It’s not just your eating pattern and your physical activity that affect how well your heart and blood vessels function. Other aspects of your lifestyle appear to intersect with your diet and activity level on the path to better cardiovascular health. Your sleep, for instance, can affect your quality of
In today’s “hurry-hurry/we-need-more” society, stress runs rampant. As stress builds, our bodies react—we gain weight and belly fat, our blood sugar and blood pressure both rise, and we feel tired all the time, often battling depression. And all of that just stresses us more! We need to decrease stress and
If you become very nervous, worried, fearful, or anxious when you think about or are in a certain scenario or situation, then you may have an anxiety disorder. These are mental health conditions in which anxiety and worry arise in response to a perceived danger. The perceived danger varies among
Hearing Loss Linked to Depression
Researchers writing in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Dec. 6, 2018, suggest that people with age-related hearing loss may be more likely to suffer from depression. In the study, which included 5,239 participants age 50 and older, people with mild hearing loss were almost twice as
We’ve made it through the first quarter of 2019 and, for many people, the remaining attempts to stick to our New Year’s resolutions might be floundering. Behavior change is rarely easy (or comfortable) but if following through with one of your goals for 2019 is important, here are some suggestions
Now that we have learned the fundamental principles underlying positive thinking and the personality traits that promote it, let’s look at some of the practical tools available to you that can help cultivate a positive outlook in your life.
Your physical state mimics your mental state. When you are happy and
In the previous chapter, we looked at the foundational traits that have been shown to be linked with happiness and optimism as well as ways you can cultivate these traits in yourself.
In this chapter, we will look at some additional approaches you can use that also promote happiness and well-being.
As mentioned in Chapter 2, an estimated 40 percent of our ability to maintain happiness, well-being, and optimism is influenced by engaging in activities and training skills that promote happiness.
While we all possess differing levels of ability with regard to these activities and skills, we can get better at them.
Your doctor may check your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and other standard health risk factors at your annual checkup. But if you’re not being asked about your mood, an important predictor of health problems is being overlooked.
In a study published recently in Health Psychology researchers found that depression and anxiety
A respite in nature is a well-known and scientifically validated de-stressor. But, how can you infuse yourself with nature’s power if you’re too sick to spend much time outside? To answer that need, clinical oncology social worker Sydney Siegel, MSW, Simms/Mann UCLA Center of Integrative Oncology, developed a unique workshop called