From pre-exam nerves to worrying about family problems, we’ve all felt anxious at some point in our lives. The familiar feelings in our bodies that accompany anxiety can be pretty unpleasant: your heart in your mouth, your stomach doing somersaults, your palms uncomfortably clammy. Evidence is building that it is possible to help reduce anxiety by being more aware of bodily sensations as they arise.
Whatever your sport and however you train, breathing is important. But for many of us, how we breathe when we train may be holding us back.
By deliberately slowing our breathing, we can dial down the body’s stress response and activate its relaxation response. Blood and oxygen are more efficiently distributed around the body.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Do you want to know the science behind this well-known phrase?
In this post we discuss hormesis, which refers to the way organisms respond to stress factors.
Depending the strength and duration of the stressor, the response can be beneficial or harmful to us.
Our bodies are programmed to follow a 24-hour cycle that roughly matches the daily rotation of the earth on its axis. This natural cycle is called the circadian rhythm, an essential component of the body that helps to regulate many of our internal processes.
In this article we show how rhythms are at the heart of good health – and give you easy tips to put your body back in sync with the rhythms that have supported us for millennia.
It’s an often-asked question to which you’ve probably heard a number of different answers. Perhaps you’ve heard it releases feel-good chemicals. Or maybe it’s because it takes your mind off other things and boosts your self-esteem. What’s the truth? In this post, we’re going to find out, as well as taking a look at how we can get the most out of our training.
Modern science almost exclusively associates mental health with the brain. While this is certainly true to an extent, it doesn’t quite tell the whole story. New research into interoception indicates that the rest of the body may also have a significant part to play with what’s going on inside our heads – we explain more in this post.
Do you want to know how to improve your work life balance? In this post, we go through a simple three-step plan to help you get more out of life and work.
The exercise can radically change your perception of how to organise your life, ultimately allowing more enjoyment in and outside of work.
It’s clear that work is an integral part of everyday life for most people. As well as helping to pay for our basic needs, an enjoyable job can create a sense of purpose and satisfaction – boosting our mental and physical health.
But modern life can also make it hard to maintain a healthy work life balance. The pull of a heavy workload can distract us from enjoying areas of our lives that are needed to be truly healthy and fulfilled.
Can you inherit trauma? We take a look at epigenetics to explain how our environment can affect our minds – and those of future generations. Read this article to find out more.