I found this video on youtube the other day and thought it might be a good addition to some of the videos I have posted on stress. Chronic stress effects us in many negative ways. Stress essentially turns on the brain’s fight or flight response and the body cannot maintain that state of alertness for long periods of time. I like to compare it to revving your car engine at a stop light. Doing so can give you a burst of force when you’re ready to go, but if you rev your engine for too long you’ll burn out your engine.
Do you dream often? Studies show that the average person has three to five dreams per night. Some people like myself claim to rarely dream, but research suggests that even in these cases, we do dream but are unable to recall our dreams when we wake. As someone who rarely remembers dreaming, I sometimes envy people who have deep, vivid dreams that can be hard to distinguish from reality.
Dr. Oliver Sacks died last month on August 30th, 2015.
A common problem that comes up in counseling is self esteem. Many people are really hard on themselves and truly believe they are ugly, dumb, etc. This video was created by Dove in 2013. It was a good illustration of the ways reality rarely matches up to our own harsh self criticisms. It’s very common for people to dislike aspects of their appearance. In extreme cases this is referred to as body dysmorphic disorder.