Stress Management


How to Lower Your Cortisol in 4 Minutes
25 Feb 2016

How to Lower Your Cortisol in 4 Minutes

We live in a soundbite, fragmented world. Some days it feels like you’ve been tossed into your Vitamix with no escape route. All of this rushing around leads to high cortisol which creates a LOT of problems you don’t want like insomnia, weight gain, anxiety and that wired but tired feeling most of us know too well. The cure for high cortisol is managing stress....

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Infertility, Panic Attacks, and Anxiety, Oh My! How Approval Addiction Made Me Sick
21 Apr 2015

Infertility, Panic Attacks, and Anxiety, Oh My! How Approval Addiction Made Me Sick

By Guest Blogger, Amy Pearson of LiveBrazen.com   Hello my name is Amy and I’m an “approval addict,” recovering with the occasional relapse. Confessions of a Gold Star Chaser I’m a “Performer.” What this means is that for most of my adult life, I’ve been chasing “gold stars” to get other people to approve of me. Not just approve, actually, to adore me. I wanted...

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16 Apr 2014

The Upside of Stress

We all know too much stress is bad for your health. Chronic stress can lead to depression and set off dangerous inflammation in the body, increasing your risk for heart disease, obesity, and breast cancer. You can’t open a magazine these days without seeing an article that recommends reducing the stress in our lives. But, is there an upside to stress?  As it turns out,...

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03 Oct 2013

4 Sneaky Ways Your Body may be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Work

As many women enter perimenopause or approach menopause, they find themselves experiencing unexplained weight gain — especially around the waist and hips — despite their best attempts to diet. And suddenly, the usual weight loss tool box in empty. Weight gain in the abdomen is one of the most common complaints of perimenopausal women. Yet most women have been told that an extra 10–20 pounds...

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26 Sep 2013

What to do When Your Adrenal Glands are ready to Surrender

Every day, a wide range of physical and psychological stressors — a demanding job, raising a family, relationship dynamics, lack of sleep, financial pressures, suboptimal nutrition, dieting, unresolved emotional distress — signal your adrenal glands to produce stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol). This is helpful up to a point (because it helps us get our to-do lists done), but when our adrenal glands are required...

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01 Aug 2013

Joe, You Gotta Go! 4 Great Reasons to Say “So-Long” to Caffeine

If you’re experiencing menopausal symptoms and you’ve done any research at all, one of the recommendations you’ve likely seen is to give up caffeine. This is not great news for many of us! Caffeine is addictive and the morning coffee ritual may be deeply ingrained. I feel your pain. But here’s why this is important. Caffeine opens up your blood vessels (that’s why it’s found...

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15 Nov 2012

Adrenals Misbehaving? How to Tell Frazzled from Fine

Every day, a wide range of physical and psychological stressors — a demanding job, raising a family, relationship dynamics, lack of sleep, financial pressures, suboptimal nutrition, dieting, unresolved emotional distress — signal the adrenal glands to produce stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol). This is helpful up to a point (because it helps us get our to-do lists done), but when our adrenal glands are required...

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12 Jul 2012

Whispers, Taps and 2x4s

Sometimes, it starts as a whisper from the little voice in your head…”psst…psst…ya know, with your family history, you’re gonna need to pay attention to the choices you make.” Or, it could be a not-so-gentle tap on your shoulder….”Mrs. Jones, you have diabetes.” Or, the 2 x 4 might smack you squarely on the head (from the back of an ambulance) as you find yourself...

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08 Mar 2012

It’s Gotta Go! 5 Simple Steps for Clearing Clutter

Oprah has entire issues on it. There are TV reality shows about it. Even Cooking Light has an article about it. “It” is clutter, and clutter is getting a lot of press these days.  Google “declutter” and you’ll get over 556,000 hits! Clutter is the stuff that no longer serves us. It fills up our space (mentally and physically).  One of the basic tenets of...

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14 Feb 2012

Is Your Job Breaking Your Heart?

February is America Heart Month.  Posts this month will focus on women and heart disease. We’re all aware of the pressure women are under.  Whether we’re in health care or running our own businesses, the story is the same.  Do more with less and do it faster.  As it turns out, all that stress may be breaking our hearts! A recent study suggests that women...

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