All my life I wanted to write articles, books or other essays to bring the people the ideas and the information that seemed to me interesting and educational by nature, meaning useful and helpful for any life situation. Many years ago while I was watching the movie Have Never Been Kissed I was thrilled by the words Drew Berrymore’s heroine proclaimed in her newspaper article: “You should write about things you know the best”. Now, after obtaining my PhD in health psychology focusing my research on stress and health, I have decided to share the research findings in the filed of stress management and well-being. I strongly believe that knowledge empowers us to face stressful circumstances we cannot avoid in the current of our life events.
“… Knowledge is power to overcome the past, to change our own situations, to fight new obstacles, to make better decisions.”
– Ben Carson
The Bi-Directional Effects of Stress on Our Immune System: Possible Explanations for Healthful and Harmful Outcomes
In recent years, we’ve heard a lot about the role of stress and stress hormones in our health. It’s amazing how a set of events, where a stressor is presented might involve us in the process of apprising the environmental challenge and lead us to “fight-or-flight” response on the physiological level.
The idea that stress has only a harmful effect on us does not draw a full picture. It’s scientifically proven that stress and stress hormones have not only harmful effects on our body, but also they have potentially beneficial properties aimed at mobilizing our immune system for fighting immunologic confrontations.
Stress and Health: What you need to know for your well-being
Stress, especially excessive one, occupies a pivotal position within public health all over the world. At the end of 1970s it has been declared that when an individual achieves the threshold of excessive stress, he/she might experience dramatic psychological changes related to either mental or physical health problems. One of the recent reports, that touched the issue of stress as mental illness, introduced the notion of the disability-adjusted year (DALY) for calculating the number of years of life lost to premature death and disability. Thus, it becomes essential to comprehend in which ways psychological processes might have an impact on physical health and overall well-being.
We are coping with stress based on our life experiences choosing the mechanisms which worked best for us without knowing whether they were healthful or harmful to our body.
The Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy Workbook
This Self-Help Workbook is aimed at helping you acquire skills to address the presenting problem and not simply to read about this issue and find advice. The book includes activity worksheets based on the Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. This workbook will help you build up your own “tool bag” to fight depression, anxiety, and anger. Going through the CBT forms you will be able to deal with your emotional problems and acquire skills to manage stress you might face in the future. Also, it includes the brief information about depression, anxiety, and anger.