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Stress and Your Body

Bernadette Woolcock, Acupuncturist & Nutritionist ‘If stress burned calories, I'd be a supermodel’ - Anonymous Stress was very important in prehistoric times where a stressor, such as an approaching sabretooth tiger, triggered a number of bodily responses allowing our ancestors to stay and fight, or run away. This is known as the fight-or-flight response and enabled our ancestors to survive. The way our body reacts to stress hasn’t changed from prehistoric times. The only problem is our stressors look a little different. Imagine seeing the sink about to overflow because you left the tap on. In the short term, stress is really important. The brain triggers the body to send out...

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5 Ways to Reduce Stress Naturally

Bernadette Woolcock, Acupuncturist & Nutritionist Exercise Exercise helps to relieve stress by releasing endorphins otherwise known as the ‘happy hormone’. Regular exercise helps you to tolerate stress better. Any kind of exercise is good if you enjoy it and can see yourself doing it regularly. Breathing Breathing is very important at controlling our body’s response to stress. Focussing on breathing deeply can help in moments of stress, but also to build up tolerance to stress. Not sure if you are breathing deeply enough? Try this technique. Lay down with one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach. Slowly breathe in through your nose and feel the hand on...