Does your mind travel to that tub of ice cream in the freezer after a stressful day at work or do you binge on buffet treats when you are at a party where you don’t know anyone? Or maybe you’ve had a tough day with the kids and you grab the chips and dip as soon as they are in bed?
Studies show that regular breathing exercises can reduce stress and its effects
We all come into the world with the ability to take full, deep breaths. “As we get older we forget how to breathe properly,” says Don Campbell. This journalist turned wellness expert has started a new movement among doctors and athletes known as “conscious breathing.” Continue reading
We need Cortisol. But like they say, too much of a good thing is just BAD!
Stress. We just cannot talk enough about it. It is related to so many different aspects of our lives, with detrimental effects on our health. Understanding what happens in your body when you are in a stress situation is the first step to becoming aware of your mental state. It’s time to take back control to ensure longevity by understanding how Cortisol affects our bodies. Continue reading
If you are a parent of young children or have a high stress job, your main aim in life might just be to get a few extra winks. The body is an amazing machine, and sleep is one of its best aids. And for good reason too.. The best kept secrets of sleep will most probably inspire you to hit the snooze button! Continue reading
Cortisol causes a whole host of problems. If you have more than 5 of the following signs, then it’s probably time for a change. It’s easy to brush it aside and think, “Well, everybody has stress”. If that is your pattern of thinking, then you probably need to evaluate if this is you before your body has a meltdown. Continue reading
Ever had one of those days where you feel like you just need a hug? Our subconscious minds have known of the benefits of physical touch long before its usefulness will be completely clear for us to understand. Your body knows what it needs, before you do, and we usually respond in a sad, unsatisfied way, until that life-saving power of touch uplifts our hearts and minds to again be able to face the world head on.
Anxiety is an unpleasant and out-of-control type sensation that creeps up on anyone at some point of life, and for some it’s a daily ordeal. Work pressures, family responsibilities and financial failures are just a few examples of anxiety and stress-inducing factors. For some it may be a ongoing situation of being bullied and having to face the agitator every day. Continue reading
Take a moment and check in with yourself. How is your body feeling right in this moment? If you’re generally healthy, check in for subtle symptoms. Is your neck feeling tense? Does your lower back ache? Do you have a headache? Are you exhausted — again? Or perhaps you’re battling a more serious health diagnosis and you’re experiencing symptoms from your health condition. Continue reading
Blood circulation is one of the most important functions in the body. It supplies oxygen to the brain and other organs. It’s what makes our bodies work. It can also promote healthier skin and helps cell growth. Poor blood circulation can be caused by smoking, lack of exercise, sitting in one place for too long, and blood clots can all contribute to poor circulation. Continue reading
In my practice, stress is one of the most formidable opponents. Stress’ heightened sense of urgency can actually be addictive for some people. Physiologically, it works like this. Once stress is triggered, your adrenal gland produces and dumps cortisol into your bloodstream. The more you are stressed the more your body can’t regulate the levels of cortisol in your system, and that’s when the danger begins. Your body can start showing signs of stressed skin and increased sensitivity, itchiness, breakouts, and even stretchmarks! Continue reading