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By MICKoWAR, Jul 21 2018 01:51AM

While it's normal to feel stressed before an important exam, work meeting, or important life decision, all of these things are temporary in nature. Anxiety disorders are differentiated from daily stress because they do not go away once the event in question has passed. Instead, they often get worse over time, compromising an individual's job performance, school work, and even the formation of healthy relationships.

Individuals suffering from generalised anxiety disorder display many symptoms, including feelings of restlessness, decreased stamina, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension, irritability, an inability to control their anxiety, insomnia, and restless, unsatisfying sleep.

Can Hormones Be Responsible For Anxiety Disorders?

Yes! Hormonal imbalances may be the only reason any given individual struggles with anxiety, but it's more common for a hormone imbalance to be coupled with other mental health issues as the root cause of the problem. Some people also struggle with anxiety disorders for reasons completely unrelated to hormones.

If hormones are part of the problem, cortisol, sex hormones, and thyroid issues are the most likely culprits.

1. Cortisol

Cortisol is widely called the "stress hormone" because both physical and mental stress can release it. Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands as part of the "fight or flight" mechanism, where it serves to prepare the body to defend itself from perceived danger. If the adrenal glands are producing cortisol when no such emergency is present, anxiety is the likely result.

2. Sex Hormones

This category includes estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. Women often experience anxiety issues during the prementrual portion of their daily cycle, peri-menopause, and menopause because their estrogen levels are unbalanced. Likewise, a man often experiences changes in his physical and emotional health when his natural testosterone levels begin to decline. Decreased testosterone levels can also lead to a reduced libido and/or a loss of muscle mass that may also trigger anxiety in men. Finally, progesterone naturally inhibits "feel-good" hormones such as dopamine and serotonin, making it more difficult for the body to successfully regulate its own mood.

3. Thyroid

The thyroid produces a variety of essential hormones, creating issues if it produces too much or too little of them. Hyperthyroidism means that the thyroid is producing too many hormones. It speeds up the body's natural metabolism to the point that the entire sympathetic nervous system becomes more active, placing stress on the entire body. By contrast, Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid isn't active enough. This slows down the body's metabolic processes, reducing energy. The resulting instability can contribute to undesirable mood changes, driving the onset of anxiety.

Whether hormonal imbalances cause anxiety disorders or the other way around is the topic of ongoing medical research, but there is a clear connection between the two. Thankfully, symptoms can be muted or even eliminated through a diet and exercise program.

How Can Exercise Help Manage Anxiety?

Exercise allows the body to release the natural chemicals responsible for the fight or flight state. This helps relieve chronic muscle tension, insomnia, depression, and anxiety as the hormones above are metabolized into the bloodstream.

In addition, happy hormones such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins are naturally released to replace the other ones during exercise. Here is what they do:

1. Endorphins

Endorphins interact with certain receptors in your brain to reduce pain perception. Anaerobic exercise is particularly effective for activating the body's natural painkillers to deal with chronic pain.

2. Serotonin

Serotonin is what the body uses to maintain a balanced mood. It is produced during aerobic exercise, but its effects linger long after a it is completed.

3. Dopamine

Dopamine is the pleasure hormone the brain releases whenever we achieve a goal. Exercise stimulates the brain to produce more dopamine in addition to serotonin.

Here is a quick anxiety self-help guide to help you manage your symptoms:

1. Daily Exercise

Walking for 30 minutes a day, engaging in something a little more vigorous, or even a yoga class can be all you need to do. The exercise will improve your mood, alertness, energy, and concentration, leaving you more prepared to tackle your day.

2. Eat Well

Most food cravings are the body's reaction to stress, depression, or anxiety. A better diet can make a substantial improvement in how you feel.

3. Deep Breathing Exercises

Inhale for a count of five, and then breath out for 10, repeating the word "relax" with every exhale. Make sure to breathe into your stomach, not your chest!

4. Meditation

Stress management techniques such as meditation can help by bringing you back into the present moment instead of whatever might be going on inside your head. This can help reduce your blood pressure, slow your heart rate, and decrease your breathing rate.

5. Muscle Relaxation Techniques

This can help bring attention to any parts of your body that are feeling tense and mindfully relax them.

6. Massage

Massages release happy hormones such as endorphins. They also reduce stress hormones to promote better hormonal balance.

If you're interested in learning more about what kind of workout regimen would be best for your needs, an experienced exercise physiologist Melbourne may be able to help. A physiology ​practitioner in ​Melbourne can help you with other aspects of your stress management.

By MICKoWAR, Apr 30 2018 12:58AM

Just a short drive from Doncaster Shopping Centre, you will find exactly what you’re after.

Grand Ward Interiors has now branched out to servicing the Doncaster and Doncaster East areas, offering you:

Top notch custom made furniture, upholstered to absolute perfection.

We bring old furniture back to life with reupholstering services

Build furniture from scratch, from your designs or an existing piece

Design the perfect furniture for your space

With almost 3 decades of upholstery experience, Grant Ward and the team are the best option for building and upholstering a tough, sturdy furniture, that will impress all your guests.

Some may refer to us as “Boronia Upholstery” the old brand name, however in recent years we have grown and adapted, servicing more of Melbourne, more often, to a degree of quality that is reflective of our own very high, very stringent standards. In our eyes, we like to think that we help set the bar in the upholstery world, by delivering world class hand upholstered goods, built to last and hopefully outlast all the regular commercial grade quality furniture our clients also have in their homes.

Grant Ward is a family owned business with humble beginnings in outer Melbourne's East, now expanding the reach to other suburbs across Melbourne. With the aim of our family run business to build beautifully handcrafted furniture, stylish window fittings and everything in between, just know you’re in great hands to have the best looking interiors in Doncaster/Doncaster East.

What do the locals have to say about us?

“Grant Ward and his team were absolute gems to deal with. I tried doing my own interior design for my place, but just couldn’t quite get it right. In our initial meeting I could tell Grant and the team were the best people to help me make the perfect looking space. A short time later the work had been done, within budget and far exceeding my imagination of how good it could look when complete. I highly recommend Grant Ward Interiors and commend them on their amazing upholstery skills.”

Fiona M, Doncaster East

With the growing demand for quality upholstering in Doncaster, you can count on Grant Ward Interiors to fulfil your custom fabric needs!

By MICKoWAR, Nov 7 2017 11:57PM

Ever met someone that you think is pretty cool, yet strangely also somewhat closed off or plays hard to get? Sure, at first this can be quite fun, more so for the boys who like to chase, which would seem to be biologically programmed into us.

Naturally, they wouldn’t be so closed off with their friends or those who are not your target market for dating. This isn’t necessarily a rule, some people are just closed off because they are just outright quiet.

So what’s the deal with the ones who play hard to get? Well, clearly you have to UP your game in order to (for some reason) convince them that you’re worthy of their time. Generally speaking, you would see this person as taking a moreso selfless route, in order to win the hard to get person over. The chaser may find themselves buying flowers or doing things they wouldn’t normally do in order to reach that next level with their infatuation.

Let's say the chaser finally lands the chased and they start dating. Eventually the facade fades away and the game playing also fades due to being useless. They finally accept and are open to showing their hearts. More time passes and the chased becomes more at ease around the chaser, showing off who they really are.

Really, it’s like Pandora’s box at the beginning, sure you thought they were cool at first, whether it be because they were just gaming you, or because you love the chase. But now you’ve hit the point of opening the box and learning what you’ve really lept into.

Let’s say that in this scenario the chaser found something he wasn’t after, hidden within the chased. He has two options, admit defeat and suck it up until the Chased inevitably ends it due to being unhappy, or he can Rex Hunt it, kiss and throw the chased back. Who gets hurt the most here? One saw potential, but was wrong, because the other only showed a fragment of their personality. Who ever was being chased will likely play harder to get next time, thinking that’s the smart move to stop that from happening again.

It doesn’t really matter, does it? It sucks either way right?

But you know what would be cool? If people dealt with their past shit before jumping into the next thing, so that they didn’t feel the need to play games or be playing hard to get in the first place, therefore fostering an environment where both parties can show off exactly who they are right from the beginning, without it mattering if they like you or not.

Some seem to forget, that nobody in this world owes you a damn thing! Let alone, should like you. It’s all part of the every day, enjoy your own life and keep doing things that make you happy without encroaching on everybody else’s lives.

By MICKoWAR, Oct 30 2017 01:38AM

It wasn’t until very recently that this movement was made apparent to me, and whilst I can understand aspects of why you would do that, the bigger picture of why you would do this just comes across as just giving up on yourself.

Let me give you a little history on what I’ve come to learn this movement is all about…Essentially it’s a bunch of men who have decided to stop being men, because every woman they have met has hurt them in some way. So they follow this new way of being “Men Going Their Own Way”. There’s no point in speculating why or where they’ve come from, however what I can say is that there are many many happy couples around, that involve women, who are doing just fine. There are many unhappy couples as well, but they decide to coexist anyway. One lesson that took me ages to learn, was that if you have a problem, you need to do something about it.. If that issue is constantly repeating itself with different people in your life, for example, all the women you give your love to hurt you, then maybe YOU are the common problem in all these equations.

I personally have a high level of respect for the old Spartan attitude, the way it’s depicted in the movies, is a bunch of very manly men protecting those dear to them. Nowadays this infectious politically correct movement has turned almost EVERYBODY into a bunch of wimpy people, who decide to tread carefully as to not hurt the precious butterflies amongst us. Putting pressure on everybody else to eliminate their humanity and act more like a boring robot.

As we’re growing into adulthood, we’re told by all around us to be ourselves, and that we shouldn’t need to change for anyone, we’re perfect the way we are. Unfortunately for those, evolution doesn’t give a fuck about you or your personality. Evolution goes to show us that those willing to be flexible and alter themselves or their approach will survive and last. These days however, too many people have lost this survival instinct and remain at the entry level point of being an undeveloped human being. But in good old fashioned human being style, the natural balance is always being upset. Now all I hear from everywhere I go is: “Why is there so many dumb people around??!”.

The point I’m making is that those deciding to go MGTOW have just given up. They’ve decided that pain hurts too much and is not worth the pursuit of happiness and love. Personally, I’ve been single for the last 3 years, and at no point did it ever occur to me that it’s easier to just live my life without chasing the thing I want or any of my goals and to just survive until the day I die. I’ve been hurt plenty in my time, it’s left me in not so great financial space at times, but as all this hit me, over and over again, I started to realize that it might be time to start GROWING MYSELF, and to stop being that child I once was. In no way am I single from not looking and not wanting, I am single because I plan to use my past experience to help me pick the one I want to spend the rest of my life with.

Flying solo is an important period where you have the opportunity to expand yourself and grow. Whether you are a man of a woman, don’t bide your time until you find the next person to help you pass the time, use it wisely to become who you want to be. Don’t do anything because it's convenient, do it because it’s going to be GREAT, Do it because you want to EARN the right to say you DESERVE it!

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