Stress Management


How Hormones Affect Women’s Bodies in Ways You Didn’t Realize
14 May 2019

How Hormones Affect Women’s Bodies in Ways You Didn’t Realize

We typically don’t realize how our hormones affect our bodies until some sort of imbalance occurs. When there’s a hormonal imbalance, it means there’s either too much or too little of a specific hormone in the bloodstream. This affects the body greatly as hormones regulate most of our major bodily processes such as your metabolism, sleep cycle, heart rate, sexual function, mood, and so much...

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What Tiger Woods Teaches Us About Midlife, Grace and Redemption
17 Apr 2019

What Tiger Woods Teaches Us About Midlife, Grace and Redemption

This past Sunday, Tiger Woods found himself in what many considered an impossible situation; leading the Masters golf tournament on the 18th green. And when the last putt fell, there he was, fist pumping, hugging his family and accepting his 5th green championship jacket. It was pure joy to watch. Who would have predicted this? Maybe you’re not a golf fan, but that’s really not...

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7 Hidden Sources of Stress that May Sabotage Hormone Balance
15 Jan 2019

7 Hidden Sources of Stress that May Sabotage Hormone Balance

We’re all familiar with the usual suspects that cause us stress. Work, money, and family relationships usually top the list. Stress is a huge problem for women whose hormones are out of balance because the cortisol that is released in a stressful situation worsens all of the imbalances. Your body requires cortisol to live so it preferentially uses hormone precursors like pregnenolone to make it;...

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How One Word Can Change Your Whole Year
02 Jan 2019

How One Word Can Change Your Whole Year

We’ve got a whole shiny new year in front of us… how exciting! How are you marking the end of the old and the beginning of the new? Setting goals? Making resolutions? If you’re anything like me, these two processes can feel heavy and tired. I understand that many of us need or want to have goals to shoot for to keep us motivated, however,...

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Worrier or Warrior? How Your Genes Affect Your Stress Response
28 Jun 2018

Worrier or Warrior? How Your Genes Affect Your Stress Response

Do you ever wonder why some people melt down under stress, but others seem to thrive under pressure? It may not be you, it may be your genes! The prefrontal cortex is that part of your brain responsible for many of the capacities that lead you to succeed in the world; cognitive ability, problem-solving, reasoning, and planning. In order to operate at peak performance, the...

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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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