Ashwaganda: This is an herb from Ayurvedic medicine known for thousands of years for its ability to bring vitality to the body. It is also known for its ability to raise GABA (gamma amino butyric acid), a calming neurotransmitter in the brain, as well as stop immunosuppression. Please visit my past post on this herb. Fish oil: Fish oils directly support nervous system and immune function by helping to build the cell membranes nerve and immune cells need to function their best. One study on medical students showed how fish oil can help lower anxiety and balance the immune system by lowering inflammation. Melissa officinialis: This is an herb well-known by botanical medicine practitioners. It serves as both a soothing and immune-enhancing plant. Studies have shown how it possesses potent immune refreshing activities. A trial on patients with chronic angina has even shown how it can help significantly promote sleep, lower … [Read more...] about Immunity and the Mind: 7 Steps
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4. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can help people with sleep apnea accept and learn to use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy (a treatment for sleep apnea), which can often be uncomfortable. One study found that CBT-I helped people learn to accept and use CPAP more regularly. … [Read more...] about Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Improve Sleep
Interestingly, they found that people who move to a new country shed their old country’s level of happiness and adopt their new country’s level: “We split the responses between the locally and foreign-born populations in each country, and found the happiness rankings to be essentially the same for the two groups, although with some footprint effect after migration, and some tendency for migrants to move to happier countries, so that among the 20 happiest countries in that report, the average happiness for the locally born was about 0.2 points higher than for the foreign-born.” … [Read more...] about Would Moving to a New City or Country Make You Happier?
You don’t have to search for extraordinary moments in your world; these moments may be right before your very eyes… if you simply pay attention. Practicing gratitude is a mindset that changes the perspective of how you see the world around you. People often get stuck focusing on the negative aspects of our daily lives. Getting “unstuck” with gratitude may be useful. Some have a “gratitude stone” that they keep on their desk or in their pocket. Every time they see the stone or touch it, remind yourself of something for which you are grateful. Take a walk in nature. Take a moment to notice the ordinary moments that bring contentment and joy. Research shows that expressing gratitude bolsters its benefits. So, when you see something that inspires gratitude, let others know, offering them the gift of your appreciation. As the poet Mary Oliver said beautifully, “Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” … [Read more...] about Finding Gratitude in Challenging Times
Mental subtraction is something we all do fairly routinely, and involuntarily. Whenever life sends you into a skid but somehow you pull out—you thought you lost all your work in that computer crash, but lo and behold, it’s been saved; you find your car keys just as you’re dialing the locksmith—a kind of psychological overcorrection happens. There’s that sudden rush of appreciation. The world’s rosy hue has been restored. You feel really good. Better, actually, than if you’d never “lost” the thing in the first place. … [Read more...] about Death and Thanksgiving