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Depression: Bad for Your Heart

  It is well known that there is a correlation between depression and cardiac risks; from developing heart problems or having recurring cardiovascular events or heart-related death. This is thought to stem from several external factors that depression influences, such as obesity, smoking, and insomnia, as well as an internal factor; such as slower cardiovascular recovery after exercise. Although the risks are raised, there are certain preventative measures that people can take to maintain a healthy lifestyle with depression. Although the exact link between depression and cardiovascular disease isn’t known, there are certain risk factors that are associated with both. For instance, children with depression are more likely to turn into adolescent smokers, as well as live a sedentary lifestyle. People with depression are also more likely to suffer from insomnia. These … Read entire article »

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Poor Mental Health Shown to Reduce Life Expectancy

  It has long been believed that physical health is linked to mental health, with physically healthy people exhibiting greater overall mental wellness than their more sedentary counterparts.  There have been numerous studies proving that one’s physical health affects ones mental health, and that if you improve your physical wellbeing with exercise and such, your mental wellbeing improves as well. Yet another study, published July 31, 2012 in the British Medical Journal, has provided evidence that the link between the two may go the other direction, and that mental health has an effect on physical health. The study, conducted by a team of researchers from University College London and the University of Edinburgh, analyzed data from 68,000 participants aged 35 and over who took part in the Health Survey of England over … Read entire article »

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The Psyche of Reiki

The Psyche of Reiki

  Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a form of spiritual healing using what is known as “universal life energy,” channeled from the practitioner to the patient, to bring harmony to the recipient’s mind, body, and spirit.  Its origins can be traced back thousands of years to ancient Tibet, and the practice was rediscovered and revived in the 19th century by a Tendai Buddhist priest, Dr. Mikao Usui (1865-1926).  Hawayo Takata, an American of Japanese descent, introduced Reiki … Read entire article »

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How Activities Help My Sobriety

How Activities Help My Sobriety

  As recovering addicts we often face challenging, imposing lives full of new responsibilities and a scary void of empty time to fill.  While in rehab and addiction treatment programs, my days were structured for me.  At times frustrating, this often all-encompassing mentality of having my time managed by others served me well.  I would not have done nearly half of the requirements or suggested practices learned in classes if I had it my way and … Read entire article »

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