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Consider meditating as way to reduce stress
Meditating can relieve stress and lower blood pressure.
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PROZAC or the Dalai
If the mention of the Dalai Lama has you envisioning shaving your head, burning incense, sitting with your legs crossed and chanting, keep reading--there is much more to meditation
And there are many reasons to consider trying it, especially this time of year.
We are all anticipating the impending holidays, wondering how we will get through. We need to produce, we need to make money, we need to achieve, we need to cook and entertain, we want to be perfect, yet we forget that we need to care for ourselves and avoid burnout.
'I JUST CAN'T TAKE IT'
The concept of stress varies greatly among my individual patients. For some, it is not very stressful to be a law enforcement officer and defuse a bomb, while another may find balancing his checkbook
Burnout, however, carries a definition that is easier to pin down. The best description of burnout I can recall was from a psychologist who is a friend of mine. It is the moment when the stressors we are trying to work through overwhelm our coping mechanisms. So comes the familiar scream, "I just can't take it anymore!"
So what can you do to increase your ability to cope, improve your emotional resources, and continue to play the hand life has dealt you? Do you join those taking prescription antidepressants?
The data alone are depressing. In 2007, it is estimated that 232 million prescriptions were written in the United States for antidepressants, costing our health care system about $12 billion. So maybe everyone around you is taking one anyway, right?
Without over-generalizing, the answer to whether you should take medication depends largely on your individual circumstances. If you find yourself frequently tearful, unmotivated, panic-stricken, sleeping all the time or not at all, or thinking about suicide, you will need the help of your doctor.