Showing posts from April 7, 2019

Bad Habits to Not Pass On to Your Kids

1/10 Parents as Role ModelsKids learn how to feel about their bodies, abilities -- everything -- from what you say and do. The most powerful way to teach them healthy habits is not with rewards or punishment. Instead, act in a positive way and model healthy behaviors. When you set a good example, you’ll help them learn good ways to feel happy and make healthy choices. Have changes to make yourself? That's OK. You can do it together. Swipe to advance 2/10 Bad Habit # 1: Criticizing YourselfNegative comments about the way you look send the message that self-esteem should be based on how your jeans fit or how much you weigh. It can train kids to find flaws in what they see in the mirror, which can set them up for self-esteem issues and poor body image. Cut out the critical remarks. Instead, talk about how good you feel when you exercise, eat healthy foods, or get enough sleep. Those are the lessons you want kids to remember. Swipe to advance 3/10 Bad Habit # 2: Emotional EatingIf you use food…

What's Making Your Face Hurt?

1/12 Trigeminal NeuralgiaA blood vessel or a tumor pushes on the trigeminal nerve at the base of the brain and makes it misfire. Or multiple sclerosis could damage the nerve’s protective covering (myelin sheath). You might have burning or shock-like facial pain, sometimes extreme. A typical “attack” lasts up to 2 minutes and affects the lower face and sometimes the nose and eye. Pain can also be ongoing. Your doctor may treat it with drugs or surgery. Swipe to advance 2/12 MigraineWith this type of headache, face pain is a common symptom. It can throb often on one side of your head and last from a few hours to a couple of days. Some people notice an “aura” of blinking lights or visual “blind spots” just beforehand. You might be sick to your stomach, and more sensitive to noise, light, and certain smells. Your doctor can help you treat it with changes in diet and sleep habits, as well as medication. Swipe to advance 3/12 SinusitisSmall hollow areas near your cheekbones (sinuses) get infected…

Cheating Happens in Our Blind Spots

By recognizing our blind spots, we can reduce the chances that we will cheat or be cheated on in our romantic relationships.

By Kelly Boys

When I was in my mid 20s I fell madly, deeply in love on a backpacking trip through Europe. We started a long-distance relationship between Vancouver, Canada, and Hamburg, Germany, and I didn’t question our strong and beautiful connection.

Then, after a few months, I learned that he had slept with his best friend.

He said it meant nothing, that our connection was everything to him and he was so sorry. While I opted to stay with him for another four years, we never quite recovered from that betrayal—he was lost in shame, and I was lost in anxiety and distrust. Then, as the relationship was deteriorating, I found myself at a party without him kissing someone I’d just met. Our relationship was over.

To be on either side of this story is heartbreaking and painful. I would never have envisioned myself or my ex as someone who would “do such a thing.” This exp…

Discovering the Sacred in Everyday Life

Tuning into the sacred of the everyday takes practice. Things around us don't suddenly become more awe-inducing but our perception of them can change. "When something is recognized as sacred, it is known to have a quality that is beyond the material, physical world. It's not subject to the mind's analysis, judgment, or interpretation." In this article by psychologist Gail Brenner, practices for opening your mind to daily graces are introduced, along with an invitation to expand your awareness through gentle reminders.

Why Your Arm Hurts

1/12 Heart AttackArm or shoulder pain can be a sign, especially if you also have pain or pressure in the center of your chest and shortness of breath. A heart attack can be sudden, but sometimes it’s gradual. The feeling might last a few minutes, or stop and return. Your stomach, jaw, back, or neck also might hurt. You could also get sick to your stomach, lightheaded, and clammy with sweat. Call 911 if you notice these symptoms. Swipe to advance 2/12 Carpal Tunnel SyndromeNine tendons and a nerve (called the median nerve) pass through a tube called the carpal tunnel that goes from your forearm to your palm. Repeated movements, like texting, typing, or video gaming, can inflame the tube and push on the nerve. This could cause pain, especially in your forearm. You might also notice numbness, tingling, and a weaker grip. Swipe to advance 3/12 TendinitisMaking a motion over and over again, like when you turn a screwdriver, pull weeds, or swing a hammer, can create tiny tears in the tendons that …

Caregiving: A Nascent Social Revolution

Caregivers and receivers are modeling how to integrate health care into daily life at home. They are the innovators, and creators of dynamic communities of support. "Community and care are inexorably linked. Care can never fully be rendered only by expert providers in formal settings but by a growing recognition that care is a democratic act that is about what we 'give', what we 'receive', and what we can 'create' together."

How We Can Fight Prejudice Against Muslims

In the wake of the Christchurch shootings, researchers and activists continue to work on fostering acceptance toward Muslims.

By Zaid Jilani

During the terrorist attacks on September 11th, I was a middle school student in a suburb outside Atlanta, Georgia. I recall my teacher breaking down and crying, and lots of students going home early, even though I stayed through the school day.

What I remember most from the days that followed was the outpouring of support from friends and the community, most of which was not Muslim like my family was. I remember my father telling me about a friend of his, a Southern man, assuring him that if anyone threatened our family, we should alert him and he would take care of it. In those moments, I saw that even in the face of a terrorist attack intended to polarize society, Americans were capable of coming together and putting aside differences to show solidarity for each other.

While my family experienced only goodwill, there was a jump in hate crimes and …

Mary Webb and the Joy of Motion

Mary Webb, an English writer of the early 20th century was an acute observer of nature and her multi-dimensional splendor.Diagnosed with Graves' disease at the age of 20, Webb soon discovered that nature played a powerful role in her periods of recovery. 'The Spring of Joy'compiles a series of essays on nature, penned by Webb with the aim of bringing comfort to'the weary and wounded in the battle of life.' They are a testament to one woman's capacity to bear witness to the vast record of nature and to draw nourishment from it that continues to benefit readers far beyond her lifetime. The following is an excerpt from The Spring of Joy: A Little Book of Healing.

Dear Christine: How Do I Deal with My Son’s Substance Abuse?

Concerned parents confront the fact that their son may be addicted to drugs and alcohol.

By Christine Carter

Dear Christine,

We are writing you about our son, who is in his second year of undergraduate study. He has found his niche in the Greek system, and it is something he is passionate about. He loves the people and the camaraderie.

What is worrisome to us is that along with his entrance into the Greek system, his use of drugs and alcohol has grown. His marijuana and drinking habits, which had been somewhat frequent in high school, have become significantly more pronounced. While he has been away much of the time since he began college, when he is back at home, his unhappiness seems intense and he seems to only be able to get in a good mood when he has had something to drink or smoke, which is often. He also avoids interaction with people by spending time on screens.

We have always tried to be supportive parents, and had felt that over the long arc of his life he appeared to be growing …