Feeling Unwell? It Might Not Be What You Think

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Are you getting a fever? Did you eat something funny? Or are your symptoms the result of something else entirely? It’s often hard to tell when stress is why you feel unwell, but it happens to more people than you’d think. Sometimes it’s obvious, such as dizziness before a first date or nausea when you […]

Sweating Under Pressure: What Has Stress Got To Do With It?

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You haven’t gotten up from your desk in hours, yet your shirt is as soaked as if you’ve run a marathon. While all you’ve done is think and type, you can’t stop wiping moisture from your forehead!  What’s wrong with this picture?  Sometimes, our racing thoughts are all it takes to make us break out […]

Crying: A Natural Stress Buster (And Why It Makes Us Feel Better) 

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Have you ever felt like laughing with relief after a solid sobbing session? Or “had a good cry” and felt better about that argument, mistake, or insult?  It turns out there’s a lot to be said for the simple act of crying. Many of us are taught that it’s a sign of weakness or something […]

Your Racing Heart – Is It Stress?

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Have you watched Jurassic Park and wondered how living among dinosaurs would feel? Sharing the world with saber-tooth tigers, always watchful for pterodactyl shadows?  Imagine stepping back in history, only to encounter a dinosaur. You’d be faced with two options – tackle it and battle for your life, or flee like the wind.  You may […]

The Downsides of Doing Too Much: Why Multitasking Is Stressful

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Imagine working calmly on your latest project, when the phone rings on your desk.   “Bad news,” your teammate tells you down the line, “your client needs that work by tomorrow, I’m afraid–a whole week earlier than we had planned.”   You’re stressed out and slightly panicked. But how do you react?  Do you continue as you […]