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Self-care is not a luxury!

by AIS Fellow Cynthia Ackrill, MD It is a critical part of finding the energy and brainpower you need to navigate life.  It is non-negotiable for brilliance and resilience. And it is the ultimate burnout antidote. But sadly, as a culture, we have a personal energy crisis on our hands. A recent New York Times [...]

By | 2017-09-20T13:17:05+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Daily Life|

Irma Aftermath: Coping With Long-Term Impacts of Natural Disasters

by newsmax.com When major disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma strike, the first priority is to keep people safe. This process involves dramatic evacuations, searches, and rescues, with millions witnessing heart-breaking images on live and social media. All of these stressors become imprinted in our hearts and brain and can last for days, weeks, months, [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:45:32+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Daily Life|

His Stress, Her Stress

The New Neuroscience of Stress and Gender by Dr. Heidi Hanna, AIS Executive Director Our relationship with stress is dynamic and unique. The brain’s plasticity means that even with genetic predispositions, we can shape both the structure and function of our neural networks through experiences and lifestyle choices. The lens through which we see challenges [...]

By | 2017-09-11T08:03:55+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Daily Life|

Building Resilience in Kids

by Dr. Robert Brooks, FAIS Parents (and other caregivers) possessing the mindset to foster resilience in children, know about and appreciate the components of resilience so that their interactions with their children are guided by a blueprint of important principles, ideas, and actions. Grasping the complexities of this blueprint, however, is an ongoing process filled [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:29:03+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Daily Life|

Finding Peace in the “Stress is Normal” Age

 by AIS Fellow Cynthia Ackrill, MD Finding peace in today’s fast-paced world is vital to our health and well-being. As I read the article, Losing Weight in the Anti-Diet Age, in the New York Times, I was struck by the relevance to the world of stress management. Of course, finding peace and mastering stress management is [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:05:50+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Daily Life|

Body Electric Documentary Now Available

The American Institute of Stress is an executive producer of Body Electric: Electroceuticals and the Future of Medicine, a documentary film aimed to revolutionize the way we think about health and the human body. This 68 minute movie, by British producer/director/writer Justin Smith, is now available. "In the future, medical treatments will be based on [...]

By | 2017-09-21T12:39:45+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Daily Life|

National Relaxation Day 2017

August 15, 2017 in National Relaxation Day! What type of activities do you do to relax and recharge? Here's a list of ideas and activities that might help you relax: Exercise Meditation Prayer Yoga and tai chi Muscular relaxation exercises Autogenic training Deep breathing Massage therapy Visual imagery Self hypnosis Acupuncture Acupressure Biofeedback Listening to [...]

By | 2017-08-15T11:20:41+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Daily Life|

Why We Need to Stop Hacking and Start Healing

3 Shifts to Recharge Your Brain and Your Life. by AIS Executive Director Dr. Heidi Hanna In the movie Limitless, we see the ramifications of the brain supposedly optimized to its greatest potential. Bradley Cooper’s character, among others, explores the power of the human mind by amplifying energy production without need for restoration or rest. As [...]

By | 2017-07-25T16:32:54+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Daily Life|

New Membership Perk: Research Round Up

Thanks to our new Director of International Development, Dr. Alan Ruth, we are going to be providing members with a summary of recent stress research every other month. We know it can be stressful to try to stay up on all of the research, and navigate through what's truly helpful. We hope these summaries will [...]

By | 2017-07-17T09:23:58+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Daily Life|