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Jewelry designer Lucie Ferguson writes a moving message about her anxiety

Jewelry designer Lucie Ferguson writes a moving message about her anxiety

Though it might sound like a cliché, one of the most precious things owned by any woman is jewelry. Intrigued by their beauty, every woman loves adorning herself with beautiful ornaments with exquisite designs. A number of women have made a mark in the fashion and entertainment industry by creating dazzling jewelry. Among the many names known for showing their creativity through this form of art, one of the recognized faces is Lucie Ferguson. Read more

Virtual reality can diagnose anxiety disorders

Virtual reality can diagnose anxiety disorders

The reach of virtual technology (VR) has transcended boundaries. While VR was initially devised for gaming purposes only, it has slowly become an integral part of everyday life. Whether it is entertainment or health care, VR is now omnipresent. Interestingly, VR is proving exceedingly effective in the treatment of mental disorders. What was difficult for the practiced hand, VR technology is trying to make easy. Read more

Ways to understand people grappling with anxiety

Ways to understand people grappling with anxiety

Anyone can feel anxious, especially during situations like facing some problems at work, appearing in an exam or even making an important decision. It is a normal fear that one can overcome easily. But when such a fear or worry starts affecting one’s daily activities and relationships, the person may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. One of the most common mental problems in the United States, an anxiety disorder affects around 40 million American adults every year. Sadly, only 37 percent of them receive treatment, as people are still reluctant to talk openly about a mental health problem and seek help for it. Read more

Debt – a key factor behind significant stress and anxiety among Americans

Debt – a key factor behind significant stress and anxiety among Americans

“I’m living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.”

― E.E. Cummings

Attracted by extremely fascinating credit offers, easy access to money and incomprehensible mortgage offers, many naive and unsuspecting Americans have fallen into the trap of massive debts. Sucked deep into never-ending bills and fines levied by credit card companies, the mental health of consumers is getting affected, increasing the rate of prevalence of anxiety disorders among them. Read more

Turn weaknesses into strength; Treat anxiety by leveraging high levels of conscientiousness and extraversion

Turn weaknesses into strength; Treat anxiety by leveraging high levels of conscientiousness and extraversion

Though one should avoid judging a book by its cover, there are some personality traits that play a pivotal role in indicating mental disorders. Based on the understanding of the close relationship between a person’s disposition and health outcomes, it is now a well-understood fact that characteristics, such as extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability and openness to experience, have a major influence on the well-being of one’s mental health. Read more

Tips to manage anxiety-induced hyperventilation

Tips to manage anxiety-induced hyperventilation

Hyperventilation is a condition when a person starts breathing very fast, feels weak and dizzy, has a bloated stomach and dry mouth, and experiences chest pain and muscle spasm. Breathing out carbon dioxide too quickly contracts the blood vessels going towards the brain, leading to lightheadedness and a tingling sensation. Additional symptoms could be racing mind and difficulty in concentrating. One might even get unconscious.

Hyperventilation can occur during a panic attack that can be dangerous. It can both be a cause and effect of anxiety. It can occur due to fast breathing, thinking about breathing and breathing in an unhealthy manner. Read more

Dealing with premenopausal anxiety

Dealing with premenopausal anxiety

Women undergo several physiological and psychological changes during perimenopausal phase, largely due to drop in hormone levels and irregularity of periods. This can be a mentally challenging time as a woman undergoes frequent mood swings and sleep disorders. One of the mental health disorders commonly experienced by most women during this phase is anxiety. Perimenopause can cause a plethora of disturbing symptoms alongside anxiety such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, insomnia, panic attacks, helplessness, confusion, feelings of being neglected and isolated, and loss of self-confidence. Read more

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