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Overcoming Fear & Anxiety

Fear! Anxiety! Most of Us Have Experienced

these emotions at one time or another. They are not all bad. There are times when they can actually be beneficial in that they can motivate us, increase our productivity, and even enable us to protect ourselves when faced with danger.

For many, however, fear and anxiety are a problem. Some health experts report that fear and anxiety have increased in the United States since 9/11 and heightened even more with the economic downturn in our world.

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Living Free: Finding Freedom from the Habits that Hurt

Habits—we all have them. American author Elbert Hubbard said: “Habit is the great economizer of energy.” He was exactly right.

Habits are our friends—when they’re good ones. Habits are routines that help us perform multiple tasks with minimal mental effort. They help us repeat safe and effective behaviors, and build consistency and security into our lives.

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Free At Last! The Healing Process of Forgiveness

Forgiveness Promotes Health

Studies show that people who forgive, as contrasted to those who harbor grudges and anger, have slower heart rates, lower blood pressures, improved sleep, and less stress and depression. They have less somatic complaints like headaches and muscle pains. They generally have better working relationships with others than those who do not forgive. In contrast, holding a grudge places a significant amount of stress on your body just as any major stressful event would. Just imaging forgiving an offender significantly improves blood flow to the pre-frontal cortex, the CEO of the brain.

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Does Your Gut Shape Your Mood?

Not only do the myriads of bacteria in the gut help the body to digest food and stimulate the immune system, they also impact your mood. Seriously, your intestines host a 2000 known different species of bacteria.  Each person has a different proportion of bacterial species and strains in his or her gut.

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New Weapons to Combat Depression

Globally, the World Health Organization estimates that depression affects more than 100 million people. The use of antidepressants is only fully effective in about 30-40 % of depressed person, initially. One-third of depressed individuals remain so, even after using 3 or 4 anti-depressants. Now new strategies are emerging as powerful weapons against depression. What are they? Practicing positive activities (PAIs) may serve as an effective, low-cost treatment for people suffering from mild depression.

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Could Optimism Improve Your Health?

Optimism leads to a hardiness that prolongs health. The Universities of Helsinki and Turku along with the University College of London did a large observational study assessing the protective effects of an optimistic outlook on health. They found that individuals who scored high on optimism questionnaires reported fewer sick days after a major life event (severe illness or death of a spouse or family member) and recovered more quickly than those who scored low on optimism. In other words, they found that optimism can assist in coping with major negative life events more successfully.

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Mental Strategies for Overcoming Anxiety

You don’t have to get stuck in your anxiety. Change the way you think and tackle your anxiety with four easy steps.

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental disease in the United States. In 2015 more than forty million Americans suffered from some form of anxiety disorder. Worldwide, one in thirteen individuals experiences an anxiety disorder.

The Brain in Anxiety

Unfortunately, anxiety disorders change the brain’s hierarchy. Ideally, the brain should govern from the top down. The anterior portion of the front brain (prefrontal cortex) should determine what is good and bad, and discern and define legitimate fears and concerns from ungrounded ones.

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Citrus: Brain Boosters and Mood Enhancers

Flavonoids, such as those found in citrus and kiwi, have been shown to be highly effective in preventing age-related cognitive decline in both animals and humans.Besides protecting brain cells from free radical damage, they provide multiple ways of protecting brain cells from inflammatory assaults commonly seen in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Kiwifruit contains several useful compounds that promote sleep.

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