Have the benefits of meditation been overhyped in the West?
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A scholar studying the relationship of Buddhism and medicine explains how the popular media has misrepresented mindfulness.
Managing your stress could help you live longer.
Emotional Freedom Techniques, known as tapping, are an approach to stress relief that more than 100 randomised clinical trials have shown is effective.
In post-secondary settings, dogs improve the emotional wellbeing of students.
Spending time with therapy dogs is a popular way for students to reduce their stress but new research informs us about how to get the most out of interactions.
New research shows how reading books can help young people escape from their sources of stress, find role models in characters and develop empathy.
Popping toys like this one can relieve stress and anxiety and are just plain fun.
Though research is still ongoing, therapists’ practical experience and adults’ and kids’ self-reflections suggest that fidget toys can be helpful for emotional and cognitive support.
Even a short walk in nature can relieve mental fatigue and anxiety. With most of us living in cities, we need urban parks more than ever to take care of our well-being during the pandemic.
Helping boys through their voice change can keep the joy of singing alive.
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Many boys stop singing at adolescence – but with the right support, they can continue to sing through their voice change and emerge as lifetime singers.
Stress about the coronavirus pandemic can actually increase your risk of infection, but exercise can alleviate the immune system’s stress response. Above, a lone jogger in Ottawa, on March 17, 2020.
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The immune system can respond to stress in ways that harm health. But there’s a stress-buster that can help keep you calm and healthy: exercise.
Many study participants reported they had smelled an absent partner’s clothing because it made them feel relaxed or secure.
Smelling a romantic partner’s clothing is common behaviour, and research shows that it may improve sleep quality, and ease stress levels.
Don’t worry the puppy.
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We know that failing to provide basic care like food and shelter is cruel, but we often overlook how disregarding the mental lives of our pets can also negatively impact their welfare.
Bach’s remedies come from his personal connection to flowers.
Bach’s rescue remedies are tiny amounts of boiled flowers mixed with brandy. There’s little surprise there’s no evidence of their effectiveness.
Many board games strengthen the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of the brains of players. This results in improved cognitive functions such as IQ, memory, information retention and problem-solving.
From dyslexia, to dementia to schizophrenia, there is evidence that playing games can help, while boosting family connections and emotional wellbeing.
Starting a new school can be stressful. But as a parent, you can help.
School can always be stressful, but starting high school for the first time comes with its own fears and anxieties. Here’s some simple advice for parents to help their freshmen navigate the new year.
Rosa and Alan Duarte at a vigil Oct. 2, 2017 in Las Vegas for the victims of the Las Vegas shootings.
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Terrorism, confusion and fear are leaving many feeling demoralized. While not quite on the level of depression, demoralization is still something to pay attention to. Here are some ways to do that.
A fern repeats its pattern at various scales.
Fractals are patterns that repeat at increasingly fine magnifications. They turn up in the natural world and in artists’ work. Research suggests they contribute to making something aesthetically appealing.