Know why you feel sluggish in the afternoon

While some people are early birds and others are night owls, one thing many people have in common is a feeling of sluggishness in the afternoon. This is in large part due to your circadian rhythm, a roughly 24-hour "master clock" that regulates hormones in your brain -- including, most prominently, the ones that make you feel tired or awake

Know why you feel sluggish in the afternoonBut you don’t just experience a physical lack of energy. Your brain’s reward processing system also takes a hit, according to a study published this week in The Journal of Neuroscience by researchers at Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology. In the simplest terms, this system is responsible for helping you weigh potential risks vs. rewards, and arrive at a decision […]

Exercise improves anxiety and mood in older adults undergoing chemotherapy

Although we know that exercise improves anxiety and mood problems in younger people with cancer, few studies have looked at the effects of exercise on older adults with cancer

Exercise improves anxiety and mood in older adults undergoing chemotherapySince most new cancer cases occur in adults aged 60 or older, a team of researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center and other institutions designed a study to learn more. Their study appeared in the June issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS). Having cancer increases the chances of people […]

Probiotics may help boost mood and cognitive function

Probiotics can do more than improve your gut health. They also may indirectly enhance your brain, too

Probiotics may help boost mood and cognitive functionResearch shows that the gut and brain are connected, a partnership called the gut-brain axis. The two are linked through biochemical signalling between the nervous system in the digestive tract, called the enteric nervous system, and the central nervous system, which includes the brain. The primary information connection between the brain and the gut is […]

Being kind to yourself can help boost your mental and physical health

A study by the Universities of Exeter and Oxford has found that taking part in self-compassion exercises calms the heart rate, switching off the body’s threat response

Being kind to yourself can help boost your mental and physical healthPrevious studies have shown that this threat response damages the immune system. Researchers believe the ability to switch off this response may lower the risk of disease. Taking time to think kind thoughts about yourself and loved ones has psychological and physical benefits, new research suggests. In the study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological […]

Simple exercises that help ease arthritis pain

Arthritis is a debilitating disease characterised by the loss of cartilage between the joints, resulting in pain and stiffness. Whilst extreme exercise can worsen the condition, gentle, low-level movement can reduce stiffness and improve mobility

Simple exercises that help ease arthritis painWhen you hurt, it’s hard to persuade yourself to move. However, regular exercise not only helps maintain joint function, but also relieves stiffness and decreases pain and fatigue. What should you do? Whenever possible, meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans by mixing aerobic activities, strength training, stretching, and balance exercises. If this is too […]

Know how yellow affects your mood

There's also something different about yellow's physical appearance. When made darker or lighter, it behaves in a way that no other primary color does, and scientists have no idea why -- but it may have played an important role in how our visual perception evolved

Know how yellow affects your moodEver heard that if you looked at the color yellow for too long, you might begin to feel anxious or irritated? Or that babies are more likely to cry in yellow rooms and a colleague sporting the color would be judged deeply? Or considered a coward? The rumors are out there, and have been for […]

Here’s why it’s good to shed tears once in a while

Research has found that in addition to being self-soothing, shedding emotional tears releases oxytocin and endorphins. These chemicals make people feel good and may also ease both physical and emotional pain. In this way, crying can help reduce pain and promote a sense of well-being

Here’s why it’s good to shed tears once in a whileCrying is a natural response humans have to a range of emotions, including sadness, grief, joy, and frustration. But does crying have any health benefits? This article explores why people cry and what health benefits crying may have. Why do people cry? Humans produce three types of tears: Basal: The tear ducts constantly secrete basal tears, […]

Explained: Why we turn to emotional eating to cope with stress

Researchers found that happy people eat typical amounts while those who are fearful or angry eat less. Researchers chalk this up to the body releasing cortisol, which preps the body for a flight or fight response, suppressing appetite. Sadness and frustration, however, encourage eating

Explained: Why we turn to emotional eating to cope with stressAfter an especially draining day, it’s not uncommon to indulge in a slice from your favourite pizza joint. Soon, that’s followed by a second slice, which is washed down with some ice cream and maybe a few cookies, too. Emotional eating is common, and the American Psychological Association estimates that about 38 percent of adults […]

Accepting unhappy emotions can uplift your mood, reveals study

The study findings state that people who habitually accept their negative emotions experience fewer negative emotions, which in turn adds up to better psychological health

Accepting unhappy emotions can uplift your mood, reveals studyOn days that you are feeling low and gloomy, one of the best strategies to prevent negative thoughts is to accept the emotions you feel at the given moment. A recent study proves that accepting your sorrows will help in lifting up your mood. While it may seem like a no brainer that calmly accepting […]