I have a new creation and creative outlet I want to share with you! I just started a new blog called Stress Management for Writers.
This isn’t for professionals. It’s for all of you who have ever felt the need to express yourself to the world.
Finding the courage to reach out to others with your feelings and your own personal message is what it’s all about!
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Posted by Laura Lee Carter
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love.” –Washington Irving
Biochemist William Frey has spent 15 years studying tears and why we cry. His team of scientists have found that, although tear production organs were once thought to be unimportant and no longer necessary for survival, tears actually have numerous critical functions.
Tears are an emotional response which only humans have, for only people are known to weep. While all animals that live in air produce tears to lubricate their eyes, only human beings possess the extensive system that causes us to cry.
Tears are secreted by your lacrimals—tiny, sponge-like glands which rest above the eye against the eye socket. The average person blinks every two to ten seconds. With every blink, the eyelid carries this fluid over your eye’s surface.
One of the most obvious functions of tears is to lubricate your eyeball and eyelid, but they also prevent dehydration of your various mucous membranes, as anyone with ‘dry eye’ problems can attest to. A severe lack of lubrication produces a condition requiring medication or therapy to save the victim’s eyesight.
Another important function of tears is that they bathe your eyes in lysozyme, one of the most effective antibacterial and antiviral agents known to man. Amazingly, lysozyme inactivates 90 to 95 per cent of all bacteria in a mere five to 10 minutes. Without it, eye infections would be much more common and serious.
One amazing discovery is that tear production may actually aid a person in dealing with emotional problems. Scientific studies have found that after crying, most people do feel better, and those that suppress their tears do feel worse.
Not unexpectedly, those who suffer from the inherited disease familial dysautonomia not only cannot cry tears, but also have a lesser ability to deal with stressful events in their lives.
In a recent study, tears caused by simple irritants were compared to those brought on by emotion. Researchers found that stress-induced tears actually remove toxic substances from the body. Volunteers were led to cry first from watching sad movies, and then from freshly cut onions. The researchers found that the tears from the movies contained far more toxic biological byproducts. Weeping, they concluded, is an excretory process which removes toxic substances that normally build up during emotional stress.
The simple act of crying also reduces the body’s manganese level, a mineral which affects mood and is found in up to 30 times greater concentration in tears than in blood serum. They also found that emotional tears contain 24 per cent higher albumin protein concentration than tears caused by eye irritants.
The researchers concluded that chemicals built up by the body during stress were removed by tears, which actually lowered stress. These include the endorphin leucine-enkephalin, which helps to control pain, and prolactin, a hormone which regulates milk production in mammals.
They found that one of the most important of those compounds which removed tears was adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH), one of the best indicators of stress. Suppressing tears increases stress levels, and contributes to diseases aggravated by stress, such as high blood pressure, heart problems and peptic ulcers.
Ashley Montagu concluded that weeping contributes not only to the health of the individual, but also to the group’s sense of community because ‘it tends to deepen involvement in the welfare of others’. Tears are an extremely effective method of communication, and can elicit sympathy much faster than any other means. They effectively relate that you are sincere about a certain concern, and anxious to deal with the problem.
What can we learn from all this? That the seemingly simple and common response of producing tears is enormously complex and, indeed, is an integral and necessary part of being human. Without tears, life would be drastically different for humans—in the short run enormously uncomfortable, and in the long run our eyesight could be jeopardized.
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Posted by Laura Lee Carter
She brought on a few women who had been feeling midlife awful, with issues like divorce, single motherhood and job loss.
They were feeling helpless and hopeless, like victims in their own lives. One women described herself as “paralyzed by fear.”
Oprah gave Ali Wentworth the means to help these women step beyond their own internal limitations. She introduced them to their new selves.
The women first tried a few rounds of roller derby, then took a sky dive together, and finally disrobed on a beach and ran naked.
You may be thinking “So what!” If so, go try a few of these challenges and then get back to me. Stepping outside of your own box changes lives!
How do I know? Believe me, I know a thing or two about stretching my comfort zone. I left mine entirely back in 2004, and I’ve been living outside of it ever since!
First I started my own dating service after I lost my job. I figured I needed a job and a date, so what the heck! That led to an amazing new relationship. Falling in love at 49 felt like a gigantic leap of faith!
Since then, I’ve tried out a few different but related careers: writing, public speaking and even writing my first books.
I want to spend my time here on earth doing what I’m best at, and there’s only one way to find out what that is, experiment! One thing is for sure: I LOVE living outside of my comfort zone and I’m never going back into my BOX!
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Posted by Laura Lee Carter
I cannot believe my blog turns two today! To celebrate this fantastic event (plus passing 90,000 hits!) I decided to present you with a whole new and improved website!
I’m in the process of re-directing my blog to a self-hosted site. It’s a lot more spacious and open compared to the old one. Of course, the URL stays the same.
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