In so many ways our lives today are better than ever before. We live longer, we are better fed, and on average we work less and have more free time. But, it seems, there is also a price to pay. We are more prone to heart disease , type 2 diabetes, stress, anxiety and depression. Another feature of modern living is the amount of time we spend sitting. In fact some of the most stressful activities we undertake, like driving, being interviewed, sitting exams, traveling in overcrowded trains or busses, all involve sitting. Is it just possible that the anxiety conditions that affect over 27 million people globally are linked to sedentary behavior?
Of course sedentary behavior isn’t just linked to work it’s also a feature of our free time. Just how much time we spend in front of a TV, playing electronic games, or simply not moving is difficult to judge, but it doesn’t take a genius to know we are a pretty sedentary bunch compared with a generation or t...
When it comes to anxiety the world of work can be an unforgiving place. Everyone accepts a little nervousness, but people who experience anxiety during business interactions, presentations, or social exchanges often send out the wrong message. If anxiety is the cause of obstinacy, defensiveness, rudeness or aggression in yourself or someone else, something needs to be done.
In most work environments people follow a code of behavior. Some codes are overt and may even form part of company policy - never swearing or shouting for example. Others are more subtle and unwritten, such as the raising of an eyebrow from the chief executive meaning, ‘I'm displeased'.
The thing about a successful interpersonal environment is that it represents a form of trade. You offer me something and I will offer something back. So, if I offer you a coffee, you accept or decline graciously. These standardized forms of interaction lubricate our social wheels and encourage us to believe ...
When your child has an anxiety disorder, chances are there are times when it interferes with school. A few examples of how anxiety disorders can make school more difficult :
When children have social anxiety disorder (SAD), they might feel uncomfortable answering questions in class, going up to the board or making friends
When a child has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), he might need to complete rituals, even if those rituals interrupt the school day. He might feel anxious if unable to complete certain rituals.
Children with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) worry endlessly. They might worry about an upcoming test, forgetting their homework, whether they are going to be called on. They might be inattentive in class (because they are worrying rather than listening) and have a hard time focusing on schoolwork.
If your child has anxiety, he might try to hide it from others. He might be embarrassed or worry about how others will react. Teachers mi...
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