Sleep plays a significant role in promoting good physical and mental health as well as a quality lifestyle throughout your life. During sleep, your brain refreshes while it also prepares for other tasks ahead.
In other words, sufficient sleep helps the body to function normally while at the same time maintaining excellent physical health.
Against this backdrop, some studies show that there is a link between lack of quality sleep and repetitive negative thoughts and anxiety. The main reason for this assertion is that poor sleeping habits alter the standard functions of some parts of the brain. Thus, lack of sleep has a link to negative thoughts, depression, anxiety, and suicide. [click to continue…]
When I was merely 18 years old, my life took an extremely tragic turn. One night my father went missing and a month later, he was found as a suicide victim. Though I like to pretend sometimes that my father’s death did not affect me, I have noticed that I have developed a more severe anxiety attached to my health.
For as long as I can remember, I have been the person to worry about every mole, cut or headache. I do just have a predisposition to worry about everything and anything. I hate to say that I am guilty of googling my symptoms and convincing myself that I am terminal, then hurt my wellbeing by considering my apparent demise.
Though, something changed in me when my father passed. I think that it has something to do with the suddenness of how it all happened. It really put life into perspective for me and took off those teenage immortality goggles that I had been relishing in for years.
I had never considered that people that I knew could pass suddenly and at a young age, that thought reminded me that I had no control over death and I have no idea when my time will come. [click to continue…]
Anxiety is the feeling of fear, worry, or unease and can be termed as a sequel to stress. About 40 million U.S. adults suffer from anxiety, as the per reports of Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Almost all of us have experienced tension and restlessness at some point in our lives. However, if one suffers from constant worry, insomnia, difficulty in concentration and more, for more than six months, doctors diagnose it as symptoms of anxiety disorder.
In case you are suffering from this problem, do not panic, you are not alone!
There is no specific reason behind anxiety. Most often, it comes without warning and may not be something you can expect or control. The symptoms and intensity also differ from one case to another. Many people get very anxious at the thought of mingling in a party whereas for others the reason might be uncontrollable, intrusive thoughts.
A few people may even live in a constant state of tension, worrying about almost everything, even inane things. Rather than one symptom, there are a group of related conditions that doctors term as different anxiety disorders. Yet, despite the differences in forms, all anxiety disorders elicit an intense fear and panic. [click to continue…]
In a world where there is so much to deal with on a daily basis, stress and anxiety are creeping in fast to become a lifestyle menace.
Fortunately, there is a simple remedy to help avoid these above the neck problems. Scientists claim that a simple workout will not only boost your brain function but also help in relieving anxiety.
You may be wondering how a simple exercise routine can have any effect on your mental health. Well, let me fill you in. One common symptom of anxiety is tensed muscles and what we know is that exercise works on releasing tensed muscles hence reducing the feeling of worry and fear.
Second, exercise leads to the production of endorphins which are the hormones responsible for keeping you in a good mood and thus keeping anxiety at bay. Finally, studies claim that exercise can drastically reduce your body’s reaction to stress.
Let’s look a little deeper into some of the ways that exercise will help relieve anxiety: [click to continue…]
America is aging rapidly, and concerns for health care, and particularly mental health care, are at the forefront of many seniors’ minds.
In today’s world, people are very lucky to have a national health insurance program like Medicare to provide them benefits after they retire. Before Congress enacted Medicare less than 60 years ago, senior citizens had little or no coverage. Often the cost of the medical needs fell on their children and families.
With the advent of Medicare in 1965, everything changed. Not only did Medicare provide inpatient hospital benefits, but for a premium of just $3/month back then, they could purchase outpatient medical insurance that would cover a majority of their needs for physician care.