It used to be all about lying down on a couch in an analyst's office, but no more. With these fresh approaches to mental health gaining traction, your weekly session may be headed for an overhaul. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.
Sitting face-to-face in a room with an analyst can be intimidating, which is why Shannon Romig, a counselor in Castle Pines, CO, became a walking therapist. When you're strolling outside, you don't have to make eye contact, and you can engage all five senses. "You can stop to touch the trees, smell the flowers, and listen to the babbling creek," says Romig. "I take many clients on sunrise walks to help them forget the past and focus on the promise of a new day. Moving forward physically helps you move forward emotionally." Many studies have found that exercise helps ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. "Plus, the rhythm-left foot, right foot-helps people think. Clients say, 'It's as if my feelings were on the surface. I didn't have to dig,'" adds
It used to be all about lying down on a couch in an analyst's office, but no more. With these fresh approaches to mental health gaining traction, your weekly session may be headed for an overhaul. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.Read More »from These New Therapies Could Be Just What You Need
A little positivity goes a very long way.Sometimes it can be hard to look on the bright side of life-and those are the times when it might be most important to do so.
A recent research paper published online in September 2013 in a journal of the American Heart Association shows that even for people dealing with heart disease-the number one killer of adults in this country-a positive outlook means living longer and stronger, or as we say, living younger.
The study, which looked at 607 patients in a hospital in Denmark, found that patients whose moods were overall more positive were 58 percent more likely to live at least another five years. These people exercised more, too. The scientists can't say for sure if positivity led to exercise or if exercise improved mood, but we say that the important message is the same either way: Positive thinking and regular physical activity are really important for life (and beauty, too).
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- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 6:39 PM EDT
David Gilmour, a Canadian professor and author, doesn’t like female writers — and he’s surprised if you’re offended by that. Read More »from Professor's 'No Women' Reading List Is a 21st Century Fail
During an interview published Wednesday on Hazlitt, a Random House online magazine, Gilmour said, “I’m not interested in teaching books by women. What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. Real guy-guys…"
He added that the inevitable hand shoots up every semester to ask why he doesn’t teach female writers in his course. “I say I don’t love women writers enough to teach them, if you want women writers go down the hall,” he said.
The comment offended women, homosexual people, Chinese people, and everyone else with a social and moral compass. “Resounding facepalm of the day: Is this guy still employed by the university?!” tweeted Maria Popova. “David Gilmour's stance on only teaching white male authors is about as exhausting as trying to read through one of his novels,” wrote Jeremy Alexander. There’s even a Judge Judy GIF mocking Gilmour making the Internet
- Gretchen Rubin | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 4:38 PM EDT
When I was in college, I took a class on the culture of Heian Japan, and the one and only thing I remember about that subject is The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. This strange, brilliant book has haunted me for years.
Sei Shonagon was a court lady in tenth-century Japan, and in her "pillow book," she wrote down her impressions about things she liked, disliked, observed, and did.
I love lists of all kind, and certainly Sei Shonagon did, as well. Her lists are beautifully evocative. One of my favorites is called Things That Make One's Heart Beat Faster:
Sparrows feeding their young
To pass a place where babies are playing.
To sleep in a room where some fine incense has been burnt.
To notice that one's elegant Chinese mirror has become a little cloudy.
To see a gentleman stop his carriage before one's gate and instruct his attendants to announce his arrival.
To wash one's hair, make one's toilet, and put on scented robes; even if not a soul sees one,Read More »from Can the Simple Act of Making a List Boost Your Happiness?
- Self Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 3:40 PM EDT
by Sarah-Jane BedwellRead More »from Life-Changing Grocery Store Find: Justin's New Vanilla Almond Butter
Courtesy of Justin's As if almond butter isn't already delish enough (heck, we just showed you four new ways to eat the superfood), Justin's new Vanilla Almond Butter will rock your face off. When I picked up the jar, I couldn't put the stuff down. Likewise, our own Managing Editor JD Rinne swore that it "changed her life" after her first bite. It's a good thing it comes not only in the regular jar, but also in the new 80-calorie squeeze packs, which provide instant portion control.
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The crave-able taste of the vanilla almond butter comes from combining California-grown almonds with real vanilla and just the right amount of cocoa butter. The good news is that beyond just tasting AMAZING, a two tablespoon serving provides 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein for just under 200 calories.
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I recommend enjoying the vanilla almond butter mixed into your morning oatmeal, on a slice of whole-grain
- Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 3:31 PM EDT
by Lexi PetronisRead More »from Calling All Peanut Butter Lovers! the Sticky Snack May Boost Your Breast Health
Stephanie FoleyDid your mom or dad pack you plenty of PB&Js in your lunchbox? Well, job well done, parents--those peanutty sandwiches may have done a small part in improving your overall breast health.
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New research from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard Medical School has found that, in a study of more than 9,000 girls (from the ages of 9 to 15) who ate peanut butter or nuts twice a week or more, 39 percent were less likely to form benign breast disease by the time they turned 30. (Benign breast disease is noncancerous, but it raises the risk of later developing breast cancer.)
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The researchers aren't exactly sure why this could be--they think it might possibly because eating peanut butter or nuts takes the place of reaching for other, junkier foods (earlier studies have linked peanut butter, nut, and vegetable fats to lower breast
- Cosmopolitan.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 1:48 PM EDT
Sometimes it takes a village to get through a decade. By Anna BreslawRead More »from The 20 Women Every Twentysomething Needs in Her Life
1. The college friend who has seen you puke in your purse.
Now that you've got it together (sort of), it's good to keep those friends from the days when you were were wobbling on platform heels at Senor Frog's.
2. The childhood best friend you kind of lost touch with, but are still close to.
Some very old friendships don't require those constant catch-ups, which is a refreshing change from the current friends you are in constant text communication with ("just washed my hair!" "so weirdddd I just bought some KALE!").
3. The cool older woman.
Perhaps it is the youngish aunt who first bought you beer, or your awesomely wise former professor who currently has your dream career and once slept with Keith Richards. Someone who treats you to nice dinners, shares their wisdom, and would totally drive you to get an abortion if you asked them.
4. The co-worker/ally.
Someone to Gchat with when your boss is being insane is essential. Without her, you will develop a rage-tumor
- Rally.org | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 1:20 PM EDT
Sharria and Andrew Westphal on their wedding day, July 27.
This post is part of an ongoing series on Shine presented by Rally.org, the crowdfunding site for social good. Rally explores thousands of user stories to find and share with you their most inspiring examples of people helping people across the country and around the world.
This past summer was hardly a slow season for Andrew Westphal. In June the 26-year-old finished an 18-month preaching mentorship at the church his family has attended for years. He married his best friend from college at the end of July. Six weeks later he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, upending his expectations for his marriage, for graduate school, and for his development as a church leader.
Andrew began experiencing strange numbness and tingling around his mouth and along the right side of his body in April. By then he was engaged to his best friend of his life, and the two of them were pondering whether to remain close to his hometown of Folsom, Calif., or move to Bowling Green, Ky.,Read More »from This Week’s Rally for Good: Seeking a Cure Through Medicine, Love, and Faith
- BabyZone | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 12:28 PM EDT
Cancer doesn't discriminateCancer doesn't discriminate -- it strikes the old and young...and sometimes, the very, very young. Former Big Brother star Britney Haynes recently revealed that her two-month-old daughter Tilly was diagnosed with cancer, according to published reports.Read More »from What Will Surprise You About Infant and Toddler Cancers
"Thank you for all of the thoughts, wishes, and prayers for my precious girl. She's everything to me. #PrayforTilly," Haynes said in a recent message from her Twitter account.
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To commemorate National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, we asked children's oncologist Dr. Maitland DeLand, the author of the children's book "The Great Katie Kate Tackles Questions About Cancer," to give us an overview of the disease and how kids and their families can fight it. Check out our Q&A below.
How often are children diagnosed with cancer?
Approximately 13,400 children from birth to age 19 are diagnosed per year, with the incidence of cancer in boys being
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 12:18 PM EDT
Susan Pittard/FITNESS MagazineBy Jeannette MoningerRead More »from Why Little Lies to Your Doctor Could Hurt Your Health
There isn't a lot your body can hide in one of those crinkly numbers. Maybe that's why so many women refuse to reveal much else at doctor visits. About a third of men and women in the United States admit to lying to their M.D.'s, according to a 2010 survey. But keeping secrets can be dangerous, especially if the information you're withholding leads to a wrong diagnosis. Besides, "a doctor's job is to advocate for your health, not judge," say Gary Fischer, M.D., a general internist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Here's why it's time to tell the whole truth -- and nothing but.
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"I never smoke."
The real deal: Jean Thilmany has been lighting up a couple of times a month for the past 20 years. But because the 42-year-old Saint Paul resident doesn't consider herself a smoker, she never mentions it to her doctor. "I don't smoke often enough for it to affect my health," she says. Actually, if you puff even the
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