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Just 10 Minutes of Meditation Boosts Mood and Focus for People With Anxiety

Just 10 Minutes of Meditation Boosts Mood and Focus for People With Anxiety

It also prompted a shift away from future-oriented worrying and helped people focus on the present.  People who suffer from anxiety are often plagued by repetitive thoughts, which can distract from the task at hand and affect mood and productivity. But a new study suggests that just 10 minutes of daily meditation can help reduce episodes of mind wandering, especially for people who report high levels of emotional stress. Previous research has found that meditation can help prevent “off-task thinking”…

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Busy Schedules are Putting Children’s Health at Risk

Busy Schedules are Putting Children’s Health at Risk

‘Worry and busyness and stress is robbing children of their peace of mind,’ says child therapist According to child and family therapist Michele Kambolis, children are vulnerable to anxiety and stress preventing them from getting a good night’s sleep. Busy schedules, too many worries and a lack of sleep could be threatening the health of your children, one expert is warning parents. Vancouver-based child and family therapist Michele Kambolis says she often hears from children who say they are working…

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This Mineral May Be Key to Protecting Your Bones (It’s Not Calcium)

This Mineral May Be Key to Protecting Your Bones (It’s Not Calcium)

Calcium and vitamin D may get the spotlight when it comes to bone health, but there’s another mineral that plays a role in keeping your skeleton strong: It’s magnesium, and 67% of the body’s stores for this mineral are found in your bones. Now, research published in the European Journal of Epidemiology suggests magnesium could help prevent fractures. While previous research had revealed that magnesium supports bone growth, no study had tied the mineral to risk of bone fractures. Tapping…

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10 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Magnesium

10 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Magnesium

Magnesium deficiency is one of the most underrated minerals, but it’s involved in literally hundreds of your body’s functions. Pay attention to it, and your body will thank you. So what’s the deal with magnesium? Magnesium is involved in numerous bodily functions, from relaxing sore muscles to relieving anxiety, though it isn’t as widely discussed as other vitamins and minerals. Holistic nutrition coach Andrea Moss of Moss Wellness in New York City says magnesium deficiencies are such a big focus…

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How Trying Something Outside Your Comfort Zone Can Pull You Out of a Mental Rut

How Trying Something Outside Your Comfort Zone Can Pull You Out of a Mental Rut

“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy Have you ever come to a crossroad in your life? You know something needs to change, but you have more than one option—and it feels like there’s a lot of pressure on you to make the right choice. That was me a few months ago. I was stressed, overworked, and in what you…

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More Evidence Linking Stress to Obesity

More Evidence Linking Stress to Obesity

Using hair to measure long-term levels of the stress hormone cortisol, UK researchers confirm the link between chronic stress and packing on pounds, as well as difficulty shedding excess weight. Previous research has tied high levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood, urine or saliva to obesity, but these measurements can vary based on factors like the time of day and don’t capture long-term stress levels, the study team notes in the journal Obesity. “When people are facing…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

People who enjoy helping others and or spending money on others tend to be less stressed, happier and live longer. Extroverted people are likely to overlook typos and grammatical errors that would cause introverted people to negatively judge the writer.  Studies show those who don’t eat breakfast, or eat it only sometimes, are twice as likely to be overweight as those who eat two breakfasts. Women cry on average between 30 and 64 times a year, while men cry between…

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Is Stress Making You Fat? Science Finds a New Link

Is Stress Making You Fat? Science Finds a New Link

Feeling frazzled all the time may raise your risk for obesity, researchers say. Sure, your life is bananas. And maybe you feel like you can manage it all just fine. But here is a powerful reason to pencil in some me time: Feeling stressed for months at a time can up your risk for obesity, according to scientists from University College London. Their new study used hair clippings to measure levels of the stress hormone cortisol in people’s bodies. Hair…

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10 Practical Ways to Handle Stress

10 Practical Ways to Handle Stress

Stress is inevitable. It walks in and out of our lives on a regular basis. And it can easily walk all over us unless we take action. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to minimize and cope with stress. Here are 10 ideas for handling stress without causing more strain and hassle. 1. Figure out where the stress is coming from. Oftentimes, when we’re stressed, it seems like a big mess with stressors appearing from every angle. We…

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Are Prebiotics the Stress Reliever You Never Heard Of?

Are Prebiotics the Stress Reliever You Never Heard Of?

Before you spend another night tossing and turning from stress, a new study shows that the secret to peaceful Z’s starts with what you’re eating. There are traditional methods for coping with stress, from relaxing in the tub to keeping a bullet journal, but according to the newest study, an effective way to bounce back from stress is to get your fill of foods rich in prebiotics. While probiotics—those friendly gut bugs—are often lauded for their digestive benefits, prebiotics are…

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