Lydia J. Ward

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What does running do to your brain?

Research from Sweden shows how running can defuse at least one important biological stress pathway<p>It may seem obvious – as you push on through a long run, veering wildly between sensations of agony and elation – that running can have a huge effect on your state of mind. It is an intuitive idea that …

Neuroscience

Surprising Ways to Beat Anxiety And Become More Resilient, According to Science

You're not alone.<p>Do you have anxiety? Have you tried just about everything to get over it, but it just keeps coming back?<p>Perhaps you thought you had …

Self-help

Early Stress Makes Brains Grow Up Too Fast, and That's Not a Good Thing

Kids and teens are especially vulnerable.<p>Since 1998, scientists in the Netherlands have been watching 129 people grow up. Over those 20 years, they …

The Brain

11 Best Personal Trainer Exercises For All-Over Sculpting

Some days you just want to get in a good, full-body workout. While targeting specific body parts based on your day of the week is effective, you can also target your whole body by incorporating a range of exercises.<p>Tone your arms, firm your booty, and sculpt those abs with these trainer-approved …

Workouts

10 Yoga Poses to Do in Bed to Ease Pain and Have the Best Sleep of Your Life

Whether you sit in an office chair all day, like to garden, or are on your feet for extended periods of time, you're probably no stranger to sore …

Yoga

Why 14 is the riskiest age for a teenager

The most dangerous age is 14.<p>If you know any teenagers this might not come as a surprise, but research has confirmed that risk-taking peaks during …

Teens

You Have A Second Brain In Your Butt. You, Specifically

Today we are privileged to bring you more news in the rare but spectacular butt/mind crossover category. Scientists at Flinders University in Australia have pulled some amazing news right out of their… hats. They’ve discovered a “second brain” of sorts in mammals, called the enteric nervous system …

Neuroscience

Want to Remember the Notes You Take? Here's Why You Need to Write Them By Hand

Handwriting notes has been proven to solidify thoughts better than typing, helping us retain information.<p>It's the worst feeling. We get a call or an email suddenly reminding us that a project is due or an important meeting has passed by and we've totally forgotten it.<p>I'm no stranger to the pitfalls …

Productivity

The Importance of Establishing a Morning Routine

I wake up at 4:30 a.m. every single morning. Even if I use an alarm, my biological clock still wakes me up that early. Even more surprising? I enjoy waking up that early. It leaves far more hours in the day for productivity.<p>I have found that I am most productive as soon as I wake up. Creating a …

Productivity

Change the Shape of Your Arms With These 50 Essential Moves

Your tank tops and sleeveless dresses are so excited to help you show off your toned, strong, chiseled arms. And these arm exercises will help you get there. Some use equipment and some just your own bodyweight, but you'll definitely notice a difference in how your arms look and what they're able …

Workouts

8 Tips For Talking To Your Kids So You Get More Than One-Word Responses

There are two things that I think the TV series “The Simpsons” got spot on when it came to communication between parents and kids. One is that kids …

Parenting

Here's How to Calculate (and Adjust) Your Calorie Intake For Fat Loss

When you're just beginning your weight-loss journey, it's hard to know exactly where to start. Do you give your fridge a makeover? Establish a workout plan? According to online fitness coach Rob Allen, your first step should actually be setting your daily caloric intake, which can be done with this …

Fitness

A celebrity fitness trainer reveals 3 dynamic ab, arm, and glute moves you can do at home for a summer beach bod

1/<p>Let's start with your stomach. "If you want your abs to appear flatter and to be stronger you have to strengthen the deep core stabilizers," Kaiser …

How heavy use of social media is linked to mental illness

MAY 20th will mark the end of “mental-health awareness week”, a campaign run by the Mental Health Foundation, a British charity. Roughly a quarter of …

Mental Health

Want to Lose Fat and Get Abs? This Should Be Your Top Focus (Hint: It's NOT Cardio)

"People really do have it all backwards when it comes to chasing those abs and losing fat." That's what personal trainer Dimitri Peskin from Evolve Training System said in a recent Instagram post.<p>In these comparison photos, the diagram on the left shows how most people are prioritizing cardio, "not …

Fitness

What Teenagers Want and Need from Adults

This article discusses how teens act out when they don't receive the emotional support from adults that they need<p>May is dedicated to Mental Health …

Overwork and lack of support are driving teachers across England out of the profession much faster than they can be replaced. But schools facing cuts and rising costs can see no way of improving matters for their staff<p>It was a toxic routine: plan lessons until 1am, wake up at 5am in a sweat, vomit, …

Education

What’s the Difference Between Dopamine and Serotonin?

Dopamine and serotonin are both neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that regulate countless functions and processes in your …

The Connection Between Sugar and Depression

Image by Brook Lark<p>Food can have many effects on your mood and emotions. When you’re hungry and want food, you can be grumpy, upset, or even angry. …

Nutrition

Infographic: Nine Ways To Focus And Calm Your Wandering Mind

Daydreaming is known to be a great booster for creativity, but at other times, buckling down and focusing on one’s work is vital to getting things …

Seriously: There Are Only 10 Foods That All Nutritionists Recommend

There are so many clashing nutrition philosophies in the world, it can make a person's head explode. I learned this firsthand when I sent my …

How to meditate your way to happiness in just 10 minutes

Top tips for improving your mental wellbeing in no time at all.<p>Latest research shows that mindfulness based meditation, where you focus on your …

In the worst human traumas, psychologists found the roots of happiness

All around us are reminders of how important happiness is in people’s lives: in TED talks, in the practice of meditation, in the annual World …

These Are the Foods You Absolutely Must Cut Out While on the Keto Diet

The keto diet can be really tricky, and if you're not doing it right, you may not be seeing the results you're expecting from it. It is a very …

40 Life Lessons on Happiness That I Want My Daughter to Learn

If you had told me 10 years ago that I would create a company called Happier and dedicate my life to helping people realize their greatest potential by cultivating more joy and meaning and boosting their emotional immune systems, I wouldn't have believed you. I never expected that it would take me …

Happiness

You don’t need HIIT to get fit. Try this instead.

Sometimes it seems that all I hear about is the magic of high-intensity interval training (HITT). This protocol alternates short periods of intense exercise with longer periods of moderate recovery periods (think sprinting 30 seconds, then walking or jogging at an easy pace for one minute, and …

Exercise

I Used to Feel Overwhelmed by Housework — Until This Time-Management Hack Saved Me

Nothing makes me feel more zen than a clean home, but as a mom who works full time, I've learned the hard way that housework can't always be the priority. I used to binge-clean like it was a competition, spending hours dishwashing, folding, and vacuuming with marathon intensity. When everything was …

Time Management

Why This 15-Pound Weighted Blanket Is Part of My Anti-Anxiety Routine

My anxiety causes a lot of sleeping problems. I set out to see if a gravity blanket would help me get a more peaceful night’s sleep.<p><b>Health and</b> …

Sleep

Kathryn Mannix: We've lost the art of talking about death. Here's why we must revive it

I was working as a palliative care doctor in a big teaching hospital when an elderly woman was admitted. She’d been sick for a very long time, was suffering a variety of different health problems, and was increasingly frail. She had a chest infection, and it was clear she could not survive without …

Labour Party

17 Nutrition Tips That Change Your Life

Easy Hacks for Health, Muscle, Fat Loss and More<p>1 – Use vinegar to get lean and build muscle.<p>Take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before you go …