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|

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|

International Stress Awareness Day on November 1st Prompts Free Resources for Stress Management, Interviews with Experts

On November 1, 2017, The American Institute of Stress, in collaboration with the International Stress Management Association, will be providing free training opportunities for individuals and organizations via social media and the AIS online learning center. Stress is the leading cause of illness and disability, responsible for up to 90% of all medical visits. The [...]

By |2018-01-19T08:59:39+00:00October 26th, 2017|Daily Life|

Leading Resilience

by Cynthia Ackrill, MD, FAIS How can you help your team manage the stress of the next few months? First, by doing this exercise for yourself. It’s impossible to have leadership presence or feel authentic when you are feeling pushed to your limits. Model self-care. People notice your well-being more than you realize. Make self-care a safe [...]

By |2018-01-19T09:09:13+00:00October 25th, 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 |2018-01-19T09:19:12+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Daily Life|