Showing posts from July 1, 2018

Depression Signs You May Not Recognize

Shopping SpreesIs your shopping out of control? Find yourself covering up your spending? For some people who are depressed, it is not uncommon for compulsive buying -- in stores or on the Internet -- to serve as a distraction or self-esteem booster. But "retail therapy" is a short-lived high because it doesn't address underlying depression. Also be aware that shopping sprees could also be a sign of mania, in bipolar disorder. Swipe to advance 2/12 Drinking HeavilyNearly a third of people with major depression abuse alcohol. If you feel that you need to drink to cope with anxiety and depression, you may be one of them. Although a drink may seem like it provides a lift when you're down, alcohol is a depressant, so overdoing it can make depression episodes worse and more frequent. Swipe to advance 3/12 ForgetfulnessDepression may be one reason for feeling foggy or forgetful. Studies show that prolonged depression or stress can raise the body's levels of cortisol. This c…

Inspirational Quote – July 07, 2018

Nobody else gets to live your life. You’re the artist. Paint your own picture. Dream your own masterpiece into being.”

Imagine your life as a blank canvas and what happens to you the brush you paint with. Each stroke has relevance and once imprinted on the canvas nothing can be erased or corrected. It is totally your own responsibility for each and every touch the brush makes to the canvas. Much will depend on what you accomplish while you create. The people you encounter, the difficulties and disappointments, the joys and successes, will all make their own mark as you journey through life. The brush is yours alone and nobody else is allowed access to tamper with what is imprinted. Each and every one of us is an artist in the painting of their own life so let’s strive to make it a masterpiece.

Pushing Through: A Poem for Grieving Hearts

Elaine Mansfield shares how Rilke's poem, Pushing Through, helped her to manage the grief she felt with the loss of her husband. The poem gives testament to the fact that we can push through the grief into a transformation into something larger than ourselves.

Don't Make These Morning Health Mistakes

Hit the Snooze ButtonThat extra 15 minutes will help energize your day, right? Wrong. You’ll get better rest if you get up and go to bed at the same time every day. Groggy in the a.m.? Try using a sleep tracker. This wearable device can tell when you’re in a light stage of sleep and wake you when it’s easiest to get up. Swipe to advance 2/15 Stay in the DarkIt’s tempting to stay in the quiet dark of your room with the shades drawn in the morning. Don’t do it. Daylight helps your body set its clock. That helps you sleep better and helps your body fight infection and inflammation. Getting outdoors into the sunlight helps you make vitamin D, think more clearly, and exercise more. It can even make you happier. So open those shades and greet the new day. Swipe to advance 3/15 Sleep LateSometimes it just feels so good, especially when you have the time and you’ve been short on sleep. But the best way to improve your sleep over the long term is to keep a regular bedtime schedule. That means you ge…

5 Ways to Manage Pain Flare-Ups

If you live with chronic pain, one of the most important things you can do for yourself is to learn how to manage pain flare-ups. A pain flare-up is a substantial increase in the intensity of an underlying chronic pain problem. While the change in pain level can be dramatic, it is not a new pain, but rather a significant exacerbation of a pain problem that already exists.
Still, the sudden spike in pain can be so unsettling that you may worry that there is a new injury or problem, leading you to shift your attention from calming the flare-up to seeking a new diagnosis and new treatment for this “new pain” (which isn’t really a new pain at all). All of this misplaced effort allows pain to run amok.

Can Biracial People Help All of Us to Be More Open-Minded?

New research finds whites are more open to discussing race-related issues after exposure to a mixed-race individual.BY TOM JACOBS

White Americans are very good at avoiding the subject of race. “I don’t see color—I treat everyone equally” is a common way to dismiss complaints about white privilege and systematic bias. New research reveals a large and growing group of fellow citizens are uniquely placed to break through this barrier to meaningful discussion: biracial individuals. It finds American whites are more likely to acknowledge race as significant if they have been exposed to people from mixed-race backgrounds. “The multiracial population’s increasing size and visibility has the potential to positively shift racial attitudes,” writes a research team led by Duke University psychologist Sarah E. Gaither. “People may be more comfortable talking about race with a biracial individual, compared with other racial minorities.” The study, published in the journal Personality and Social Psy…

Inspirational Quote – July 06, 2018

“Trying to make someone happy who prefers the drama of being miserable, is a guaranteed way to create your own drama of misery.”

Some people are just going to be miserable and view the world and everybody in it as conspirators’ in a plot to make their existence unbearable. It won’t matter how much you do, or put yourself out for them, or even just offering a sympathetic ear, whatever. They have no intention of budging from the misery pit they have created and dug themselves into. Trust me, there is no point in trying to pry them loose or throwing them a lifeline, they’ll resist the former and ignore the latter. You’ll only be wasting your precious time and energy so why bother? They will end up dragging you into the pit with them and perhaps get some measure of happiness because then they’ll know you’re miserable too. Learn when to walk away and leave them to it. You know it’s for the best.

Pearl Fryer's Unusual Legacy

Located on a short and quiet side street of the main road entering Bishopville, the garden sits on the left side of the road and a bank of pine trees lends shade and depth at the back of the property. An archway leads visitors to the left side of the property. It was through this archway that I stepped onto Fryer's garden for the first time. In life-sized letters cut into the grass and planted with red begonias were the words "Love, Peace and Goodwill". I felt like I had come home and tears filled my eyes and my heart began to heal from grief. There is a spiritual awakening that one feels upon stepping into this sacred space created by the union of a humble man of God and the plants that he communes with each day.

How Habits Can Get in the Way of Your Goals

Habits are key to achieving your goals—but only if you don’t get tired of them, research suggests.BY CAROLINE BENNER
Along the Pacific Crest Trail, hikers who set out to complete the entire 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada are especially vulnerable to quitting at two points: around mile 100 and mile 1,000. Those who make it past mile 100 are the hikers who carve out new habits amid the challenge of their new lives: wake up, eat Pop-Tart, stuff tent into pack, walk. Wearing clothes clammy with yesterday’s sweat, squatting behind a tree to go to the bathroom, and eating ramen for dinner every night become the norm. But hikers who establish those useful on-trail habits tend to get bored of them as soon as the novelty and challenge are gone. This disenchantment often hits around mile 1,000, at the beginning of Northern California. Hiker Claire Henley Miller, who ended up quitting at mile 1,232 in 2015, described this phenomenon in her book: “It began as something new and invigorating and had…