Friday, 29 March 2013 13:45

Optimism in breast cancer survivors

Breast cancer survivors experience significant stress related to diagnosis and treatment. Even after treatment has been completed, there can be continued psychological and emotional distress. Several studies have shown that this stress has an impact on quality of life for breast cancer survivors and may continue for years after diagnosis and treatment. A very important variable in adjusting to the stress of being a breast cancer survivor and well-being is optimism. According to Karademas (2007), optimism can predict current and future adjustments to stressful conditions.

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:06

Managing Stress

I hope you are all enjoying the little signs of spring this week.  I was walking my dog this morning.  Although the thermometer read only 20 degrees, I passed a tree full of red-winged blackbirds singing enthusiastically in the sun.  I felt relaxed and happy, and considered how important it is to have moments like that each day.  I started to reflect on the times when our sense of peace is shattered by stress.  Today, I would like to present an old, but legitimate approach to managing those little stress surprises that can easily occur over 50 times in a day, according to psychiatrist Dr. Charles Stroebel, MD.

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