Monday, December 14, 2015

Take care: power of positive thinking

Optimism is important to our physical and mental health, but what if it doesn’t come naturally? Dr. Robin Witmer-Kline, PhD, LPC at Keystone Behavioral Health and keynote speaker at the upcoming "Eat Sleep Run Grow" event, shares what to do to be more optimistic.
Some people are born with personality traits that lean more toward happiness and optimism, but the good news is, if it doesn’t come naturally, it can be learned.  Optimism also must be practiced. When someone practices anything over and over again, they become an expert at it. It’s important to try, since pessimism actually can lower the immune system which then makes a person vulnerable to disease.
Learn to change
We all experience negative thoughts from time to time based on the effects of reality; however, focusing on what you can change and taking steps toward creating a better tomorrow are important for a feeling of self-control.  However, there are some things that we cannot change, so we learn that we must change our attitude by trying to see it as an opportunity to grow. We ourselves become our own barriers or our own heroes.
When we have trouble adjusting to our situation or start thinking self-defeating thoughts, this is a sign of trouble and we may want to seek help.  We must ask ourselves “Is this way of thinking productive or unproductive?” If it is unproductive than you are exerting energy into a void—this is a signal to start making changes.
Reframe Your Thoughts
When you catch yourself saying something negative, reframe it. Instead think—I may not be where I want to be, but at least I’m not where I used to be and every day is a chance to do something to make it better.  So do a realistic inventory and then take steps to change something that is bothering you and then keep practicing it in your behaviors, and this changes your thoughts and then finally your emotions will catch up and come into alignment with the rest.
Practice, practice, practice. Optimism is on a large part a skill that must be practiced. Research has shown that anything that is practiced over and over again, will actually change brain pathways and create changes in the way we act, think and feel.  This can be both negative or positive. So practice the positive and become addicted to that!

Courtesy: Public Opinion

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Managing Stress: A Guide for College Students

 Students walking in the UHC lobby, University Health Center, University of Georgia

 Stress Management: A Wellness Lifestyle Approach

Stress is a part of life, but the healthier you are, the better able you are to manage stress when it happens. Chronic stress can impact your immune system, which lowers your resistance to getting sick. Approaching stress management from a wellness lifestyle approach can give you "money in the bank" when it comes to preventing stress, and can give you the energy you need to handle stress when it happens. The following components are part of a wellness lifestyle approach.
"Attitude is everything." What does that mean? The way you think about things can make all the difference in how you react to events. In this section, we explore how you can change the way you think in order to reduce stress.
Healthy Eating:
Good nutrition and healthy eating habits can help you through your stressful times now, not just prevent a heart attack 30 years down the road. Eating well will increase your physical, mental, and emotional stamina. Fueling yourself with nutrient dense foods can boost your immune system, help you maintain a healthy weight and help you feel better about yourself. Check out the Healthy Eating section for a quick diet assessment and ideas on how to fuel yourself better.
Physical Activity:
Physical activity provides immediate stress relief as well as long-term stress management. Just 20-30 minutes of walking a day, for example, can give you more energy, help you put things in perspective, improve your sleep, sharpen your mental productivity, and boost your self-confidence. Our bodies are made to move and everyone can find some type of activity that is enjoyable.
Relaxing Your Mind and Body:
There are a number of relaxation techniques that can help you manage stress and also improve your concentration, productivity and overall well-being.
Consistent sleep is critical for a healthy life. Although we all need varying amounts of sleep, if we do not get enough sleep, everything from our immune system to our ability to learn and remember information will be negatively affected. Sleep is as important as nutrition and exercise when preparing for peak performance.
Healthy Relationships:
Changes in relationships can be a source of stress for many students, as can feeling socially isolated. At the same time, talking with a supportive friend or family member can be helpful in coping with stress. This section emphasizes conflict resolution for stress management.
Time Management:
Sometimes all the things we have to do can seem overwhelming and impossible to accomplish. Learning how to be a good time manager is a skill that you can use throughout your life, which can make work, play and studying more manageable, more productive and less stressful. Learn about the ABCs of time management.
Alcohol and Other Drugs:
Alcohol and other drug use can lead to many problems that can add stress to our lives. High-risk use can lead to poor decision-making, impaired abstract thinking, injury and legal problems. By understanding your overall risks, you can make healthier choices.
Tobacco can impact your sleep, ability to fight infection and overall health. These issues can create stressful situations. Tobacco use by some, however, is seen as a stress reducer. In order to achieve a healthy lifestyle, it is important to learn strategies to deal with stressors and to understand that quitting tobacco use takes time and practice.
Money Management:
When you consider that the average credit card debt of an undergrad is $2,748, it's no wonder why finances are a common stressor for college students. This section offers tips on money management and credit card use.
Spirituality means finding personal meaning in your life; it doesn't mean just following a particular religious dogma. This section describes how exploring spirituality may be helpful in managing stress.

Courtesy: University Health Center at the University of Georgia

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Stress Awareness Day: Tips to get rid of stress

Every year on 4th of November, Stress Awareness Day is celebrated all over the world to increase awareness among the people about stress and how to lead a stress free life.

Stress has become very common nowadays and everyone of us experience it at some or other point in life. Things that lead us to stress is because of our tiring jobs, faulty eating habits, pollution and most of all our lethargy. Everyone reacts differently to stress.
Here are some things which can help you get rid of stress:
Walking: Walking is the best and easiest form of exercise accessible to us. One should walk daily to stay fit and healthy. Moreover, walking significantly contributes to enhanced mental health and helps you get rid of stress.
Meditation: One of the best things that can keep stress at bay is meditation. 30 minutes of focused meditation daily helps people to be resilient under stress.
Sleep well: Having adequate amount of sleep is very essential to lead a stress free life. A sleep for 7-8 hours is a must to relax your mind and reduce stress levels.
Positive thinking: Positive thinking also plays a major role in getting rid of stress. Thinking positive helps your mind ease anxiety and helps you remain calm and happy.
Eating healthy: Eating healthy food also plays an important role in maintaining good health. Eating blueberries, salmon and almonds is believed to help in combating stress. Drinking a cup of green tea or masala tea also helps to reduce stress levels.

Courtesy : ZEENEWS

Friday, October 23, 2015

There is a better solution to obesity than so-called fat taxes

Dear Students,

Are you or your family member facing problem with OBESITY??? Read this article for solution.......

A wake-up call is needed to address obesity, but it appears it is time to look for alternative solutions to a fat tax. Instead of punishing bad behavior as our health formula, we can work to incorporate how good thinking promotes health.
I'm talking about more than the general recognition that positive thinking is better than negative thinking for our well being. From my own experience, I advocate a diviner kind of thinking.
I find Jesus' advice to "take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink," and his question, "Is not the life more than meat?" very helpful in finding balance in food consumption and weight gain.
It's pretty radical advice when you consider that a significant portion of a person's life revolves around food in one way or another — from the first thought of what to eat for breakfast, to what to eat during work breaks, to planning for dinner, to scheduling grocery shopping, to deciding what to indulge in along with entertainment. Food reminders are everywhere!
It's interesting to note that these biblical admonitions are sometimes matched by secular advice not to make food the focus in mind-body workings. But doing this isn't as easy as saying it.
What's helped me most in this direction is learning that what we truly crave is divine substance — the sweet awareness of our deep relationship to the divine. That perspective, renewed regularly, isn't as easily thrown off balance during day-to-day stressful decision-making situations that might otherwise encourage poor food choices. Our true sustenance and satisfaction is from God, and holding to this idea is a potent deterrent to thoughtless or unnecessary eating.
A deeper understanding and respect of our spiritual individuality can free us from an unbalanced emphasis on food, and give us a basis for self-control. And an added benefit is that we can naturally avoid food taxes even where they are being applied!

DON INGWERSON, a Christian Science practitioner, lives in Laguna Beach.
Courtesy:  Daily Pilot

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Turning points by A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Turning points by A.P.J Abdul Kalam is definitely a inspiring sequel to wings of fire, where the journey of wings of ends with the life journey another begins with turning points . Mr kalam talks about his journey after 1992 and the challenges he has faced as the President of India and certain points of controversy for the first time. It is a must read for the lovers of this author who now has written close to 21 books in his career.
It offers extraordinary insight into the personality of the author and also the dream of making India a country with great accomplishment, skills, through perseverance, heritage and confidence beyond a developed nation by 2020 .He says this journey is a continuing saga of a individual and collective that will make us achieve this dream.
Mr Kalam spoke about the Seven turning points in life where he became the captain of the problems and defeated them to succeed.
In the opening chapter When Can I sing a Song about India ? Mr kalam speaks beautifully about the journey as the president, starting off with his last day in office like a flashback to the kind of people he met in this journey from a farmer, postman to officers and administrators. In the words of the author “ Here are a few events that lightened my horizon ,bought a smile to my lips, taught me lessons and engaged me with the love of my countrymen,
The belief of his is that the ignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource of the earth, above the earth and under the earth. In the preluding chapters he talks about his journey of how much he loves teaching and when he was in Chennai at the Anna University and the turn of his life when he was nominated for the post of the president of India and his journey and turns from there of how he thought of blending his dream about India by 2020 and the political dais he was standing on as a platform in his mind’s eye.
In his own words beautifully phrased his dream “The innocence filled with wisdom of the simple people of my land always gave me the confidence that my country will lead the world to peace and prosperity.”
The 7 turning points have been explained first one as a scientific assistant at the Aeronautical Development Establishment to Rocket Scientist at Now ISRO. The Second turning point with entry into Indian Missile Programme, third one came as he became the scientific advisor to the defence minister; the fourth point was nuclear tests well the rest I guess it’s best to find out as your journey in the books begins.
The books speaks about the journey as a visionary of India and with how responsibility comes with great powers. Well it’s a worth a read to find out more about our former President of India Mr Abdul Kalam his work and vision.

Courtesy :  Chhatrarth

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Positive Thinkers Are Protected From Heart Disease by Adhering To Healthy Habits

Humans are directly affected by the quality of their thoughts. More and more scientific studies are, thus, focusing on the effects of positive thinking. Researchers from Penn State University have recently studied positivity in relation to heart disease: does it really impact positively on the heart’s health? Find more in the paper published in Psychosomatic Medicine.
Previous research has shown that the recovery and survival rates of patients having gone through heart bypass surgery seem to be better in those who adhere to positive thinking. Conversely, breeding negative thoughts affects the health adversely. The new research deals with a similar topic: how do patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) benefit from positive emotions?
A team led by researcher Nancy Sin followed over a thousand patients with CHD to analyse the benefits of positive feelings. The psychological health of the patients was evaluated twice (at the beginning of the study and after 5 years). The participants had to rate the extent of 10 positive emotions, such as “interested”, “proud”, “enthusiastic” and “inspired”. Other variables were recorded, like physical activity, medication, alcohol, cigarette, depressive symptoms, and their heart conditions.
The results show that participants with higher positive psychological states are more likely to indulge in physical activities, and they sleep better.
They also adhere to their heart medications, and are less likely to smoke.
No link was identified between positive emotions and alcohol consumption.
The researchers explain that positive emotions thus appear to be linked with various long-term healthy habits that are associated with lower risk of future heart problems and death.
Furthermore, increases in positive emotions during the 5 years following the start of the study are correlated with improvements in physical activity, sleep quality and medication adherence.
According to the researchers, positive people might be more motivated to stick to healthy behaviours and to persevere over time. They could also be better at managing stress and obstacles.
Nancy Sin hopes their findings will lead to more research on interventions to improve health habits.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Simpler Things: Tips for the midterm mental breakdown

We all have a breaking point in college. Sometimes it involves an obscene amount of alcohol, a heaping plate full of bad decisions and a nice side of lifelong regret. And sometimes, it involves some kind of psychotic meltdown. One day, everything seems normal, then your roommate comes home to find you hysterically laughing at something most people would find only slightly amusing, like a dog wearing a funny hat — but you’ve been in tears laughing and rolling around on the floor for 30 minutes now. You know what I’m talking about, and if you don’t it's because you are new to college and will find out extremely quickly how true this is. If you are lucky, you haven’t had a complete mental breakdown yet, where you question everything you’ve ever done, what you’re doing with your life and contemplate pursuing your true calling as a beach hobo who sells balloon animals but decide against it because you haven’t fully mastered the art of balloon animal making yet, but one day. Yes, one day…
I do have three helpful tips to help you delay this inevitable break down, though. If I am too late getting to you, then maybe I can help you avoid the second round for as long as possible (Yes, there are multiple rounds. Welcome to the real world; it sucks).
1. Guilty Pleasure: If you can feel yourself on the verge of a breakdown (I’m talking something small, like the line at Starbucks being too long, someone looking at you funny or even pulling a push door that is going to send you over the edge), I encourage you to indulge in one of your favorite guilty pleasures. Whether it’s reading People magazine, eating a weird combination of junk food or people watching, do it, and do it as soon as possible. If you can avoid a meltdown by simply consuming an unknown amount of calories (do not EVER read the label if you are eating purely for comfort) or watching corny movies, then put everything else on hold and do so.
2.(Un)positive thinking: Sometimes we don’t have the luxury of ignoring the world for the day to stay sane. That means it’s time for some good old fashioned (un)positive thinking. What is (un)positive thinking, you ask? Let me enlighten you. It’s when you try your best to look at the bright side of things, end up looking at the negative side of things and yet still feel better. For example: Sure my roommate ate the last Pop-Tart, my boyfriend dumped me and my cat died, but my favorite cheap wine is on sale, and now I have a good excuse to drink. Or maybe your problems start to seem not as bad, because you see someone struggle-bussing really hard in Hodges. It’s not bad to laugh at other people’s pain if you do it in your head, right?
3.Power through: As tempting as the first two options are, to be blunt, life happens; and most of the time we have no other option but to power through. This is the most mature option of all three and is only recommended for those with zero self-hatred and a high level of self-control. That’s not to say it is impossible though. As Vols, we put the Power T in Power Through.
All three of these methods have high success rates, as long as you catch the meltdown before it begins. So just remember, as tempting as it is to drop out and chase fame through your mad vlogging skills (give up now), find something that keeps you sane and keep your head up. Even though things are hard now, and college seems like a form of torture at times, enjoy every second of it. Eventually the stress from finals and essay deadlines comes to an end when you graduate and something far worse ensues: real life.

Emily Moore is a sophomore in journalism and electronic media. She can be reached at