Question of the Week

September 17, 2002  


"In a world where inner quiet is all too rare, much has been written about children and stress, particularly since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Even before that, the self-help shelves of bookstores brimmed with volumes devoted to helping youngsters overcome trauma, be it divorce, serious illness or the death of a loved one. Far less attention has been paid to helping young people cope with day-to-day stresses like taking tests, competing in sports, being invited to the right birthday parties and staving off playground bullies. At the same time, said Dr. Georgia Witkin, director of the Stress Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, childhood is more stressful than ever..."

Tests, teasing, try-outs, tournaments, teachers, school, social life, sports, students, and STRESS are all a part of life.

"Stress: Who Has Time For It?"
A good resource which includes everything from what stress is, to how it is not all bad, and how to deal with it.

A little bit of stress gives us the kick we need to excel when we need to. Depending on that stress-adrenalin to get us through each day is physically, emotionally, and mentally draining.

How often do you see those around you stressed? An environment of people under stress adds another level of stress. How often do you see them not stressed? How often do you see people relax without feeling guilty for not being busy to the point of stress?

How do we convince people that it is okay to slow down? How do we convince our parents, peers, and ourselves that stress is not the goal? How do we reprogram our brains, and help those around us reprogram their thinking, so that we can accept the concept of taking time to relax?

Questions of the Week:
What are some practical suggestions for kids, teens, and adults who are dealing with stress? What are things that can be done each day that can help people of all ages better manage the daily stresses they encounter?

Please email me with any ideas or suggestions.
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I look forward to reading what you have to say.

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Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum

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