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Health, Anxiety, Women, Friends

Friday, February 01, 2002


ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Healthy mind - healthy body
  • Overcoming anxiety
  • An invitation to women entrepreneurs
  • How your “best friend” can help

HEALTHY MIND- HEALTHY BODY

Want to be healthy? Taking care of your mind will help your body.

Having a positive mental outlook actually helps you feel better physically. In a recent study, people who reported themselves to be highly optimistic also reported experiencing fewer health-related physical symptoms.

Holding on to angry feelings can take not only an emotional toll on your heart, but it may also take a physical toll on it. In a study of people with chest pain, people who harbored feelings of anger were four times more likely to have unhealthy cholesterol values. They also were more likely to have a higher body mass index (BMI). Unhealthy cholesterol values and a high BMI are associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease.

Do you find it hard to forgive people who have wronged you? Nursing a grudge may be harmful to your health. According to research, forgiveness has a positive health effect. In a study, people who forgave their offenders felt more control over the situation and experienced less physiological stress than people who were unforgiving toward their offenders.

OVERCOMING ANXIETY

We all experience anxiety on occasion. Rational anxiety represents an emotional means to prepare or react to potential dangers or problems. However, when we begin to dwell on real or imagined problems without working through them, this anxiety can become a negative force in our lives. You can learn to control your anxiety through conscious effort. The following suggestions will help.

  • Practice relaxation techniques.
  • Identify and then deal with the underlying beliefs that promote your vulnerability to anxiety.
  • Learn to manage anxious thought patterns with cognitive therapy.
  • Identify and solve problems rather than worrying. Worry is a nonproductive emotion.
  • Make lifestyle and diet changes to improve you well being.
  • Exercise – it is a beneficial release of anxiety.
  • Be proactive in your resolve to overcome anxiety.

AN INVITATION TO WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

I will be giving a presentation at the Roundtable Dinner Meeting for the Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training (sponsored by the US Small Business Administration and SCORE) next month. See below for the details.

WHAT DO WOMEN WANT? How Women Entrepreneurs Can Balance Work & Family Life

Whether your spouse is a partner in your business or not, they play an important part in your entrepreneurial venture. Therefore you need to address the same issues that all entrepreneurial couples face. How can you balance family life and meaningful work? How can you confront problems head on without using compromise? How can you communicate effectively with your spouse and/or business partner? At the upcoming Roundtable Meeting Dr. Kathy Marshack, licensed psychologist and family/business consultant, will be addressing these issues and helping entrepreneurs learn how to design a more balanced, integrated and meaningful life.

  • Tuesday, March 19th, 5:45 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Days Inn Center Hotel, 1414 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR
  • Reservations must be received by March 18th
  • Cost for non-members is $25, prepay by check or credit card
  • Dinner included
  • Reserve by contacting Lynn Elbert
    Phone - (503) 229-3819
    Email – lynne@lynmar.com
    Mail – WEO, 8033 SW 166th Place, Aloha, OR 97007

HOW YOUR “BEST FRIEND” CAN HELP

Apparently dogs can help control hypertension. In a study conducted by the University of Buffalo, non-dog owners who are caregivers to brain injured patients were five times more likely than dog owner to have high blood pressure.

Dogs help kids adjust following a divorce. Another interesting study found that kids with dogs between 6 and 11 whose parents recently divorced, were generally less aggressive and more socially integrated than other children.

I enjoy getting feedback from readers about this newsletter. I was happy to hear that our previous issue on how to cope with being laid off was helpful. Please let me know if you’ve found particular topics we’ve shared to be of help or interest. You can also feel free to recommend topics for future newsletters. I look forward to your input – email me at news@kmarshack.com.

Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter. For more information about my work as a marriage and family therapist and family/business consultant please visit my website www.kmarshack.com. You’ll find self-help tips, a library of family business articles, information on on-line consultation and much more. To contact my office call (360) 256-0448 or (503) 222-6678 or email info@kmarshack.com.