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The Unquiet Mind

Most people have the typical “unquiet mind” that never seems to relax. Even when those of us are occupied with long bike rides, a light jog, or cooking a new healthy recipe from Hutchinson Regional’s careful selection, my brain is distracted by anxiety. “Am I prepared for that meeting?” “What did it mean when that person said X to me?” or even “Will there be any cauliflower rice at the store tomorrow? What do I do if there isn’t any?”

The Face of Mental Illness

If I asked you to describe what someone with depression looks like, what would you say? Sad? Crying? Disheveled? Although those are symptoms of depression, it is also a stereotype. Depression, as well as mental illness in general, is not a facial expression. You cannot tell just from looking at a person that they have a mental illness. Individuals who have suffered from mental illness for a long time can be very good at hiding it. You may see them every day with a smile on their face, when really they are being tortured on the inside.

Love Chemistry

What is love? It is a question William Shakespeare had been working on in the 1600’s and recording artist Haddaway has been asking since 1993. Now, scientists are trying to find an answer.

It’s Chemical

Studies have shown that romantic feelings are triggered by an increase in oxytocin, a chemical that promotes intimacy, which leads to an increase of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine produces feelings of euphoria, energy, sleeplessness, and focused attention.

11 Ways to Combat Holiday Stress

Ever notice how the most wonderful time of the year can quickly turn into the biggest nightmare of the year? Holiday stress can happen to even the most seasoned holiday expert. There are several major factors that may cause a more stressful holiday season including over commitment, over indulgence, family conflicts, high expectations, and the interruption of regular routines. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you combat holiday stress:

1. Increase Sunlight Exposure