stress-response

While it's no secret that sustained levels of stress are not good for your health, there is more to the stress story than "stress is bad." As it turns out, how you perceive stress is just as important as the amount of stress you're experiencing.
You may think you got dealt a lousy genetic hand when it came to fat distribution, but what you might not know is that chronic fat around your midsection might be due to stress.
It goes without saying that sharing a joke or a funny experience ramps up a bond between people like almost nothing else. So try making it a goal not just to show up and "be social" but to share moments with people that make you laugh.
When you feel stressed, notice it, admit you're stressed out, then choose to switch your focus. If you do, your story could have a happy ending.
Befriend your body and it can be a great ally, aligned with your intentions. Deny your body and it can be a formidable opponent, at odds with your intentions.
Treat Yourself! Eat One (ONE!) Candy Eating or drinking something sweet is soothing because it stems the production of the
"Do you enjoy going to work every day?" might be one of the most pertinent yet most overlooked well-being questions ever asked. Turns out, whoever said that work isn't work unless it is tedious, tiring or just plain painful had it all wrong.
We don't have to be victims of hurry sickness. We do have all the time we need -- and from this patient mind zone, we can reclaim our time, our priorities and our ability to respond well to life and all its demands. With patience, we're in the driver's seat of our own lives.
When you're experiencing stress, your impulse might be to power through, freak out, or stick your head in the sand. Bad habits such as overworking, smoking, or overeating can perpetuate the stress reaction. Here are some healthy tips on how to manage your stress before it manages you.
All relationships have conflict. Conflicts are a part of life and can provide an opportunity for learning and growth -- if they are approached with caring for yourself and the other person.
We are not at the mercy of extraneous factors. We can empower ourselves with the tools for a healthy way of living. The old Darwinian adage "survival of the fittest" comes to mind. However, who are the fittest in a war whereby our perception is under attack by our very own lizard brain?
Don't be discouraged if it takes time to access release through breathing; it will happen eventually, and it is an invaluable tool for de-stressing. Making these connections between breath and body heightens sensitivity and prompts us to take better care of ourselves.
We all become animals when our stress response fires. Paying attention to little ways we can make our relationships happier and even more precious helps us fall in love all over again.
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.
Exactly what happens to your brain, heart, skin and muscles.
A fascinating article recently published in the New York Times shines the spotlight on why, when the going gets tough, some of us are worriers and some become warriors.
Breathing in a way that promotes stress reduction takes practice and attention, two things we often have in short supply. Ironically, we are often too busy to focus on breathing well.
What is a stress reaction and how does it differ from a stress fracture? Excessive and repetitive loading on weight-bearing bones can cause what some term "fatigue damage."
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.
Grounding yourself in body sensitivity serves as a circuit breaker to take you out of your chronic "fight or flight" state.  Practice becoming aware of another's experience, especially when that other is your own body.