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What Is Stress?

Stress is not a useful term for scientists because it is such a highly subjective phenomenon that it defies definition. And if you can’t define stress, how can you possibly measure it? The term “stress”, as it is currently used was coined by Hans Selye in 1936, who defined it as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”. >>Read more

Why We Gain Weight When We’re Stressed—And How Not To

Have you ever found yourself mindlessly eating a tub of ice cream while you brood about your latest romantic rejection or eating a hamburger and fries in front of your computer as you furiously try to make a work deadline, when you suddenly realize your waistline has expanded. If you recognize yourself in any of these scenarios, you’re not alone and it’s probably not your fault. Stress that goes on for a long period is a triple whammy for weight—it increases our appetites, makes us hold onto the fat, and interferes with our willpower to implement a healthy lifestyle. Click here for four major reasons stress leads to weight gain and four great research-based coping strategies you can use to fight back.

FAQ:  Elevated levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, can lead to weight gain, problems with maintaining glucose control, and reduces immune function.  Nonstop stress can cause a nearly round-the-clock release of cortisol, which can trigger hunger cues, sending us toward unhealthy, high-carb treats like candy or chips.  Finding healthy alternatives that get you through a stressful time is imperative.  Here are ten things you can do to decrease the physical effects of stress:  click here

Holiday Stress Management

Accept That You Can’t Do It All-The tendency to go overboard with gifts, food, and family gatherings can really wear us down during the holidays. Does an extra dozen gingerbread cookies really make that much of a difference? Instead, realize that you can’t do everything on your own. Enlist helpers to make the essentials happen and leave some time to relax and actually enjoy the holidays.

Give Yourself a Gift of Relaxation-Muscles a little achy from all of that holiday shopping? Give yourself a gift of a massage to work the knots of tension out of those muscles. A spa certificate makes a great gift for busy relatives who don’t take time for themselves as well.

Take Advantage of Short Days-The shorter days and longer nights of winter mean more hours in the dark and greater risk of seasonal affective disorder (or SAD), a condition that can often be eased by taking advantage of those wee hours of sunlight. So get outdoors on sunny days and look into purchasing a phototherapy emitter (a box that sits on your bedside table and emits full-spectrum light).  Click here for more examples 

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