A painting of an adult black man riding the bus behind an older, "better" dressed white man, the former looking dreamingly pensive.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Music ignites our emotions through varied memories. Listening to it is one of the few activities that involves the use of the entire brain. Music is intrinsic to all cultures and can have amazing benefits. Find out below what the health benefits of listening to music are. Effective for Pain One benefit of listening to […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Qigong’s systems were created at least five thousand years ago by Chinese masters in order to heal illnesses and maintain good health. Zhineng qigong (智能气功) is a style of qigong created by teacher Páng Hè Míng (庞鹤鸣), a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Western medicine, and heir of nineteen lineages of qigong. Zhineng qigong […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Our fight-or-flight response is a gift that kept us alive early in our evolution, while we were living in the wild. When we heard a tiger growl, we either had to fight it or run away. The first thing that happens during this sympathetic (SNS) response is that the mind loses its connection to the […]

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Reading Time: 9 minutes “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye While out shopping, I met a fellow plant-lover looking to bring some life into her home while quarantining. She and I started chatting because I suspected that we were both starved for human interaction during this time. Anyway, somehow we […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Hugs matter! One hug from the right person takes all your stress away. Hugs also have fabulous healing benefits. Are you a hug or a handshake kind of person? If you’re the latter, you might want to reconsider the power a hug can have on your health. We hug others when we’re excited, happy and […]

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A drawing of a young man who looks like her might have gone through something.

Reading Time: 8 minutes PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, can cause upsetting/unwanted physical and emotional reactions in people who have experienced a frightening or unexpected event. Combat veterans and first responders are high-risk professions regarding PTSD; that said, people from all walks of life can develop a post-traumatic response, one that does or doesn’t interfere with daily functioning Humans generally […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Do you sometimes get so anxious and feel that you’re heading towards impending doom? You might be panicking. Now, if this happens when you’re not in a life-threatening situation, you may be one of the 40 million adults in the US who have a panic disorder. Anxiety and panic disorders affect 18.1% of the American […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes What is anxiety? Anxiety can be classified as sudden panic attacks or chronic experiences of stress. Basically, anxiety features repeated patterns of stress that have been affecting our societies more than before over the past decade or so. Very often we keep hearing that stress is the go-to answer from medical professionals when there is […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes As participants of all ethnicities support the Black Lives Matter movement en masse—taking a stand, speaking out against policy injustice—one must be woke and mindful of another invisible  public enemy that has senselessly taking black lives. Black Americans are dying of COVID-19 at a rate three times higher than white Americans reports The Guardian. Protestors […]

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Reading Time: 5 minutes The virtual Fort Knox of scientific information on stress is the American Institute of Stress, founded under the direction of the world-renowned Han Seyle. From its establishment in 1978, the institute has provided advice on best practices, carefully monitored by medical and other highly qualified professionals. As you’ll read on their website, stress.org, there are […]

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