Source: Image by Tumisu, pixabay. Paths to Brain Health “Dementia” may seem like a gloomy topic but preventing it can be satisfying and, at times, even fun. In my previous blog , I summarized the extensive research behind 12 lifestyle choices that can protect your brain. In brief, these “Terrific Twelve” are: 1. Reduce alcohol consumption. 2. Avoid head injury . 3. Breathe clean air; stay in on polluted-air days. 4. Provide access to early- childhood education . 5. Correct mid-life hearing loss. 6. Monitor and reduce high blood pressure. 7. Maintain a healthy weight. 8. Quit smoking ; avoid inhaling second-hand smoke. 9. Find help for depression and anxiety . 10. Prevent social isolation by connecting with others. 11. Exercise and stay active. 12. Manage and/or reverse diabetes. These twelve lifestyle factors account for a whopping 40% of dementias. This blog will focus on an additional 10 surprising and pleasurable actions anyone can take to reduce … [Read more...] about 10 Odd and Fun Activities That Keep Your Brain Healthy
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“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.”—J.M. Barrie Life is complicated. We are all dealing with an enormous amount internally and externally, personally and societally. Getting "clarity" for most people is a faint wish. What even is clarity? How do you get it? And why should it matter? From a motivation standpoint, it's difficult to be motivated unless you're clear on where you want to go and clear on how you'll get there. From a "hope" perspective, it's nearly impossible to have hope unless you see a future you want, and believe there is a path to getting there. A crucial aspect of clarity, then, is ultimately deciding what you want. Then, you must decide how you're going to get it. You must also decide what in your life needs changing. Where you need to place your focus. The Clarity Field Guide Source: Benj Miller … [Read more...] about How To Get Clarity and Make Important Decisions
Home Yoga spirituality Festivals Festivals oi-Subodini Menon By Subodini Menon | Updated: Saturday, July 25, 2020, 12:05 [IST] Nag Panchami is observed on the Shukla Paksha Panchami in the Shravan month according to the Hindi calendar. This year, the day is falling on 25 July (Saturday). The muhurta (timing) for the puja will be between 05:39 AM to 08:22 AM. Nag Panchami, also known as Naga Panchami and Nagar Panchami is a festival dedicated to the worship of snakes. The festival usually falls on the fifth day of the bright fortnight or the waxing moon in the month of Shravan. Hinduism has always honoured nature and its flora and fauna. Among nature's creatures, snakes hold a special position of reverence. They have always inspired awe in the minds of people and have always been feared and admired at the same time. On one hand, we have Vasuki, the beloved snake that adorns Lord Shiva's neck and Ananta, the … [Read more...] about Nag Panchami 2020: How To Observe This Festival
Source: K. Ramsland It’s been a while since a major mass murder has dominated the news. There’ve been shootings, to be sure, but the absence of large public gatherings during the pandemic seems to have discouraged personal-cause killers with big ambitions. Yet we’re still building and analyzing databases. We still hope to identify key factors for intervention and public policy decisions. One group of researchers recently provided a comprehensive analysis that corrects some negative perceptions. Let’s look back. During the 1970s, Dr. Donald Lunde, a Stanford-based psychiatrist, examined several cases of mass murder to pinpoint the potential for intervention. At the time, he’d been in position to interview three different types of multicidal offenders in Santa Cruz, CA: mass murderer John Linley Frazier, spree killer Herbert Mullin, and serial killer Edmund Kemper. With little data, he made sweeping claims. “Mass murderers,” Lunde wrote in Murder and Madness , “are almost … [Read more...] about Is There a Link Between Madness and Mass Murder?
“ COVID-19 robbed us of our goodbyes,” says psychotherapist Dr. Joy Miller of Peoria, Illinois, “My friend was suddenly gone without warning. How do I say goodbye? I can’t travel. We aren’t allowed to gather, and I will never see him again. I don’t know what to do. I feel lost and empty, as if my heart is being ripped from my body.” Self-distancing has created a new normal for how we mourn the losses of our loved ones. Source: Milada Vigerova/Unsplash Grief is a lonely and isolating experience in and of itself. And human contact is essential for healthy and full psychological closure. With added self-distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, grief can be compounded and prolonged. In the midst of heartbreak, Miller finds the loneliness of grieving compounded by the double whammy of self-distancing. Unable to embrace or be embraced by those who share her loss, she must draw upon her own creativity and resources for comfort. Miller—founder and CEO of the … [Read more...] about The Impact of Virtual Grieving