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March 11, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Relaxation drinks aren't nearly as popular as energy drinks, but they're coming on strong, according to manufacturers showcasing their wares at the Natural Products Expo Friday in Anaheim. Energy drinks are hugely popular. But some have gotten a bad rap for potential side effects, especially in children and young adults, such as anxiety, heart palpitations and high blood pressure. That has opened the door to relaxation drinks, some of which may trigger their own set of health problems.
March 7, 2010 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Have you been feeling a little down lately? Maybe it's the weather. The rainy days we've had this winter just might touch off a mild case of seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that experts say generally appears during late fall or early winter, when sunshine is scarce. For serious cases, treatment includes light therapy, medications and psychotherapy. But for those of us who are just having a gloomy day or two, there are beauty products that claim to elevate mood.
December 10, 1985 | TERRY ATKINSON
"Water's Path." Paramount. $29.95. Most videocassettes--from "Beverly Hills Cop" to "Madonna Live"--try to stir us up. But the meditation-oriented record label Windham Hill has a new line of relaxation tapes meant to cool down the viewer. "Water's Path," the best seller of the bunch, is a beautifully filmed look at good old H20's course from cloud to river through waterfall to ocean, set to soothing but never syrupy instrumental sounds from the label's artists.
July 8, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
When people join their voices in song, their hearts come along for the group ride -- speeding up, slowing down and (figuratively) swelling in unison while much of the chorale's muscular movement and brain activity synchronizes as well. It's probably the same phenomenon experienced by field workers, worshipers, soldiers and attendees of sporting events through the ages. But it might also be harnessed for strengthening working relationships in teams and at schools, say the Swedish researchers who explored the effect of choral singing on cardiac synchrony.
August 30, 1985
Arthritis sufferers can learn mild exercises and relaxation techniques at several free classes throughout Orange County as part of an Arthritis Foundation program called Joint Efforts. The classes, offered mostly in the south county area, will begin in early September. They may be joined at any time by simply being present at class time.
February 17, 2012 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If you're worried that Fido will pine away while you're away, DOGTV, a new cable channel, may help both of you. The channel, launched recently in San Diego, is designed to provide companionship for dogs and reduce stress caused by an owner's absence, said Ron Levi, co-founder and chief content creator.   Although DOGTV's content isn't breed specific, Nicholas Dodman, a veterinarian specializing in animal behavior, says visually oriented “sighthounds,”...
April 27, 2013
You can't avoid stress completely, but you can keep it from wearing you down. A positive attitude, if you can muster it, is the strongest shield against stress, says Stefan Hofmann, professor of psychology at Boston University. He urges optimism instead of defeatism. Forgiveness instead of blame. Moving on instead of brooding. Perhaps above all, he says, it's important to feel like you have some control over your life and your situation. "Think of yourself as an active participant in your future.
Remember when meditating was something only hippies did? Remember when it was something only New Age crystal carriers did? No more. East increasingly meets mainstream West these days as meditation and other relaxation techniques--often with roots deep in Eastern philosophies--gain acceptance and credence among Americans ranging from true spiritual seekers to yuppie Type-A's just trying to relax.
February 24, 1985 | DALE POLLOCK, Times Film Writer
"You're going to take them?" That was the usual response when we told friends and relatives that our three children would go with us on a Club Mediterranee vacation to the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe last Christmas. Their skepticism was justified. Traveling with two boys, aged 7 1/2 and 4, and a 9-month-old girl isn't conducive to relaxation. We may have gone away on trips with our family of five, but you couldn't really call them vacations.
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