Stress Is An Everyday Reality. How Do You Cope?

Stress can be a healthy response to daily demands and boost the body's performance, but what happens when the pressure becomes a consistent problem? High stress can drive up a person's blood pressure and weaken the immune system, contributing to chronic pains like headaches and back problems. Meanwhile, behaviors like smoking, alcohol use and overeating are [...]

By |2018-08-29T13:20:12+00:00August 29th, 2018|Daily Life|

Beach State of Mind: Dr Heidi Hanna on Good Morning San Diego

American Institute of Stress (AIS) Executive Director Heidi Hanna, PhD talks with Good Morning San Diego about the benefits of being at the beach, and how you can train your brain to tap into the benefits through mindfulness practices that include cuing calming sensations. Trigger Your Brain for Relaxation "You don't have to be near [...]

By |2018-08-06T13:30:04+00:00August 6th, 2018|Daily Life|

10 Tips to Boost Your Vitamin Z – Sleep Strategies

According to recent studies, approximately 70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep loss or sleep disorders. The annual cost of chronic sleep loss is estimated at $16 billion in health care expenses and $50 billion in lost productivity. A lack of sleep puts your body under additional stress, which may trigger an increase of [...]

By |2018-06-07T17:10:02+00:00July 9th, 2018|Daily Life|

Make Fun of Stress & Smile – It Makes You Look Smarter

This article will look at: ■       Why it is important to have workplace humor. ■       How humor lifts moods and improves relationships. ■       How to inject humor into your life by knowing yourself. ■       Going on a humor diet (e.g., Interfax Daily). ■       Making fun of stress — Developing your sense of humor. ■       Is [...]

By |2018-06-07T17:07:57+00:00June 22nd, 2018|Daily Life|

As (Never) Seen on TV: Contentment!

“Ever wonder why you’re never happy? Even when you get the things you want, the feeling just never lasts. Well, I’ve got exactly what you’ve been looking for: Contentment!” Although certainly intended to be humorous, the YouTube video advertisement for Contentment echoes the truth: all the physical “stuff” in the world cannot make us content. [...]

By |2018-06-07T17:05:05+00:00June 8th, 2018|Daily Life|

Are You Stressed or Stressed Out?

When pressure becomes pain. By: Heidi Hanna In beautiful irony, trying to define stress can be quite stressful. After all, even the godfather of stress himself Hans Selye pointed out that “in addition to being itself, stress is also the cause of itself and the result of itself”. In the story of his life, Selye [...]

By |2018-01-17T15:18:54+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Daily Life|

VIDEO: Tips on How to Manage Stress During the Holiday Season

AIS Executive Director Dr. Heidi Hanna was interviewed on Good Morning San Diego on Tips on How to Manage Stress During the Holiday Season.   There is about a 40% increase in stress during the holidays. What can you do to increase your awareness of this stress and make a plan to decrease it? Follow these steps! [...]

By |2018-01-19T10:39:17+00:00December 21st, 2017|Daily Life|

Busting Holiday Stress: Newsmax Health

“Studies show that our appetite for sweets increases quite dramatically when we experience chronic stress which makes the holiday season prime time for expanding your waistline,” Dr. Heidi Hanna, executive director of the American Institute for Stress, tells Newsmax Health. “Don’t deprive yourself of the occasional treat but practice eating slowly, calmly and mindfully.” Busting [...]

By |2018-01-17T10:08:59+00:00December 11th, 2017|Daily Life|