Category: Stress

Blog posts, news articles, and other resources from The Center • A Place of HOPE

Chronic Stress in the COVID-19 Era

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 21, 2020

As the pandemic associated with the Coronavirus continues, it is normal to feel increasing amounts of stress. Insecurity about your job, an over-saturation of information, some of it conflicting, fear of catching the virus, stress of being cooped up over a long period of time without a social release.  But...

Is there a right way to worry about coronavirus?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  May 20, 2020

As we are facing a global crisis of coronavirus, with isolation, social distancing and lock down becoming words we hear daily – how do we cope with this great unknown? There are many worries, not just for your health and the health of your loved ones, as well as financial...

10 stress reducing tips during the Coronavirus (Covid19 pandemic)

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  April 10, 2020

We are living in very stressful times, living in the time of this Coronavirus outbreak. The situation seems out of our control and our new way of living – either or lock down or social distancing from loved ones –is uncomfortable and different. Here are 10 things you can do...

The top 10 things to help reduce anxiety at home

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 31, 2020

The news and spread of COVID-19 have shaken the world to its core. Everyone is in fear as the situation has started to take an emotional toll. You must be feeling stressed, powerless and anxious as well. You need a break from all that worrying. You need to detach yourself...

Are You Concerned About Excess In Your Life? (Exercise Included)

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 26, 2019

We each tend to harbor one or more secret activities or behaviors that we just can’t seem to get enough of.  This “never enough” activity becomes our absolute necessity, our reward, our coping mechanism. We need (or so we think) this activity to insulate ourselves from the world.  Because this...

PTSD and Chronic Pain

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 7, 2019

A number of our clients come to The Center with chronic pain that has persisted for years. This is often referred to as Fibromyalgia. The client has tried pain medications, diets, stretching, physical therapy, massages, and more. Nothing has seemed to work. But after we begin treatment using the whole...

Fear Versus Anxiety

By: Hannah Smith  •  February 1, 2019

Do you know the difference between fear and anxiety? If you look in the dictionary or ask most people, these words are often used interchangeably. However, there is an important distinction between them. To understand, let’s consider Janet and Marc. The sun was just beginning to peek through the blinds...

When Anxiety is in the Driver's Seat of Your Life

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 21, 2018

Did you ever play with wind-up toys as a kid? Remember how if you wound the toy too far, it broke? Well, you are the wind-up toy. You are the wind-up toy, and anxiety keeps winding and winding you up. At some point, anxiety could over-wind you, so you’ll break....

How Do You Respond to Stress?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 6, 2018

People respond to stress in two basic but different ways: they’re either go-getters and stay-putters.

Practicing Progressive Muscle Relaxation

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 21, 2018

Have you ever noticed how relaxed you can feel after you've done something physically strenuous? It's possible to relive a little of this feeling by engaging in progressive muscle relaxation.

Finding Hope for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 5, 2018

When people are burdened by fear, worry, and anxiety, they struggle to live productive, happy lives.  These same feelings propel them headlong into excesses.  Often, they are focused on the negativity associated with their excesses, such as obesity or alcoholism or addiction to pornography.  They want help to "just stop"...

Answer These Questions to Determine Your Current Stress Level

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  April 20, 2018

If you try to live without balance, you will invariably retreat to older patterns of thinking.  The tendency is always to default to previous, often unbalanced, behavior when the going gets rough, when feeling boxed in, or when the pressures of life become more than you feel you can bear. ...

Consequences of Stress

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 31, 2018

Stress is not the ideal environment to make the best decisions. Stress skews your priorities and downsizes goals. Desperate, you make short-term decisions that have long-term consequences.

Identify Patterns of Worry By Answering These Questions

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 19, 2018

To help you identify your patterns of worry and what activities or thoughts they are most associated with, you need to answer the following questions. Take your time to answer these questions and rally think about your answers.

Open the Door to Your Problems

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 12, 2018

It is so important, as you work toward taking charge of your life, that you begin to insist on dealing with reality instead of perception.  As I've counseled people, I've been amazed at how deceptive people can be to one another.  But the person you and I are best at...

Are You Paralyzed by Fear?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 2, 2018

Anxious people can appear paralyzed by fear.  They can go to extreme lengths to avoid anything that triggers their fear.  They can make elaborate excuses and put off handling anything that produces anxiety.  All of this creates tremendous tension and pressure.  The stress of this pressure creates is vented through...

Journaling Your Story Has Great Power

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  November 20, 2017

Each time you take time to chronicle a struggle, you contribute to the handbook of how to overcome and succeed the next time. In essence, you write your own self-help book.

Desensitize Your Anxiety

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  November 6, 2017

Anxieties are progressive, so it seems logical that one of the answers to anxiety would be a progression of a different kind. When a fear starts out small and keeps expanding, the way to combat anxiety is to cut that anxiety down to size. Instead of trying to take on the whole fear, you start small, working your way up your fear, like climbing a ladder.

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