Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
November 2, 2016

Affirmation of the Week
In one word
what is your “play” about?

Health Tips of the Week

  • People who needlessly worry that they have, or will develop, serious illness—popularly referred to as ‘the worried well’—may be boosting their risk of developing heart disease, suggests research published in the online British Medical Journal. Anxiety is a known risk factor for heart disease. And health anxiety, which describes persistent preoccupation with having or acquiring a serious illness, and seeking prompt medical advice, on the basis of misattributed bodily symptoms in the absence of any physical disease, seems to be no exception, say the researchers. And as such, it needs to be taken seriously and treated properly, they suggest.
  • Is social media good for you, or bad? Well, it’s complicated. A study of 12 million Facebook users suggests that using Facebook is associated with living longer – when it serves to maintain and enhance your real-world social ties according to the University of California.
  • A new study from Washington University in St. Louis shows that Zika targets the male reproductive system, at least in mice. Three weeks after Zika infection, male mice had shrunken testicles, low levels of sex hormones and reduced fertility. The results suggest that Zika infection may interfere with male fertility.
  • It is a well-known fact that fitness and well-being go hand in hand. But being in good shape also protects against the health problems that arise when we feel particularly stressed at work. As reported by sports scientists from the University of Basel.
  • A Cardiff University study has found that children using screen-based media devices at bedtime have over double the risk of inadequate sleep duration compared to children without access to such a device.
  • Epidural anesthesia may do more than relieve pain during labor; in some women it may decrease the likelihood of postpartum depression.
  • Celebrity news reports over the past four decades appear to have contributed to the changing makeup of the traditional American family by helping to destigmatize out-of-wedlock childbirths in the United States, according to a study by a University at Buffalo.
  • Pediatric researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia report that children with ASD may mistakenly be diagnosed with ADHD because they have autism-related social impairments rather than problems with attention. This is important for understanding what are the right services and treatments for a child.
  • A recent Cochrane Review has found evidence from randomised trials, that taking an oral vitamin D supplement in addition to standard asthma medication is likely to reduce severe asthma attacks.

Article of the Week

9 Surprising Bad Mood Triggers

A good mood makes you more likely to seek adventure, be creative, make future plans and adapt to new environments. When you are in a good mood, you will activate your cognitive control network to challenge the reality behind those dark thoughts as well as redirect your brooding self-absorption to lose yourself in a task or a fun activity – the zone where you lose track of all time. And if you are prone to bad moods, the good news is that the more you challenge an automatic negative perception and reframe it positively, the easier it becomes to shake off a bad mood. However, you have to be able to identify the trigger.

Bad moods can seep into your psyche from such ordinary elements as more

Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life

womens fitness

Stress will always land on your doorstep, but you don’t have to constantly open the door. It’s time to build immunity to external pressures and cultivate an inner peace which does not depend on outside influences. Shed that endless to-do list. Leave the straight lines of your personality to enjoy the surprising detours life has waiting for you.

Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Addicted To Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life , Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, and Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WGBB 1240 AM in Long Island and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.

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