Why Mindfulness is Conquering the US

Image Credit: Полина Власова/Adobe Stock In an attempt to manage chronic stress, people try various techniques that help relax. However, it is not only relaxation that complementary practices, such as meditation, yoga exercises and chiropractic, can be useful for. Pain management, treatment of mental problems, and similar uses are becoming more widespread. Of these three, mindfulness is gaining ground faster than others. Here is why. Wellness practices are being adopted by more and more Americans. But the trend ...

Haunted by Thoughts about Unfinished Projects? Meet Zeigarnik Effect

Image credit: theodysseyonline.com Have you ever noticed that you cannot stop thinking about the things you should have already done but have not? They keep on crossing your mind again and again even when you are trying to focus on something else, and the unfinished work becomes the centerpiece of your current endeavors. Sounds familiar? Well, this phenomenon is known as the Zeigarnik effect and has great influence on how well we remember things. In 1927, Bluma Zeigarnik, a Russian psychologist, published the re...

Mental Health Condition Stigma At Work: As Common As The Problem Is

Your colleagues probably know how your children are doing, what your dog did to your shoes yesterday, and what you are going to give your Mom for Christmas. They may even know about your gout. But the one thing they are unlikely to be aware of is your mental health condition. In this day and age, having one means something extremely shameful, and the stigma at work is a problem for many an American. Image Credit: istockphoto.com / RapidEye Few employees dare to disclose their mental health problems. The issue is ...

Scientists Discover How Brain Grid System Works

The brain is an extremely complex organ comprised of a wide range of sophisticated systems. Previous research showed that the diversity of cells of which the brain is made up includes the so-called grid cells, which map the environment and divide it into virtual honeycomb-like spaces. A new paper suggests the system creates cognitive space maps for analysis not only of the external environment, but also of the internal one. Image Credit: vitstudio / shutterstock.com Perhaps the greatest mystery of the entire b...

Living Close to Forest Beneficial to Brain

In the age when everything natural quickly becomes trendy, the news that living close to a forest is beneficial to your brain comes as no news – we have known it for a long time. But now anecdotal evidence is backed by its scientific counterpart. German scientists found that living in a place where a lot of trees can be found in the vicinity benefits the amygdala, which means these people are theoretically better at coping with stress. Image Credit: alamy.com / RooM the Agency Having a forest nearby is a prefera...

Husband or Children: Who Stresses Out Women More?

Have you heard a joke about a husband being an extra child that doubles the stress of the woman? In fact, it is not a joke, but a reality. Image Credit: shutterstock.com / Olena Yakobchuk Over 45% women, who participated in the survey by Today, confirmed that a 7-year-old child can be stressful, but not more than a 35-year-old man behaving as a 7-year-old kid. Over 7,000 American women participated in the study, the results of which showed that the stress level of a wife and a mom is rather high, reaching on a...

How to Reduce Anxiety in 8 Minutes

A study led by David Lewis-Hodgson states that Marconi Union’s song called ‘Weightless’ has one of the most relaxing melodies in the history of anxiety-reducing songs. It is also considered as the song which can be 11% more effective than others that were also used in the experiment. Thus, today we are going to talk about how helpful or not it can be for people who struggle from stress or even anxiety. Image Credit: shutterstock.com / Antonio Guillem How was ‘Weightless’ made? If you have ever listened to this ...

How Parent Loss Affects Brain – Regardless Of Age

Losing a loved one is a thing dreaded by nearly everyone, as all other problems pale into insignificance beside such a tragedy. It is commonly assumed that children are affected by death of a parent to a more significant extent, but it is not that simple, as adults can fail to get over it too. A grief-stricken brain changes, and here is how. Image Credit: imgflip.com Adults are vulnerable too There is no need to explain that the death of a parent invariably leads to depression. Many people experience all stages o...

Impostor Syndrome: Is It Really A Thing to Eradicate?

One of the psychological terms which have recently been dusted off is impostor syndrome. Not a disorder proper, it has preoccupied the mind of many a scholar, but the true essence of the issue remains elusive. It has been blamed by most people as a hindrance to career and a thing which is not in line with the American perspective on the world. But is it something that undesirable? Isn’t its opposite even worse? Image Credit: zoho.com Impostor syndrome, which is not included in any documents and official guidelin...

Complex PTSD: An Issue Rarely Addressed

We all have heard about PTSD, which results from adversities and haunts soldiers, victims of abusers, and other people who lived through something shocking. However, besides PTSD proper, which usually follows some terrible event, there is the so-called complex PTSD caused by long-term suffering. The latter is rarely discussed, but it should be. Image Credit: shutterstock.com / SasinTipchai Complex PTSD, which is often abbreviated to C-PTSD, differs from PTSD in that the latter develops after a single traumatic...

Interesting Brain Facts that Prove Biology Not Dull

The most mysterious organ of all those a human has, the brain is a riddle which has fascinated people for thousands of years. Even advanced technologies cannot help us reveal all its secrets, and while there is a lot to discover, the brain will probably remain a tough nut to crack. Still, some of the facts about it we know are really interesting, and you may find them curious even if you have always hated biology lessons. Image Credit: bigstockphoto.com / LexxIam Fact #1 The brain is quite heavy, as it wei...

Talking to Pets and Inanimate Objects Absolutely Normal

Have you ever called your dog a good boy? We bet you have. While everyone around may be calling you nuts because of your talking to animals, it turns out such behavior is not a sign of stupidity, but a hallmark of intelligence characteristic of the human brain. The next time you are told talking to pets as if they were humans is pointless, refer to this article. Image Credit: shutterstock.com The human brain is constructed in such a way so that it would make an attempt to interact with anything that has eyes as...

Can Adults Suffer From Reactive Attachment Disorder?

RAD is a condition diagnosed in children who do not receive enough nurturing from parents or caregivers and thus do not establish bonds with them. The condition affects the child’s relationships with other people significantly, and the effects are long-lasting, so adults can suffer the consequences of their parents’ failure to provide them with an appropriate environment and care in childhood. Image Credit: depositphotos.com / zurijeta Reactive attachment disorder is a condition that develops in infants, toddl...

Breaking the Vicious Cycle: How Consumer Aspirations Can Make You Feel Bad

Have you ever given some thought to the way you purchase things? Do you always want the best? Is it the cheapest option that appeals to you? What drives your consumer compass? While all these things may seem to be far from health issues, it appears that striving to buy only the best–especially if it only seems to be so–can affect your mind and body. Image Credit: fr.depositphotos.com / kjekol How low are your standards? Do you refuse to buy things which are not the best ones available on the market? In our ...

Mindfulness Can Help Treat Depression

Oriental practices have been gaining popularity for quite a long time, but the effects they produce on the brain remain elusive. Several new researches are being carried out to uncover what mechanisms are behind mindfulness and meditation, and what changes they trigger in the brain. Preliminary findings suggest such practices can help those with depression, anxiety and PTSD. Image Credit: Dima Sidelnikov / iStock Oriental practices have been gaining popularity for quite a long time, but the effects they produce...

5 Foods to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

One of the paradoxes of the modern world is that while most people are so tired and stressed that they desperately need relaxation, they fail to fall asleep when their head touches a pillow. To prevent another sheep-counting session, you can try eating certain foods that promote sleep – and avoid the ones stealing it, such as coffee and protein-rich and spicy food. Image Credit: alimentazionesportiva.it The question of whether foods containing melatonin and tryptophan can induce sleep is a controversial one. That...

Arts and Health: How Art Courses Can Help Primary Care Patients

The notion of treatment goes far beyond taking pills and undergoing surgeries: it is the mental wellbeing that should also be improved in any patient. However, this aspect of treatment is often neglected when healthcare budget is being drawn up. A new research corroborates the theory that overall wellbeing of patients can be improved significantly by means of engaging in creative activities. Image Credit: hospivacare.co.uk Art is often considered to be something that can be beneficial, but it’s a thing that is ...

Handiwork Makes You Happier

Let’s admit it: we’re stuck in virtual reality and keep on pushing buttons on a daily basis. The overwhelming majority of people have desk jobs and rarely remember they can use hands not only for typing, but also for creating. A recent research corroborates the theory that handiwork triggers processes in the brain that make you feel happier. Image Credit:google images A long-forgotten joy A human being is a unity of body and mind, and the soul is affected by the body too. The interconnection of all constituent...

Tagging Patients with Dementia: Barcodes and More

In some countries, the population is aging so fast that the government has to face more and more problems associated with it. One of such issues is that the elderly often suffer from dementia in its various forms, including Alzheimer’s disease. In Japan, a new solution has been introduced: those with dementia can now use adhesive barcodes to be easier to find if lost. Image credit: gettyimages.com Tagging people with barcodes can sound like an episode from some sci-fi series. However, the reason behind it is no...

Burnout: a metaphor or a dangerous reality?

We've all experienced work stress, difficulty getting up every morning, occasional conflicts with colleagues. However, when it becomes a daily reality, work stress can turn your life into hell. Image Credit: medium.com Burnout is real Burnout is not just a metaphor for feeling exhausted: it is actually included on the World Health Organization disease list. More and more people request professional help to treat burnout and sometimes even end up in hospital when burnout takes a physical form, such as sharp...