Trauma Is Probably The Reason You’re So Tired Right Now

Trauma Is Probably The Reason You’re So Tired Right Now

Feeling more drained than usual lately? It’s not just you. Here’s what’s going on and what to do about it. Exhaustion can occur after a period of intense stress or trauma. You might expect, after a year of living with restrictions and extreme uncertainty, that at this point in the coronavirus pandemic ― with vaccines available in the U.S. and cities and businesses reopening ― people would be full of energy and enthusiasm, ready to get out and do things….

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Why Socializing Is More Exhausting Now—and How You Can Get Your Mojo Back

Why Socializing Is More Exhausting Now—and How You Can Get Your Mojo Back

The fatigue is real. There seems to be a lot more napping involved in post-COVID socializing. At first, I thought it was just me needing to rest up before a cookout, or dozing off in the midst of a movie night with friends. But I’m not alone in feeling fatigued from a socializing schedule I would have handled just fine pre-pandemic. For most people, getting back to the new normal is a lot more tiring than they expected. “In my…

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Sleep Helps Protect Against Dementia, According To Recent Study

Sleep Helps Protect Against Dementia, According To Recent Study

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia risk mostly depends on factors like genetics. But new research shows rest can be a good prevention strategy. New research suggests getting sufficient sleep may help curb dementia risk later in life. The bulk of the risk factors for dementia are utterly out of our control, like age and genetics. But growing scientific evidence says there are measures people can take to mitigate their risk of developing the condition, which impacts an estimated 50 million people…

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How Your Gut Bacteria Controls Your Mood

How Your Gut Bacteria Controls Your Mood

Your intestines has about 39 trillion microorganisms in it. And yes I said trillion. We call this collection of organisms the microbiome and it consists of mostly bacteria, but also viruses and fungi. Collectively it weighs about 3 pounds which is about the same weight as your brain. We feed these organisms and they produce chemicals that we need. They send messages to the brain through the vagus nerve. Several factors determine whether or not your have good vs. bad…

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Unvaccinated People Are ‘Variant Factories,’ Infectious Diseases Expert Says

Unvaccinated People Are ‘Variant Factories,’ Infectious Diseases Expert Says

Unvaccinated people do more than merely risk their own health. They’re also a risk to everyone if they become infected with coronavirus, infectious disease specialists say. That’s because the only source of new coronavirus variants is the body of an infected person. “Unvaccinated people are potential variant factories,” Dr. William Schaffner, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told CNN Friday.  “The more unvaccinated people there are, the more opportunities for the virus to…

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 ‘A Life of Choice’: Routine, Ritual or Habit?

 ‘A Life of Choice’: Routine, Ritual or Habit?

Grabbing a mask on the way out the door and a thorough hand-wash upon returning home, or perhaps more commonly staying home and meeting virtually for work and fun are just a few of the new habits picked up during the pandemic, and experts say some might stick around even after restrictions lift. The COVID-19 pandemic forced many people to change their habits, something that is usually very difficult for people to do. “If you want to adopt a new…

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Building Your Resilience

Building Your Resilience

Having a Strong Life Purpose Eases Loneliness of Covid-19 Isolation, Study Finds Those Who Felt Their Life Was Guided by Meaningful Values or Goals Were More Willing to Engage in Covid-19 Protective Behaviors Summary: Why can some people weather the stress of social isolation better than others, and what implications does this have for their health? New research found that people who felt a strong sense of purpose in life were less lonely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Why can some…

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What The Western Diet Does To The Immune System

What The Western Diet Does To The Immune System

Diets rich in two nutrients harm immune cells in the gut, putting people at high risk of intestinal infections. A diet rich in fat and sugar damages particular immune cells named Paneth cells that produce antimicrobial molecules keeping inflammation and microbes under control. Highly specialised Paneth cells are located in the small intestine where nutrients from food are absorbed and sent to the bloodstream. Western diets are high in processed foods and fat and sugar, which cause Paneth cells to…

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8 Secrets of a Healthy Mind

8 Secrets of a Healthy Mind

We would – of course – like any encounter with mental illness to be as brief as possible and, most importantly, to be isolated and singular. But the reality is that for many of us, the illness will threaten to return for visits throughout our lives. It will be a condition to which we will be permanently susceptible. So the challenge isn’t to learn to survive only a one-off crisis; it’s to set in place a framework that can help…

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Benefits of Humility: 8 Ways Being Humble Improves Your Life

Benefits of Humility: 8 Ways Being Humble Improves Your Life

The benefits of humility include coping with anxiety, higher self-control and better relationships. The poet Tennyson once said that humility is, “the highest virtue, the mother of them all.” Yet society celebrates over-confidence, entitlement and a perpetual focus on the self. People are increasingly competitive, attention-seeking, narcissistic, obsessed with their appearance and entitled. A new study, though, underlines eight ways in which the benefits of humility can help us improve our lives (Kesebir, 2014). The author of the study, psychologist…

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