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Mental & Emotional Health
January 5, 2018

Are you feeling paranoid? Here’s what to do

Do you constantly feel like someone’s watching you? Or maybe calling your name? Do you sense that danger may be upon you and it makes you intensely anxious and fearful; even if you don’t have any real evidence that it’s true? If you tend to assume that people have negative motivations, or you find yourself obsessing over trivial things that people do, you may be paranoid. Paranoid personality disorder is a long-term mental health condition. It involves intense feelings of mistrust, suspicion, and hostility toward people. The disorder makes you feel that people are constantly out to hurt or take…
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Mental & Emotional Health
November 9, 2017

Healing trauma with eye movement

Did something happen in your past that still haunts you today? None of us are exempt from life’s distressing moments – and for some, it really takes a lifetime to heal. A simple eye movement may be just what you need to overcome disruptive life experiences. Healing through your eyes Thanks to Dr Francine Shapiro, an American psychologist, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is an effective treatment to resolve symptoms of trauma and life-disturbing experiences. Feelings that linger and remain unprocessed can affect the nervous system. This can result in flashbacks, ongoing anxiety and nightmares. Trauma can make you…
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Healthy LifestyleStudy
November 8, 2017

Three keys to ace your exams this year

A new year means a fresh start! The sooner you tackle studying, the more prepared you are when exams roll around. Where do you get stuck? First, identify the area you need help with. You might have difficulty managing your time and prepping for tests. Maybe it’s memorisation that’s tricky for you. For some, it’s anxiety and nerves before the moment of truth. Figure out your major issue and then work on a fall-back plan. 1. Memorise like a pro Most of us can't store that much information in our short-term memory. At best, you can recall a 7-digit number.…
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HormonesThyroid Disease
October 25, 2017

Feeling anxious often? You could have hyperthyroidism.

Despite being one of the smaller organs in the body, the thyroid gland is one of the most powerful. Through the hormones it produces, the thyroid gland influences metabolism, breathing, heart rate, the nervous system, body weight and body temperature! With all that responsibility, what happens if something goes wrong?! Disorders of the thyroid The thyroid gland uses iodine from the foods you eat to make two main hormones: Triiodothyronine (T3) Thyroxine (T4) T3 and T4 travel in your bloodstream to reach almost every cell in the body and are responsible for regulating the speed with which your cells work.…
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Mental & Emotional Health
September 8, 2017

Treat stress, anxiety and depression with Mindfulness

Maybe someone mentioned mindfulness to you, and you were curious. But then, they said “meditation”, and your eyes glazed over. We get it. Meditation sounds like something that only certain religions, yogis and health-nuts practice. So what does it have to do with science, health and your wellbeing? What is mindfulness? Think of your mind as having different 'states' of functioning: sleep-state, focus-state, 'zoning out'-state, creative-state, stress-state, relax-state, and so on. The mindfulness-state is just another state of mind. The reason mindfulness has become so popular recently, is that scientists have discovered that this state of mind can help people…
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Mental & Emotional Health
June 23, 2017

How to help feelings of depression and anxiety

Sleepless nights. Heart palpitations. Feeling down. Irritability. These symptoms can all be linked to either depression, or anxiety. Since these conditions often overlap, it's useful to know how and why: Depression vs. anxiety Depression is feeling sad and hopeless. Anxiety is feeling fearful or panicked in situations where most people wouldn’t feel anxious or threatened. Depression is regretting the past and being preoccupied with what should have been. Anxiety is worrying about the future and what could be. Depression makes you not care. Anxiety makes you fret unnecessarily. Depression is having no energy and feeling overwhelmed by daily tasks. Anxiety…
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General knowledge
May 3, 2017

5 personality quirks that are medical conditions

Do you have one of these strange personality quirks? We all have that small tic or odd habit that makes us unique. But yours may, in fact, be a medical disorder. Read below and find out whether you check any of these boxes! 1. Paruresis You're standing next to another guy at the urinal, and...nothing. You start feeling self-conscious, try to relax, but still: nothing. Your bladder has stage-fright, also known as paruresis. Paruresis is also called ‘shy bladder syndrome’, and it means that you’re not able to urinate when people are around. This has nothing to do with your…
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Mental & Emotional Health
December 10, 2016

Get over overthinking

You can’t get over the past. Your perceived mistakes and failures are consuming your every waking moment, and you worry about what the future holds. You’re stuck in an overthinking rut, and you don’t know how to get out of it. Say hello to analysis paralysis. Overthinking is not just irritating; it can be harmful to your health. Studies show that thinking too much about everything can have a negative effect on your productivity, lower your performance, kill your creativity, rob you of your willpower, and steal your happiness. In the long run, this can lead to serious emotional distress,…
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Mental & Emotional Health
November 29, 2016

Are you scared more than other people?

Finding a stuffy lift uncomfortable is normal, but taking 10 flights of stairs to avoid taking an empty lift, isn’t. We all have different fears for different reasons, but when these fears interrupt the flow of your daily life, then you may have a phobia. Phobias aren’t just extreme fears, they are irrational fears. If you have a phobia, you may realise that your fears are illogical, but often facing, or even thinking about facing, the feared object or situation brings on a panic attack or severe anxiety. (more…)
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AnxietyMental & Emotional Health
October 25, 2016

Save yourself, from yourself

You’re sitting at reception, wondering if you are prepared for your interview. Your hands are clammy, your mind is swirling with a million possibilities of everything that could go wrong, your chest feels tight and you can’t breathe. We all feel anxious at times during stressful situations, but if the feelings of anxiety distract you from participating in everyday life, then you may need help. Anxiety causes both physical and psychological effects. (more…)
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