How Our Brain is Rigged to Help Us Survive - Why is That Sometimes a Problem?
Do you realize that your brain is designed to help you survive? This sounds like a good thing doesn’t it? And it is, but it can sometimes also cause some problems.
Your Brain is Rigged for Survival
Our brains provide us rewards when we do things that perpetuate our survival. These things include:
- Seeking Shelter
When we first do these things, the brain releases a little dopamine and this feels great! We get a reward, so to speak. Our brains use that as a feedback loop. When …
Your Body on Cortisol
Did you know that wild animals don't have the same stress-related illnesses that we humans have? Why is that?
It's mostly due to the nature of the human brain. We can ruminate about our past and fret about the future. Psychoneuroimmunology (the study of how the mind influences the immune system), has shown that what we think IS our reality - whether it's real or not!
We were designed to experience acute stress - stressors that are short in nature and infrequent. When we are in danger, our ama…
Let's Talk About Stress and Mindfulness
From worldwide pandemics to difficult relationships, our world is filled with circumstances that cause stress.
A study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that dealing with persistent, long-term stress (like that from a toxic work environment or from caring for an elderly parent) can actually change the expression of your genes, leading to an increase in inflammation that can bring on a variety of health issues.
Learning how to cope with stress in a …
Heal Your Body, Calm Your Mind, Soothe Your Spirit
Over time, having too many stress hormones in your system is linked with increased inflammation - this is not a good thing!
What can you do about it?
Most of us have never learned how to cope with stress. Many of us just try to ignore it, but that's one of the worst ways to deal with it. Ignoring your feelings of stress can keep your stress hormones elevated, and soon, feeling stressed can become your body's new normal.
The good news is you can take back control by learning some techniques th…
Stress and Your Health
Stress is sneaky. Sometimes you don’t even know that you’re feeling it until you turn your head and your neck hurts, or you feel a tension headache coming on.
The truth is, some stress is normal (and even good) … but chronic stress can do a real number on your body.
It can wreak havoc on your hormones, making you gain weight (especially unhealthy belly fat).
And it can also take a major toll on your health, paving the way for illness and disease.
It's never been a big secret that stress c…
This is Your Body on Stress (and how it's hurting you)
Hope your day got off to a smooth start – especially because I want to talk to you about STRESS. We’re heading into a busy time of year with new schedules, etc. and I know a lot of you are feeling some pressure …
… and I also know a lot of you think you should just toughen up and “push through it”.
Spoiler alert: You can’t do it. That’s because stress isn’t all “in your mind.” It’s also in your body.
Your stress response system is a primal reaction... it’s hardwired into your system to …
Why I needed to shut down everything
I have a story for you today about my overworked WIFI router. (Spoiler: this story really isn’t about my router. :) )
A couple of weeks ago my router was giving me major problems – among other things, some of my devices kept dropping their WIFI connections.
It was as if they WANTED to connect, but they just couldn’t.
I’d see the WIFI icon pop on and I’d start working, but then my laptop would suddenly starting buffering and it would fall back off – honestly it was driving me a little cr…
Nourishing Evening Routine
It’s amazing how one little habit and mindset shift can turn everything around.
I’ve shared a couple of stories recently about my personal experience with morning routines.
I thought it’d be a good idea to talk a little bit about my nighttime routine! Because it plays a huge role in my wellness.
As a life coach, some days are crazy busy, and they also can be pretty physically demanding.
And a lot of the time, I used to get to the end of the day feeling WIPED OUT.
I’m all about keeping it re…
Are you one of those people who likes to burn the midnight oil?
That means you probably fall into the NIGHT OWL category … which is linked with being open-minded and creative.
But as it also turns out, people who are night owls are more likely to be LESS ACTIVE than early birds.
Plus, being a night owl is associated with a higher risk of many health issues.
But scientists say with a few routine shifts, it doesn’t have to be that way!
Check out these studies:
- Study 1: In a study published…
Recipe for Sleep - Chamomile Chai
I’ve got a delicious recipe for you today that just might help you sleep better!
Which means this makes a perfect little nightcap drink – but you can enjoy it any time you want to relax.
It combines the best tried-and-true home remedies … and it also tastes great.
Each ingredient in this recipe is believed to have sleep-inducing benefits.
1 cup (240 ml) oat milk (or your favorite milk variety)
1 chamomile tea bag
Dash or two of cinnamon and turmeric
1 tsp hon…