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Month: September 2017

Four Ways Movies Can Relieve Stress

During the work week, you might encounter all sorts of different stressors. Such anxieties can lead someone down the path of addiction. Making sure your loved ones do not become overwhelmed could be one of the best deeds you do during National recovery Month. Nothing is straightforward in today’s world. You may have big projects or evaluations that might be weighing on your mind. Even after work, you still need to complete the other functions of your day. This might be anything from running errands to having a social life. Functioning successfully could depend on your ability to manage...

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The Importance of Empathy in the Workplace

The world would be a better place with more empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand other people’s emotions and what they’re thinking or feeling. Empathy helps us better connect with those around us. However, with the rise of cyberbullying, the divisiveness in our current political climate, and increasing tensions in the global environment – it seems empathy, in general, has been in a decline. One place where we can start to bring empathy back is in the workplace. While the office can often be a competitive environment where everyone is working hard to advance their own careers, there...

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Does Television Hurt or Help Your Brain?

In a 2013 study conducted by Tohoku University, neuroscientist Hikaru Takeuchi and other researchers found that the brains of more than 200 children between the ages of five and eighteen had lower verbal IQ scores because of the thickness of a number areas of their brains, including the septum, hypothalamus, visual cortex, and the sensorimotor area. Such areas are responsible for vision, arousal, aggression, and emotional responses. The thickening of the frontal lobe region (frontopolar cortex) can lead to the decline of verbal IQ scores that showcase language and vocabulary skills. Watching television could affect one’s eyesight, which in...

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The Importance of Counselors After a Natural Disaster

It’s been a rough month for the South. Hurricane after hurricane has pummeled the southern beaches of Texas and the Florida peninsula. With the addition of the earthquakes in Mexico, and lost villages (or entire islands) in the Caribbean, it almost feels like the world is falling apart at the seams. In the States, it will most likely take months to recover, and billions of dollars in emergency funding before many Floridians and Texans can get back to their normal lives. Even now, rescuers are still trying to pick apart the torn up towns of Naples and Hollywood, FL,...

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Four Reasons to Try Running for Mental Health

It’s common to hear that running can be a great way to relieve stress, but finding time or motivation to exercise can sometimes seem difficult, especially if you suffer from anxiety, depression, or another mental health issue. Running is also often associated with competition or weight loss, both of which can lead to stressful thoughts for some people. What if, instead, the focus of running was on improving mental health? Running without pressure to perform or succeed can have a great positive impact on mood and mental well-being. You don’t need to be an athlete to be a runner....

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