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Stress and Coping Methods

Stress is an important concept to discuss to improve one's health. Effective coping may produce physiological changes, especially in the immune system, that promote health, not sickness (Berger, 2008, p.544). What are some coping methods or strategies to help deal with stress during adulthood?

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Stress and Immune system

Stress is an important concept to discuss to improve one's health. Effective coping may produce physiological changes, especially in the immune system, that promote health, not sickness (Berger, 2008, p.544). What are some coping methods or strategies to help deal with stress during adulthood?

Contemplative therapies may include contemplation, meditation and yoga and can have many psychological and psychosomatic benefits, according to Corsini & Wedding, (2008). The client is offered the therapeutic benefits of insight, self-understanding and awareness and stress reduction and can improve well being, unveil latent abilities and foster psychological development. Contemplative therapies are practical in that they are simple to do, inexpensive, readily available and often pleasurable (Corsini & Wedding, 2008).

The benefits of contemplative therapies are validated by recent developments in neuroscience that support the connection between the body and the mind and are accepted by mainstream practices such as hospitals, community agencies, holistic healthcare clinics and private practice. For example, HeartMath is mindfulness based guided meditation program that is used in hospital settings to reduce stress and anxiety and is covered by insurance. The Institute of HeartMath, founded by Doc Childre, has used 15 years of research to identify the link between emotions, heart and brain communication and cognitive function and is a recognized global leader in researching heart intelligence as the foundation of practical and scientifically validated solutions (Childre, 1998). Dr. Joan Borysenko, cell biologist, spiritual mystic and co-founder of the Harvard Mind/Body Clinic is a supportive advocate for Heart Math, as it is aligned with her specialty field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) or the effect of the emotions on the immune system of the body. HeartMath is now covered by insurance companies, making it affordable and accessible to many clients. These solutions empower clients to reduce stress, fine-tune performance in all areas of their lives and foster greater health, well-being and their innermost sense of self due to their ability to access a greater portion of their heart's intelligence (Childre, 1998).

One technique used by Heart Math is the Freeze-Frame, which gives the client the conscious ability to self manage reactions, gain clarity and become empowered to make better choices and not be victimized by personal reactions to external factors. Freeze Frame uses the Cycle of Perception to reprogram the neural circuitry by retraining the neural circuits and the subsequent physiological effects of thoughts and emotions and breaking the cycle of negative thought patterns, allowing the client to reframe thought patterns using a more positive, mindful and contemplative cognitive intelligence (Childre, 1998).

Brain-Gym (Dennison, 2006) is a modality that uses Educational Kinesiology or movement and ...

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