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Have a Cold? Blame Stress-Induced Inflammation

April 11, 2012 · 3 Comments

imageStress is a normal part of life. Negative life events, such as a death in the family or the loss of a job, and positive life events, such as the birth of a new baby or graduation, can all lead to stress. When our bodies experience chronic stress stress, our bodies begin to feel very negative effects both physically and emotionally.

Numerous studies have shown that stress increases the risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity as well as depression, anxiety and other emotional health problems. More →

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Breast Cancer and Emotional Health

October 3, 2011 · 1 Comment

breast cancer mental healthOctober is breast cancer awareness month, a month when people wear pink ribbons, public places adorn their fixtures with pink decorations and even NFL players add a splash of pink to their uniforms. It serves as a yearly reminder to women to make their annual appointments and encourage their sisters and friends to restart their self-exams.  However, a crucial aspect of breast cancer that is often forgotten during this month is the emotional reaction and the management of stress with regards to diagnosis and treatment. More →

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How Parental Stress Affects South Asian Children and Teens

September 12, 2011 · 1 Comment

Being closely attuned and attentive toward your children is a necessary part of being a good parent. However, it is not sufficient to being a good parent. Many South Asian parents, while they focus intensely on their children’s needs, forget to take care of themselves. As the work, home and family stress starts to build, South Asian parents forget that children pick up on and respond to this stress no matter how hard the parents try to hide it from their children. More →

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South Asian Emotion: Laughter and Your Health

December 22, 2010 · 4 Comments

With the crazy schedules and the intense pressure that come with daily life, we forget to engage in the one thing that we have been able to do since we were 6 weeks old and that has very powerful healing and protective properties: laughter.

laughingLaughing has been shown repeatedly to have strong therapeutic properties. For example, laughter reduces adrenaline and cortisol production, which can accumulate especially during chronic stress. This is a significant protective property of laughter as it then strengthens the immune system and protects against illnesses and diseases. More →

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South Asian Mental Health: Gratitude Improves Overall Health

November 29, 2010 · 1 Comment

Significant improvements in your mental health can begin with small lifestyle changes such as being more thankful and show more gratitude. Recent research on thankfulness has shown significant positive improvements in health, mood, relationships and well-being in people who express their gratitude on a daily or weekly basis. More →

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