Tis’ the Season to be Stressed: Fa La La La Laaa La La La La

Do not underestimate holiday stress.  

Although Halloween and Trick-or-Treat paid a visit in October, most people do not overly stress about a holiday that asks for one day of celebration and leaves a trail of happily-exhausted children in its wake. Now November, on the other hand, is a different story. Lists for Santa find their way to penny-strapped parents. Expectations of homemade deliciousness like Grandma made fall upon shoulders. The desire to create moments worth remembering take hold, while remembering those who no longer sit at the Thanksgiving table tear at hearts. November is, without a doubt, the start of the holiday triple crown: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve.

What to Expect When You’re Holidaying

Begin holiday purchases.
Squeaky-clean your house and decorate galore.
Plan an out-of-this-world feast.
Resurrect your Christmas card list.
Stress about your self-inflicted stress.
Count those pennies. Move that cash. Charge that card.
Yep, it’s holiday time.

What’s crazy, though, is this isn’t how it has to be. No law says your holiday season must run a specific course. There’s no indicator that there is one best way to throw a party and make memories.

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Teens, Stress, & Anxiety – Turning a Mess into a Masterpiece

Their cries are silent but visible.

According to a 2017 National Institute of Mental Health report, an anxiety disorder is present in 38% of female teens and 26.1% of male teens. Experienced infrequently, anxiety is a normal response to stress. The concern arises when feelings of anxiety occur more often than not throughout a six-month period. Psychologists refer to this as chronic stress. The constant presence of anxiety in teens alters the emotional and physical framework in which they previously thrived. Anxiety affects teens emotionally (irritability,

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3 foods connected to poor mental health in teen girls

In January 2019, researchers in Iran published a study in the Tehran University Medical Journal, showing a connection between diet and mental health.

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Marmite and vegemite may improve anxiety and stress

In early 2018, Australian researchers published a study in the Journal of Functional Foods, showing a connection between anxiety and stress levels and the consumption of yeast-based spreads (such as marmite, vegemite, promite, and aussiemite).

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10 drug-free ways to eliminate stress

Stress is how our body deals with things it sees as threats. It’s how we prepare to run away from or confront danger. Unfortunately, many things that trigger stress in our lives today aren’t things that we can fight or flee.

If stress continues, it can become chronic and can lead to other problems, including anxiety, depression, and even physical ailments.

You can take some practical steps to prevent, combat, and cope with stress, as well as maintain physical and mental health.

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Stress in pregnant mothers may lead to low birth weight in their babies

Researchers in India recently published a study in the International Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics, showing a connection between stress of pregnant mothers and the health of their newborn babies.

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Fast food may increase anxiety and stress levels

American researchers recently published a study in Journal Military Behavioral Health showing a connection between nutrition and levels of anxiety and stress.

The researchers enrolled over 350 soldiers to participate in their study to see if there is a relationship between food consumption behaviours and PTSD, depression, anxiety, and stress.

What the researchers discovered was that soldiers who eating habits that were less healthy (such as eating more fast foods and more sweets) also had higher stress and anxiety levels.

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4 foods to avoid if you have stress or depression

A British study published in the Central European Journal of Public Health showed a connection between diet and mental health among university students.

Researchers had over 3,700 students at 7 universities in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales self administer questionnaires, including a 12-item food frequency questionnaire, Cohen’s Perceived Stress Scale, and modified Beck Depression Inventory.

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Cutting out junk food may improve mental health in these 4 areas

Here at Truehope, we’ve been saying for over 20 years that nutrition and mental health are tightly linked, and improving nutrition can improve mental health.

Related to that is the idea that poor nutrition can lead to poor mental health.

Several peer-reviewed studies have shown that consuming high amounts of junk food can negatively affect our mental health. Here are 3 studies showing how junk food affects mental health in 4 areas: depression, stress, ADHD and general mental health.

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Study: EMPowerplus may help children with stress & anxiety

New Zealand researchers recently published a study where they found that EMPowerplus may help alleviate stress and anxiety in children.

The researchers designed a multiple-baseline trial to see what effect micronutrients — EMPowerplus specifically — could have on children experiencing stress and anxiety 2–3 years after a traumatic event, in this case, the 2010 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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