How My MS Diagnosis Has Helped Me Be Happier and Healthier

How My MS Diagnosis Has Helped Me Be Happier and Healthier

I was diagnosed with MS in 2003 and wow what a shock it was at the time. I was enjoying a successful career in Finance and living a full life outside of work.

After receiving my diagnosis, I remember sitting in a park crying my eyes out at the thought of what might happen and then I said to myself “I will not be a victim”.  What I meant by this was, I would do everything I could, to stay well.

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Controlling Stress Can Help You Lose Weight

Controlling Stress Can Help You Lose Weight

Uncontrolled stress can sabotage any weight loss plan. As a nurse practitioner and health coach, I see many clients who list weight loss as their main wellness goal. Often they tell me they are not losing weight even though they have changed their diet and started working out. I always ask about their stress levels, and most of them will indicate it is “moderate” to “very high.”  I usually focus on ways to decrease their stress levels first, then diet and exercise.

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Slow Down to Speed Up

Slow Down to Speed Up

Most of us feel like we are at the mercy of our schedules, our bosses’ expectations AND our own.  We feel pressured to stay head’s down in our cubicles, in front of our computers all day.  Somehow meetings get placed on our schedule—last minute.  We deal with emergencies from clients, co-workers as well as from management.  Thus, we feel like we are putting out fires with no time to actually get proactive work done.  At the end of the day, we feel exhausted and stressed with all that is left on our plate.  So, we go back to our computers and work after the kids are in bed or lay awake worrying about all that needs to get done tomorrow.

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7 Great Desk Yoga Poses

7 Great Desk Yoga Poses

When you spend most of your day at a desk, it can be difficult to get physical activity and deal with stress — but office yoga can help. Check out these great yoga poses that you can do even at your work desk, calming your mind and alleviating stress in the process.

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Work-related stress: What employers can do about it

Work-related stress: What employers can do about it

New statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal the true extent - and the real cost - of the UK’s work-related stress problem, and they make for grim reading. The statistics look at the nature of self-reported work-related illnesses, showing that many industry sectors are effectively losing a million or more working days a year as a result of stress, depression or anxiety.

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Prioritise Your Sleep

Prioritise Your Sleep

Did you know that it's Sleep Awareness Week? Sleep is as important as exercise and nutrition in terms of our overall health but it's an area that's often overlooked. From a personal point of view, sleeping well improves our mood, our energy levels and can help us manage stress and depression. From a work perspective, a good nights sleep can spur our creativity, sharpen our focus and increase productivity.

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Stress Management at Work

Stress Management at Work

Stress is something that will probably touch every office worker in some shape or form at some stage of their career, if not throughout. How you handle that stress can set you apart from your peers in terms of your health and even your career.

In the current economic climate, there can be a lot of change at the workplace. Job losses, budget cuts, process changes and role amalgamations can all lead to fear, uncertainty and stress.

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