Addiction is among society’s major problems. It can ruin a person’s life as well as the people around them. Many factors contribute to a person’s addiction, one of which relates to family history and genetics. All of us are genetically predisposed to addiction, more so if we tend to find pleasure in doing a certain thing over and over again. However, not all people suffer the same effects of addiction as others. For example, some may develop addiction immediately, while others don’t until much later in life.
A study in 2009 found that engaging different hobbies like reading, knitting, quilting, biking, or even playing video games could reduce the risk of developing memory loss by 40 percent. In fact, those who watch less than 7 hours of television per day were 50% less likely to develop memory problems than their counterparts. Taking up new hobbies can help boost your mental health and fight the risk of dementia.
Less than one week ago, scientists at Yale University identified an actual ‘home’ for the spiritual experience. The sense of belonging to something larger than oneself is found at the parietal cortex, as indicated through fMRI scans. This groundbreaking study is just one of many carried out into spirituality, which has been found to help boost mental health. One area in which it holds great promise, lies in helping parents survive arguably the biggest loss of all: the death of a child and the sadness and anxiety it provokes.
Countless people have been touched by cancer, whether through their own battle or that of a loved one. For many, fighting cancer is the hardest thing they’ll ever do. If you’re facing your own cancer journey, the most important thing you can do is make your own personal wellness a priority by taking care of your physical, mental, and spiritual health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 15 million people in the United States are affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung condition that affects one’s breathing and can develop into a life-threatening disease. In fact, a lot more people may already be living with this condition without their knowledge.
This week is the beginning of the holiday rush – Thanksgiving, holiday parties, school parties, get-togethers, Christmas, New Years – the list goes on and on! And while it is certainly the most wonderful time of the year, it can be difficult to navigate your food choices when there are so many tempting options. But I’m here to tell you that the holidays don’t mean you have to fall off your healthy path – you CAN make good choices and enjoy the holidays at the same time! Check out my Thanksgiving tips below and the Holiday Survival Guide.