Category Archives Mental Health

Tips for stress-free flying

Flying anxiety is very common and can affect you at any time, no matter how often you board a plane. I personally feel that anxiety between taxi-ing along the runway and resting at 30,000 feet in the air. But it used to be much worse—staying awake at night, clammy hands, pounding heartbeats all day before a flight. Everyone has their…

If you’ve ever wished your hour-long deep tissue massage could go on forever, there is a way to continue being pampered for a little longer. You could always take a relaxing and revitalizing spa vacation. Why go on a spa vacation? If the idea of being treated like royalty isn’t enticing enough, here’s why you should consider it. It’s not…

Maybe it’s the sound of the ocean. Perhaps it’s the salt air, or the feel of the sand between your toes. But there’s now proof from health experts – everybody really does feel better at the beach. A new study from the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) shows that people had feelings of “enjoyment, calmness and refreshment”…

It has long been known that laughter not only improves one’s  mood, but it also has physiological benefits such as increasing blood flow to the heart, reducing stress hormones, and improving the immune system.  British researchers have shown that fifteen minutes of laughter will enhance the level of endorphins, the body’s naturally produced pain killers. What may be surprising is…

“Adjustment disorder” is defined by psychiatrists as a reaction that causes emotional or behavioral symptoms in response to a change in someone’s environment. The causes are multiple -- a relocation, divorce, or job change -- and universally result in feelings of anxiety, panic, a sense of being overwhelmed, and/or depression. Travelers, particularly those who have experienced severe emotional stress in…

This Sunday, October 10, 2010, more than one hundred countries will recognize World Mental Health Day.  This annual observance, sponsored by World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), was created 18 years ago in an effort to raise awareness of the seriousness of mental health at national, regional and local levels around the world.  The focus of this year’s events and…

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), better known as “winter depression”, describes people with normal mental health who become depressed during the winter months.  Officially, it is a form of depression that seems to recur annually. The malady appears to be particularly prevalent among college students, many of whom spend long hours during the winter months secluded in poorly lit dormitory rooms…

College years bring opportunities to explore the world. Young adults are adept at traveling light, but today many carry the weight of living with a mental health condition. They may be traveling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or a more serious condition, or, as often happens, a new condition might emerge when an adolescent leaves home for the first…

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