Posts tagged #stress

Here’s How Spending Time Outdoors can Improve Mental Health

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Courtesy of Pixabay

Spending Time Outdoors: Spring is officially here... and you know what that means? You guessed it. You can finally spend some more time outdoors. Several studies show that spending time outdoors can significantly improve mental health.

Make it a Habit

On average it can take 20 - 30 days to develop a new habit. Going the extra mile to spend some time in nature may feel like a chore at first….

But you know what they say... practice makes perfect.

Keep Track of your Experiences:

Here’s a little homework for you. Every time you’re out in nature, be mindful of all your senses.  What can you see? What can you feel? What can you smell? Don't just think about it. Write it down.

Start Slow and Work Your Way Up:

Overnight success is a myth. Nobody was born knowing exactly how to do everything. It takes time, patience, and lots of trial and error.  Read More

Posted on May 14, 2019 .

Five Tips: Laughter is the Best Medicine. Here Is Why.


By Laurene Larson, MS, LPC

1. Laughter releases endorphins, which promote a feeling of well being and pain reduction.

2. Laughter decreases stress hormones to help fight infection and disease.

3. Laughter increases blood flow, and improves overall cardiovascular health

4. Laughter reduces tension and leaves muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes.

5. Laughing with others creates a positive bond with them.

  So, in summary, these five tips about laughter being GREAT "medicine" are free and easy to incorporate into your life. Remember, laughing is contagious, and fun to share. Laughing with people can enhance your life, as well as the lives of those with whom you  live and work.

  It's important to remember that laughing with people is not the same as laughing AT people, which, when feeling down, is sometimes the easier thing to do. Easier, but with none of the mentioned benefits.

   Sometimes life presents tragic and depressing situations to work through. They are not laughing matters per se, but remembering the benefits of laughter, even as processing the tragedies of life will shorten your recovery time, and get you back to living life with purpose and joy. Good luck!

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Posted on September 11, 2014 .

Ever wonder why we stress so much?

Robert M. Sapolsky, Ph.D., is the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of Biological Sciences and a professor of neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford University. In this clip from his talk for the Science of a Meaningful Life series, Sapolsky explains why the stress response, which evolved for short-term physical crises, can become a long-term, chronic problem for human beings.
Posted on July 16, 2014 .

Stress Reduction in a Stress Filled World [Video]

Are you feeling stressed about work, relationships or school?

Have you lost sleep because of racing thoughts about life?

Can't stop worrying about important things in your life?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this video is for you!

Laurene Larson MS LPC with Vista Counseling & ADHD Cinic in Eugene, OR.  Schedule a free 15 minute phone consult at .

Posted on October 18, 2013 .

Five Tips For Reducing Stress

Laurene Larson, MS, LPC

1. Keep a positive attitude! New brain research demonstrates this is a powerful antidote to both stress and depression, and when we believe things are going to be alright the chance we relax increases dramatically.

2. Accept that there ARE events you can not control. Letting go of worry is powerful and relaxing.

3. Take 15-20 minutes to relax, and another 15-20 to exercise. Your mind and body benefit from daily doses of both.

4. Maintain social connections. Having friends, clubs, coworkers to debrief and share ideas, problems and concerns with benefits our mental and physical health. Even pets have shown to be stress reducers!

5. Laugh. Laughter is, indeed, great medicine! Laughing expands our lungs, stimulates the heart and other muscles, and increases the brain’s release of endorphins. What better pain killer could there be?

Posted on September 23, 2013 .