The Science of Being Scared

We have all experienced the unexpected emotion of being scared. Whether you purposefully seek it out by watching a horror movie or inadvertently encounter a mountain lion while on the trail – the physical reaction playing out in your body is the same. Let’s breakdown what happens in our brains during those moments, whether it…

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Do You Experience Autumn Anxiety?

The autumn season is book-ended by the carefree warmth of summer and the looming stress of the holiday season. The fall colors, cooler temps and pumpkin-spice everything are hallmarks of this transition that many people look forward to with anticipation. But for others, this shift in the seasons can also trigger stress and anxiety. This…

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Improve Your Health with Indoor Plants

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Plants Provide Mental, Physical & Emotional Health Benefits It is widely known that spending time in nature and green spaces can reduce stress and improve a person’s mood. This can be a challenge during the winter months because of the shorter days, more darkness, the bare landscape and poor weather restricting time outdoors.  When winter…

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Disconnection Syndrome

Disconnection Syndrome

“Our brain’s performance is being gravely manipulated, resulting in behaviors that leave us more lonely, anxious, depressed, distrustful, illness-prone, and overweight than ever before. At the same time, we feel disconnected from ourselves, from others and from the world at large.” What if I told you that your day-to-day decisions are being influenced by more…

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What is the Vagus Nerve?

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The vagus nerve is one of twelve cranial nerves that link the brain to other parts of the body. These nerves can send signals that involve sensory functions (smells, sights, tastes, and sounds) or they can be involved with movements or have motory functions. The vagus nerve is one of a few that can do both of these functions and is…

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Preventing Burnout with Relaxation

Relaxation. It’s probably something you crave in this fast paced world of ours. But between work, kids, housework, taking care of elderly parents, social obligations, and now the ever-present COVID realities, when are we supposed to find the time? These types of busy lifestyles can easily lead to burnout, or complete mental, physical, and emotional…

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What is the HPA Axis? Part 2

This is the second installment of our two-part blog post on the HPA Axis. The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis is your stress response system. It’s that internal system that triggers the fight-or-flight response when you find yourself in a dangerous situation. How can you influence the HPA axis to your benefit? Prolonged activation of the HPA…

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What is the HPA Axis? Part 1

The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis is your stress response system. It’s that internal system that triggers the fight-or-flight response when you find yourself in a dangerous situation. For example, imagine you are hiking a trail on Badger Mountain when you suddenly hear that tell-tale sound of a rattlesnake. Your first response is to freeze and listen…

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Preventing & Treating Depression

Depression

Depression refers to a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you…

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Preventing & Treating Anxiety

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Anxiety disorders refers to conditions that causes frequent, intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes, also known as panic attacks. Are you experiencing or at risk for Anxiety? The causes…

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