Choking Under Pressure Source: https://www.wired.com/2010/09/the-tight-collar-the-new-science-of-choking/ Have you ever “choked under pressure”? Maybe it’s a sport, musical performance, a contest, job interview or an exam, and you really wanted to do your very best. Possibly there was an audience, or even if alone, a good performance was critical to your self-esteem. You may have spent a long time preparing for this moment and now it was here. You reminded yourself over and over that you had to do your best. You could feel the intense pressure; all your attention and energy was channeled into your performance. With great effort and determination you step forward but then disaster strikes. You blow it! You mess up and experience one of the most shameful moments in your life. I’m sure you can relate to this experience. There are several times in my life when I “choked under pressure”. We … [Read more...] about Negative Thoughts and the Mental Control Paradox
How physical health affects mental health
Home Health Wellness Wellness oi-Amritha K By Amritha K on December 15, 2019 While the preparation for one's wedding day is primarily focused on the aspects of attire, gifts, decorations, invitations, venue, looks, photographs and alike, one of the major aspects is often overlooked; and that is premarital health check-up. A premarital health check-up is a test that offers an important health assessment of soon-to-be-married couples. The test includes checking for genetic, infectious and transmissible diseases, to prevent the risk of transmitting any disease to each other and their children [ . It helps the couple in taking care of each other and their combined family. Although everyone should undergo a preventive health check-up once every year, a premarital check-up can be done about six months before the wedding. The test aids in identifying injuries, genetic blood diseases, such as sickle-cell anaemia - or infectious diseases, such as hepatitis B, C, and HIV/ … [Read more...] about What Is The Importance Of Premarital Health Checkups?
“I want you to tell people what Cubans are really like,” said Marta, the manager of the new hotel Chateau Blanc in Havana. “I am not sure you can generalize about people in a country,” I protested. “Well, you are going to be traveling around Havana and then destinations outside of Havana. You will see for yourself. And then you can write about it.” Marta is a self-confessed, proud communist. “People in your country are afraid of communists, so I am happy to talk with anyone to explain. Before the revolution here, my family suffered a lot. We were poor. We couldn’t afford medical care or education. Since the revolution, everyone has access to free medical care and education. And everyone has a ration card, so there is no one starving. Every month, no matter who you are, you present your ration card, and you get food.” Those were Marta’s words, but her actions spoke more loudly. When I left the hotel, I handed her money … [Read more...] about What I Learned From Cubans About Mental Health
Since 1969, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) and other advocacy groups have been working to improve quality of life for, and end stigmas and bias against, overweight men and women. The value of accepting yourself at any size lies in better mental health and more dignity and self-respect, but as it turns out, size acceptance can also lead to better physical health and, quite possibly, weight control as well. Accepting yourself at your current weight is simply a change in approach toward weight control. It’s a non-diet method wherein you shift your focus from weight loss to good health, regardless of your size. The non-diet approach to good health and weight control includes mindful, or intuitive eating. That means teaching yourself to eat in response to your own internal cues of hunger, fullness and appetite, rather than formally restricting the type or amount of food you eat. It is actually a less restrictive approach. Health at Every … [Read more...] about Size Acceptance, Intuitive Eating, and Weight Control
Source: Consciousness Awakening by Ralph Buckley/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 "Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality" -Carl Sagan It appears that we are approaching a unique time in the history of man and science where empirical measures and deductive reasoning can actually inform us spiritually. Integrated Information Theory (IIT)—put forth by neuroscientists Giulio Tononi and Christof Koch—is a new framework that describes a way to experimentally measure the extent to which a system is conscious. As such, it has the potential to answer questions that once seemed impossible, like "which is more conscious, a bat or a beetle?" Furthermore, the theory posits that any system that processes and integrates information, be it organic or inorganic, experiences the world subjectively to some degree. Plants, smartphones, the Internet—even protons—are all examples of such systems. The result is a cosmos composed of a … [Read more...] about Neuroscience’s New Consciousness Theory Is Spiritual