Exposure to green spaces in childhood may improve mental health of adults

Seeing greenery helps reduce unhealthy cravings for alcohol, cigarettes and junk food

The study, led by the University of Plymouth, is the first to demonstrate that passive exposure to nearby green space is linked to both lower frequencies and strengths of craving. It builds on previous research suggesting exercising in nature can reduce cravings, by demonstrating the same may be true irrespective of physical activity. Researchers say […]

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Do you feel scared quite often? Your sleep quality might be the reason

The quality of your sleep could play a role in how your brain responds to fear, which, in turn, could determine how likely you are to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small, new study suggests. People in the study who got more “rapid eye movement” (REM) sleep had less activity in the areas […]

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The new ‘mirror’ on the wall: Social media engagement, boon or bane?

Are you a troll? You could be suffering from a mental disorder

As social media has become an integral part of our lives we have to face a certain number of pros and cons which come along with it. Most people who use social media extensively complain about the trolling they face. Celebrities, politicians, journalists, eminent personalities and a layperson who expresses their opinions often face abusive […]

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This is why cleaning can be good for your health, according to science

This is why cleaning can be good for your health, according to science

By taking control of our surroundings, cleaning can be ‘an escape’ when we are overwhelmed by things like work or technology. Darby Saxbe, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at the University of Southern California, says that the physical act of cleaning up and setting things in order can be therapeutic. “We’re typing, thinking, and living […]

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Sweet smells can help curb cigarette cravings, finds study  

As health officials search for novels ways to help cigarette smokers kick the habit, they may want to consider enlisting the power of smell. Researchers found that smokers exposed to pleasant olfactory cues, like the scents of chocolate, lemon, or vanilla, had less intense cigarette cravings than those exposed to a neutral smell or the […]

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Negative emotions are as important as positive ones when it comes to #mentalhealth

A client sits before me, seeking help untangling his relationship problems. As a psychotherapist, I strive to be warm, non-judgmental and encouraging. I am a bit unsettled, then, when in the midst of describing his painful experiences, he says, “I’m sorry for being so negative.” A crucial goal of therapy is to learn to acknowledge […]

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Washing dishes is a great stress buster, state scientists

In the study, researchers at Florida State University had 51 students wash dishes. Before they started, half of the students read a short mindfulness dishwashing passage and the other half read a short descriptive dishwashing passage. The descriptive passage was straightforward, but the mindful passage focused on being present mentally for the task. Here’s an […]

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Two hours a week spent outdoors in nature linked with better health, finds study

The health benefits of being out in nature have been well-documented and will seem common sense to many of us, but until now no one has quantified exactly how much time might be beneficial. The magic number emerged from analysis of a survey of 20,000 people in England, who reported how long they spent in […]

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