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Haelan [IPA: 'heɪlɪn] - to heal, to cure, to alleviate anxiety

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How Stress Impacts the Immune System Apr 08, 2024

Have you ever gotten sick after a stressful event? Or are you always catching the current cold that is going around the office? Or the illnesses your kids bring home from school or daycare? You know your immunity is a bit off (that's why you're sick) but could it be related to stress? 

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The Vagus Nerve Apr 01, 2024

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, stress has become an all too familiar companion. Juggling career, family, and personal responsibilities can leave little time for self-care, leading to burnout and a sense of overwhelm. However, amidst the chaos, there lies a powerful ally in our bodies -...

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What is the sympathetic nervous system? Mar 25, 2024

Last week we talked about the parasympathetic nervous system- your rest/digest.... chill mode. Didn't catch it? Read about it HERE!

This week, we are going to explore the other side of the autonomic nervous system - the sympathetic nervous system. This is your fight/flight/freeze mode. In today's...

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What is the Parasympathetic Nervous System? Mar 18, 2024

 

In today's fast-paced world, stress and burnout have become all too common, affecting individuals of all ages and backgrounds. It's a theme I heard multiple times a day from multiple patients while working in primary care.

If you're a woman over 35 grappling with stress and burnout, you're...

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What is nervous system dysregulation? Mar 11, 2024

As women over 35, the juggling act of managing career, family, and personal well-being can often feel overwhelming. Stress and burnout become familiar companions, impacting not just our mental health but also our physical well-being. At the core of this struggle lies a complex interplay of...

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How Does Insulin Affect Anxiety? Mar 04, 2024

Anxiety and stress often get tied up in the same bag. I often hear client complaints of fatigue, insomnia, racing thoughts, feeling overwhelmed and then in the same breath, they tell me they were told it was just anxiety. I know that this is a controversial opinion, but for the majority - anxiety...

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How Mindfulness Lowers Stress Feb 05, 2024

Most of the women I work with as clients are in their late 30s, 40s and 50s. Life at this stage is a beautiful journey, but we all know it comes with its fair share of stress and challenges. Kids, work, maintaining friendships, aging parents, changes with our sig-os, changes with our bodies and...

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Finding Balance: How Exercise Impacts Cortisol levels Jan 29, 2024

Life is an incredible journey, but it often throws stress and challenges our way. If you're experiencing stress or burnout, know that you're not alone. The good news is that there's a powerful tool at your disposal – exercise! In this post, we'll delve into the vital connection between...

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How to Balance Cortisol with Nutrition Jan 15, 2024

I'll be the first to admit that when I'm stressed out, my focus on nutrition generally has been one of the first things to go. At the height of my anxiety, I decided to take a look at what I was eating. I wrote down what I ate for three days . . . boy, what a wake up call.

No breakfast, two cups...

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What Is Cortisol? Jan 08, 2024

Hi, and welcome back! As promised last week, today we are going to talk more about our primary stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol has been given a bit of a bad reputation recently. Have you seen the social posts on the effects of having high cortisol levels? At least in my world, they are...

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