Why You Get Stomach Knots When You’re Nervous

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Almost all of us have experienced that tight, churning sensation in our stomachs under stress. You may have felt it before an interview, a big test, or just before stepping on stage for a public speech—the feeling like your stomach has tied itself up into a big, nervous knot. It’s the perfect demonstration of how […]

You’re Blushing! How To Stay Cool When You’re Red In The Face

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We all blush. It’s not noticeable for some lucky individuals, but for others, redness in the face can make us feel even more self-conscious when it’s the last thing that we need.   So why does it happen, and what can we do about it?  Blushing is the body’s way of responding to unwanted attention, but […]

The Trembles: How To Stop Shaking From Stress

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Do stressful situations give you the shakes? Do your hands tremble as you pass important documents to your new boss, for example, or do you give wobbly-voiced replies in job interviews? We’re all naturally a little shaky (try holding your arm out and keeping it completely still!), but for some of us, that unsteadiness becomes […]

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 […]