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7 Ways to Fall Asleep Without Ambien

Stress, caffeine, car alarms, the neon sign outside your window — there are all sorts of elements conspiring to ruin your sleep. If you’re not quite …

Gwyneth Paltrow

There Is No Longer Doubt: Zika Causes Microencephaly

New findings published yesterday leave little doubt about whether infection with the Zika virus during pregnancy can actually cause a serious birth condition in which a newborn has an abnormally small head (microcephaly) and abnormally small brain (microencephaly). Though researchers have strongly …

Public Health

A simple 2-minute trick to calm a racing mind

Replays of awkward interactions, missed opportunities and embarrassing regrets distract us during the day and keep us up at night.<p>Think about how many times you’ve agonized over some dumb thing you said. Or rehearsed a conversation that hasn’t happened—and might not ever. Or couldn’t get that …

Mindfulness

7 Ways to Relax Before You Go to Bed

Do you find it hard to relax at the end of a long day? Are you one of those people that tosses and turns all night long, worrying and stressing over …

Self-improvement

Back to Basics: 5 Fantastic Paper Planners to Keep You Organized

Sitting around with a bunch of girlfriends this weekend, I discovered that all of us have ditched our phone organizers in favor of paper ones. …

When a Loved One Attempts Suicide

Source: Wayne S. Grazio/Flickr<p>About two years ago, I came face to face with the suicide attempt of my best friend, Bella. Distraught, she had called …

The Soul of an Octopus: How One of Earth’s Most Alien Creatures Illuminates the Wonders of Consciousness

“While stroking an octopus, it is easy to fall into reverie. To share such a moment of deep tranquility with another being, especially one as different from us as the octopus, is a humbling privilege… an uplink to universal consciousness.”<p><i>“Despite centuries of investigation by everyone from natural</i> …

Consciousness

Science Explains...When You Should and Shouldn't Trust Your Brain

<i>This article originally appeared on Inverse.</i><p><b>By Sarah Sloat</b><p>Advice is usually boiled down to regurgitations of the idea that you are the best judge. Follow your heart, trust your gut, <i>to thine own self be true</i> -- all utterances that essentially say, hey, what you're feeling and what you're thinking is …

3 Spiritual Practices For Anxiety-Packed Moments

The author of Super Genes shares his insight on how to deal and decompress -- even during times of excruciating stress.<p>Modern life brings more stress than ever, and a natural reaction to stress is anxiety. It's a multidimensional response that originates, physically speaking, in the lower brain, …

How Stress Affects Your Goals and Habits

Whether you like it or not, stress plays a significant role in your life.<p>Not all stress is bad. It can build resilience and enhance performance. Chronic stress, on the other hand, can wreak havoc on our brains and bodies.<p>It also has a profound effect on our behavior. Not just where we focus our …

14 ways 20-somethings should invest their time to set themselves up for long-term success

It was good advice when Ben Franklin said it, and it's good advice now, no matter your age.<p>But your 20s are a particularly crucial time in life. Many call these the "formative" years, and the habits you form can carry you through the rest of your life.<p>So what's the best way to spend this time?<p>We …

Self-improvement

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

Making a to-do list that does the business

The humble list can be a powerful organisation tool – if you can keep it under control. Juliet Landau-Pope explains how to cut the clutter<p>Forget gadgets and gizmos, if there was a competition for the most useful organisational tool for small businesses, I’d nominate the simple to-do list. They help …

How Your Sleep Schedule Affects Your Overall Health

We can't say it enough: Sleep deprivation is no joke — and disrupted sleep is just as bad. Now, we can safely add consistency to the growing list of …

How to Organize Your Refrigerator

Leftovers gobbling up space in your refrigerator? Here are some tips for keeping things organized, efficient, and tasty.

10 Things that Change your Brain - OpenMind

Using the most advanced <b>neuroimaging</b> techniques, science has identified some activities that permanently modify our brain, either by changing its …

Couples who have sex just once a week are happiest

For decades self-help books and therapists have advised couples that the key to a successful relationship is sex…and plenty of it.<p>But a new study suggests that behind closed doors, the happiest partners are actually making love just once a week.<p>According to the University of Toronto-Mississauga …

Happiness

There’s an awful cost to getting a PhD that no one talks about

One night during the third year of my PhD program, I sat on my bed with a packet of tranquilizers and a bottle of vodka. I popped a few pills in my mouth and swigged out of the bottle, feeling them burn down my throat. Moments later, I realized I was making a terrible mistake. I stopped, trembling …

Mental Health