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More Good News About Meditation

It seems like there is every day a new study is coming out showing the benefits of meditation. For decades the scientists have been showing that there are numerous benefits of simply sitting quietly and concentrating on your breath.

Well there is more good news. A new study published this month and reported in the New York Times  that shows that practice of meditation, no matter whether we are expert meditators or novice practitioners, produces measurable changes in two key ways:

1. More communication between two brain regions involved in self-control and focus.

2. Lower levels of a stress-linked substance called IL-6 that's been linked with inflammation and can sometimes be used as an early indicator of later health problems.

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Furthermore, if that's wasn't enough to convince you that you should meditate, there are multiple studies suggest that meditation can also help reduce depression and anxiety and mindfulness meditation in particular might help people deal with psychological stress and help them relate to others.

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What is the best way to deal with a sex addiction?

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Countless individuals and couples for that matter battle an issue that many find too embarrassing to discuss. As a result, the problem can fester and even ultimately cause major rifts in relationships with significant others, family members, friends and more. Sex addiction is a problem that occurs more often than one might think, leading to long-term consequences for those suffering from it.

Keep Your Stress in Check When Living with a Teen

Teenagers. No one ever said it would be easy to live with them, but the reality is that you never expected to be so stressed out all of the time. Between dealing with the normal angst, hormonal issues, and power struggles and the worries that come with being a parent in regards to substance use, bullying, the Internet, sex, driving, and getting ready for the future, well, it doesn’t take much to understand why some animals actually eat their young.

6 Ways to Fight Depression

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When dealing with depression, it can overwhelmingly feel as if there is nothing anyone can do to make you feel better. Being an illness, depression symptoms often make you feel a lack of home in your life, which can lead to low self-esteem, low energy, and low ambitions to do anything of consequence.

 

Lift Your Mood Today and Get Your Sparkle Back

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Life can be tough at times, particularly when one problem follows hard on the heels of another. You can decide to make the best of it and move on. Here few helpful tips to help you deal with life difficulties.

Your Body on Meditation Infographic

Meditation is more than just sitting lotus style and working on your ohm for hours on end. Setting aside 10 minutes from your day and relaxing your mind can have lasting health benefits. From controlling emotional responses to improving bodily health—meditation can give you a new lease on life.

Just 4 days of meditation can improve your attention span. Those who practice meditation have also been shown to have a 48% risk reduction for a heart attack or stroke. Take time to rest and relax your mind and improve your quality of life today.

 

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Five Reasons to Become a Morning Person

For those who are not morning people, getting up early can be one of the hardest things to do. However, research has shown that those who get up before 7 a.m. are happier, healthier, and thinner than those who wake up later.

If you are not even close to being a morning a person, here are five more reasons that might help you convert:

1. Weight Control

While health insurance companies can put you into contact with a good doctor who can help aid in your weight loss goals, research has proven that those who get up early to exercise weigh less than those who exercise later in the day or not at all. Working up a sweat in the early morning helps your metabolism speed up throughout the rest of the day, helping you burn more calories all day long. Plus, when your metabolism is higher, you will be able to curb your cravings easier than if your metabolism was sluggish.

If you can’t muster up the energy to get in a morning workout that early in the day, try to at least get a walk in during the morning. Studies have shown that those who got out in the fresh air in the morning had lower body mass indexes than those who got outside later on.

2. Being Less stressed out

Getting the day started earlier often frees up your time, which is essential to being stress-free and feeling relaxed. The later you wake up, the less time you have available to complete all of the day-to-day tasks. Plus, studies have proven that people who wake up before 7 a.m. are less likely to become stressed, depressed, or overweight. So while you think sleeping in might be helping your body, it could be hurting you instead.

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3. Being More Alert and Mindful

Getting up early can help prepare you for the day ahead by helping you be alert earlier. An early bird’s brain shows that they are more excitable and alert at 9 a.m., which is ideal for a professional, for they are more prepared for their presentations and the workday ahead. However, for those who are night owls, whose brains peak in the evening, you can train yourself to be an early riser. Each week, go to bed 10 minutes earlier and wake up 10 minutes earlier. If you continue this, you can become a morning person.

4. Procrastinate Less

Early risers are also less likely to procrastinate or miss deadlines as well as appear to be more emotionally stable with less mood swings

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5. More productive

While both night owls and early birds bring a unique perspective to work, early risers usually have more problem-solving skills, which means most early birds can anticipate a problem (and solve it) before it gets out of hand.

Training yourself to become a morning person doesn't sound so bad anymore, does it?

 

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