Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it's an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event can trigger the “fight-or-flight” response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body. A little bit of stress, known as “acute stress,” can be exciting—it keeps us active and alert. But long-term, or “chronic stress,” can have detrimental effects on health. You may not be able to control the stressors in your world, but you can alter your reaction to them.

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New Kid in Town

By Stephen Gray Wallace on December 07, 2016 in Decisions Teens Make
Changing schools can raise a lot of questions for young people, both social-emotional and logistical. But there are ways to make the transition less stressful.

The 5-Question Holiday Relationship Test

Gain some insight into your relationship over the holidays by asking yourself these questions.
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Does Stress Cause Premature Graying in Dogs?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on December 07, 2016 in Canine Corner
New data shows that dogs suffering from anxiety and stress will show graying hairs on their face prematurely

Single Moms and Holiday Stress

Are you a single mom who dreads the holidays? You have the power to enjoy the season.

Are You, or Have You Ever Been, Anxious?

By Elizabeth Wagele on December 06, 2016 in The Career Within You
Most adults who knew me thought I’d become a concert pianist, but I didn’t have the steel nerves required.

How to Deal With PTSD–Post Trump Stress Disorder

By Judy Carter on December 06, 2016 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Are you having the post-election flare ups? Ready to snap at anyone who voted differently? A personal story about how a Hillary supporter dealt with Post Trump Stress Disorder

A Simple Trick to Turn Holiday Pain Into Pleasure

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
It is free, fast and doesn’t involve medication

13 Challenges and Opportunities in Long-Distance Love

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on December 04, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Tempted to begin a long-distance relationship? Awareness of unique challenges and opportunities can help you decide what you may be getting into.

How to Leave Our Comfort Zones

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in Between Cultures
To overcome resistance, authenticity and self-awareness can be crucial.

Crush Holiday Stress: Have a Better Than Perfect Holiday

Want to crush the stress of the holidays? Here's how to have a better than perfect holiday season!

Don't Just Survive the Holidays, Enjoy Them

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on December 02, 2016 in Mindful Anger
So how do you hold onto the good things you like about this time of year, and get rid of all the things you hate?

Top Tips for Festive-Season Survival

By Atalanta Beaumont on December 02, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
These tips will help you get through the holidays.

Happier Holidays: 10 Ways to Increase Your Seasonal Joy

By Mark Holder, Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in The Happiness Doctor
Happy Holidays? Here are 10 science-based ways to increase your happiness over the holidays.

Use Holidays to Boost Your Relationship, Not Stress It Out

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Here are some research-based ways people can not just protect a partnership from holiday stress, but also use the holidays to make it even stronger.

Trauma Documented Three Decades After Chernobyl Disaster

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
To this day, those affected by the explosion continue to struggle, living in fear of long-lasting consequences such as birth defects and contaminated foods.

Post-Election Stress: Tips for Easing Children’s Anxiety

With the influx of social media, it is inevitable that children and adults will be exposed to political topics over the next few weeks. Here are some times for talking with kids.

6 Ways Holiday Visits Can Stress You Out

Do holiday visits with the family wear you out? You might have covert aggressors in your midst.

Recovering From PTSD With the Right Help

By Eric Newhouse on November 29, 2016 in Invisible Wounds
I personally know the exhilaration of sitting atop a mountain peak in Montana. Building positive memories like this are important in overriding the memories of trauma.

Staying Calm

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in How To Do Life
Tips for being less reactive in response to annoyances
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'Tis the Season to Stay Calm

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on November 28, 2016 in The Kitchen Shrink
Expecting people to change is unrealistic—especially during Christmas dinner.

Stress Can Do This Strangely Positive Thing to You

By Ian H. Robertson Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in The Stress Test
Is there an upside to stress?

No Partner, No Worries: New Study of Psychological Health

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in Living Single
The authors predicted a hierarchy of well-being, with married people at the top, then cohabiters, then daters, with unpartnered singles at the bottom. That’s not what they found.

Help! My College Kid Is Driving Me Crazy

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Social Lights
How do we know when our kids are back at home?

What Stress Can Do to You: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another." — William James
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Happy Holiday Parenting

By Yamalis Diaz Ph.D. on November 24, 2016 in Parenting Challenges 101
Nothing dampens holiday joy like tantrums, arguments, and a bad case of “I want." Use these strategies to manage challenging child behavior over the holidays.

Talking Politics Over Turkey?

Thinking about talking politics on Thanksgiving? Or not? These strategies may help you.
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Holiday Expectations and Stress

By Susan Noonan MD on November 22, 2016 in View From the Mist
Overwhelmed by the thought of the upcoming holidays?

The Teacher Burnout Epidemic, Part 1 of 2

Teacher burnout is an international epidemic. How is burnout affecting teachers, and why?

How Writing Can Save Your Career

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on November 22, 2016 in Career Transitions
If traditional solutions to workplace stress aren't working anymore, try writing. You may be surprised at what you learn about yourself and your work.

Tips to Survive Thanksgiving in Post-Election Turmoil

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on November 22, 2016 in Quite Queerly
How can we get through Thanksgiving without harming anyone or being harmed? We must keep our expectations low, and our goals specific. Try to connect over being right.