Some people with anxiety may actively resist relaxation in favor of worrying, according to new research. The study[1] suggests it’s a way to avoid a large jump in anxiety if something bad really does happen. Researchers found that people more sensitive to shifts in negative emotion — quickly moving from a relaxed state to one… Read more

If you don’t keep your mind active, your brain can lose some of its functionality as you age, which causes memory loss, brain fog, and even Alzheimer’s, studies show. A well-stimulated brain elevates your mood, which helps you feel better on the inside. Brain-training efforts designed to improve working memory can also boost scores in… Read more

Sounds encountered outdoors, such as birds chirping, wind rustling in the treetops, or waves gently lapping at a beach, can physically change our mind and bodily systems, helping us to relax. New research from Brighton and Sussex Medical School lays out an explanation for just how this relaxation response works. The scientists found that playing… Read more

Taking a deep breath can calm you down. Now, researchers have found a group of nerve cells that regulates this effect. Physicians and stress relief experts commonly prescribe breathing-control exercises for people diagnosed with stress disorders. In the same manner, in yoga and meditation, the practice of controlling the breath in order to shift consciousness… Read more

With bored children, road construction, traffic, and a late start, driving can be very stressful. Since you probably have to drive every day, reducing your stress in the car is a worthy goal. If you can arrive at your destination with less stress, you’ll be a better position to make the most of the situation… Read more