White Noise as a Sleep Aid

White Noise as a Sleep Aid

DEFINITION White noise is a mix of many sonic frequencies of equal intensity. What is White Noise? Whirring fans, rustling wind, and babbling waterfalls are all examples of ambient noise: Soothing, appealing sounds that help mask unwanted noise, creating a calming atmosphere. Some say this type of “white noise” aids focus and helps sleep. What …

Alcohol and sleep

Alcohol causes drowsiness. This has led to the popular misconception that it can aid sleep. Up to 20 percent of Americans report using alcohol as a sleep aid. However, alcohol negatively impacts the quality of your sleep, as well as how long you can expect to sleep. Alcohol consumption before bed causes interrupted sleep, due …

How to rebuild your finances after rehab

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Everything You Need to Know About Teenage Depression

In Nashville Season 5, one of the main characters learned that his teenage stepdaughter was suffering from teenage depression. It’s a story line that is very rarely covered in TV shows, but an important one. Teenage depression is a very real mental condition and can cause many problems with development and in adulthood. Teenagers face …

Does Job Stress Contribute to Mental Illnesses?

Mental health is closely linked to  our occupations, with work at the core of most adults’ lives. Jobs and careers are an important part of our lives. Along with providing a source of income, they help us fulfill our personal aims, build social networks and serve our professions or communities. They are also a major source of emotional stress. The American Institute of Stress (AIS) reported that approximately 66% of people’s stressors are related to their jobs. With the lack of work-life balance being a major factor, which can trigger certain mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.

Here is a list (in no particular order) of some America’s most stressful jobs, according to MoneyWatch.

1. Emergency and Rescue Services

Firefighters, soldiers, police officers, and disaster response personnel are at high risk for mental health issues as a result of being involved in emergency situations and being exposed to varying degrees of violence. This population has an increased risk of being exposed to traumatic events through their daily work, often leading to work-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

2. Airline Pilot

Stress comes from the responsibility of ensuring the safety of passengers, as well as dealing with changing schedules, crews and the pressure to ensure on-time arrivals and departures.

3. Event Coordinators

From weddings to funerals, they are often hired to cater to some of our most hectic days. While it might sound like a fun job, it involves organizational and communication skills to juggle schedules and personalities, which can add to the stress

4. Senior corporate executives

CEOs might earn a hefty paycheck, but that comes with a high dose of stress. A successful CEO if often required to work extremely long hours, and meet tight deadlines.

Yes! Scientific studies have repeatedly shown that stress does in fact contribute to mental
illnesses. Job related stress can affect you emotionally and mentally. Fortunately, there are many ways to help manage job-related stress.

1) Get enough sleep. Not only can stress and worry cause a lack of sleep but, it can also leave
you vulnerable to even more stress. When you are well-rested, it is much easier to keep an
emotional balance, which is key to dealing with job and workplace related stress.
2) Prioritize and organize. Leave early in the morning. 5-10 minutes can make the difference
between frantically hurrying to your desk and having time to slowly ease into your day. Running
late will only increase your stress levels. Break projects and tasks into small steps. If a project
seems to be overwhelming, make a step-by-step plan. Focus on one small task at a time, rather
than taking on everything at once.

3)Make the most of workday breaks. Even 10 minutes of “personal time” will refresh your mental outlook. Take a brief walk, chat with a co-worker about a non-job topic or simply sit quietly with your eyes closed and breathe.

4)If you feel angry, walk away. Mentally regroup by counting to 10, then look at the situation again. Walking and other physical activities will also help you work off steam.

5) Set reasonable standards for yourself and others. Don’t expect perfection. Talk to your employer about your job description. Your responsibilities and performance criteria may not accurately reflect what you are doing. Working together to make needed changes will not only benefit your emotional and physical health, but also improve the organization’s overall productivity.

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