Tips to deal with stress of wedding planning

Tips to deal with stress of wedding planning

Weddings are time to rejoice, meet friends and loved ones, gorge on sumptuous delicacies, and be adorned in fine jewelry ringing in a new life. For a bride-to-be, it could mean much more. From packing her bags and looking beautiful to worrying about arrangements for the guests, she has a lot to think about, which can cause overwhelming anxiety. Some women fear they wouldn’t get time for themselves or to hang out with friends. No matter how much planning is done, last minute bloopers are expected, leading to excessive stress.

Listed below are a few strategies that can come handy for a bride-to-be and make the event most memorable. Read more

Can fidgeting improve mental health?

Can fidgeting improve mental health?

The link between physical body movement and brain functioning and growth is a well-established. Movement of various organs affects the brain at multiple levels, sometimes increasing the heart rate which pumps more oxygen into the brain and promotes the release of right hormones in the body that help in the growth of brain cells.

However, with the advent of technology and ever-increasing addiction to everything digital, it has more or less driven people further away from the physical world. The positive association between hand movement and brain function is made evident by such theories as the ‘cognitive load theory’ where while dealing with complex thoughts people tend to offload some of the cognitive load to movements, thereby devoting more effort to the mental processes. Such theories bring to light habitual bodily movements or ‘fidgeting” involving paper clips, pens or the current crave called fidget spinners, as movements/habits that effect neurological functioning. Read more

Helping children navigate through emotional aftermath of hurricane Harvey

Helping children navigate through emotional aftermath of hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has caused mass destruction in the past few weeks, rendering thousands of people homeless and desolate. While the human suffering caused by extensive flooding continues to unfold, one of the vulnerable sections highly afflicted by this natural catastrophe is the young and impressionable children. In times of uncertain future, children are prone to develop high levels of anxiety which prompts them to seek answers to their questions like, “what has happened?”, “when will we re-enter our homes?” when will I go back to school?” and so on.

Adults can re-assure their kids that everything will soon fall into place and that they are in the safe custody of their loved ones. Here are some of the ways for an adult to deal with children in times of grave destruction and uncertainties. Read more