What is Diffusion of Responsibility?

Diffusion of Responsibility

Many of us have heard extreme stories of catastrophic events taking place and learning that there were people nearby who did not take action to help a victim in need. This is a perplexing dynamic that has been studied for years, as it’s contradictory to most people’s conditioning to help those in need. Known as…

Why Coming Out Does Not Have to Be So Stressful

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For many LGBTQ individuals, coming out of the closet can feel like the most stressful thing that they have ever had to do. Although, coming out can be a liberating and an empowering act, the process can be quite challenging for a lot of individuals. Studies have shown that both being in and coming out…

8 Simple Ways to Lower Your Cortisol Levels

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Cortisol is a stress hormone in the human body that is released by the adrenal glands and helps the body manage stressful situations. The brain initiates the release of cortisol in order to mitigate stressors. Cortisol regulates sleep, controls blood pressure, decreases inflammation, and handles the way that the body uses nutrients.  When cortisol levels are…

How Yoga Can Help De-Stress Your Life

De-Stress with Yoga

It is important we find ways to de-stress – the negative impacts of stress can be far greater than just feeling a little scattered or anxious. While there are numerous ways to manage stress, yoga may be one of the best ones. Yoga is a practice of the body or of the mind, or both….

The Effects of Political Stress in a Polarized Society

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The benefit of living in a democracy is that everyone gets to have an opinion. Disagreement is normal and to be expected since not everyone will have the same opinion about all social and political issues. However, polarization occurs when different groups reject each other’s ideas, causing distrust, negativity, and judgment. In such a situation, compromise is…

Can Stress Be Good for You?

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Whether it’s getting to work on time, crushing your tasks when you get there, beating the drive time traffic home, or deciding what to make for dinner, our days are filled with decisions that need to be made and tasks that need to be completed. As a result, getting through the day can often involve…

Decluttering Your Home and Decluttering Your Mind

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Clutter around the house can sometimes be a nausea-inducing sight. It does not only cause you to stress physically, a lot of times, clutter causes emotional and mental stress. Simply put, physical clutter can lead to mental clutter. Physical clutter signals the mind that there are things that needs to be done. The more you…

How to Recognize the Difference Between Stress and Frustration

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It can be easy to intermingle and confuse the concepts of stress and frustration.  After all, at first glance, these words appear to refer to the same thing.  People utter phrases all of the time, “I’m so stressed” or “I’m so frustrated”, but what exactly does that mean?  Although somewhat similar, stress and frustration are…

What to Do When Stress is Overwhelming

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Stress is a feeling that many people experience day to day when their lives don’t go as easy as they would like. It’s not uncommon for people to have moments where they feel unsure of how things are going in their lives or how to get things done, and as a result, people often feel…

Being Kind: The Benefits for Yourself and Others

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There are many difficult things that happen throughout human life that cause turmoil, stress, and negative feelings in general. Many people walk through life in a negative fog because they feel as though there is nothing positive about their lives and situations. When they are treated kindly by others, it can be a turning point…

Pregnant Mothers’ Stress Could Risk Preterm Birth and Affect Baby’s Sex

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Pregnant women with physical & psychological stress are less likely to have a boy A study which was recently presented in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, stated that: “It is becoming well established that maternal stress during pregnancy can affect fetal and child development as well as birth outcomes”. The scientists…

The Issue with Psychosomatic Symptoms

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There is no doubt that the mind and body have a connection. It can be seen in many ways, but when a person experiences stress, it provides a great illustration. Say a person is swimming at the beach when they look out in front of them and see a shark. Immediately, the brain recognizes the…

Aspiring to Reach New Heights: How to Take Control & Overcome Your Fear

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Fear is a normal and healthy emotion. It gets a bad rap because of how overwhelming and even debilitating it can become. When it serves its purpose, fear keeps us from harmful situations, helps us react quickly when they do arise, and even helps us survive. Fear can prove a phenomenal motivator, whipping us towards…

Stress: Top Tips to Tackle Every Day Stress

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Every day stress is extremely common. It is easy to encounter many people in your day, irrelevant of where you meet them, and hear them tell you that they feel ‘stressed’. What is the cause of this stress? Well for each person it may be a different cause. It could be an unplanned visit from…