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Stress

Mental & Emotional HealthStress
January 5, 2018

Could you be suffering from burnout?

Your alarm rings; it’s time to get ready for work. But that’s the last thing you feel like doing. You’re strung out and even the thought of facing your day is just too much. Is this just normal stress, or could it be burnout? Think of burnout as a car running out of petrol, and the engine giving out. This is your body, packing up, giving out, and yelling, “Emergency!” It’s a state of physical and emotional exhaustion, as a result of long-term stress. Unlike normal stress, burnout doesn’t allow you to leave the negative feelings behind once you leave…
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Stress
October 27, 2017

The ABC of Stress

Medically speaking, stress is the body’s emotional, physical, psychological and behavioural response to certain internal and external influences (stressors.) It’s not just humans that deal with stress, every living organism has a stress response that allows it to survive and evolve. And while small amounts of stress are actually good for us in that they keep us motivated and on our toes, persistent day-to-day stress is linked to a number of serious health conditions. The most common stressors tend to include: stress at work and home, relationship woes, family troubles and financial debt. Whatever your reason for being stressed out,…
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Stress
September 28, 2017

Turn exam stress into a superpower

Exam season is on us, and so are soaring stress levels. Stress is the way your body responds to any kind of demand or threat. When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds with a chain of stress hormones. These “helpers” prepare your body to take action during an emergency. The difference between stress and panic Don’t run away from stress, though! In the right amounts, at the right time, stress can be harnessed for its positive effects. When the brain recognises stress, your body releases chemicals like epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol. These “spike” blood pressure and heart rate which…
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Stress
November 4, 2016

How your own organs can make you sick

What are these two yellowish things on top of your kidneys? Are they ovaries? Cancer? Or maybe little hats to keep your kidneys warm? Nope. These are the adrenal glands - your body's adrenaline factories. They may seem small, and a lot of people don't even know they have them, but they are essential for life. Here's how: What is adrenaline? Do you remember the last time your brother gave you a fright, or a spider ran across your arm? That rush you felt that made your skin tingle, followed by the "EEEEK!", the jump and the pounding heart? That…
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Stress
August 27, 2016

6 Daily rituals to manage work stress

Stress is personal; what motivates you, could drive your colleague or friend over the edge. High-stress jobs - like paramedic response or fire-fighting - may suit someone who function best on high adrenalin, while for someone else, a steady, controlled work environment might bring out the best in them. (more…)
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Stress
June 27, 2016

How to break that stress cycle!

Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed, as if the smallest thing could make you just explode or dissolve? If this has become the norm in your life, then it's time to break the stress cycle. (more…)
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AnxietyStress
June 2, 2016

The difference between anxiety, stress and tension

Stress has been linked to up to 75% of disease, but that doesn’t mean all stress is negative or bad for you. In fact, a certain amount of stress helps motivate you and keeps you on your toes. It’s when stress reaches high levels, or is persistent that it becomes dangerous! Here's how you can deal with it effectively. (more…)
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Stress
May 23, 2016

Can stress kill you?

A bit of stress can be beneficial at times…spurring us on to meet a deadline, study for an exam or get a project done. However, extreme or ongoing stress can cause serious health problems. (more…)
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Stress
May 7, 2016

Surfing: Your all-in-one cure

No phone. No tablet. No technology – only you, your board and a wetsuit. Pure freedom. That’s why surfing is a fantastic activity to relieve stress…and much, much more! (more…)
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Mental & Emotional HealthStress
January 16, 2016

Could your condition be caused by stress?

Stress. Every one of us suffer, and react to it, in different ways. It can hit some of us much harder than others. So, what causes it? And what can we do to lessen the effects of stress? Let’s find out. (more…)
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