Having practiced yoga on an off for over 30 years, I am a believer in its benefits in terms of flexibility, relaxation and strength. I do confess, however, a general ignorance of the anxiety disorder and treatments for it.
Yoga improves symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, a condition with chronic nervousness and worry, suggesting the popular practice may be helpful in treating anxiety in some people.
Led by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, a new study found that yoga was significantly more effective for generalized anxiety disorder than standard education on stress management, but not as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the gold standard form of structured talk therapy that helps patients identify negative thinking for better responses to challenges. Continue reading
By Emily Reynolds
The spread of bad news — fake or otherwise — is likely to be on everybody’s minds at the moment. Whether it’s legitimate updates on the spread or symptoms of coronavirus, or sensationalism more to do with page clicks than scientific fact, it can be hard to tune out of the news cycle — and to know what information you should be passing on to friends and family.
Past research has found that alarming information is likely to spread further than positive information; we’re also more likely to share news that confirms our own beliefs and biases. But what impact does the experience of stress have on the sharing of negative or alarming news? A new study published in Scientific Reports suggests a complex relationship between the two.
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Food is fuel. It isn’t the escape from our problems and stressors. In fact, if we fight stress with food we end up increasing our problems as we increase our weight and waist lines.
Jennifer LaRue Huget writes “Eat, Drink and be Healthy” regularly for the Washington Post.
In one very interesting column she talks about some of her issues with what she calls ‘downsizing.’ You can read it for yourself by clicking the link. I wanted to share a couple of paragraphs here that I think really sum up the situation beautifully for all and each of us.
A bowl of Cheez Doodles
“When you learn, as I recently have, to start regarding food as fuel for your activities and not as a shield from life’s difficulties, you’re forced to start facing the things you were using food to hide from.
“That means having the unsettling discussions you’d been avoiding, fighting the fights you’d just as soon have skipped. It means sitting down at the computer and doing your work instead of buying time with a big bowl of popcorn. And it means staring down fears, working to resolve nagging problems instead of hushing them with a chocolate bar.
“None of that has been fun. It’s so much easier to dive into a bag of Cheez Doodles (or, better yet, one of those big buckets of Utz Cheese Balls) and wash it down with a stack of Oreos than to figure out how you’re going to afford college for both kids.
“The thing is, though, you’ve got to confront all those issues eventually. And it is much easier to do so once you’ve gained the confidence that comes with finally being in control of your weight.”
Food for thought.