Poor sleep is now being linked to several health issues, including a higher risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, according to increasing data. A new study of people in their midlife indicates that a combination of sleep issues, such as difficulty falling asleep, waking up in the middle of the night, or sleeping less than six hours each night, can virtually triple a person's risk of heart disease.
It would be an understatement to say that the last two years have been difficult for children and teenagers. Major worldwide events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, have had an impact on our daily lives and put us to the test in unprecedented ways. Racial and political issues are also constants in the lives of young people of all ages.
How can families help their children develop resilience?
A lot of pressure is put on us by social media and the general media to look a certain way. This causes many of us to become self-conscious about parts of our appearance that we see as ‘flaws’.
Some of us try to obsessively conceal these flaws by always wearing heavy make-up, dressing in concealing clothing, imposing ourselves in a certain way or editing photos of ourselves. In other cases, we may even hold ourselves back from certain activities such as going to the gym or going swimming because we’re insecure about the way we look.
This behaviour is not good for our mental health (and in some cases our physical health). By learning to be less self-conscious about your appearance, you could live life more freely and be happier. Ironically, you may even find that being less self-conscious about your appearance makes you more attractive! Below are just a few tips on how to be less self-conscious.
Stop taking so many selfies
Constantly looking at yourself in the mirror or taking photographs of yourself can make you more conscious of how you look. Learn to not look at your reflection so often and start focusing on the world externally. Start taking more photos of your surroundings rather than photos of yourself. You could even challenge yourself to go an entire day without looking at yourself. Once you stop caring about how you look in a certain situation, you can start enjoying the moment more.
All parents want their children to be successful in life — and by that, we mean not only having a good job and earning a good living but also being happy. And all parents wonder how they will accomplish this.
What are the five most critical core skills?
Anger management: Before responding, try these four steps.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, seeing red means being enthusiastic or emotionally fired up with fury.
Some synonyms for seeing red are: seething, boiling, sizzling, burning, fuming, raging, rankling.
Count to ten. Take a stroll. These techniques have long been recommended to help you pause and reconsider your reaction when you're seeing red and an inch from exploding. Under normal conditions—perhaps a little stress at home or at work—those tactics can be beneficial. However, you may discover that they are less effective in the pressure cooker in which we have been living since the pandemic began. What can you do to keep from hitting your breaking point?
I sought advice from psychologist Stuart Ablon, founder and director of Think: Kids in the psychiatric department of Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. Ablon specializes in defusing explosive behavior in children and adolescents who have substantial developmental deficits in problem-solving, adaptability, and frustration tolerance, the abilities that keep us from melting down.
Pandemic stress impairs our ability to cope.
According to Ablon, many adults are currently grappling with a lack of these skills—not because we haven't developed them, but because pandemic stress is impeding their development. When we are continuously stressed, we lose access to the area of our brain that performs skills like flexibility and tolerance, "explains Ablon.
Blocked skills can lower our coping abilities to those of infants who shout when they don't get their way.
Empathy should be practiced.
When you're angry or agitated, Ablon thinks it's critical to stay calm and "regulated" so you can access the abilities needed to maintain control. And, according to Ablon, the best way to stay calm is to practice empathy—trying to sense another person's perspective or point of view.
Empathy is our most potent human regulator. It has been shown to de-escalate people in the most difficult prison environments, and it can also work on an airline or in line at Starbucks.
How does empathy benefit you?
It's fantastic to be able to calm others, but how can being sympathetic keep you from exploding? It has a cascading impact.
Attempting to understand someone else's point of view may cause you to reconsider how you wish to respond. It will also provide you with something important to do, which will keep you focused and relaxed.
Being calm allows you to access coping abilities such as problem-solving, flexibility, and frustration tolerance.
Using your coping skills improves your capacity to remain calm.
Because you're peaceful, you'll prevent someone else from erupting, which will help you stay calm.
Is it possible for social media to cause illness?
What is sociogenic sickness?
Characteristics of mass sociogenic illness
Certain characteristics are typical:
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As you go through life, you’ll encounter situations that test your faith. You can think of these as trials that define the direction of your spiritual path. Do well, and you’ll emerge stronger. Do poorly, and your life will start getting out of control.
In this post, we take a look at some of the signs you’re being tested and what they mean.
You’re Being Asked To Sacrifice Something
While we might like to have it all in life, it’s not possible. Time, money, and resources are all limited. Eventually, we have to make decisions about what can stay, and what must go.
We have examples of sacrifice in the Bible, notably when Abraham offered up his son Isaac on the mountain as a test of faith.
In life, you will face similar tests. You may have to sacrifice a career for a family or time for a project that you want to complete. Whatever it is, giving something up is a test of faith that everything will be okay in the end.
You’re Being Asked To Give Up Control
God is always probing our hearts, trying to figure out what we’re made of. The idea is that we surrender and place our total trust in our faith. Doing this is a kind of proof that we’re giving everything over to a higher power.
Tests of the heart come in all shapes and sizes. Some involve work, while others can affect your health.
Through these processes, we come to be stronger people. If we can show faith in the most challenging of conditions, then it means that the rest of our lives will be a breeze.
Why does hope matter?
What hope accomplishes for us
Hope is both a shield and a guide.
False hope's pitfalls
Are you downplaying your accomplishments and exaggerating your failures? Adjust your skewed thinking
What happens when we exaggerate failures and draw unfavorable conclusions?
So, what can you do?
Challenge the distortion
The significance of your objective
Make a to-do list – and check it twice.
Others should be included.
According to July 28, 2021, Harvard study published online, in Neurology, flavonoids, the naturally occurring plant chemicals that give many fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors, may help protect memory. The researchers analyzed self-reported food and memory data from over 77,000 middle-aged men and women who were tracked for a period of 20 years. After adjusting for potential confounding variables (such as age, weight, physical activity, alcohol consumption, depression, and intake of nutrients other than flavonoids), researchers discovered that people who consumed the most flavonoids on a daily basis were 19 percent less likely to report difficulties with memory and thinking than those who consumed the least flavonoids on a daily basis. Strawberries, blueberries, peppers, celery, apples, bananas, oranges, and grapefruit were all strongly connected with favorable cognitive impacts.
Want to increase your happiness? Consider the following:
When it comes to shoe shopping, some people can complete the transaction in five minutes and be completely satisfied. For others, it will take several days of reading reviews, comparing prices, deliberating, and deliberating some more before making a decision.