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Stress and Health

Want To Tap Into Your Inner Resilience?

meQuilibrium | Posted 06.23.2013 | Healthy Living

It's this ability to stay connected, to stand by each other, that has kept the people of Boston strong during one of the worst weeks in the city's storied history. But they're not the only ones who have the ability to shore up resilience. You do. I do.

What You Need To Know About Managing Your Stress At Work

Tom Gimbel | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Gimbel

April is Stress Awareness Month (yes, there is such a thing!), and although stress finds its way into our lives in a range of capacities, we undoubtedly find it most often in the workplace.

Exercise Moves To Help You De-Stress

Posted 04.09.2013 | OWN

Personal trainer Ulrick Bien-Aimé had been working with harried corporate executives for years when he noticed something interesting: Many of his...

6 Little Things I Must Stop Stressing Over (And 1 Huge Thing)

Lily Avnet | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Lily Avnet

De-stressing is a personal experiment in discovering what makes you calm down. So in my efforts to de-stress, I'm joining some of my colleagues in making a list of a few things I'm determined to stop stressing about.

Surprising Ways Stress Affects Your Body

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P. | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P.

According to a recent study, 60 to 80 percent of visits to primary care doctors may be related to stress, yet only 3 percent of patients receive stress management counseling. Why is it that so few people are getting help from their health care practitioners when it comes to stress?

What Are Those Adrenals Doing in There, Anyway?

Dr. Wendie Trubow | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Wendie Trubow

Adrenals impact our ability to have a healthy libido, lose weight, sleep, become pregnant, get out of bed, and digest our food, as well as other behaviors.

Could Mindfulness Start In The Heart?

HeartMath LLC | Posted 06.01.2013 | GPS for the Soul
HeartMath LLC

How does the heart relate to mindfulness? Mindfulness is about being present to what you're feeling, thinking and sensing. Connecting to our hearts enables us to be in "the heart of the moment," and if you don't want to get hooked into those thoughts and feelings, you let them pass through.

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald: Is Your Stress Response Stuck In The 'On' Position?

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 05.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

The survival instinct designed to give us tools to fight or flee has turned on us. Now that it is on inappropriately, this response can have the opposite effect. Instead of saving our lives, it can contribute to insomnia, depression, panic attacks, and a host of other health concerns.

7 Things I Stopped Stressing About

Laura Schocker | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Schocker

Despite being a stage-five worrier, I try to keep my anxiety in its proper perspective. But after researching and writing a piece published earlier this week about what stress is doing to your body, I realized I still have a long way to go when it comes to handling the ever-present stress in my life.

Make Stress Work For You

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

This might sound a little crazy, but what if it's the very fact that we assume stress is bad that's actually making it so bad for us? And what if there were another way to think about stress -- a way that might actually make it a force for good in our lives?

Cortisol: Turn Your 'Bad Boy' Hormone Into Goldilocks

Sara Gottfried, M.D. | Posted 03.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Sara Gottfried, M.D.

You know the bad boy you dated in high school or college? You knew he was bad news, you even knew it would end badly, but you dated him anyway. That's cortisol.

Combat Stress With Mindful Breathing

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D. | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.

Though each expert approached the subject of stress from a different angle, we all agreed that research indicates chronic stress may contribute to heart disease, hypertension, anxiety and depression.

Stress 101: Eat Well, Sleep More And Move Around A Lot

meQuilibrium | Posted 04.29.2013 | GPS for the Soul

The moment of the internal negotiation -- the point at which I weigh my two options -- is an important teachable moment. I wish that in those moments, I had the ability to step outside of the situation and reexamine the tradeoff I had formulated.

Why Stress Matters

Dr. Wendie Trubow | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Wendie Trubow

Does breathing in a way that decreases stress really matter? Yeah, actually it does. Because, you see, our bodies are designed to react to everything that is going on around us, in order to keep us from being eaten by that lion that is chasing us.

The Super Bowl, Stress and Heart Health

Carol J. Scott, M.D. | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol J. Scott, M.D.

This Sunday, being an avid fan during the Super Bowl game could prove deadly. According to a 2011 study published in the journal Clinical Cardiology, the emotional stress experienced by fans of a losing team could increase an individual's risk of heart attack.

Work and Traffic and Family, Oh My! How Modern-Day Stresses Affect Your Health

Shaila Callaghan | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Shaila Callaghan

Humans turn on the stress response for purely psychological reasons, and we are doing it nonstop. We are bombarding our bodies with stress to such a point that the stress response becomes more damaging than the stressor in the first place.

Fighting Cancer: New Uses for Old Drugs

Dan K. Morhaim, M.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan K. Morhaim, M.D.

Opportunities are being missed, and time and money are being wasted. We all know people who are struggling with cancer and the intense challenges of the current treatment protocols. The needs are urgent and the time to act is now.

Is There a Mind/Body Connection in Hypertension?

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

If day-to-day stress and anger and anxiety are not causes of hypertension, do I believe that there is a mind/body connection in hypertension? Yes, I absolutely do. But the connection is very different from what most people think.

Recharge Each Day For Optimal Use

meQuilibrium | Posted 03.23.2013 | Healthy Living

Let's stop thinking about rest as the opposite of effort and start thinking about it as the foundation of effort. What can you do to build in a little more relaxation or pleasure, to draw you out of the moments that wind you up and leave you so tight you feel like you might snap?

How Loudly Does Your World Speak?

Dr. Wendie Trubow | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Wendie Trubow

Fatigue got you down? Post-vacation putting you in a funk? Listen to your body and try to tease out those lessons before the warning signs speak even louder!

GPS for the Soul: A Stellar App for Busy People

Robert Piper | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Piper

I also know that it can be very difficult for people to find even 10 to 25 minutes a day to meditate if they have kids. That being said, I'm always encouraging people to find any way possible to do meditation techniques to reduce stress.

Life Can Be Thrilling, Not Stressful

meQuilibrium | Posted 03.11.2013 | GPS for the Soul

To anyone who is already reconsidering commitments related to diet, exercise, work, family time or "me" time, don't give up and certainly don't stress over them; you simply have to find that sweet spot somewhere between ambition and the impossible.

Too Much Stress Is Terrible!

Robert Piper | Posted 03.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Piper

Our mind is a stress-producing machine! We are thinking about deadlines, what we are doing with our life, and what the next problem is. All of this is causing stress, which is silently attacking our body.

Resolve to Start Small

Brandt Passalacqua | Posted 03.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Brandt Passalacqua

What is going to make this year's resolutions any different than last year's, or those of the year before? As someone who helps people work through their food and body issues, this is always the question: What can we do differently this time?

Is Stress The New Fat?

Janesse Bruce | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Janesse Bruce

Mindfulness, yoga and relaxation techniques are the current darlings of the stress trade. They work, but they take a lot of work, and each alone doesn't come close to solving the entire problem, just as declining that slice of pie after dinner never made anyone thin.