Monthly Archives: February 2016

Generational Stress and Their Causes

We know the signs our bodies show in response to stress: increased heart rate, loss of appetite, susceptibility to infection, sharpened sight, bursts of energy. This is how the body behaves when it’s in “fight or flight” mode. As we age, we experience different types of stress that can impact our lives in many ways. Here’s a quick summary of those stressors based on generational stages of life.

Stress in Children

  • Stress in children is estimated to have increased 45% in the last 30 years.
  • Stress responses from children are often mistaken for misbehaviour or inattention.
  • Many children are unaware that they might be suffering from stress and think that what they’re feeling is normal.

Some likely causes:

  • New academic and social demands in school
  • Changes, like moving homes or schools
  • Over scheduling of activities
  • Not fitting in or bullying


Stress in Teenagers

  • These days, many teens tend to experience stress levels on par with adults, though theirs might stem from academic, social and family difficulties.
  • Support seeking behaviours from childhood diminish in adolescence as teenagers begin to seek more autonomy.
  • While some teenagers use music, sports or talking with peers to help them cope, many resort to increased risk taking, self injury or excessive video game usage to manage their stress.

Some likely causes:

  • Academic difficulties and constant pressure to perform well at school
  • Conflict with parents
  • Conflict with peers
  • Conflict between parents
  • Not fitting in or bullying


Stress in Adults

  • Adults between the ages of 18 and 33 are the most stressed demographic on the planet [American Psychological Association 2011].
  • 52% of millennials indicate that stress is keeping them up at night.
  • Adult stress tends to stem from a highly competitive work environment and increasing pressure to perform.
  • While most adults recognize that they suffer from stress, many feel like they are either unable to, or don’t have enough time to manage it because of this pressure.
  • As a result, unhealthy behaviours like overeating and excessive alcohol consumption are used as stress management methods.
  • Anxiety may affect workplace performance or increase absenteeism.

Some likely causes:

  • Workplace anxiety from high-stakes environments and perfectionistic tendencies
  • Financial worries about job security or needing to pay down high levels of student debt
  • The sandwich generation, typically between the ages 40-59, are caring for children and aging parents


Stress in Mature Adults (65+)

  • Mature adults have a lot less workplace stress due to the fact that many are retired.
  • However, the majority of their stress revolves around health problems affecting themselves or their families.
  • Thankfully, this type of stress is something that can be directly tackled with a primary-care practitioner.
  • Spending more time ensuring that a particular health concern and treatment plan is understood will put their minds at ease and somewhat lessen the stress.

Some likely causes:

  • Personal health concerns (chronic illnesses, disabilities)
  • Health issues that affect their families
  • Loss of a spouse


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How to Manage Your Stress and Stay Motivated When Business is Slow

If you own a business where your profit depends on how many clients walk through your door, it can be hard to stay motivated and cheery when your numbers start to slide. No doubt you may feel stressed, overwhelmed or even think, “Why bother?”

Short of hanging a neon sign outside your establishment to attract attention, there are ways to draw clients to your business and keep stress to a minimum. Here are some tips:

Think back

Remember what it was like when you first started and how much progress you’ve made to date. All businesses start somewhere and it’s definitely not at the top! Life is a journey and looking in the rear view mirror from time to time can bring perspective. Going over your professional timeline from the start to where you are now can give you valuable insight and might spark new ideas on how to improve.

Look ahead

Get a pen and paper and write down specific but realistic goals and list steps on how you’re going to get there. An informal business plan or even finding words that invoke feelings of how you want your establishment to look and feel are good places to start. List small, doable steps in your planner that you know you can accomplish each day, and when you’ve reached your daily, weekly or monthly goals, reward yourself with something small, yet pleasurable.

Expand Your Contacts

Now might be a good time to reach out to those you have professional things in common with. They may be your peers, or perhaps even your competition who might be experiencing the same frustrations you are. Brainstorm together and exchange ideas on what works or doesn’t work for you. Sometimes sharing your feelings with those in the same professional boat can lay the foundation for a good support network.

Listen to your Inner Voice

Find a quiet place and have an honest conversation with yourself. Do you really like what you’re doing? If not, then take some time to figure out why. Adopt a meditation practice, sweat it out at the gym or get back in touch with nature. Taking a course, reading up on a hobby that could turn into a new career or exploring a new avenue in your current one can be some other options. The best formula for staying motivated is to absolutely love what you do.

Use slow times as opportunities to inject creativity into your business. Instead of focusing on the negative, think of ways to liven up your surroundings, or how to market yourself so you can reach the next level of your five-year plan. Visualize yourself with a booming business, then watch those dreams come true!

Guest contributor: Beth Gorbet is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP). Beth is a writer, product developer of industry services as well as a presenter.

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The Buzz on Echinacea Tinctures

I notice a tingling sensation whenever I try an Echinacea tincture. Is this an allergic reaction?


Allergic reactions to the echinacea herb can certainly happen, especially if the user has a known allergy to the daisy family. The chances are even higher if the flower from the top of the herb is used.

According to Kings American Dispensatory, the bark/root is slightly sweet, and when chewed or taken as a tincture, produces a light or numb tingling sensation on the tongue. The Echinacea alkylamides are what cause this reaction. The tingling is normal, and is actually an indication that you’re taking a good quality, high potency echinacea root tincture. We recommend that you stay vigilant and compare with other symptoms to rule out an anaphylactic reaction.

Increased Food Allergies and the Hygiene Hypothesis

Why does it seem like food allergies are on the rise?

It’s true that adult food allergies are becoming increasingly prevalent. In fact, about 15 percent of the adult population will develop food allergies at some point in their lives, and there are many reasons why. Eating the same foods regularly, high concentrations of food additives and preservatives in diets, pesticides, genetically modified foods, antibiotics, and overuse of certain medications are identified as some of the causes. In infants, bottle feeding and early weaning, and introducing foods too soon can be to blame. It’s also suspected that c-section deliveries alter intestinal microflora and immune status, which sets the stage for allergies to develop. Experts believe that the theory of hygiene hypothesis can help thwart allergies in children as they grow into adulthood. It’s built on the belief that exposing children to environmental allergens early in life may reduce their chances of developing environmental or food allergies later by increasing the immune system’s activity and development of essential regulatory T-cells. It’s thought that without these types of stimuli, children can become more susceptible to allergies and other autoimmune diseases.