Getting The Chills: Why Stress Can Make You Feel Cold

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Have you ever heard someone describe an event that “gave them the chills?” Perhaps it’s the idea of making a critical mistake or getting on the wrong side of a very scary boss. Or even what could happen if you missed a crucial deadline! While the expression is well known, anxiety is not the first […]

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 […]

How To Break “Obsessive Thinking” Cycles

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We just can’t stop ourselves, sometimes, despite our best efforts. You’ve been there, I’m sure—when you’re tired, angry, or just been alone for too long. When no matter what you do, you simply can’t switch off your thoughts. Even worse, your brain seems to go over the same few things. Ruminating—obsessively. Questioning: “What if I’d […]