Stress happens to us all. It is a normal human reaction that occurs with change or challenges in life. Sometimes stress helps to keep us motivated, alert and ready to handle tough situations. We may ace a test or performance, or be quick to rise to the occasion in a medical emergency. This is healthy stress. But too much stress, or continuous stress without breaks, can affect our health and our abilities to cope. Chronic stress sends the body’s nervous system into overdrive, producing symptoms such as a racing heart, exhaustion, headaches, dizziness, pain, jaw tension, digestive issues, trouble sleeping, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, and a general inability to function as usual. Understanding stress—where it comes from, and how it affects us—is a crucial factor in managing our well-being.

Your Innate Asset for Combating Stress

The great majority of people report feelings of relaxation and freedom from anxiety during the elicitation of the relaxation response and during the rest of the day as well.

Mind Fitness in the Military: Five Minutes with Elizabeth Stanley

Elizabeth Stanley, Associate Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, sat down with the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs to discuss her work with the Mind Fitness Training Institute, which addresses mental fitness and resilience in a mili...

Are the Yips Real?

Anxiety and neurological factors come into play for athletes who suddenly lose their ability to perform in a way they excelled at for years.

Why One Neuroscientist Started Blasting His Core

“How we move, think, and feel have an impact on the stress response through real neural connections.”

5 Ways Breathwork Can Support A Mindful Pregnancy

The breath is the foundation of every mindfulness practice, and it is also the foundation of life. Establishing a relationship with your breath, especially while pregnant, will have lasting effects for you and the child you are bringing into the world.

An Old Idea: What Ails the Body is Rooted in the Mind

The diagnosis and the treatment fit the era in which they occurred. It was the early 1950's, and the field of psychosomatic medicine — based on the notion that many diseases have their origins in emotional distress — was in its heyday.

What's Happening Inside Simone Biles' Brain When the 'Twisties' Set In?

A complex system in the brain that keeps gymnasts balanced can get out of whack.

6 Ways Optimism Positively Impacts Your Health

Be healthier through one simple choice every day: be optimistic

What Is Inflammation? Everything You Need to Know and How to Reduce It

You may not be able to see it happening, but inflammation is the body’s interior defense mechanism toward anything going wrong, like illness or injury—it occurs with anything from a bruised elbow to an aggravated gut barrier. The catch? Inflammation can be both good and bad.


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