Sunday, April 15, 2007

The International Journal of Stress Management

The International Journal of Stress Management is a methodical journal for experts treating personal and occupational stress. The journal comprises “peer-reviewed” first-rate original articles including reviews, theoretical, historical, and empirical articles, in addition to editorials and book reviews. Some areas of interest take in “stress and trauma assessment”, “stress and trauma management”, stress management, and treatment issues.

Released as a quarterly journal, it is also the official publication of the International Stress Management Association or ISMA. ISMA is a nonprofit organization committed to “working for a less stressful world”. The organization seeks to press forward the education of students and professionals, as well as make possible methodological sound research within the wide field of “interdisciplinary stress management”, which includes psychology, dentistry, medicine, physical therapy, education, occupational therapy, speech therapy, business and industry, and psychiatry.

The International Journal of Stress Management, issue 4 Volume 13 (November 2006), includes articles reflecting on different issues in stress management internationally and areas of stress, on top of four articles that centers specifically on stress in the “policing” profession. Some of the articles found in this issue include:

Prominent Consequences of Role Stress: A Meta-Analytic ReviewThis journal article focuses on “role stress”. The article examines well-know effects of role stress, specifically centered on researching dissimilarity in relationships between aspects of role stress, and regularly cited effects through the use of the meta-analysis techniques.

Emotional Disonnance, Burnout, and In-role Performance Among Nurses and Police Officers
The articles touch on two studies -101 police officers and 108 nurses tested the suggestion that “emotionally demanding” connections with recipients can result to emotional dissonance that may in turn, lead to impaired performance and job burnout. Additionally, the authors foresee that “emotional dissonance” would be unconstructively related to in-role performance in terms of its association with burnout.

Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms and Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease in Police OfficersThe article centers on a present study that looks at the connections of “posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms” to “subclinical cardiovascular disease” in police officers. The study showed that higher PTSD symptoms in the police sample were linked to an almost double reduction in “brachial artery FMD” –a biomarker of “subclinical cardiovascular disease.

The International Journal of Stress Management targets professionals in the field of education, psychiatry, psychology, medicine, and others “researching stress and treating stress”. The International Journal of Stress Management is distributed in hospitals, other health-related institutes, and hospitals. The rate for subscription to the journal is at $75 for organizations and $35 for individuals.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Causes of Stress and Management

So now we understand what stress is. It’s the sympathetic nervous system reaction towards a certain situation which primes us for activity. It’s the same “flight or flee” response that evolved to meet our prehistoric forefather’s demands for survival. And it is the same nervous system response that readies our body to strenuous activities like running a marathon; the same nervous system response that readies our aboriginal forefathers for a hunt and a kill. The only thing is that, in today’s modern and cultured society the need of such automated function is not needed, this “flight or flee” response gets of little use, but yet still it is triggered often.

The “flight or flee” response of our nervous system is one big contributor to everyday causes of stress and management. Because every time this happens, it releases certain chemicals into our body, to support muscular action that is anticipated to take place. One of the chemicals, Epinephrine (or better known as adrenaline) allows certain bodily changes takes place. One of them, it results in the acceleration of heart and lung action to sustain the need of oxygen and calories for burning of energy. Another is that some blood vessels of the body are constricted to allow more blood where it’s needed. Some of them are the pain receptors of the body. This is all needed once, for the heavy activity like fighting or putting down prey; now it’s just wasted energy. Less blood enters the brain too, thus it’s hard to think while you’re running. A dilation of pupil occurs to widen the view of the surroundings, making your eye sensitive to a bigger angle of vision. Other lesser occurring reactions include the inhibition of tear glands, salivation, and food processing, and sometimes the relaxation (or inability) to retain bladder control, and the inhibition of erection or sexual appetite.

Finding the Causes of Stress and Management

Finding the causes of stress and management is the most efficient way to handle stress. By doing so, you will not only counter the ill effects of this but also divest these energies into something useful. Here are some tips finding the causes of stress and management controlling it.

Anger and fear is the psychological preparation of the body to fight or flee. When your angry, blood starts to pump more oxygen into your system, that’s why there’s always the risk for heart failures especially with those having heart conditions. One of the biggest causes of stress is anger, fear, hatred and other emotions similar to it.

Anxiety is also another great contributor to stress. Depression, lack of motivation, sadness, grief, these emotions and other similar to it are causes of psychological stress. They may not excite you in the same way as being angry but they do inhibit several bodily functions.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Benefits of Murphy’s Law

People can associate uneventful outcomes to the lack of luck, karma, or plain stupidity, but Murphy’s Law says that it is inevitable.

Murphy’s Law is a law stating that if something bad is possible, then it will be actualized. All of us have experienced bad days when we can’t really figure out what’s wrong with ourselves. We tend to end up doing all the wrong things and giving the wrong decisions.

There are days, for example, that a person goes out of his home for a walk without taking an umbrella. After a few days of scorching heat, he wouldn’t mind bringing an umbrella because raining is uneventful. However, the moment he steps out of the house and gets too far to go back, the droplets pour in; slowly at first, then the speed increases as the drops become bigger. This is referred by many as bad luck, but it’s actually a common explanation of Murphy’s Law.

Creation of the Law
Murphy’s Law states that if there are several ways of doing a certain thing and one of these ways would lead to a catastrophe, then one will eventually do it. The said Law originated in 1949 and was quoted from Captain Edward Murphy, a military engineer who was working on a project that attempted to test the capacity of human life amidst the G forces. The team of Captain Murphy was working on a mechanism that would measure the level of stress that would have been experienced by humans as they let a sled down a certain height. As they tested the contraptions, they didn’t work because the wires weren’t properly connected. Murphy made a comment about the technician who was responsible and this became the origin of the Law.

There are different versions of the Murphy’s Law; however, these versions are the same because they all pertain to the possibility of things to go wrong. The law can be easily mistaken to be a quote that is treasured by pessimists. Yes, it may seem that way, but it really is a very important Law that is not supposed to be put in a box together with pessimism. It is a Law that has given birth to one important principle, the principle of defensive design.

The Good in Murphy’s Law
Murphy’s Law provides a basis for anticipating the worst things that can happen given a certain situation. It makes us aware that we must do things right to get the right results. This is not necessarily the motto of a pessimist or a paranoid person; it’s a principle that is taken into consideration by people who would want to get the right things done.

It is actually applied in the design of different things such as electrical appliances, automobiles, personal computers, and others. It is used in the design of all the things that are all around us. The principle of defensive design prevents worst-case scenarios from being actualized. As a result, the level of these worst-case scenarios goes a notch lower. It builds the foundation for continuous improvements in our world.

Murphy’s Law may be a very negative-sounding proposition; however, it is a very important law that should always be remembered when engaging in any task or activity.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Berkshire Stress Management

Finding the best stress management program is a daunting task to do and perhaps another one stressful thing in the making. With the number of stress management workshops available for us to choose, nailing the right one that perfectly fits for our own needs is also one challenging act to do.

Among the many stress management programs available, Berkshire stress management is one of the most popular in the industry. It offers various programs for different groups of people. All the Berkshire stress management workshops are facilitated by one of the most renowned psychologists, Gill Smith. The 20-year extensive experience of Smith both in stress management and hypnotherapy makes her more qualified to handle problems in stress and how to cope with them.

Berkshire stress management is offering stress management training to corporate entities. One of which is the One-hour Stress Management Awareness for Managers. In this workshop it only caters to a maximum of 20 persons per session. Managers will be trained on how to better understand the sources of stress and its varied types. Techniques on how to deal with its effects as well as the techniques of controlling them are also part of the training module. With the demands that managers are constantly confronted with in the workplace, this stress management training is an added learning experience in properly and scientifically dealing with stress.

Another Berkshire stress management training module is the Two-hour Stress Management Workshop. Each session will only have 15 participants making each training session intimate and personalized. Theories and best practices on how to manage stress are taking much of the chunk of the training. Participants will be made to understand and analyze their own sources of stress as well as their own reaction to certain stressful situations.

Berkshire stress management is also offering longer stress management training sessions. It has stress management training for one day specially catered for organizations. For every session there are only a maximum of 15 participants. This whole day activity will not only focus on sources and coping mechanisms of stress but also other concerns such as the legal and financial concerns. Risk assessment planning is also given importance.

Berkshire stress management is also offering stress management training for individuals. Each session can be done either one-whole day or two half-days. It also serves to walk-in clients in a one-to-one basis. Another interesting aspect of Berkshire stress management is the hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is one of the safest techniques being performed in their own clinic.
Stress management is truly one of the most selling staple products for people who are always on the go and living in the competitive world.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The Queen of Clean: Linda Cobb

The Queen of Clean, Linda Cobb, is a household name these days and one that is synonymous with anything and everything to do with cleaning. Although she once used to rule the cleaning world with her own cleaning company, she has since hung up that title to take on the title of Queen of Clean.

These days she runs the world of cleaning with TV appearances on talk shows, (where she has a running challenge for anyone in the audiences to give her a cleaning question she can’t answer), a number of best seller books, and some of her own personal cleaning items.

This Queen of Clean also has time to run her own website, Within these hallowed pages you will find all the information that you need and more on the various products that the Queen of Clean sells, that she endorses, and also on the cleaning items which she considers to be the best of the lot.

And if you want to see the Queen of Clean in action, you can catch on her on talk shows such as Oprah, Live with Regis & Kelly, the Dr. Phil show, and the Today show among many others.

If that’s not enough for you, you can always catch the Queen of Clean on her own series which airs on the DIY Network, “Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean”. Or if you prefer you can even catch the Queen of Clean on radio in Phoenix, Arizona (where she lives) on the show, “Good Morning Arizona”.

Of course the Queen of Clean is not the Queen for nothing and from her first best selling book, “Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean”, to her latest book, “The Queen of Clean Conquers Clutter” you can be assured that you will find just about everything that you ever needed to know about household, and even industrial, cleaning tips and tricks.

And the best thing about this reigning Queen of Clean? She doesn’t rely on other people’s endorsements of a product, or even the manufacturer’s guarantees. She tries each and every product out personally before she endorses it, or rather, gives it the Queen of Clean Seal of Approval.

And what’s even better is that you won’t find a signal product on her Seal of Approval list which is repeated in the form of another product. Or in other words, every product that is listed with the Queen of Clean Seal of Approval is unique, and no two products that do the same thing will be listed.