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Is Stress A State Of Mind?

Is Stress A State Of Mind?

In her presentation, McGonigal put forth the premise that stress is only bad for us if we believe that it is. To support her argument, McGonigal referred to a study (Keller et al 2012), that seems to show that those who believe that stress is harmful for them have worse health outcomes than those who don’t. Conversely, McGonigal believes that when we don’t believe that stress is bad for us, our bo... »

Is stress to blame for bad habits?

Is stress to blame for bad habits?

If you’re short of willpower when it comes to bad habits like overeating, you may be surprised to discover that stress may not be to blame. A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, contradicts the idea that being under pressure leads to bad habits. Instead, the study suggests, people are just as likely to maintain gym habits or eat healthily. The study reveals that stress... »

Smile – the weekend’s almost here!

Smile – the weekend’s almost here!

We couldn’t help smiling when we stumbled upon this picture of a beaming cat and we dare you to look at it without grinning from ear to ear too. The good news? Cracking a smile is a great health pick-me-up, and what better reason than Friday – the start of the weekend – to kick back, relax and break into a grin. Researchers at the University of Kansas have revealed that a beaming... »

Stressed? Clenching your fist may be beneficial

Stressed? Clenching your fist may be beneficial

When I’m feeling stressed I head outside for a stroll and some fresh air, but if you’re one of the many people who grab a stress-relieving balls and clench your fists, you’ll be thrilled to hear it may actually be beneficial – and not just for the stress! According to new research revealed here, balling up your right hand tightly ‘makes it easier to memorise listsR... »

Stress? What’s that?

Stress? What’s that?

As difficult as it may be, next time you’re stuck in a line of traffic, or stuck behind someone who’s taking their merry old time at the grocery store checkout while you stand frustrated behind them, try to relax. Why? New research suggests while chronic stress is bad for you, short-term stress actually primes the brain for improved performance, resulting in improved memory. In studies... »

The yoga wonder posture that banishes stress

The yoga wonder posture that banishes stress

Probably the main reason people give for coming to an Inside Out Dru Yoga class is for stress relief, closely followed by relaxation and energy boosting. These are also some of the main benefits our existing students tell us they get from our sessions. So I thought it might be useful if this week if I shared with you my favourite, time efficient stress-relieving energy-booster. Just 5 minutes in t... »

Seven steps to work life balance we should all be taking

Seven steps to work life balance we should all be taking

Balance conjures up an image of a harmonious symphony of parts working together towards a peaceful equilibrium. Today life can often be experienced as such a complex myriad of parts all competing for attention. Boundaries between work, family and personal leisure have been blurred by the advances in technology which enable us the possibility of checking work emails while hanging out with loved one... »

The perfect balance point

The perfect balance point

We live in an absolutely organized universe. Nothing here is random and everything, including us as human beings, seeks a perfect balance point. I could make the argument that stress is a function of the distance between our perfect balance point and how we live our lives.  In other words, stress is what happens when we do not or cannot respect our perfect balance points. There are two sources of ... »

More stress-fighting tips from our experts

More stress-fighting tips from our experts

Feeling stressed? Our experts will help you combat that can’t-cope-any-longer feeling! We put our question of the week to them – “What’s your quick fix for stress?” and here’s what they had to say: Isabel Carter, Dru yoga and meditation therapist: “1.     If possible, take five minutes out, to lay flat on your back (knees bent if back needs extra support),... »

Our experts share their quick fixes for stress

Our experts share their quick fixes for stress

Here we are with another Question of the Week – our new series on the blog. We turned to our wonderful experts once again and this time we asked them to give us a quick fix for stress. Here’s what they had to say: David Spector, President, Natural Stress Relief/USA: “Accumulated and accumulating stress is the greatest single problem facing almost anyone today. This one problem is... »

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