Blog: April 2011

Worry and anxious arousal - what is the difference?

You won't stop worrying while you think it helps you somehow. Anxious arousal and worry are related but not the same. Anxious arousal is physiological. It is the body's normal reaction to the perception of immediate danger - which can be real or imagined. Worry is psychological and is often just a habit. So, anxious arousal, being physiological, can be stopped physiologically with relaxation, which is the opposite of anxious arousal.

The fight-or-flight response is useful on rare occasions of real danger. Animals respond to external stimuli - a predator, a loud noise which might mean danger. People tend to respond to internal stimuli - imagined dangers and to socially-conditioned psychological triggers such as 'What will people think of me?' etc.

Worrying is never useful. It handicaps and diminishes us. The more it triggers the fight or flight with imagined threats, the more it prevents clear thinking (which is probably our greatest survival asset).

Added on 23.04.2011

Big guilt - after eating chocolate

Just thinking these foods are bad and banned makes them (of course) more desirable. read more

Added on 22.04.2011

Why do we want to lose weight?

In part, it is social pressure coming at us through the media, because even people with a healthy bodyweight want to lose weight.

The charity, Eating Disorder Association, has linked up with Dove, who do the commercials with women of all shapes and sizes, to promote understanding of how the media affects our body image and our self esteem through Body Talk. It is primarily targeted at young people, but there is good material that we can all benefit from.

We all need to understand this, as a negative body image and low self-esteem really does affect our lives deeply.

Added on 21.04.2011

Fizzy drinks make you fat

The excellent Dr Sharma of the University of Alberta has pointed to research from Purdue University which shows that calories taken in a drink do not register with our brains as a meal. We feel just as hungry as if we had taken no calories at all. Some of these drinks can be as much as 200 calories - 10% of our daily allowance.

For calories to register in our brains, they need to be in solid food. If you are wanting to lose weight, the easiest thing to give up is calorie filled drinks, such as fizzy drinks, and it could help you lose one pound a week.

Added on 20.04.2011

'Poor Me' Syndrome

Great article on 'Poor Me' syndrome from the Albert Ellis Institute. Ellis was one of the pioneers in psychotherapy whose work is the forerunner of cognitive behavioural therapy. CBT encourages us to take responsibility for our own wellbeing, and not dump the blame for our misery on other people or circumstances. Taking responsibility puts us in control.

Added on 19.04.2011

Don't treat your belly as the bin

The generation that was told to eat everything on their plate find leaving food very tricky. read more

Added on 19.04.2011

Some tips on overcoming your worry tendencies

Lots of us overemphasis the risk of danger and unemphasise our ability to cope. We remember the failures, not the successes. But you can change! read more

Added on 16.04.2011

Is it your emotions making you eat too much?

Is it your emotions making you eat too much? read more

Added on 15.04.2011

Afternoon bingeing - how can I stop?

Often when we are worried about our weight, we skip meals. This can make us hungry, and hunger can drive us to the chocolate. read more

Added on 13.04.2011

Social factors make it harder for women to manage their weight

Apart from greater social pressure in the Western world to be thin, social pressures reduce women's opportunity to control their weight. read more

Added on 11.04.2011

Peristalsis is impaired with IBS

For IBS sufferers, normal regular gut movements become disordered and over-strong muscle contractions cause pain, diarrhea and constipation. read more

Added on 07.04.2011

When is the best time to try to lose weight?

Well, the simple answer is, when we are feeling good, when things are generally going well. When the ducks are in a row. read more

Added on 05.04.2011

Boredom eating

Some of us just eat for something to do, because we feel bored. read more

Added on 05.04.2011

What about gut flora?

Irritable bowel syndrome is the most common gastrointestinal diagnosis. Doctors in California noticed that the symptoms of IBS are similar to those where the small intestine gets an overgrowth of gut flora. Their study looked at whether or not gut flora overgrowth is associated with IBS. If that were so, there might be a chance that dealing with the overgrowth would reduce the symptoms of IBS.

The results showed that of 202 IBS patients, 157 (78%) had overgrowth. This showed a very strong association. They then treated the overgrowth which eliminated IBS suymptoms in just under half.

This is very helpful. If you have IBS, ask your doctor to check for gut flora overgrowth in the small intestine. If he finds it, antibiotics could take away your symptoms. For the rest of us, hypnotherapy has an 85% success rate in eliminating IBS symptoms.

Added on 05.04.2011

Oh no, what if something awful happens?

When we are anxious we become very alert to potential sources of danger and overestimate the risk and severity. What about learning to relax? read more

Added on 03.04.2011

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