The Smell Of Lavender Reduces Anxiety

The Smell Of Lavender Reduces Anxiety

Lavender also has practically no side-effects in comparison to drugs like benzodiazepines and SSRI antidepressants. The smell of lavender reduces anxiety, research confirms. Lavender also has practically no side-effects in comparison to drugs like benzodiazepines and SSRI antidepressants. Benzodiazepines, in particular, can cause headache, dizziness and an effect like being drunk. Lavender, meanwhile, has a relatively quick relaxing influence and no other side-effects. Dr Hideki Kashiwadani, study co-author, said: “In folk medicine, it has long been believed that odorous compounds…

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One Portion Of These Foods Boosts Mental Health

One Portion Of These Foods Boosts Mental Health

People who eat more fruit and vegetables have better mental health, research finds. Indeed, the more fruit and vegetables people eat, the better their state of mind. Eating just one extra portion of fruit and vegetables per day is enough to measurably improve mental well-being. Just one portion has the same positive effect as going for a walk on 8 extra days a month. Only around one-in-ten people in the US eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables. The…

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Feeding the Brain

Feeding the Brain

Our body’s control centre needs a healthy diet “You can’t wink your eye without nutrients being involved, never mind think, remember, learn, or sleep.” So says brain expert Aileen Burford-Mason, author of The Healthy Brain: Optimize Brain Power at Any Age. Find out more about how to feed your body’s command and control centre. When people embark on the path to healthy eating, they’re often motivated by a desire to lose weight or to help fend off disease. It’s less…

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The Youthful Personality Traits Linked To Long Life

The Youthful Personality Traits Linked To Long Life

People with these personality traits as teenagers are likely to live longer. Empathy, calmness and energy are among the personality traits that predict a long life, new research finds. These teenage personality traits predicted people’s longevity five decades later. Along with these, people who are tidier, intellectually curious and more mature also live longer. In contrast, people who were impulsive as teens were not likely to live as long. Impulsive people tend to act without thinking or controlling themselves. The…

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Foods That Can Reduce Stress

Foods That Can Reduce Stress

Stress levels may be high these days, but did you know that what we choose to eat can help to reduce stress, ultimately allowing us to take charge of our mental health? “Instead of thinking of food as ‘stress eating’ or ‘guilty pleasures,’ we can think of using food to shape the lens in how we experience stress,” said psychiatrist Dr. Drew Ramsey, an assistant clinical professor at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and author of the…

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The 10 Most Important Things We Can Do for the People We Love

The 10 Most Important Things We Can Do for the People We Love

People. Life is all about people. We don’t have to have a ton of relationships, but we all need people in our lives who get us. Who’ve seen our freak flag countless times and love when it comes out. People who tag us on memes that capture our spirit, or Tasty videos they know we’d drool over. People who text us with random pictures of bumper stickers or book covers or bath mats or beard accessories with a note that…

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25 Habits That Help You Take Charge of Your Health

25 Habits That Help You Take Charge of Your Health

When you’re healthy, you feel good about yourself as it puts a bounce in your step. Now is the time to take control of your life and your health by changing a few of your bad habits into positive ones. If you wish to energy to climb to a mountain’s peak or to make it around an amusement park with your kids, then you need to get rid of those dreadful tendencies that are holding you back. 25 ACTIONABLE WAYS…

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EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

99 Percent of Non-Organic Raisins Tainted With at Least Two Chemicals Nearly 70 percent of the fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains residues of potentially harmful chemical pesticides, according to EWG’s analysis of the latest test data from the federal Department of Agriculture. But the dirtiest produce commodity, according to the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, is not a fresh fruit or vegetable but a dried one – raisins. Traditionally, EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ has included fresh…

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11 Habits That Can Create Positive Relationships

11 Habits That Can Create Positive Relationships

The definition of a habit is: “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.” Once formed and ingrained into your being, habits are very difficult to break. This includes habits that are practiced in your relationships – positive or negative. Upon closer examination, it becomes evident that positive habits are a foundation of positive relationships. When bad habits are present, the relationship is challenged. On the flip side, good habits create and maintain…

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How To Create A Morning Routine That Reduces Anxiety And Stress

How To Create A Morning Routine That Reduces Anxiety And Stress

The self-care rituals you practice in the morning can improve your mental health for the rest of the day. As a person who’s dealt with anxiety since I was a kid, I find that I’m often most anxious first thing in the morning. When I open my eyes, all of the worries and potential stressors that await me flood my mind. The pit in my stomach makes me want to stay in bed as long as I can so I…

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