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Dr. Inna Mertsalova

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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In Stress and Coping

Two Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Resilience

Resilience expert Linda Graham presents two ways you can ease anxiety and fear with the research-backed benefits of self-compassion. 1. Try a Self-Compassion Break This is an exercise in shifting our awareness and bringing acceptance to bear on the experience of the moment, in the moment. It helps to practice this when emotional upsets are still reasonably manageable—to create and strengthen the neural circuits that can do this shifting and re-conditioning when things get really tough. Any moment you notice a surge…

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