Kicking, screaming, pulling hair – it’s not the terrible twos; adults throw fits, too! The Doctors takes three explosive women, Stephanie, Carrie and Aubrey, to Tantrum Camp.
“The mind-body connection is never more at play than when it comes to stress and anger,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
Can Stress Fight Fear?
When you’re extremely stressed or upset, your body releases the hormone cortisol, which is secreted by the adrenal glands and helps regulate blood pressure, insulin, glucose, metabolism, immune function and inflammatory response. It is often referred to as the stress hormone since it increases sharply when a person is stressed, be it briefly during fight or flight mode, or chronically. A recent study shows that cortisol may actually help people overcome phobias when it is utilized alongside exposure therapy, as researchers believe it helps generate positive memories and blocks frightening ones.
In the study , fear showed an average drop of 60 percent in those administered the cortisol, compared to only 40 percent to those using a placebo.
The sound of chewing, a drippy faucet, an irritating laugh – do life’s little annoyances send you over the edge? It could be a disorder called misophonia.
Research shows that misophonia may be a hard-wired condition where, when hearing certain sounds, the brain causes you to experience rage, panic or fear. Unfortunately, there is no known cure, but white noise devices, ear plugs or identifying and avoiding your triggers may help soothe the effects.
Comfort food takes on a whole new meaning with de-stressing solutions that may be in your fridge.
Frozen berries: Vitamin C has shown to decrease cortisol levels in the body. When stressed, try rolling a frozen berry around in your mouth for a soothing sensation.
Avocados: Replace vitamin B, which is depleted by anger.
Mixed nuts: Walnuts help replace B vitamins, Brazil nuts provide zinc, which is drained by anxiety and almonds boost vitamin E, which helps fight cellular damage linked to chronic stress.
Asparagus: Chock-full of folic acid, which is a natural mood lightener.
Chai tea: A warm, aromatic drink can be super-soothing. And, it’s caffeine free!
On the Edge
Stephanie, Carrie and Aubrey learn techniques for calming their everyday tantrums.