Notes to Self

The HPA Axis Explained 

Did you know that your body contains an interactive and ever-dynamic neuroendocrine (i.e., involving both the nervous system and the endocrine system) unit that is composed of three hormone-secreting organs? It is called the HPA axis and it plays a…

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HPA Axis Dysfunction Symptoms (and What You Can Do) 

Fatigue, difficulty falling asleep, brain fog, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, low blood pressure, increased sugar and/or salt cravings, and unintentional weight gain or weight loss. These are just some of the many potential symptoms of HPA axis dysfunction. 

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3 stages of stress response

The General Adaptation Syndrome (3 stages of stress response) 

Fatigue, insomnia, irritability, poor concentration, confusion, frustration, and anxiety. Both the physical and psychological effects of stress are numerous and often easily recognizable. But do you also know what the different…

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How to solve stress management


The world is currently dealing with a lot: all around the globe we are fighting an invisible enemy. Unemployment rates are soaring. And slowly, but steadily we are seeing the effects that prolonged social distancing has on our mental health. 

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Physical Benefits of Meditation: Research

The practice of meditation is more than 3,000 years old and, incredibly, it’s only in recent years that we’re understanding the full power of this ancient exercise. Traditionally, meditation has been associated with certain eastern-world religions and spiritual customs. It…

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How to Improve Deep Sleep 

“A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” 

-Charlotte Brontë 

After doing my research on sleep and longevity, the “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” mentality takes on a whole new level of irony -- mainly because sleep quality is perhaps the…

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How to get into Theta State


How to get into Theta State?

Sound therapy offers one possible solution for changing brainwave states.  Sound therapy uses repetitive oscillations, or rhythms to entrain (synchronize) brainwaves into the desired state.  Instruments such as Himalayan (Tibetan) singing bowls, and Crystal…

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Why is Meditation important in Buddhism?

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts; it is made up of our thoughts.” ─ from Buddhist scripture, Dhammapada Chapter 1:1-2 

It can be quite fascinating to explore the…

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How to Manage Stress Without Medication 

“The practice of meditation helps us to release the tension—within the body, within the mind, within the emotions—so that healing can take place.”

- Thich Nhat Hanh, “This Is the Buddha’s Love” 

Although “stress” itself isn’t a medical diagnosis, the…

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