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.
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...
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.
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.