Stress

Is what I eat making me more stressed, anxious and depressed? / Executive Medicine

Is what I eat making me more stressed, anxious and depressed?

Recently an article in the Wall Street journal talked about a young woman, a chef in a Michelin starred restaurant, who treated her anxiety with modifying her diet – more whole grains, leafy greens, avocado and nuts. She improved. So, is there a connection with what we eat and how we think and feel? A …

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Should I be worried about stress & premature ageing / Executive Medicine

Should I be worried about stress

Stressful day While stress is unavoidable (and in fact good for you in manageable doses), I don’t believe most people appreciate that chronic unremitting ‘stress’ does significant physical harm: It causes accelerated arterial plaque leading to increased heart attack and stroke risk. It, in animal models, causes ‘stripping‘ of brain neuronal synapses, increasing the risk …

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Why is resting the mind important? / Executive Medicine

Why is resting the mind important?

I recently went to my annual week-long meditation retreat. There were a few key points made which I believe are hugely important. Top of the list is sensory overload. With the amount of sensory input coming at us daily such as electronic media, noise pollution, the number of people we interact with either face to …

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The Causes of Stress and What it Does to Your Body / Executive Medicine

The Causes of Stress and What it Does to Your Body

Being stressed is not a diagnosable illness so much as a state of being that comes from feeling under pressure. Stress is not always a bad thing. Stress can be motivating – encouraging you to strive, achieve and do better. In addition, what is a stressful situation to one person can be an exciting or …

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7 Things You Need to Know to Stop Stress in Your Life / Executive Medicine

7 Things You Need to Know to Stop Stress in Your Life

If you want to beat stress, you first need to understand how it is playing out in your life. We uncover seven factors to be aware of when working out a strategy to manage your stress. 1. Stress affects different people in different ways Everyone responds to stress in their own way. For example, stress …

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Building a New Body and Mind: How to Release Stress / Executive Medicine

Building a New Body and Mind: How to Release Stress

While external stress and demands are largely unavoidable in modern life, most don’t realise how effectively one can build mental strength to help you to more effectively manage it. Stress is a natural response to pressure, such as when you feel you must meet the expectations of yourself, others or situations. Common causes of stress …

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Top 10 Tips on How to Reduce Stress / Executive Medicine

Top 10 Tips on How to Reduce Stress

Stress occurs when you experience an imbalance between demands made on you, and your ability to cope with them. If you experience ongoing stress, for example in your job or from just keeping up with the demands of busy family life, it’s important for your health to manage it. Here’s how you can reduce stress …

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The Warning Signs of Burnout and Strategies to Beat It / Executive Medicine

The Warning Signs of Burnout and Strategies to Beat It

Burnout is what happens when ongoing or chronic stress leads to detachment, exhaustion, and an inability to function. While anyone can experience burnout, it often tends to happen to high achievers and workaholics – people who push themselves hard in life. Signs of burnout While we all get stressed at times, there are signs that …

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The Effect of Stress on Your Body

Let’s look at the effects of stress on the body Each of us have a different threshold for feeling “stressed” yet most would agree it is not a comfortable feeling. While we may think we “know” when we are stressed, this is not always the case.                 An …

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Stress and the heart

Does stress affect your heart It is often assumed that stress affects the heart and other arteries. Recent studies add further credence to this. Fortunately there are things you can do to prevent stress from affecting your arteries. I’ve shared what I do – but I am aware that what works for each of us …

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