How Stress Hurts
Evolution was pretty savvy about danger. See a saber-tooth tiger, get moving! Today, flight—or fight, if necessary—still triggers major bodily changes, such as:
• Sugars in the bloodstream increase to supply energy
• Muscles tense so they're poised for action
• Heart beats faster to get blood pumping
• Digestion and other functions slow to save energy needed elsewhere
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Deep breathing encourages full oxygen exchange, slows the heartbeat and lowers/stabilizes blood pressure. This is specifically so when we engage our abdomen in our breathing practice.
Steps for Deep Breathing Practice:
According to research, eating regular meals and snacks at the same time every day helps keep your blood sugar levels steady.
If you feel like your blood sugar might be dipping frequently, talk to your doctor. This could be a sign of hypoglycemia - a health condition that causes people to need to eat frequently.
Most of us prepare in advance for the usual questions at an interview, which may not be very creative (“Name three of your biggest weaknesses?”). Some crazy questions can take us by surprise, like:
These questions test our presence of mind, creativity, poise and preparedness for the unexpected.
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