Because we are headed into cooler months, most of us will be spending more time indoors. When we are inside for most of the day, it affects our levels of stress and our mental health. In fact, job stress may cause as many as one out of every seven new cases of depression, anxiety and other common mental disorders, suggests a study published in Lancet Psychiatry.
Researchers looked at over 6,800 participants, ranking job strain at age 45 with risk of mental illness at age 50. The results were astounding.
- Having a job that is highly demanding increased mental diagnosis rates by 70%.
- Having a job that causes high strain (moves at a fast pace, or is highly risky, for example) increased mental diagnosis rates by 220%.
- Having a job in which the employee had very little control over decisions increased mental illness rates by 89%.
- All in all, researchers estimate that simply having higher job stress increased the overall likelihood of subsequent mental illness significantly, accounting for 1 out of every 7 new cases of mental illness in midlife.
Forget the usually-thought-of triggers such as divorce, bereavement and serious medical issues… job strain alone can put you at significant risk for mental disorders.
What constitutes a stressful job? A job that requires high intensity, a job that moves at a fast pace, a job that has high risk, a job that gives you very little control over your duties, and/or a job that doesn’t allow you to make your own decisions were all factors that contributed to job strain.
If you are thinking… yes my job is stressful but I really love it, it’s not enough. Job satisfaction is not protective of the strain that job stress can put on mental health.
Although ideally we would all have meaningful soul satisfying jobs… even when they are super fulfilling soul careers, they can actually still be toxic, stressful, high paced, and put us at high risk for mental illness. And let’s face it, many times jobs simply are not in the slightest bit soul fulfilling at all and yet still are so stressful that they raise mental illness diagnosis, all for a job you don’t even enjoy.
But there are ways to help protect yourself and your mental state. So today I wanted to do a round up for you on ways to decrease work-related stress to safeguard your mental health.
9 ways to decrease the negative health effects of job stress:
1. Factor job strain into your career choices early on whenever possible.
If you have a family history or a personal history of mental illness, it is absolutely imperative that you protect your mental health by choosing jobs that give you autonomy, or at least allow you to participate in decision making.
Or… if you want to work in a tightly regulated job field where you don’t get to have control over the decisions, then select a job where the pace is slow and relaxed and/or the job is low intensity, low stakes.
If one out of every 7 cases of mental illness in midlife comes from having a stressful job, it is absolutely something to take into account when selecting between several possible career pathways. Look for a job that allows you to be a part of the decision making process, or look for a job with lower intensity and a slower pace if you have an option and want to be protective of your mental health.
2. Modify existing job parameters.
If you are already in a stressful job that you want to stay in, consider small ways to modify your current stress levels at work.
There are three basic ways you can lighten your job strain: increasing your autonomy (getting to make more job related decisions,) lightening the pace of the job, or lightning the demands on the job. Even choosing just one way to modify your current work load, even just slight modification, can help reduce mental illness risk:
- Ask to be part of decisions whenever possible… if there are committees to be involved in, if there are meetings you can speak up during, if there are opportunities for a leadership role — this study shows that even in a highly stressful job, having some sort of say in what decisions are made allows the job to cause less strain over all.
- Negotiate terms whenever possible… not just the classic example of asking for a raise, but speaking up over anything you can… such as negotiating when you take a break, what shift you work, what snacks are stocked in the vending machine, or what the dress code is can help give you some say in your work day and reduce strain.
- If you can’t make decision and you can negotiate terms, sharing the burden is another way to reduce job strain. Asking for help, getting co-workers involved, turning individual tasks into group tasks, forming alliances, delegating and and all tasks that you can delegate — these are all ways to reduce job strain even in jobs that are highly stressful and where you have little control.
3. If you can’t make work less stressful, make it more meaningful.
There is medical proof that the more meaningful your work is, the better your brain works. Which means less frustration, less burn out, less stress.
Published October 22, 2014 in Neuron, researchers found that having your own internal motivation, in the form of curiosity, allows your brain to have enhanced memory and function. Being curious about learning something enhanced the study participants absorption and ability to master the information they were curious to learn and even enhanced their ability to remember non-related information alongside it. Researchers could literally see the brain enhance function on MRI when the subject was highly curious about the material they were engaged in — showing that being curious about something literally changes the way the your brain functions, optimizing key parts of the brain such as the hippocampus and the dopaminergic circuit.
This shows that the physiological function of the brain changes when the material a person is focusing on is one that they are curious about learning, as opposed to material they have low curiosity about. Not only does the brain allow for learning of self motivated material better, but it even allows better recall of ancillary information presented while in that engaged, curious state.
So it’s not about completing a task as directed, or rote memorization of material, or getting a specific test score on an exam in school that allows you to truly learn. It’s about following your inner guidance system, engaging in your own innate curiosity, and allowing that to guide you in making educational and career choices that align your soul gifts with your occupation.
This study shows that you are naturally suited to learn, retain and remember information that you are self selecting, motivated, and curious about. This is exactly why I am so glad that I never ever ever had any formal training in painting… I just picked up a paint brush in medical school and starting painting on a canvas between classes as a way to completely unplug and de-stress from the mental grind of my medical studies.
Because I didn’t know what colors mixed with what or any formal do’s or don’ts with regard to how to layer paint on a page, I was free to experiment. I am far from being a skilled artist, yet my artwork has been on the cover of magazines, CDs & DVD, in the three healing children’s books I’ve published, was blown up to astronomically huge proportions to be the entire backdrop of a stage at a music festival, and more!
Why? All because I followed my curiosity when I picked up my paintbrush, and I was motivated to do it, not instructed to do it. Some examples of my imperfect artwork: (please do not use or reproduce these images in any way, but please do head over here to see more artwork painted by moi and to order prints!)
So ask yourself: Do you find you are going through most of your day being told what to do, bossed around or directed at work, instructed through life instead of exploring through life?
Yeah, that doesn’t vibe right with your soul. So… what to do if your days are too full of meaningless tasks? Follow your curiosity. I can say for certain (after 21 years of formal education and 23 additional years of practicing medicine) the things I remember most and the things that make the biggest impact on my patients are not the lists of facts I memorized in medical school or the lab values that I dryly take note of in the medical literature, it’s the meaningful information I personally uncovered on a quest to help a specific patient, to support a specific health care goal of a loved one, or to advocate for a particular outcome to help empower a person I care about.
It’s not the facts about the illness, it’s the motivation — the caring state of advocating for a patient I adore — that helps me find, learn, retain, and use the information I glean in the best possible way, as well as to remember and use this information to support and enhance infinite patient encounters in the future.
In this way… combining meaning and motivation with information… we can deliver the most soul value and align our physical journey with a rich and meaningful spiritual purpose.
4. Recover fully when not at work.
Create clear boundaries around time spent working vs. time spent not-working each day.
One of the worst habits you can get into is taking your work home with you. I should know, doctors are the classic “on call” occupation but every doctor I know makes this occupational stress a hundred times worse by bringing work home even when not on call.
I have strained myself beyond capacity for years (decades actually) staying up in the middle of the night on my computer, returning emails from my phone at the wee hours of the morning, packing and shipping shop orders literally around the clock… and I know I am not alone. In many — if not most — jobs these days, there really are no designated off hours since technology can reach us anywhere, and this can create a situation where there is no down time, no recovery time, no off time.
So you have to be proactive and protective to ensure — for your own mental health — that there absolutely *is* time off from work and time away from all work related activity.
If you are in a job that you can’t modify, can’t control, has high stress, and little autonomy, then the next best thing you can do to protect your mental and physical health is to make sure off hours are actually off hours.
- Make it harder to access work related tasks… leave your computer at work (if you work from home, leave your computer in a designated *home office* space and do not bring it into the rest of the house!)
- Put cell phones on airplane mode at night, or better yet turn them off completely.
- Designate a cut off time in the evening where you will no longer check emails or return business related calls.
- Prioritize sleep. More on this in an upcoming blog post.
- Move your body in a non-job related way: exercise, stretch, get into a yoga routine, go on a long walk, have sex, even simple taking a hot bath in Epsom salts will help soothe tense muscles and get you out of “work mode.”
- Read a book that is absolutely 100% simply for pleasure and *not work related!!!*. I’m the worst at this because I typically read medical journals before bedtime instead of romance or mystery novels but this is one of my new goals.
- Schedule time for leisure activities — from a designated weekly movie night to a routine family date to time alone — off time is so crucial for balancing out the stress from your job and should be given the same weight (or even more weight) than your dedication to your career.
- Take time for friendships and relationships that are not in any way work related. Consider this… are most of your relationships with people in the same work place or career path as you? Be sure to go out of your way to nurture friendships and relationships that have nothing to do with work at all — if you have to join a knitting club or a book club or sign up for a gym class or introduce yourself to your neighbors — meet people that it would be literally impossible to “talk shop” with in your down time because they do not work with you. Having outside interests and outside relationships apart from work helps ensure you don’t think about or talk about work in your off time.
- Take vacation time — up to 1/3 of all vacation days are simply never even used!!!! What the…? No way. Please take those vacation days, every single one of them.
5. Reduce stressful background noise.
Chronic background noise doesn’t just irritate you… it actually impacts your long term health. Chronic levels of noise found frequently in the workplace and in our living spaces have been shown to significantly increase your risk of heart attack, heart disease, heart failure, stroke, even atrial fibrillation. And it doesn’t stop there. Not only is chronic noise increasing your blood pressure, increasing inflammation in your arteries leading to heart attack and stroke, but it’s also increasing your risk of metabolic diseases and type two diabetes.
Because the disease burden of chronic noise is so directly linked to heart disease, high blood pressure and increased inflammation of the arteries, it’s important for clinicians to start treating noise pollution as a cardiac risk factor on par with smoking history, family history, age, blood pressure, and weight. Here is a printable medical study you can take to your physician to get them to take noise pollution seriously in evaluating your true cardiovascular risk.
Even small noises are an issue.
What is interesting is that it’s not just loud sounds that affect your health, it’s the small chronic ones that do too. So it’s not just an airplane passing by or the occasional sound of construction, but the level of normal talking, phones ringing, and sounds of cars on the street all impact your heart attack and stroke risk, and they all up your risk for metabolic disease too.
We are now aware that normal volumes of speaking and car sounds result in much more insidious health risks over time –compromising the health of your heart, of your brain, of your body. The new term is Noise Annoyance — which is all that is needed to produce these increased rates of chronic, life threatening health issue. Look at the table below (taken directly out of this medical study) to see that even normal conversation is above the area now considered safe in terms of affecting your health. 55 dBA and above is considered a health risk factor by the World Health Organization (WHO):
Every 10 dBA increase in noise increases your heart attack risk by 6%, arterial calcification by 8%, and stroke risk by 14%… starting at only 50 dBA!
- So normal conversation (at 60 dBA) can, over time, contribute negatively to health issues… increasing both heart attack and stroke risk by 6% and 14% respectively.
- The normal sound of cars driving/traffic, doubles that — increasing heart attack and stroke risk by 12% and 28% respectively.
- Listening to a telephone ring repeatedly increases risk of heart attack and stroke by 18% and 42% respectively, and on and on.
Think about your background noise exposures:
- Do you hear traffic constantly (especially consider if you hear traffic where you sleep at night?)
- Do you work in an area where there is chronic talking (such as a hospital, a hotel, a store or a restaurant?)
- Do you work in an area where there are phones constantly ringing (such as at an office?)
- Do you work in an area that has music playing constantly?
- Do you sleep with music or a television on?
At home maybe you can consider reducing your background noise by:
- Installing noise blocking and light blocking curtains on your windows.
- Do not sleep with windows open if you live in an area with nighttime traffic, and try to sleep in a room that is not facing a road if you have an option of which bedroom to take. If you already have a high cardiovascular risk or history of heart disease or stroke, consider switching bedrooms with another family member in order to get away from a busy street.
- If you have a yard, consider planting a row of trees to help block noise coming to your home.
- Turn off appliances when not in use… don’t sleep with the TV or music running, don’t sleep with a sound machine on, give your brain a break from the constant onslaught of noise whenever possible.
But what to do about noise pollution at work? Too easy. You can simply wear these simple, soft, effective silicone ear inserts to decrease irritating noise while at the same time, helping to clarify important noises that you actually want or need to hear.
Calmer reduces stress by removing distortion that would usually trigger the human ‘fight or flight’ response. While this response was a vital part of our evolution to alert us to the slightest sound or threat, in today’s modern world where we no longer need to be alert to the snap of a twig, this added resonance is loading us with unnecessary stress.
Calmer specifically helps reduce noises that causes stress and anxiety. They do this without reducing the volume so you don’t feel disconnected from the world, and you can hear what you need to hear clearly. The result is a natural way to minimize today’s constant barrage of environmental noise stressors which have a negative impact on our mental and physical well-being.
While this will decrease stress for anyone, whether you are sensitive to noises or not, it can be a game changer for those with Hyperacusis, for example those with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, tinnitus, or other hypersensitivity issues.
You can wear these during waking and sleeping hours. The help to relieve stress while at home, at work, at school, on commutes, while traveling, at restaurants, concerts, or all night long when you want to deeply relax. They are very discrete and you can still hear normal conversation, music, co-workers, etc… but at much safer volumes that protect your long term health and decrease your immediate stress.
When you wear them you not only protect your stress levels and ability to process communication in the short term, but protect your heart and brain and metabolism for the long term, too! Tell your friends, fellow students, co-workers, anyone who ask about them how wearing ear protection can actually decrease heart attack and stroke risk — they will be amazed!
Learn more about how these ingenious, simple ear protective devices work right here.
6. Make sure you have an avenue for play.
Play is not only a relief and a respite from the seriousness that stress, illness and trauma bring to our lives, it is actually therapy. Play time is therapeutic time, point blank. Child psychologists use this healing tool often, because play is a child’s way to express and release any inner turmoil or fears that the child doesn’t even consciously know they have.
But it isn’t only therapeutic for children, it’s therapeutic for adults too. In fact, I would argue that engaging in some form of play daily is one of the best things you can do to safeguard your physical health.
From physical play (whether through dance, playing a sport like golf tennis or bowling, painting, playing a musical instrument, bird watching, hiking, you name it!) to mental play (such as crossword puzzles, chess, sudoku, reading and discussing books, watching plays, learning a new language, etc…) many medical studies have proven there are mental and physical health benefits from time spent in play. Here are just a few:
Medical studies on the healing power of play:
- Play and Optimal Welfare
- Play and Adult Creativity
- Play in Adulthood
- Current perspectives on the biological study of play: signs of progress
- The relationship between playfulness and coping in preschool children
- Using play and playwork with teenage parents and their children
- The importance of play in promoting strong bonds
- Playing to learn
I know that at times of great stress in my life, it was ever more crucial for me to have avenues to release that stress. For example, during medical school anatomy class, when we were dissecting human cadavers — a process that was intensely uncomfortable and psychologically stressful — I relished my time spent playing intramural soccer. A large study published in Leisure Sciences in 2014, backs up my experience. They analyzed students in rigorous educational paths from three different universities, and found that the more playful the student was, the more successfully they coped with the high levels of stress.
Play is also brain protective as we age. The Journal of the International Neurophysiological Society published a study in 2011 that showed simply doing crossword puzzles was enough to significantly delay the onset of memory decline. And Geriatrics and Gerontology published a study in 2019 showing that almost all forms of playtime activities prevent cognitive decline (some examples were: reading, playing board games, music, art, handicrafts, crossword puzzles, even learning computer skills) and that activities that involved intellectual stimulation and communication was particularly effective. One recent study show that being playful drops Alzheimer’s rates by 64%, just by learning new things and being playful to retain the plasticity of the brain.
A study published in Neuroscience Letters in 2003 showing that play stimulated neurotropic growth in several parts of the brain. As Dr. Stuart Brown says in his book Play, “when we stop playing we start dying.”
But I would say the reverse is also true, when we start playing, we start living!
The European Journal of Humour Research published a study in 2013 showing that the more playful an adult was, the higher they rated their physical and mental well being. As you intentionally welcome play back into your life, you’ll notice that through play your optimism, your smile, and your sense of humor returns. So it’s very important during times of increased stress to specifically carve out space in your life to allow for play.
When you give yourself time to play, it gives your body a time to repair and recover. Play gives you a period of time where stress hormones can decrease, for you to relax and shift out of stressful mind-frames, and even release unhealthy coping mechanisms.
In fact, replacing unhealthy coping mechanisms with play can actually keep your brain plastic and flexible, ward off mood disorders, and even strengthen your relationships with others (if you choose play activities with a social component.)
A study published in 2008 in Therapeutic Recreation Journal found that leisuretime activities were so powerful in helping to cope with stress that they recommend incorporating play and leisure activities into a therapeutic healing plan.
A study published in Leisure Sciences in 2013 found that the more playful an adult is, the lower their levels of stress were and the less they utilized negative, avoidant, or harmful coping mechanisms.
While there are so many stressors in life that you can’t control, one thing you can do to bring more satisfaction and well being into your life is to prioritize play. So be intentional about creating welcoming a time for play into the structure of your daily, weekly and monthly routines. Pare down stressful obligations to make space for activities, whether mental or physical, that you truly enjoy.
Need help remembering what brings your inner child out? Read through these different Play Personalities below to help you discover… or re-discover — what activities might bring you joy. Remember back to childhood as you circle the play personality that is closest to your play style growing up. Then read through them again and put a check beside the one that is your play style now. These are the play personalities suggested by Stuart Brown, M.D. in his book: Play, How It Shapes The Brain, Opens The Imagination, and Invigorates The Soul.
- The Joker: primary enjoyment is being class clown, practical joker, goofy fun, going for the laughs
- The Kinesthete: enjoyment comes from pushing physical limits, feel the result of movement and often enjoys play in the form of physical competition
- The Explorer: enjoyment comes from discovering the world, searching, traveling, researching, understanding, experiencing
- The Competitor: enjoyment comes from play centered around winning games, keeping score, outwitting others, interaction, usually very social
- The Director: enjoyment comes from planning and executing events and interactions, relationships, satisfaction from a job well done
- The Collector: enjoyment comes from obtaining objects or experiences, either alone or with groups, enjoys social interaction and clubs based on common interests
- The Artist: enjoyment comes from making things, creating things, experimenting with different forms of expression, color, decor, visual arts
- The Storyteller: enjoyment comes predominantly from imagination and expressing the imagination, written word, spoken word, communication
Whether it is dusting off an old pair of rollerblades, or heading outside for a game of catch with your dog, to crafting or creating something, learning or playing an instrument, dancing to your favorite music, trying a new recipe in the kitchen, heading outside to watch the sunset, blowing bubbles in your living room, singing songs around a campfire, going on a walk, improving your golf game, learning how to play tennis, playing a pick up game at a park with friends, playing card games with your family, doing a jigsaw puzzle all week long, riding a bike, laying down to look up at cloud shapes in the daytime or twinkling stars at night, writing poems, learning how to sew, creating a scrapbook, practicing photography, trying a new healing modality, and on and on and on…
…know that time you devote to playing is every bit as healthy for you (& let’s face it, probably even more healthy) than the time you spend in serious mode when you are working.
7. Be proactive about protecting your mental health in other ways.
Like with everything in life, health is a balance. Even when you can not do anything to change one stressor (like your job for example) decreasing other stressors in your life helps decrease the total amount of stress burden placed on your body.
Optimize the quality of the foods, nutrients, micronutrients, vitamins & minerals you put into your body, optimize the purity of the water you drink, increase your physical activity, go outside and get your body grounded to the earth as often as possible, and on and on.
Read through this list and find one (or several) ways that you can focus on what you can control, which will help mitigate the stressors you can’t control:
- Decrease toxic burden. Go through your pantry, bathroom, and laundry room and remove synthetic, chemical laden foods from your pantry, toxic artificial body care products, oral care products and hair care products from your bathrooms, remove chemical laden home care and cleaning products as well as artificially scented and chemical laden laundry products, and never use toxic chemicals on your lawn. Reducing environmental toxins like artificial fragrances and toxic household cleaners and toxic body, beauty and oral care products also goes a long way to reducing the total burden you put on your body each day.
- Wash your hands before eating anything to remove all the chemicals we pick up as we go about our day so you don’t get traces of them into your mouth with each meal.
- Eat clean whenever possible. Reduce total body toxic burden by eating less processed and artificial foods, and more antioxidant rich natural healthy foods whenever possible.
- Want to improve your nutritional intake? Supplement with high quality supplements that can help alleviate the over all burden of stress on your body.
- Don’t drink enough water? Put a water filtration system right out on your kitchen counter and drink a big glass every single time you walk by it.
- Don’t exercise enough? Start and end every single day with a walk outside in fresh air. Daily movement helps deliver much needed fresh oxygen and nutrients to all organ systems as well as aid in the removal of toxins and waste by-products. Exercise absolutely boosts your body’s health and resiliency!!!
- Want to meditate but can’t get the hang of it? It only take 3 deep breaths to literally boost the function of your heart and other crucial internal organs — take 3 deep breaths right now. It’s a mini meditation that literally boosts your health instantly. Use a chime routinely to remind you… I walk you through it right here in this video. Feel that? Do it daily.
- Start reading books at night instead of watching TV.
- Stop multitasking and let your brain focus on just one task at a time.
- Start taking nightly epsom salt bath soaks.
- Sauna each week to relax tense muscle and boost your health (as I blog about here, routine sauna increases life span!)
- Join a spiritual support group or get serious about finding a church or synagogue or meditation center that feels right the moment you walk in the doors.
- Stop using social media and reach out to your real life friends to set up a weekly date.
And on and on and on. There is always something you can do to feel better, and better and better. There are always actionable steps you can take to boost your health.
8. Address past traumas.
If you’ve had a history of trauma, or a history of serious illness or injury, the death of a loved one, a divorce, recent unemployment, increasing financial struggles, legal troubles, etc… than medical studies have actually shown that any additional stress (such as work stress) is actually is harder on you than on someone without prior trauma.
So if you feel like you are struggling to deal with the stressors of work that other folks take in stride, there is good reason. It’s not you. It’s your trauma. We’ve known for a while that a history of trauma makes subsequent traumas more likely to cause PTSD.
- A study published in 1999 showed that a history of trauma increases the risk of getting PTSD with a subsequent trauma
- A study published in 2008 backed this up by finding that a history of trauma increases not only the risk of getting PTSD but also the risk of developing depression (Major Depressive Disorder, also known as MDD) when faced with a new trauma.
- And this medical study (published in June 2020) looking at folks with a history of trauma and their response to a natural disaster. Researchers found that individuals who had 4 or more predisaster stressors had a significantly greater chanced of developing PTSD than those with no predisaster stressors. They also found that having even one single predisaster stressor increased the chance of developing depression, and that every single additional predisaster stressor increased the odds of having a major depressive episode significantly higher.
While it might make you feel better to know that your history of having major life stressors and traumas makes it completely natural and expected for work stress to hit you in a deeper way than it may hit others, you deserve some good news. Is there good news with trauma? Actually, yes.
The largest meta-analysis to date on trauma recovery (looking at data from over 11,000 relevant medical studies) suggests that the best long term recovery after trauma is simply talking about it. Published in JAMA Psychiatry on June 12, 2019, reasearchers looked at direct comparisons between talk therapy (psychotherapy) and drug therapy (pharmacological treatments) in patients with PTSD. They found that in the long term, talk therapy helped more, being slightly superior to drug therapy both immediately following treatment and in long term follow up.
Be encouraged by this. This means that the vast majority of folks can be helped by talking about trauma instead of medicating it away.
Connect with others.
Reach out for help.
Don’t feel like you are going crazy and don’t feel like you must go it alone.
There is long term benefit from connecting to others and speaking about it. Treatment is not relegated to a psychiatrist’s office nor does it need to be prescribed away.
In fact, as I blogged about here, PTSD can actually be significantly helped by something as simple and as accessible as repeating a mantra. It’s true. Here is that blog post and several other blog posts I’ve written on trauma recovery for you… please read any you are drawn to, for instant support:
- 2 New Treatments For PTSD You Can Use Right Now To Feel Immediately Better
- How Grounding Releases Trauma From Your Body To Protect Your Long Term Health
- Trauma Changes The Health Of Your Body, But It’s Reversible
- Trauma Increases Headache Risk 4-Fold
- Childhood Trauma Increases Risk Of Self Harm. Here’s Help.
- OCD May Stem From Birth Trauma
- Going From Surviving To Thriving After Cancer
- Your 2023 Healing Mantra — Say It With Me
- Resolving PTSD, OCD, Tobacco and Drug Addiction Too
- Emotional Stress Directly Predicts Heart Attack… 10 Ways To Prevent It
- Letting Go Helps You Heal (Here’s How)
- Is Stress Is Making Your Antidepressant Ineffective?
- The Healing Power Of Grounded Touch
- A Super Interesting Difference Between Men and Women When Under Stress
- Another Difference Between Men and Women… Found On Autopsy
- The Healing Process Of Grief
9. Work with me for more support.
The medical literature is clear… just communicating about trauma is powerfully healing. So simply joining a class, talking to a therapist, or connecting with others to heal can be just what you need to feel better than you have ever felt.
And here’s the best part…. those who move through trauma can actually be healthier than those who never went through any trauma at all.
It’s incredible to believe that trauma can actually strengthen your health but it is true.
In my Trauma Resilency & Recovery Class I go over the medical literature that shows that trauma can actually be adaptive and empowering, and I give you all the tools you need to use trauma to boost your own health in ways you never could have imagined possible.
I developed this class based on my extensive research into the best of what the medical literature has proven to us about how to release trauma once and for all and become healthier for it.
No matter what you have gone through, you absolutely do have the ability to rebound from from it and create a new normal and a new health set point.
Your body naturally want’s to trend back to full and complete wellness… mind, body and spirit.
I’ll give you the tools to get there and walk with you through it. Class emails come directly into your inbox so that you can start healing, right from the privacy and comfort of your own home. Join in by clicking right here today.
And check in with others that you love that you know face significant stressors and might benefit from taking this trauma healing class right alongside you.
You absolutely can stop past trauma’s from affecting your mental health… and there are tons of medical studies that show exactly which methods of healing truly work. This class has been hugely helpful in giving participants actionable, positive, enjoyable healing tools that are medically based and proven to work.
- One participant said that the content on the very first day of the class alone far exceeded what she thought she would get out of the entire class, all put together.
- Another participant said she felt movement on old stuck traumas from childhood for the first time in her entire life.
- Another said that even though he had been in treatment for PTSD for years, he learned things he had never been told before about how the body holds on to trauma and how to let it go.
I would love to support you in this exact same way as well. Join me here.
I hope this idea list helped!
You don’t have to quit your job to save your mental health.
Even one simple change, like starting a few stress relieving supplements to increase your mental resiliency, or getting a half hour of extra sleep at night, or being strict about not checking emails after dinner, or joining a committee at work to help make work related decisions and bring more autonomy to your role at work, healing past traumas so you are no longer triggered by the stress of your job, or specifically choosing a job that has a slower pace…
…any and all of these things and more can help make sure that your are not letting your job get into your head!
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xoxox, Laura Koniver MD