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Health Tip: Don't Let Boredom Thwart Your Workout

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

-- It's difficult to keep exercising day after day if you're bored with the same routine. But you can mix it up so you look forward to your workout each day. The American Council on Exercise recommends: Figure out what's boring you. Maybe switch up your cardio workout with something new, such as a kickboxing class. Or skip the treadmill and run a trail. Try an entirely new activity, such as a team sport. Ask a friend to exercise with you. Set a goal to challenge yourself, such as running a 10K. Or use a gadget such as a fitness tracker. If you feel burned out, take a short break from exercise. Read more

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Anxious? Distressed? You're Not Alone

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – More Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed and anxiety-ridden, and many are unable to get the help they need, a new study suggests. An estimated 8.3 million American adults – about 3.4 percent of the U.S. population – suffer from serious psychological distress, an evaluation of federal health data concluded. Previous estimates put the number of Americans suffering from serious psychological distress at 3 percent or less, the researchers said. "Mental illness is on the rise. Suicide is on the rise. And access to care for the mentally ill is getting worse," said lead researcher Judith Weissman. She's a research manager in the department of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. This increase is likely a lasting after-effect of the Great Recession that began in late 2007 – a stress-filled time that caused long-term emotional ... Read more

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Stress Buster: Building Resilience

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – Resilience is often defined as how quickly you recover from adversity. But resilient people have lots of other important qualities, too. They are flexible, proactive, problem solvers, good communicators, and skilled at coping with life's challenges. Here are six tips for building resilience that, simply by doing them, will help you acquire traits of resilience: Try being genuinely nice to someone who has not been very nice to you. Try agreeing to do what another person wants instead of doing what you want. Try forgiving someone and showing it without having to say it. Let someone go ahead of you in line. Try not to second-guess any choice you make for the next 24 hours. Once you make it, support it wholeheartedly. Try not to complain for 24 hours. – James Porter, president of StressStop.com Read more

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These 5 Life Skills Can Boost Your Odds of Well-Being

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 10, 2017 – Emotional stability, determination, control, optimism and conscientiousness: all important "life skills" that can raise your prospects for a happy, healthy life. That's the finding from a new study of more than 8,000 people, aged 52 and older, in the United Kingdom. Researchers found a link between those five life skills and better health, fewer chronic diseases, less depression, less social isolation, and greater financial stability. "No single attribute was more important than others. Rather, the effects depended on the accumulation of life skills," study co-leader Andrew Steptoe, a professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London, said in a university news release. "There is research on individual factors – such as conscientiousness and optimism in adults – but the combination of these life skills has not been studied very much ... Read more

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Health Tip: Spring Cleaning?

Posted 29 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- An organized, comfortable bedroom helps you feel less stressed and helps you sleep more soundly. So if you're ready to spring clean, do your bedroom first. Here are suggestions from the National Sleep Foundation: Rid the room of all electronics, including the TV. Make sure all light bulbs are 60 watts or less. Make sure curtains black out sunlight. Inspect your mattress and look for signs of wear. Also, consider whether you wake with pain. If so, replace the mattress. Make sure sheets aren't worn, and that pillows are soft, fluffy and supportive. To keep your bedroom cool, put in a fan. De-clutter your room, clearing out unneeded furniture and any piles of stuff. Read more

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Health Tip: Talk to Your Doctor About Emotional Struggles

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Your emotional health can impact your physical health, and your doctor can help you find healthier ways to deal with emotional challenges. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions: Make sure you share any issues involving stress or anxiety with your doctor. Once your doctor is informed, he or she can take steps to learn if a health condition is responsible for physical symptoms. Together, you can figure out ways to manage your emotions, which should help improve physical symptoms. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder

Stress Buster: Mindfulness

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Mindfulness is often defined as paying attention on purpose. Or you could define it as simply paying attention to what you're doing while you're doing it. We often do things mindlessly: When we DON'T think about what we are doing while we're doing it. We can do almost any common task without really thinking about it – from washing the dishes to driving a car. When we do things mindlessly our thoughts slip away from what we are actually doing – i.e., the present moment – and slide back into the past or forward into the future. When our thinking goes forward into the future, we often get anxious. We worry about things that may never come to pass. When our thinking goes backward into the past, we often get angry. We upset ourselves thinking about things that have already happened and CAN'T be changed. But when you focus intently on what you are doing while you are doing it, you tend ... Read more

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Disabled Kids at Higher Risk of Abuse, Study Finds

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Children with certain mental or behavioral disorders are at increased risk of abuse or neglect, a new study suggests. The findings add to evidence that children with disabilities face higher abuse risks. But they also suggest those risks vary depending on the type of disorder a child has. "We've known for years that children with disabilities have an increased risk of abuse," said Dr. Vincent Palusci, a pediatrician at NYU Langone Medical Center, in New York City. But the new study "took a deeper dive," he said. Overall, the researchers found that children with autism, Down syndrome or certain birth defects, such as spina bifida, were not at heightened risk of abuse. But, children with intellectual disabilities were. The same was true of kids who fell into the broad category of "mental or behavioral disorder" – which included problems ranging from depression ... Read more

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Can Social Media Sites Leave You Socially Isolated?

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Young people who spend a lot of time on social media – websites designed to bring people together – seem to be more isolated, new research suggests. Ironically, the researchers found that the heaviest users of social media had about twice the odds of feeling socially isolated compared to their less "web-connected" friends. The findings "remind us that social media is not a panacea for people who feel socially isolated," said study lead author Dr. Brian Primack. He's director of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health. Primack said past research has suggested that people who use social media the most are especially isolated. But those studies have been small, he noted. The new study is the first analysis of social media use and so-called social isolation in a large group of people from across the United States, ... Read more

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Patients Often Reject Drug-Only Psychiatric Treatment

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Mental health patients are more likely to reject treatment if it involves only drugs, a new study finds. Some experts believe talk therapy should be the first treatment option for many mental health disorders. The new finding – from a review of 186 prior studies – supports that stance, the researchers said. "Patients often desire an opportunity to talk with and work through their problems with a caring individual who might be able to help them better face their emotional experiences," said study co-author Roger Greenberg. He's a professor of psychology at the State University of New York's Upstate Medical University. Greenberg and his colleagues analyzed 186 studies of patients who sought help for mental health conditions. Overall, the average treatment refusal rate was more than 8 percent. Patients offered drug therapy alone were almost twice as likely to ... Read more

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Stress Buster

Posted 27 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Believe it or not, passing judgment can be a major source of stress. We all have judgments about everything, all the time. For example, that people shouldn't talk in movie theaters, that people shouldn't cut in line, and people should always be considerate. We also have judgments about ourselves: I must never embarrass myself in public; I must always appear successful. Dr. Aaron Beck, the father of cognitive behavioral therapy, called these self-statements "unwritten rules." We have judgments about how long we should wait in line at the bank, and we even have judgments about the appropriate colors for our neighbor's house. (A purple house? That's ghastly!) And let's not forget our children. They should always be polite. They should get along with each other and they should never talk back to their parents. To get over this cognitive hurdle of always passing judgment, you must first ... Read more

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A Stressed Life May Mean a Wider Waistline

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – Days filled with stress and anxiety may be upping your risk of becoming overweight or obese, British researchers say. The researchers said they found a link between high levels of the stress hormone cortisol and excess weight. "We don't know which came first, the greater body weight or the higher cortisol," said researcher Andrew Steptoe. He's the British Heart Foundation professor of psychology at University College London. For the study, Steptoe's team analyzed levels of cortisol in a lock of hair about three-quarters of an inch long, cut as close as possible to the scalp. This hair sample reflected accumulated cortisol levels over the previous two months, the researchers said. Cortisol is the body's primary stress hormone, triggered when you have a "flight-or-fight" response to danger. It benefits you to escape danger, but if cortisol levels stay ... Read more

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Heart Disease Linked to Anxiety, Negative Feelings

Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – People with mild heart disease are more likely to say they have poorer health, anxiety and a negative outlook than people in the general population, a new study suggests. These problems are more common among female patients than male patients, the research found. In mild heart disease, there is partial blockage of blood flow to the heart. People with the condition are more at risk of heart attacks, other serious heart problems, and death from any cause. The perception of overall physical and mental health, as well as personality, can have an impact on health outcomes, study senior author Paula Mommersteeg suggested. The study was published Feb. 21 in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. "We were very intrigued by these sex and gender differences – we had not thought they would be so apparent," Mommersteeg said in a journal news ... Read more

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Staying Socially Active Nourishes the Aging Brain

Posted 20 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – Socializing with lots of relatives and friends may help you stay mentally sharp as you age, a new report co-sponsored by AARP finds. "It's not uncommon for our social networks to shrink in size as we get older," said Marilyn Albert, professor of neurology and director of cognitive neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "This report provides many helpful suggestions about the things we can do to improve the quality of our relationships with family and friends, which may be beneficial in maintaining our mental abilities," Albert said in an AARP news release. The report also discusses the social benefits of having pets, how age-friendly communities boost social ties, how close relationships benefit both physical and mental health, and how social media (including Facebook and Skype) helps older adults maintain social connections. The report is from ... Read more

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Stress Busters For Work That Work

Posted 20 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- According to an American Psychological Association Stress In America Survey, job stress is one of top causes of stress for American adults. Unfortunately, most of the methods that mental health experts recommend for managing stress – like exercise, meditation and yoga – just can't be done in most workplaces. So you need to have some alternative methods you can use on the fly, while your stress levels rise, and nobody knows your using them. Here are five methods for managing stress at work that all fit this description: Cognitive restructuring. Most people don't realize what a big role their own thinking plays in creating stress. When your boss asks you to work late on a Friday night and you say to yourself: That jerk is ALWAYS asking me to work late, this kind reaction greatly adds to your stress. Start to notice your inner dialogue and quickly learn to evaluate it. If it isn't ... Read more

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