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In Stress and Coping

How Can You Increase Your Resilience?

How do we perceive stress in our lives: as major setbacks or moments of growth? Perception plays a major role in resilience. When something challenging happens, how well do you recover? Resilience is the ability to get back up after adversity. Due to the unpredictability of life, there will always be joys and sorrows. Resilient people are able to greet change and difficulty as an opportunity for self-reflection, learning, and growing. Well-being and resilience are skills one can learn and…

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In Stress and Coping

Some Facts About Anxiety

For something so common, anxiety is still massively misunderstood. There are myths and misconceptions about everything from what anxiety disorders look and feel like to what actually helps to treat these illnesses and navigate anxiety. Even though anxiety disorders are difficult, they’re one of the most treatable disorders. Yet only a third of people seek treatment, said Kevin Chapman, Ph.D., a psychologist who specializes in evidence-based treatment for anxiety and related disorders in adults and adolescents at his private practice in…

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In Stress and Coping

What are the health benefits and risk of lavender?

Lavender is grown in northern Africa and the Mediterranean mountains, often for extraction of its essential oils. The medicinal benefits of using lavender to treat anxiety, fungal infections, hair loss, and wounds have been demonstrated. Evidence does not yet support the use of lavender to treat depression, high blood pressure, nausea, menstrual pain, or eczema, among other conditions. Lavender is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and should not be taken in place of approved and prescribed medicines. Benefits Lavender oil is…

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In Personality

Can personality traits predict your longevity?

The longevity research reported that people who are persistent and careful live the longest lives. Surprisingly, to live a long life you do not need to be particularly happy. In fact, the people you might expect to live longest — cheerful, happy-go-lucky types — actually have the shortest lives. The reason is that cheerful, laid-back people tend to be more careless about their health. Persistent and conscientious people, though, get that check-up and are more committed to their work. The…

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