The Top 10 Habits and The Hidden Stress Framework

“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 – because all of these factors are legitimate stressors.

But stress is more than just mortgage payments, 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 us 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 average, most people can relate to 7 of these Top 10 Unhealthy Habits. How many can you relate to?

  1. Poor Nutrition
  2. Lack of Sleep
  3. Excessive Screen Time
  4. Imbalanced Exercise Programs
  5. Poor Breathing
  6. Overthinking
  7. Multi-Tasking
  8. Lack of Social Support
  9. Negative Mindset
  10. Feeling a Lack of Control

But there’s good news! Once the cumulative effect of these stressors is reduced, you increase the odds of seeing positive results (just ask these clients!) in your physical health, mental health, productivity, and your body and mind are better equipped to manage the emotional and mental stress that life might be throwing at you.

The underlying goal of the NPW Seminars, Online Courses, Private Coaching Programs, and Group Coaching Programs is to reduce the Hidden Stress you put on the trillions of cells in your body and brain every single day. When this stress load is reduced, your body has less work to do, giving it (and you) an opportunity to function at its best.

👩‍🏫 Want to know if Hidden Stress is keeping you from reaching your health and wellness goals? Take the What’s Your Hidden Stress Score Quiz to find out!

By Nicole Porter
Nicole Porter is a Stress Coach and Wellness Educator helping busy, stressed out professionals mindfully overcome the Top 10 Unhealthy Habits preventing optimal health, mindset and productivity. She is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Healthy Weight Loss Coach, and Pilates Coach with a background in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Behaviour Change.

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