The Top 10 Unhealthy Habits

Stressing Out Your Body and Mind

“Stress is anything that makes your body work overtime.”
– Nicole Porter –

How do you define stress? If you’re like most, you would likely list things like tight deadlines, traffic jams, financial commitments, or a conflict with a family member or colleague. If you’re reading this after March 2020, you’d likely also include a global pandemic in the category of stress! If this is your list, you’re right. All of these factors are legitimate stressors.

But stress is more than just mortgage payments and difficult conversations and struggling to find work life balance. And if you’re a typical working professional, you’re likely stressing out your body and mind more than you know.


We are all different, but many of have the same habits as a result of repeating similar behaviours. As a Stress Coach and Wellness Educator for busy professionals, I’ve defined 10 unhealthy habits that today’s working adults typically repeat everyday. The result of these repeated behaviours is an accumulation of chronic stress that can activate The Stress Response, overstimulating the nervous system, leading to hormone imbalance, and contributing to common complaints like weight gain, low energy, digestive issues, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, sugar cravings, headaches, eczema, low sex drive, and much more serious illness. When the body has to constantly rebalance itself to make up for the lack of balance in the body, it’s like working overtime. And this is why I define stress as ‘anything that makes your body work overtime’.

On the upside, once these habits are under control, even slightly, and the cumulative effect of stress on the brain and body is reduced, clients can experience positive results in their physical and mental health, motivation, performance, and overall happiness with themselves and with life. (Review client testimonials here.)

Can you relate to these Top 10 Unhealthy Habits?

  1. Poor Diet & Dehydration
  2. Lack of Sleep
  3. Excessive Screen Time
  4. Imbalanced Exercise Programs
  5. Poor Breathing and Lack of Mindfulness
  6. Overthinking, which leads to an ability to access your intuition
  7. Multi-Tasking
  8. Lack of Social Support
  9. Negative Mindset
  10. Feeling a Lack of Control

The underlying goal of the NPW Private Coaching Programs, Online Courses, and Workplace Wellness Programs is to reduce stress on your cells (in your body and brain) by reducing the cumulative stress caused by The Top 10 Habits. When this stress load is reduced, your body has less work to do, giving it (and you) an opportunity to function at its best.

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By Nicole Porter
Nicole Porter is a Stress Coach and Wellness Educator helping busy professionals master the Top 10 Stress Management Habits for optimal health, mindset and performance. She is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Healthy Weight Loss Coach, and Pilates Coach with a background in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Behaviour Change.