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Stress Belly: Ring a Bell?

by Sonia Chartier, on 23 March 2014, Stress and sleep
Stress Belly: Ring a Bell?

Symptoms of Stress

We’ve all heard about the “beer belly” and the “mid-life belly,” but did you know that when our nervous system goes into overdrive, our body stockpiles fat that we could do without.

Stress in and of itself is a positive thing. It’s our body’s way of reacting to physical and/or psychological aggression. In fact, our bodies are genetically programmed to set in motion this survival response when stimulated. By releasing the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, the sympathetic nervous system prepares to cope with stress.

These hormones are secreted by two glands located above the kidneys, known as the adrenal glands. When released into the blood stream, these hormones mobilize our body to respond to stress. Continue reading >

How to Deal with Stress

by Sonia Chartier, on 23 March 2014, Stress and sleep
How to Deal with Stress

All You Need to Know About Handling Stress

Stress… It seems to be one of the few conditions that most people, whether male or female and from whatever walk of life, will admit to.  It is distressing that so many people identify themselves as suffering from a condition that most would presumably choose to avoid if at all possible!

There are an almost overwhelming number of factors that contribute to the build-up of modern day stress. There are increasing demands made on the individual: it is not enough to have a good job, you must have a perfect family too.

Women must look as if they just shimmied out of a glossy mag even though they actually just fell out of bed after a night with a teething baby and a conference report deadline; men must not only bring home the bacon but cook it, whilst bathing fractious toddlers and writing poetry.

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