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  • Books – Children | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    framework broadly shared by people of Hispanic heritage Topics such as spirituality substance use and family support Read more Recent Books My Family My Self By Featured Books December 10 2014 3 20 pm Culturally rooted resource promotes mental health within a framework broadly shared by people of Hispanic heritage Topics such as spirituality substance use and family support Read more Book Categories All Books Anxiety Depression Children For Loved Ones Living Well Memoirs Treatment CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be a mom with depression What is hardest for you What helps you cope CLICK HERE TO ANSWER CURRENT RESEARCH Shake It Off Not So Easy for People with Depression New Brain Research Suggests 2 27 2015 Harsh winter brings some psychological benefits says UB researcher 2 24 2015 Study Linking Suicidal Behavior Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts 2 24 2015 Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy 11 20 2014 A New Test Measures Analytical Thinking Linked to Depression Fueling the Idea That Depression May Be a Form of Adaptation 11 19 2014 CONNECT esperanza s Hope Write a Letter to the Editor SoundOFF Forum Home About Us My Account Checkout Professional Writers Advertising Contact Us Partners Portal Cart Subscribe Back to Top Copyright 2015 Hope to Cope All Rights Reserved Newsletter Signup esperanza Magazine s e newsletter offers the latest research news healthy lifestyle features and inspirational profiles for our depression and anxiety community If you are a human and are seeing this field please leave it blank Fields marked with a are required Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua And Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia And Herzegowina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos Keeling Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo The Democratic Republic Of The Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote D Ivoire Croatia Local Name Hrvatska Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark

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  • Books – For Loved Ones | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    within a framework broadly shared by people of Hispanic heritage Topics such as spirituality substance use and family support Read more Recent Books My Family My Self By Featured Books December 10 2014 3 20 pm Culturally rooted resource promotes mental health within a framework broadly shared by people of Hispanic heritage Topics such as spirituality substance use and family support Read more Book Categories All Books Anxiety Depression Children For Loved Ones Living Well Memoirs Treatment CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be a mom with depression What is hardest for you What helps you cope CLICK HERE TO ANSWER CURRENT RESEARCH Shake It Off Not So Easy for People with Depression New Brain Research Suggests 2 27 2015 Harsh winter brings some psychological benefits says UB researcher 2 24 2015 Study Linking Suicidal Behavior Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts 2 24 2015 Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy 11 20 2014 A New Test Measures Analytical Thinking Linked to Depression Fueling the Idea That Depression May Be a Form of Adaptation 11 19 2014 CONNECT esperanza s Hope Write a Letter to the Editor SoundOFF Forum Home About Us My Account Checkout Professional Writers Advertising Contact Us Partners Portal Cart Subscribe Back to Top Copyright 2015 Hope to Cope All Rights Reserved Newsletter Signup esperanza Magazine s e newsletter offers the latest research news healthy lifestyle features and inspirational profiles for our depression and anxiety community If you are a human and are seeing this field please leave it blank Fields marked with a are required Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua And Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia And Herzegowina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos Keeling Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo The Democratic Republic Of The Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote D Ivoire Croatia Local Name Hrvatska Cuba Cyprus Czech

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  • Books – Living Well | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    more Recent Books Your Mind Is What Your Brain Does for a Living By Featured Books December 11 2014 1 54 pm Self help guide from the author of My Mind Is Not Always My Friend delves further into how self defeating thought patterns develop what Fogel calls default programming and Read more Constructive Wallowing By Featured Books December 10 2014 3 21 pm Breezy guide covers the nuts and bolts of sitting with emotions The author a therapist guides readers gently through her TRUTH technique Tell yourself the Read more My Family My Self By Featured Books December 10 2014 3 20 pm Culturally rooted resource promotes mental health within a framework broadly shared by people of Hispanic heritage Topics such as spirituality substance use and family support Read more The Mood Repair Toolkit By Featured Books December 10 2014 3 17 pm Worksheets quizzes and other exercises to help prevent the blues from turning into depression as the book s subtitle puts it Drawing on the principles of Read more Book Categories All Books Anxiety Depression Children For Loved Ones Living Well Memoirs Treatment CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be a mom with depression What is hardest for you What helps you cope CLICK HERE TO ANSWER CURRENT RESEARCH Shake It Off Not So Easy for People with Depression New Brain Research Suggests 2 27 2015 Harsh winter brings some psychological benefits says UB researcher 2 24 2015 Study Linking Suicidal Behavior Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts 2 24 2015 Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy 11 20 2014 A New Test Measures Analytical Thinking Linked to Depression Fueling the Idea That Depression May Be a Form of Adaptation 11 19 2014 CONNECT esperanza s Hope Write a Letter to the Editor SoundOFF Forum Home About Us My Account Checkout Professional Writers Advertising Contact Us Partners Portal Cart Subscribe Back to Top Copyright 2015 Hope to Cope All Rights Reserved Newsletter Signup esperanza Magazine s e newsletter offers the latest research news healthy lifestyle features and inspirational profiles for our depression and

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  • Books – Memoirs | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    Ramprasad has been sharing her recovery story for years as a mental health advocate and suicide prevention Read more Recent Books Shadows in the Sun By Featured Books December 11 2014 1 52 pm Healing from depression and finding the light within Gayathri Ramprasad has been sharing her recovery story for years as a mental health advocate and suicide prevention Read more Book Categories All Books Anxiety Depression Children For Loved Ones Living Well Memoirs Treatment CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be a mom with depression What is hardest for you What helps you cope CLICK HERE TO ANSWER CURRENT RESEARCH Shake It Off Not So Easy for People with Depression New Brain Research Suggests 2 27 2015 Harsh winter brings some psychological benefits says UB researcher 2 24 2015 Study Linking Suicidal Behavior Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts 2 24 2015 Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy 11 20 2014 A New Test Measures Analytical Thinking Linked to Depression Fueling the Idea That Depression May Be a Form of Adaptation 11 19 2014 CONNECT esperanza s Hope Write a Letter to the Editor SoundOFF Forum Home About Us My Account Checkout Professional Writers Advertising Contact Us Partners Portal Cart Subscribe Back to Top Copyright 2015 Hope to Cope All Rights Reserved Newsletter Signup esperanza Magazine s e newsletter offers the latest research news healthy lifestyle features and inspirational profiles for our depression and anxiety community If you are a human and are seeing this field please leave it blank Fields marked with a are required Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua And Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia And Herzegowina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos Keeling Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo The Democratic Republic Of The Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote D Ivoire Croatia Local Name Hrvatska Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic

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  • Books – Treatment | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    sitting with emotions The author a therapist guides readers gently through her TRUTH technique Tell yourself the Read more Recent Books Your Mind Is What Your Brain Does for a Living By Featured Books December 11 2014 1 54 pm Self help guide from the author of My Mind Is Not Always My Friend delves further into how self defeating thought patterns develop what Fogel calls default programming and Read more Constructive Wallowing By Featured Books December 10 2014 3 21 pm Breezy guide covers the nuts and bolts of sitting with emotions The author a therapist guides readers gently through her TRUTH technique Tell yourself the Read more The Mood Repair Toolkit By Featured Books December 10 2014 3 17 pm Worksheets quizzes and other exercises to help prevent the blues from turning into depression as the book s subtitle puts it Drawing on the principles of Read more Book Categories All Books Anxiety Depression Children For Loved Ones Living Well Memoirs Treatment CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be a mom with depression What is hardest for you What helps you cope CLICK HERE TO ANSWER CURRENT RESEARCH Shake It Off Not So Easy for People with Depression New Brain Research Suggests 2 27 2015 Harsh winter brings some psychological benefits says UB researcher 2 24 2015 Study Linking Suicidal Behavior Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts 2 24 2015 Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy 11 20 2014 A New Test Measures Analytical Thinking Linked to Depression Fueling the Idea That Depression May Be a Form of Adaptation 11 19 2014 CONNECT esperanza s Hope Write a Letter to the Editor SoundOFF Forum Home About Us My Account Checkout Professional Writers Advertising Contact Us Partners Portal Cart Subscribe Back to Top Copyright 2015 Hope to Cope All Rights Reserved Newsletter Signup esperanza Magazine s e newsletter offers the latest research news healthy lifestyle features and inspirational profiles for our depression and anxiety community If you are a human and are seeing this field please leave it blank Fields marked with a are required

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  • Dysthymia: Break through the fog | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    of research sees depressive personality disorder DPD as a risk factor for dysthymia and major depression But Andrew Ryder PhD an associate professor of psychology at Concordia University in Montreal who researched depressive personality disorder says that from a practical point of view the diagnostic distinctions don t matter In terms of genetics and risk factors DPD behaves just like a chronic low grade mood disorder he points out If you re doing psychotherapy you tend to intervene in similar ways If you re giving medication you tend to pick the same ones Treatment matters Carey puts it this way It s all depression For dysthymia she advocates talk therapy focused on changing thought and behavior patterns perhaps supplemented with journaling and reading assignments between counseling sessions Although she doesn t necessarily suggest medication right away I do refer people to medication when I find that they re not responsive to outpatient therapy or if they re in crisis and need medication She says as long as you re willing to learn from therapy make needed changes and take medication if it s indicated you can elevate your mood and lead a productive life The small body of research on dysthymia suggests that behavioral based psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy and pharmacotherapy depression medications are effective treatments either separately or in conjunction In the end says Hellerstein what s most important is not necessarily whether you have to do this or that but that dysthymia should be something that should be taken seriously and should receive treatment with the goal of getting the person s depression into sustained remission When I involve myself with other people it boost my self esteem and it keeps me more in a better frame of mind A Swedish study published in BMC Journal in July 2008 followed a small group of people with dysthymia for nine years Researchers found that along with antidepressant medication common helpful factors in remission included greater self understanding enhanced flexibility of thinking and change from avoidance coping to approach coping that is strategies that focus on solving problems that create distress Sheila says she was in denial about her lifelong dysthymia until she completed some depression surveys a few years ago She went in for a clinical evaluation and started talk therapy After a few trials she found medication that works for her She now feels good enough to go back to school for library science She recognizes that she still gets overwhelmed easily though so she s taking one class at a time online I have up to seven years to complete the degree she points out The Swedish study also found it was important to recognize a helpful relationship to the health care provider as a vehicle for change That includes not only a good relationship with your psychotherapist Carey notes that you may need to try on therapists like shoes until you find one that fits but also with your prescribing physician as well If you have a good rapport you re willing to open up more say more things you trust the person s decisions says Ryder Even with a family physician who gives you an exercise program to do who listens to you and is compassionate and sounds like they ve thought it through you re more likely to follow the program So that relationship is really the key Speaking of exercise Klein points out that although physical activity hasn t been rigorously studied as a treatment for chronic depression evidence shows it to be a pretty effective antidepressant and certainly something one should consider Carey also encourages patients to take time for themselves and do self nurturing things even if it s something as basic as taking a bubble bath David for example will sometimes take time out to watch a TED talk about one of his many interests or treat himself to a latte Those simple actions reinforce the fact that he s worth it counteracting low self esteem Powell finds it helpful to take time for others He s on the board of the Northside Atlanta chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and he also drives people to visit their incarcerated relatives When I involve myself with other people in things like that it boosts my self esteem and it keeps me more in a better frame of mind he says A new normal The chronic nature of dysthymia and the fact that it often appears in late adolescence can make it hard to tease apart symptoms from self People with the disorder may wonder If I ve felt this way throughout my adult life is this just who I am and am I stuck with it The answer is Not necessarily and not necessarily says Ryder Just because something feels like it s part of who you are and part of your personality doesn t mean it s untreatable Dysthymia should be taken seriously and should receive treatment with the goal of getting the person s depression into sustained remission Lars Petersen s dysthymia came to the fore during his college years in the early 1970s when nobody knew what this was For Petersen not his real name a 63 year old retired commercial writer who lives in Minneapolis Minnesota dysthymia felt heavy like I was wrapped up in cords He tried psychoanalytic counseling several times and got lots of insights into family but nothing changed When the first selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors SSRIs started making news he got a prescription from his family physician It worked opening his eyes to a different kind of life He told his wife I feel wonderful to which she replied That s normal Unfortunately for Petersen his first medication stopped working after a few months He lost energy for all but the highest priority tasks like earning a living It got to the point he says that to an outsider his narrowed in survival strategy looked

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  • Depression: What breed is your black dog? | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    that some depressions may essentially be a symptom of underlying inflammation which would explain why people with depression have higher rates of cardiac disease and diabetes are prone to gastrointestinal complaints and frequently have co occurring anxiety Recent studies provide support for this view When researchers from Emory University looked at how people with treatment resistant depression responded to an anti inflammatory medication they found individuals with elevated levels of C reactive protein improved and those with more normal levels did not Uher led another study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry in December 2014 comparing reactions to two antidepressants In this case blood levels of CRP roughly predicted who is more likely to respond to Drug A than to Drug B he notes SETTING A COURSE The ability to predict an individual s likely response to a medication by measuring a biomarker levels of some substance in the blood or activity in the brain forms the basis of personalized medicine It s very advanced in areas like cancer where you can get a piece of the tumor and measure different enzymes and decide how aggressive it is and what kinds of treatment will block the pathologic process Fawcett says People are just starting to talk about it in psychiatry Heather Flynn the clinical psychologist from Florida State University College of Medicine notes that there are some useful starting points even in the absence of reliable biomarkers If a close relative has depression what medications worked for them If this is not a first episode for the patient what worked well in the past Above all what are the most troubling symptoms The most important thing at this stage is understanding the person s particular symptom profile and making sure the treatments are affecting those symptoms she says Some people might get better if you target their sleep whereas other people you might have to target their sense of worth If the primary symptom doesn t improve she adds the depression is likely to not get better overall Given that different depressions may spring from different roots it s not surprising that medication alone may not be enough to sustain recovery Flynn says neuroimaging studies have shown that medication and psychotherapy affect different parts of the brain If somebody has recurrent depression which is more than two episodes the best treatment option is a combination of medication and psychotherapy That s one of the most robust findings we have for chronic depression Flynn says DOSE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY Mark Kopta PhD a psychology professor at the University of Evansville in Indiana has spent years looking at the equivalent of personalized medicine for psychotherapy Researchers in this field talk about dose response relationship what level of therapy will produce the best results how long on average before improvements should be seen and what patient characteristics make a difference in those results In one of his early studies published in 1994 Kopta and colleagues looked at outcomes for 90 symptoms and the probability of improving across sessions predicting the number of sessions it takes a patient to get well based on their symptoms Some of their findings Angry depression was much more difficult to treat than non angry depression It takes a lot more sessions Acute symptoms like extreme crying or panic tend to be easier to treat There s some indication that depression that lasts for years has different causes and may respond to different treatments In fact a long term study launched by the U S National Institute of Mental Health found that the presence of irritability and anger may mark a distinct subtype of major depressive disorder There are treatment choices among psychotherapies just as there are among antidepressants cognitive behavioral therapy CBT and mindfulness based CBT dialectical behavior therapy solution focused therapy positive psychology techniques narrative therapy psychoanalysis and other psychodynamic therapies that probe the past for insight Many therapists don t stick with one pure approach but mix and match The 1994 study included both past oriented and skills oriented therapy approaches Kopta says regardless of the theoretical basis there are essential elements common to any type of successful counseling One is a plausible interpretation of the problem whether it s the way your parents raised you or some other factor Another is corrective experiences You go out in life and you try things Third is cognitive modification You practice a change in your thinking And do it with an accepting empathic therapist In his own practice Kopta says his treatment approach might differ based on whether someone has a pessimistic outlook that contributes to chronic depression or whether there s been a life event such as a divorce job loss or death Although the distinction has not proved useful in prescribing medication it can dictate what kind of problem solving skills cognitive recalibration and lifestyle changes will promote recovery For people with depression and for the professionals who want to help them that s really what it boils down to Figuring out which treatment will provide the most relief in the shortest amount of time Kopta is also executive director of a nonprofit research group that channeled two decades of findings into a computerized assessment tool which is being used by the U S Department of Defense In addition to producing a graphic behavioral health profile weighing psychiatric symptoms the CelestHealth System tries to predict how well the individual will respond to talk therapy Some people might get better if you target their sleep whereas other people you might have to target their sense of worth A therapeutic bond scale indicates how the client therapist relationship will influence progress The psychotherapy readiness scale gauges the likelihood of success based on factors like how far back the psychological issues date whether the person thinks counseling will be helpful and the level of belief that it s possible to eventually overcome your problems and have a satisfying life Many scientists hope to do something similar for pharma cotherapy

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  • Soothe Stress — The Comfort and Joy of Baking | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    for a way to relieve some of her caregiver stress she decided to learn how to make and decorate cake pops I find myself naturally baking in stressful situations says Van Galder who finds it soothing to engage in mundane tasks like measuring flour Absorbing myself in baking and decorating quiets my mind Only a handful of studies have examined the baking stress connection One 2004 study in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy concluded that participation in baking classes gave inpatients at mental health clinics new skills more confidence a sense of connectedness with others and a feeling of success Ingrid Söchting PhD RPsych director of the psychology clinic of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver mentions a Canadian study published this summer that found performing acts of kindness delivering freshly baked cookies to a friend perhaps reduced levels of social anxiety Söchting sometimes recommends baking as a way to help people who are experiencing low motivation and lack of energy Recalling activities that had been enjoyable in the past can jump start their interest Getting them to remember that they once enjoyed baking can be powerful she says Baking also lends itself to chunking breaking an overall goal into manageable steps For example producing a dozen muffins can be set up as a series of small tasks choose a recipe buy the ingredients get out a muffin tin mix the dry ingredients then complete the recipe when the time is right Söchting adds that baking can provide a valuable opportunity to practice mindfulness the go to remedy for stress circling thoughts and a host of other maladies of modern life There s a lot to be gained from baking in terms of slowing things down having that presence of something that is immediate and right in front of you she says Howard E A Tinsley PhD professor emeritus at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale has studied the psychosocial benefits of a hundred leisure activities ranging from watching baseball to collecting coins He says baking falls into a group of creative activities that require little physical exertion but can provide an interesting challenge Of course he notes baking isn t the answer for everyone s stress According to his research one of the most across the board relaxing activities is one most doctors are unlikely to prescribe Our society doesn t allow you to say to people if you re stressed go watch television he says Leslie Haasch who runs a website called Stress Baking from her home in Hudson Massachusetts says some friends tell her baking to relieve stress sounds like a nightmare to them They would much rather go running for an hour she says I just think it s really funny how people have just totally different outlets for relieving stress and how radically different they can be I m just glad that I found mine After a tough day at work Haasch a full time project manager for an IT corporation hurries straight to

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