Don’t Worry! Stressed Out Kindergarten Children are in Luck

You know there is something wrong in the world when experts formulate the first kindergarten ever which…does exactly what a regular kindergarten should be doing.  Experts in Germany formulated the “special” program in conjunction with the Kneipp Association, Germany’s largest non-commercial health organization.

The point of the kindergarten? To allow children who are too stressed out to learn to “chill.”  They argue that today’s children have too much stress on their shoulders and that they take on too much of their parents’ stress.  As a result, the German health insurance schemes and the Kneipp Association are funding the courses.

As Sylvia Gross explained, “Much is required from children today. They rush from one appointment to the next without barely a chance to breathe. They occasionally need some time out in order to come down again. The things we do here have a curative, relaxing effect upon them. The children themselves are curious, they find the therapies exciting.”

The German kindergarten program in Stuttgart offers “therapies” including massage, rope skipping, lying quietly and playing in the grass.  And if this is considered earth-shattering or shocking for kindergarten children – then our society is in a worst state than some of us might have believed.

Stressful Jobs Leads to Heart Attacks in Women, Too

A major study points to a strong correlation between high stress jobs for women and their risk of heart attack. And if that wasn’t bad enough, worry about losing that high stress job also increases women’s risk for stroke, clogged arteries as well as heart attack.

In what many people are saying is a research project which is in itself a sign of the times, this giant, federally funded study is the longest major project to look at stress in women specifically, since they now make up practically half of the work force. Most studies about this issue have studied men in the work force.

“The reality is these women don’t have the same kind of jobs as men” and often lack authority or control over their work, said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of the Women and Heart Disease program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. “It’s not just going to work; it’s what happens when you get there.”