Stress

Stress and high blood pressure: What’s the connection?

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 …

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4 ways to fight stress and anxiety with food

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 …

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Stress management through the art of relaxation

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 …

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3 simple ways to combat fatigue and reduce stress

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 …

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How writing can help with stress management

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 …

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Fear of recurrence as an illness

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 …

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