Stress is one of those things most people know they need less of, but struggle to actually put that in practice. Now, here’s more motivation to try cut back on your stress levels: It could wreck havoc on your health. According to a new mouse study published in the journal Scientific Reports, stress can negatively impact your gut microbiota (the microorganisms that are crucial to your digestive and metabolic health) the same way as eating a junk food diet.
Most A-list masseuses remain quiet about their celebrity clients. But Dorothy Stein has revealed all about her strange biting technique loved by the likes of Kanye West and Simon Cowell.
In news that will surprise precisely no one, new research has found that women suffer much higher levels of stress in the workplace than their male colleagues. According to official figures from the Health and Safety Executive, women aged 35-44 feel the pressure the most. Psychiatrist Dr Judith Mohring stated that sexism, a lack of support and the difficulty of balancing work and personal life can put women at an increased risk of anxiety and depression.
We’re all guilty of cracking open a bottle of Shiraz after a long hard day – besides a good warm bath, nothing quite relaxes the senses in the same way.
“The key to confidence from a neuroscientific perspective is the interplay between the hormones testosterone (higher levels of which are positively correlated with confidence) and cortisol (the stress hormone),” explains Dr Tara Swart, neuroscientist and leadership coach.
Alison Cullen, a spokesman for A.Vogel, which commissioned the research to look at the impact of stress on immunity said: "Ongoing stress causes the body to put everything on hold except immediate survival. The result is more cold and flu infections, which in turn cause more stress. With that in mind, and to coincide with National Stress Awareness Day (November 2nd), we've put together our simple stress squashing tips.
“These days, many of us live under chronic stress. But our bodies can’t distinguish between late trains, missed appointments, spiralling debt, infuriating work colleagues, family disputes and the truly life-threatening stress it gears up to challenge. “The key things is, don’t ignore it thinking it will get better.
If watching Dirty Dancing makes you want to get up off your feet, but you have no idea what to do with them, dance classes can be a brilliant way of learning some moves. This one’s perfect if you have a stressful, mile-a-minute lifestyle.
Rather depressingly, rates of adult acne have gone up 200 per cent in the last year alone. Some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Victoria Beckham, Cameron Diaz and Katy Perry, have talked about their struggle with spots. With around 50 per cent of adults suffering from acne at some point, and with 80 per cent of those being women, it’s important to understand what’s really going on when it comes to problem skin.
People are increasingly aware of the emotional and mental symptoms, but there are a whole host of unexpected physical symptoms that are associated with depression too, and often people don’t make the link. This strange feeling can be caused by stress or shallow breathing, so is often associated with depression linked to anxiety. Stress and depression can cause hormonal imbalances that can lead to hair loss.
Stressed-out women are getting massages to ease tension. Until you realise we’re not talking back and shoulder massages here. The latest way for women to cope with the pressures of a busy life is to book themselves in for a ‘vagina massage’.