Feeling tired and groggy in the morning may well lead you to crave a coffee boost. But is it a gift or just a loan in terms of energy?
Regulating cortisol levels simultaneously improves sleep quality.
The clue is in exercise’s ability to control levels of our “stress” hormone, cortisol.
Drinking more water can make you feel happier – and not drinking enough may contribute to feelings of anxiety and fatigue.
Relationship stress can hit new highs during the holidays.
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Hostile partners can experience jumps in stress and blood pressure after an argument. But there are ways to cool conflicts, even during a pandemic holiday season.
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Evidence is accumulating that a cold shower has many physical and mental health benefits.
Emma Raducanu was forced to retire after experiencing breathing difficulties.
Many elite athletes experience intense pressure, which can often manifest itself in many physical ways.
Maybe you’re not quite feeling ready to get back out there.
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Ready to party post-pandemic, but at the same time feeling shy? Here’s how social isolation affects the brain – and what research suggests about the effects of resocialization.
Our sense of touch is important for creating and maintaining social bonds.
Touch is the first sense to develop in the womb.
Chronic stress can lead to inflammation, which can result in physical symptoms as well as mental health symptoms.
Itchy skin? More aches and pains? Unusual rash? Headaches? Pimples? If you’ve been experiencing unusual physical symptoms recently, the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic may be the reason.
Stress can make your life considerably less colourful.
Chemical changes in the brain associated with chronic stress can put our cognition and mood under serious strain.
We spend on average four hours a day looking at our phones.
The relationship between our smartphones and levels of the stress hormone cortisol isn’t yet clear, but people report feeling more stressed than they were before they had a smartphone.
More than 100 million American suffer from chronic pain – in which pain signals continue in the nervous system for weeks, months, or even years.
Did you know that trauma, even when there is no tissue or nerve damage, can cause chronic pain? Exactly how much pain and who is most vulnerable depends on which ‘stress genes’ we carry.
Why do some people love roller coasters while others hate them?
You can’t resist the yawn.
Everybody does it, but why? Scientists aren’t really sure if exhaustion, stress or some other social factor is at the root of yawning – and how it can be so contagious.
Pigs and humans have a lot in common, particularly their digestive tracts.
Stress makes people tired and irritable, but its dangers to the body do not stop there. Chemicals that were meant to work under an immediate threat harm organs in the body and can elevate blood pressure.
Fred Rogers at a taping of his famous show on June 28, 1989.
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As the documentary about ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ hits theaters, it’s worth noting that Rogers’ emphasis on kindness and love is proving to be very important to good health.
Olympic skiers can top 90 miles per hour.
When faced with chaos or danger, most people retreat. Not so for those who possess a certain personality trait.
Understanding the role of cortisol in suicide risk may lead to new treatments.
Lighter mornings set off a vital biological chain reaction that sets you up for the day.
Women are vigilant about avoiding alcohol and smoking during pregnancy, but what about stress?
Most pregnant women are aware of the advice to quit smoking, avoid alcohol, and fear soft cheese, but much less is done to avoid stress during pregnancy, despite its harms.