HELPING HANDS: September, 2013
The DL141 EAP (Employee Assistance Program) Newsletter: Download
Eating to Fight Stress
Excerpts from: LifeTimes: Your Guide to Lifelong Health Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.
Finding Foods That Won’t Stress You Out
Stress can lead to emotional eating. Anger, anxiety and even boredom can lead to overeating. Some people also use food as a reward to get them through a stressful situation. When stressed, many people choose foods that are lower in nutritional value.
Learning not to give into mindless eating may help you halt overeating and other unhealthy eating habits. If you know you’re a stress eater, keep your kitchen stocked with healthy snacks so you’ll be less tempted by unhealthy comfort foods.
In times of stress, certain foods may make you feel worse. For example, caffeine and alcohol can give your body and mind real highs and lows. In addition – those sugary snacks you crave can cause your blood sugar to spike and then fall quickly, causing your energy level to go down.
During stressful time limit your intake of the following:
Caffeinated beverages: Caffeine can cause anxiety and raise stress hormone levels and may interrupt your ability to sleep. If you feel you need some daily caffeine, consider switching to green tea.
Sugar: Sugar causes blood sugar levels to rise, which can rob your adrenal glands of the ability to control stress hormones.
Alcohol: Alcohol adds more sugar to your diet and also can be harmful to the adrenal gland.
Eating the right foods can help give you the nutrients your stressed-out body and mind need to feel better.These five stress-busting foods are better choices:
Milk: Milk is high in antioxidants and vitamins B2 and B12, as well as protein and calcium. Have a bowl of whole-grain cereal and low-fat milk in the morning to keep your energy up and running.
Cottage Cheese and Fruit: Cottage cheese is high in protein and calcium. Pair it with a fruit high in vitamin C, like oranges, for added benefits.
Almonds: Try crunching on almonds to relieve some tension. Almonds are a good source of vitamins B2 and E, magnesium, and zinc. Although they’re high in fat, most of the fat is unsaturated.
Blueberries: An antioxidant powerhouse, blueberries offer a high-fiber, low-calorie choice that is rich in stress-fighting vitamin C.
Tuna: A good lunch partner, tuna is high in stress-fighting vitamins B6 and B12 and is a good low-fat protein source.
Increasing activity is just as important as the food we eat in dealing with stress. Physical activity, such as a brisk walk, can also work wonders in changing your mood and reducing stress.
Are you Addicted to the Internet? Answer These Seven Questions:
Excerpts from “Internet Addiction: Symptoms, Signs, Treatment and FAQ’s, Dr. Brent Conrad, TechAddiction Magazine
Does my online use cause significant problems in my relationships, at home, at work, or how I feel about myself?
Do I often neglect or ignore important responsibilities in favor of going online?
Have I tried to cut back on my Internet use with little or no success?
Has anyone around me expressed concern about how much I use the Internet?
Do I often go online because it takes my mind off problems in my life?
Has my Internet use steadily increased over time?
Has the quality of my life deteriorated as a consequence of the amount of time I spend online?
Therapy for Internet Addiction
Although working with a specialist is obviously preferred, a skilled therapist who is open to the problem of online obsessions can be very helpful. Most therapy for Internet Addiction follows a cognitive-behavioral model. This form of treatment is used for a wide variety of issues and involves examining beliefs that maintain unhealthy behaviors, developing new coping skills, and changing dysfunctional behaviors in a step-by-step manner. The most effective treatments will not only target the unhealthy behaviors, but also any possible underlying contributors to Internet Addiction (for example, depression, social anxiety, or relationship difficulties).
IAM Peer Employee Assistance
The heart and soul of the District 141 Employee Assistance Program are the local lodge EAP peer coordinators. These dedicated men and women volunteer their personal time to assist other union members and their families who are experiencing personal difficulties. EAP coordinators do not make clinical diagnoses or clinical evaluations, however, they are trained to gather information about your situation and refer you to an appropriate resource for a more detailed evaluation. EAP coordinators will follow up to ensure you have been able to access services that address the difficulty you are experiencing.
The Local 1726 EAP Coordinator is Jay Carey from USAir. Contact any Local Officer for contact information.