Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Got Stress?


By Emma Stafford, RN, APN-C, ACHPN, APHN-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Got stress? We all do. The real question is, how well do you handle your stress?

Did you know that 60-90% of visits to primary care doctors are for stress-related conditions?

Research has shown that the safest and most effective way to reduce stress is through mind-body medicine. The field of mind-body medicine is based on the recognition that our beliefs, thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships can have a profound effect on the body.

Stress management can help you to either remove or change the source of stress, alter the way you view a stressful event, lower the impact that stress might have on your body, and teach you alternative ways of coping. Using the relaxation response turns off genes associated with stress and disease vulnerability.

Coming in 2018, Integrative Health and Medicine will be presenting the SMART program:

The Stress Management And Resiliency Training (SMART) program teaches self-care practices that help buffer daily stress, making you less vulnerable to it. You will learn to regain control and build resiliency through a variety of mind-body principles and self-care interventions.

Stress management is helpful to everyone and will especially benefit those with:
  • Anxiety-related symptoms 
  • Insomnia or fatigue 
  • Headaches or migraines 
  • Gastrointestinal disorders 
  • Mild depression 
  • Skin problems 
  • Auto-Immune disorders 
  • Asthma and allergies 
  • Chronic pain or TMJ 
The program will help participants:
  • Understand the connection between stress and physical/emotional problems
  • Learn a variety of techniques to elicit the relaxation response
  • Appreciate the role of positive thoughts and beliefs
  • Discover the importance of healthy eating, restorative sleep, and physical activity
The SMART program includes four individual appointments, which are reimbursed by most insurers, and eight weekly two-hour group sessions, which are self-pay.

For optimal health, just like brushing and flossing, stress management needs to be a daily practice. Having multiple tools and techniques will change how you handle your stress and ultimately change your life!

Join Lisa Sussman, PsyD, Health Psychologist and Emma Stafford, Nurse Practitioner at Hackensack Meridian Health Village for this comprehensive training from the Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital. For their complete bios, click here.

For more information and to make a mind-body consultation appointment, call Hackensack Meridian Health Integrative Health & Medicine at 732-994-7855.

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