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Health Tip: Don't Let Boredom Thwart Your Workout

Posted 3 days ago by

-- 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

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

Cleaning, Greening Vacant Lots May Help Fight Crime

Posted 6 days ago by

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – Tidying up that vacant lot in your community may help curb crime in the area, researchers say. In a new study, Michigan State University researchers compared crime statistics from 2005 through 2014 in Flint, Mich., with data from a greening program – called the Clean and Green program – in which thousands of abandoned lots were regularly mowed and maintained. "Generally speaking, I found that greening was more prevalent where violent crime, property crime and victimless crime were going down," study author Richard Sadler said in a university news release. Sadler is an assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine's division of public health. The Clean and Green program for vacant lots, a project of the Genesee County Land Bank Authority, was launched 13 years ago. Christina Kelly is the land bank's planning and neighborhood revitalization director. She ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Agitation, Agitated State

Stop and Smell the Roses at Work

Posted 6 days ago by

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – Colds and the flu aren't the only things you can catch at work. Research shows that rudeness can be just as contagious, quickly infecting and eroding your work atmosphere. Being overworked and rushed can leave people feeling as if they have little time for pleasantries. But even one perceived act of rudeness can set off a chain reaction of negative behavior. Being the victim of rudeness apparently flips a switch in your mind that activates your own feelings of hostility. What's more, even people who aren't directly touched by an act of rudeness can also be affected if they witness it. Everyone loses, including the company itself. Employee performance suffers because it's hard to be motivated to excel in an unhappy workplace. Rudeness can slowly eat away at a positive company culture. Managers set the tone. That means: Be aware of your behavior and how others ... Read more

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

Early School Start Times Tough on Teens

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TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 – Any parent who's ever had to drag a groggy teen out of bed in the morning would likely agree with new guidelines that say kids should start school later in the morning. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (ASSM) now recommends that middle and high schools should start classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m., so that teens get enough sleep during the week. Delaying the school day would help reduce tardiness, improve attendance and boost driving safety. A later start time would also ensure that teens are more alert and ready to learn throughout the day, the AASM explained. "Early school start times make it difficult for adolescents to get sufficient sleep on school nights, and chronic sleep loss among teens is associated with a host of problems, including poor school performance, increased depressive symptoms, and motor vehicle accidents," guideline author and ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Social Anxiety Disorder

Anxious? Distressed? You're Not Alone

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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

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Performance Anxiety

Stress Buster: Building Resilience

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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 Read more

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

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

Posted 17 days ago by

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

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Dysthymia

Music May Soothe the 'Savage Beast' of Post-Op Pain

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 – Patients recovering from back surgery often struggle with pain and anxiety, but new research shows that music therapy may help ease their discomfort. Medication is commonly used to manage pain for people who've had surgery to treat a spinal problem. For the new study, researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City provided 30 patients who'd had spinal fusion surgery with a 30-minute music therapy session within 72 hours of their operation. The therapy included singing, rhythmic drumming and live music. It helped patients relax and eased their tension, the researchers said, adding that the therapy was used in combination with standard care. Another group of 30 spine surgery patients received only standard care after their procedure and didn't receive music therapy. All of the patients in the study were between 40 and 55 years old. "This study is unique in ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Back Pain, Social Anxiety Disorder, Sciatica, Performance Anxiety, Spinal Cord Trauma

Health Tip: Spring Cleaning?

Posted 29 Mar 2017 by

-- 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

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

Health Tip: Talk to Your Doctor About Emotional Struggles

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by

-- 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

Suicide Often Leaves Mental, Physical Woes in Surviving Spouse

Posted 22 Mar 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – The loss of a spouse is never easy, but the loss of a spouse to suicide may be even more devastating, leading to a greater risk of a host of mental and physical problems, Danish researchers suggest. Surviving partners are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. Surviving spouses are also at higher risk for suicide themselves, the study said. "It's a really distressing event for people," said lead researcher Annette Erlangsen, from the Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention at the Mental Health Centre in Copenhagen. "Being bereaved by suicide is stigmatized and it is something people don't talk about," Erlangsen said. "Surviving spouses may feel isolated, and other people may be more afraid of addressing it. It's important to deal with the loss, and part of that is talking to others ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders

Health Tip: Living With Social Phobia

Posted 20 Mar 2017 by

-- It's common to get a bit anxious before a big event, but someone with social phobia gets extremely nervous about a job interview, reunion or giving a speech. The American Academy of Family Physicians says possible symptoms of social phobia include: Being very afraid of judgment or embarrassment in front of others. Feeling that all others are more capable and confident than you are. Blushing and sweating when faced with a social situation. Feeling nauseous, shaking or trembling before or during a social situation. Having a hard time speaking or making eye contact with others. Continuing to worry after an event about what people thought. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders, Performance Anxiety

Violent Video Games May Not 'Desensitize' Players, Brain Scans Suggest

Posted 8 Mar 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Young men who play violent video games the most – at least two hours a day – don't appear to become desensitized to violence or to lose the ability to feel empathy, a small German study suggests. "This doesn't mean everyone has to buy 'Grand Theft Auto 5' for their toddler, but it's part of an increasing flood of studies of various sorts that indicate that previous fears of violent video games were unfounded," said Christopher Ferguson, a leading critic of research linking video games to aggression. Scientists have spent years debating whether violent video games make people more aggressive and less affected by violence. But it has been difficult to isolate the specific effect of playing the games since so many other things affect how people see the world. Still, "over the last 10 years we've really seen a wave of behavioral studies indicating that violent ... Read more

Related support groups: Social Anxiety Disorder, Agitation, Agitated State

Stress Buster: Mindfulness

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by

-- 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

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

Can Social Media Sites Leave You Socially Isolated?

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by

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

Related support groups: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder

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