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7 tips for a healthful holiday!

by Sonia Chartier, on 7 July 2014, Healthy Living, Stress and sleep
tips for a healthful holiday!

It’s never too early for holiday planning. Not just getting the tickets and the itinerary, but ensuring that you stay healthy and happy throughout every minute of it.

#1 Be Zen

Does the mere thought of boarding a plane or boat throw you into a panic? Sure, letting your fears get the upper hand means never having to deal with motion sickness—but you’re also missing out on a whole lot of great memories.

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Stress Management 101

by Sonia Chartier, on 27 April 2014, Stress and sleep
Stress Management

Everyone goes through stressful periods in their lives, and some of us suffer from chronic stress. Learning how to cope is the key to living an enjoyable and healthy life – thankfully there are natural  ways to beat stress.

What is stress?

Stress may be defined as the mental state when we are unable to cope comfortably with events facing us. These can occur suddenly and be short-lived or be around us for long periods of time.

This results in the release of specific chemicals or hormones into our bloodstream, namely adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol, triggering a stress response in the body.

When we speak of stress, we usually refer to stress on the mind or psychological stress, rather than that on the body (physical stress).

Stress symptoms

Many of us are so used to living with stress daily that we may not even understand what stress symptoms are. Here are some signs: Continue reading >

Worrying About Sleep?

by Sonia Chartier, on 23 March 2014, Healthy Living, Stress and sleep
Worrying About Sleep?

Sleeping Problems and Effects on Your Body

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book” – Irish Proverb

Sleep is designed to restore us. During the night, tissues are repaired, organs rest or finish cycles such as flushing out toxins. The mind also uses the time to filter everything that has happened that day.

‘Sleeping on it’ is a great technique, but obviously you actually need to sleep—staring at the ceiling all night doesn’t have the same effect… When sleep is disturbed we can find our brains struggling to cope, memory slipping, feelings of anxiety, poor concentration, muscles fatigued, skin dull and eyes lack-lustre.

We all know that we feel better after a good sleep. What we may not realise is how many facets of our health are boosted by the simple mechanism of sufficient slumber.

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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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