Did you know that increased levels of stress can cause your body to release certain hormones? These hormones can temporarily raise your blood pressure by narrowing the size of your arteries and causing your heart to beat faster. Though stress alone has not been linked to long-term blood pressure elevation, reacting to stress in unhealthy ways … Continue reading Stress and high blood pressure: What’s the connection?
All of us experience stress in our lives. Some amount of stress is normal, but it can be hard to know when the amount of stress you’re experiencing — or how you’re handling that stress — is unhealthy. Did you know there is such a thing as perceived stress? We worry about things that really … Continue reading Is stress keeping you up at night?
Everyone experiences stress from time to time. The amount might vary from day to day, or we might go through extended periods of stressful times in our lives. For some of us, it’s our job. For others, it might be finances, marital discord or the unexpected death of a loved one. Stress is unavoidable to … Continue reading How long-term stress can have an impact on your health
The holiday season is something most people start looking forward to long before the Halloween candy has gone stale. For many, though, it quickly turns into a season that is a lot more fun to anticipate than actually be in the midst of, due to all the extra stress “the most wonderful time of the … Continue reading Simple tips to manage and relieve holiday stress
Let’s talk about stress. In many ways, facing stress is unavoidable. We all face stress, whether it’s caused by work, family, finances, school or some other factor that compels us to worry. But did you know stress is harmful to your health? Many scientists believe that our increasingly stressed and fast-paced lifestyles have a direct … Continue reading 4 ways to fight stress and anxiety with food
Stress management is a topic that everyone seems to be talking about here lately. With busy work schedules, family obligations and the holidays fast approaching, now is the perfect time to slow down a bit and reflect on how to keep our stress levels to a minimum. The relaxation response is a physical state of deep … Continue reading Stress management through the art of relaxation
Fatigue. It happens. How do we combat it? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, fatigue is, “A reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.” As we all know, fatigue can be something that stops us in our tracks. It can debilitate your performance and keep you from getting your workouts … Continue reading 3 simple ways to combat fatigue and reduce stress
Maya Angelou wrote that “there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” We often associate expressive writing with a skillset that requires perfection and beautiful use of language. Yet in a more realistic sense, writing can be an effective tool when used for stress management. As adults, we are often … Continue reading How writing can help with stress management
When diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, you have two choices: You can choose to fight, or you can choose to succumb to fear. Fighters challenge illness, embracing treatment and facing the obstacle of an uphill battle to better health. But as fighters become survivors, it’s not uncommon for them to glance in the rearview mirror out of … Continue reading Fear of recurrence as an illness
As time ticks on, it is certain that we are all getting older. As we age, some of us are resisting the inevitable, fighting to preserve a more youthful appearance. Others are harming their bodies through smoking or lack of sleep, all the while speeding up the biological aging process. The truth is, no one … Continue reading How your lifestyle impacts how well you age