June 3, 2013 |
If you suspect you're not getting enough sleep, you're probably right: A new survey says 83% of Americans don't get a good night's sleep on a consistent basis. Why not? Stress and anxiety were cited as the top reason by 48% of the 1,008 adults interviewed by the polling firm Harris Interactive. In addition, 47% of those surveyed said they simply weren't able to turn off their thoughts. Science and Health: Sign up for our email newsletter Among other culprits: * 38% of Americans said pain interfered with their ability to catch the necessary ZZZZs.
May 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Even as some Democrats argue that the politics of the gun issue have swung in favor of gun control advocates, the first ad on the topic run by one of the party's senators highlights his vote against expanded background checks for gun purchases. The message from Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas reflects the challenge to both conservative Democrats and backers of gun restrictions in the next election. Pryor, who faced no Republican challenger in his last campaign, is now emphasizing his independence from the bulk of his party as he girds for a difficult race for a third term.
May 28, 2013 |
Anxious travelers can turn to a special music playlist to help alleviate their stress this travel season, thanks to Spotify . The music streaming service commissioned a special study to investigate the type of music that best helps calm nerves, and they found Adele's “Someone Like You” to be the perfect song for nervous fliers. The study was carried out by anxiety psychologist Becky Spelman of the Private Therapy Clinic in London. Spelman's research found that slowing down breathing to be in time with music with a slow tempo - ideally around 60 beats per minute - helps lower a person's heart rate and blood pressure and reduce anxiety.
May 25, 2013 |
Want to lose weight? Redecorate. Really? Really. Conventional furniture is part of the obesity problem, a growing number of scientists now say, but with the right changes it can be part of the solution. Rising to the challenge, designers are creating new styles of furniture, some meant to encourage perpetual motion and some meant to discourage perpetual eating. PHOTOS: 17 ways to fight the inertia, step by step "With all our products, we try to invite users to move more," says David Kahl, owner of Ergo Depot, which sells furniture online (www.ergodepot.com/)
May 20, 2013 |
It's 15 minutes before the start of a pressure-packed Southern Section Division 1 baseball first-round playoff game. Some players are feeling a little nauseated as the reality of what's at stake begins to sink in. Not Jake Bauers of Huntington Beach Marina. He's smiling at the crowd and tipping his cap, and is seemingly oblivious to how important the game is. He steps to the plate in the first inning against Norco, and on the second pitch, he blasts a fastball so far over the right-field fence at Marina that it might land on the 405 Freeway a couple of miles away.
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May 15, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - The graduation rates of UC students came under more scrutiny Wednesday as Gov. Jerry Brown urged administrators and faculty to prod more undergraduates to earn a degree in four years, not six. Brown recently proposed giving UC and Cal State more funds if they increase their graduation rates by 10% by 2017. UC leaders have said that is an admirable but unreasonable goal and that such issues as students' outside employment and their desire to take double majors slow them down.
May 3, 2013 |
Feeling so stressed you can't concentrate? Try stepping back a moment and thinking about what's important to you. That's the conclusion of a study published recently in the journal PLOS One that examined the beneficial qualities of self-affirmation in times of heart-pounding stress. Mind you, this isn't the Stuart Smalley "doggone it, people like me!" style of self-affirmation, but it's easily practiced in everyday life, says lead author J. David Creswell , an associate professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
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.
April 27, 2013 |
We all know the face of stress: the clenched jaw, the furrowed brow, the intense stare. And, really, it's not a bad look. We all do some of our best work under pressure. Adrenaline and other stress hormones give us the kick start we need to meet deadlines and generally get ahead in life. But when stress runs too hot for too long, the look changes. People who are stressed for years don't merely appear driven or focused. They look beaten down. In large doses, stress can wear the body and speed up the clock on aging.
April 23, 2013 |
Shakira's baby weight is causing un poquito de stress because of the singer's career. The Colombian singer, who serves as a mentor on NBC's "The Voice," gave birth to her first child, Milan, on Jan. 22 then had to get back in the national spotlight just two months later when she and Usher replaced Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green on the singing competition. "I mean, I guess our mothers and grandmothers weren't under the pressure that women of today are after delivering a baby," she said at NBC Summer Press Day in Pasadena on Monday (via Us Weekly and People )