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The Benefits of Hobbies

The Benefits of Hobbies

Some people think of hobbies as a waste of time that provide little benefit to life; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Whenever I have a friend who is depressed or is just going through a tough time, I always ask what they do for fun. Most of the time they reply “nothing”, which in many cases is a cause of the depression. I immediately tell them to find a hobby; there is no better way to get out of a slump than to find something you enjoy doing.

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Scientists Link OCD to Immune System Problems

Scientists Link OCD to Immune System Problems

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a debilitating mental illness. People with OCD feel great anxiety. They’re trapped in a loop of repetitive thoughts known as obsessions.

Many OCD patients seek relief from these obsessions by engaging in compulsive behavior. Such behavior involves performing repetitive tasks such as counting or hand-washing.

But new research provides insight into potential causes of OCD. During the past few years, scientists have learned that this anxiety disorder may be linked to immunological problems.

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Help Curb Cat Spraying

Help Curb Cat Spraying

Spraying is a problem that should be remedied quickly to avoid repeated behavior. Whether your cat just began ‘marking his territory’ in this unpleasant manner or you’ve come in contact with a neighbor’s cat with this bad habit, there are natural ways you can help put a stop to it.

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Can a Massage Relieve Your Headache?

Can a Massage Relieve Your Headache?

Tension often leads to headaches. In fact, there’s one headache known as the tension-type headache.

Not too long ago, a study was done to see if massage therapy could alleviate the psychological problems that might cause tension headaches. The authors, scientists Albert Moraska and Clint Chandler, hired therapists to massage sixteen volunteers and reduce anxiety, depression, and stress in those study participants.

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Stress Less About Money this Year

Stress Less About Money this Year

According to a survey from the National Mental Health Association, finances were listed as the #1 stressor, afflicting nearly half of Americans (48 percent). With health issues ranked the #2 stressor, it is highly likely that there is a strong correlation between the two, and alleviating one may subsequently improve the stress and anxiety caused by the other.

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The Mental Health Benefits of Taking a “Staycation”

The Mental Health Benefits of Taking a “Staycation”

For many, travel is the perfect remedy for escaping from the stresses of daily life. However, with rising travel costs and the difficulty of sometimes getting just a few days away from the office, sometimes we have to use our imaginations and make the most of our limited free time.

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Giving the Gift of Health

Giving the Gift of Health

If you’re like the majority of shoppers, procrastination to purchase holiday gifts may be a familiar habit. However, finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list doesn’t have to be a last-minute headache. Looking for a unique gift idea? Give the gift of health!

Whether you’re shopping for your spouse, sibling, parent or friend, a healthy gift will allow the recipient to reap benefits all year long.

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Avoiding Holiday Havoc with ADHD

Avoiding Holiday Havoc with ADHD

Unfortunately, stress is often synonymous with the holidays – and if you or a family member has ADHD, a little simple planning is crucial to surviving and enjoying the season!

Maintain a Schedule. Loss of routine is often the biggest challenge for individuals and families alike, as ADHD sufferers function best with structure. Of course, patterns will deviate as children are off from school and adults from work, and guests come and go.

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Clear Out Clutter for Clearer Thinking

Clear Out Clutter for Clearer Thinking

Many of us reserve ‘spring cleaning’ as a once-a-year project. However, if time management, concentration problems, and organization are your biggest challenges on a daily basis, clearing out distractors can help you start the year off right. Especially during the hectic holidays, straightening up can also help you unwind, as having a sense of control over environment can greatly alleviate the pressures of daily stressors. While we’re powerless over things like traffic or the weather, taking charge over a manageable variable has the ability to pave the way for less stress and clearer thinking.

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Avoid Packing on Holiday Pounds: Maximize Meals, Minimize Your Waistline

Avoid Packing on Holiday Pounds: Maximize Meals, Minimize Your Waistline

Sticking to healthy eating habits is particularly tough around the holidays. From resisting the temptation to indulge in excessive sweets of the season to limiting calorie-laden holiday party noshing, making a pact with yourself to go easy on the indulging can help avoid any unhealthy New Year’s crash diets.

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