Are the Effects of Excitement and Stress Similar?

Have you ever asked yourself this question: Does my body respond to stress the same way it responds to excitement or to happiness? Here’s your chance to learn a bit more about this subject. Let’s begin with some facts about stress: There is good stress, otherwise known as eustress (http://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/eustress)… …and there is bad stress, … Continue reading “Are the Effects of Excitement and Stress Similar?”

Are the Effects of Excitement and Stress Similar?

Have you ever asked yourself this question: Does my body respond to stress the same way it responds to excitement or to happiness? Here’s your chance to learn a bit more about this subject. Let’s begin with some facts about stress: There is good stress, otherwise known as eustress (http://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/eustress)… …and there is bad stress, … Continue reading “Are the Effects of Excitement and Stress Similar?”

Is Stress Really Bad for You?

  I’m sure you already know the answer to that question—it’s bad! But hold on for a second—I’m about to tell you something new about stress—something that I’m pretty sure you’ve never heard before. I recently got an email from a friend of mine who encouraged me to read the book, The Upside of Stress, … Continue reading “Is Stress Really Bad for You?”

How Stress Suppresses the Brain and Cell Growth

  Someone recently asked me this question: “What is the number one factor affecting human mortality?” The answer could well be, “Stress,” because stress supresses (reduce) brain activity and the growth of all cells! Let me clarify. There is no doubt that any kind of stress—physiological, cognitive, or emotional—damages an individual’s health. Each stressful moment … Continue reading “How Stress Suppresses the Brain and Cell Growth”

Relationships and Stress

There is no doubt: stress and relationships are strongly related. Maybe you know “everything” about stress, but do you know how stress influences your relationships? It does not matter if you are single or married, or how long have you been in this relationship; stress plays a huge role in your relationships and happiness. Let … Continue reading “Relationships and Stress”

Practice Stress or Practice Peace?

Every Day Brings a Choice: To Practice Stress or to Practice Peace (Joan Borysenko) The title of this article is taken from a quote by Joan Borysenko. By peace she means peace of mind. Other words we use to express the same idea include composure, calmness, equanimity, tranquility, serenity, and placidity. All of these terms refer … Continue reading “Practice Stress or Practice Peace?”

Stress and Belly Breathing

“You must be kidding! Belly breathing can improve our stress response? I simply do not believe it.” This was a comment during my presentation on the subject of stress. Not a pleasant situation for any presenter. This article is an explanation of why belly breathing is a powerful and simple anti- stress technique. There is … Continue reading “Stress and Belly Breathing”

Stress Management

We live longer than our forefathers; but we suffer more from a thousand artificial anxieties and cares. They fatigued only the muscles; we exhaust the finer strength of the nerves. ~Edward George Bulwer-Lytton Do you work long hours? Are your kids making your life miserable? Has your social life disappeared? Do you feel you do … Continue reading “Stress Management”