During a very stressful time both at work and home, I was having difficulty sleeping, mood swings and anxiety. My doctor recommended anti-depressants, but because I have no history of depression, I decided to seek alternative advice instead. I followed Stress Monkey Guru's suggestions and within two weeks the feeling of being overwhelmed just disappeared! I felt happier and calmer, slept soundly, and managed stress without medication."
Researchers at UCLA published a study that showed using a specific type of yoga to engage in a brief, simple daily meditation reduced the stress levels of people who care for those stricken by Alzheimer's and dementia. Now they know why. Read more.
You've heard it a thousand times: Stress is bad for you. And it's certainly true that chronic stress, lasting weeks and months, has deleterious effects including, notably, suppression of the immune response. But short-term stress — the fight-or-flight response, a mobilization of bodily resources lasting minutes or hours in response to immediate threats — stimulates immune activity. Read more.
When the going gets tough, the tough ought to thank their fathers. (And what better time to do that than Fathers' Day?) New research from Brigham Young University shows that dads are in a unique position to help their adolescent children develop persistence, leading to higher engagement in school and lower rates of delinquency. Read more.
Learning how to handle anger, frustration and excitement may be a skill best learned at the pre-school age (though these techniques can be learned at any age). Teachers could help this process along dramatically by learning some strategies for helping the children cope with these emotions. Read more.
Summer vacation time is upon us. If you have been saving up for your dream vacation for years, you may want to make sure your dream spot is still the best place to go. A new study has found that when we fantasize about such trips before they are possible, we tend to overlook the negatives—thus influencing our decision-making down the line. Read more.
Individuals whose adversities have made them grow personally and whose life takes on new meaning report a higher level of satisfaction with their lives. Read more.
Apigenin, a natural substance found in grocery store produce aisles, shows promise as a non-toxic treatment for an aggressive form of human breast cancer, following a new study at the University of Missouri. Read more.
The stress of hiding sexual identity from parents takes a toll on the health of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people, often showing up in the form of depression and substance abuse. 'Coming out' and getting support, particularly parental support, can make a huge difference. Read more.
Did I remember to lock the back door? Did I turn off the stove? Were the lights still on when I left the house this morning? For those who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), thoughts along these lines can lead to compulsive checking — a potentially debilitating behavior that keeps the sufferer locked in an endless cycle of fear and doubt. Researchers are now testing a novel approach to treatment for compulsive checking that could just mean vast improvements in the quality of life of countless individuals. Read more.