere of encouragement, optimism and compassion.


    Together we can find solutions to your core issues. " If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment." ~ Marcus Aurelius Quotes from Meditations

    In Health,

    Lisa Fedder, MSW, LCSW, LCADC
    560 Sylvan Avenue                     108 Baker Street
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ  07632       Maplewood, NJ  07040
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