Feeling more frazzled than frisky? All you need are a few minutes alone, and a chant to restore your inner peace.
Feeling more frazzled than frisky? All you need are a few minutes alone, and a chant to restore your inner peace.
The answer to this question may come as a shocking surprise to may, writes Nirmala Ferrao.
There’s only one winning move in the blame game – and that’s to quit playing, writes Nirmala Ferrao.
Every micro-expression of your mouth sends out a message. Learn how to take control over how people view you
Lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress were associated with the number of birds people could see in the afternoon.
When overtime spurts turn into bogs, the stage is set for anxiety, depression, stress – and spectacular failures on the job.
Regaining the trust of your teenager is not easy, but it’s worth the hard slog, writes Nirmala Ferrao.
Don’t agonize, instead strategize, writes Nirmala Ferrao.
Listen to the buzz about super-foods and dietary supplements and you’ll believe they can do everything. Can they?
High-pressure living can cause or worsen skin problems.
In the aftermath of the trauma, there is safety, there is healing, there is hope, writes Nirmala Ferrao.
The distance we keep between ourselves and others sends out a sub-text more powerful than the words we say.
It may not always be a sign of mental illness or need treatment with drugs.
It is time to sort your boss into any of these two categories and prioritize the pressure s/he exerts on you.
A silent revolution in science makes it possible to do this in just 3 steps.
Take these signs seriously. Know how to respond to them. It could save someone's life. Perhaps your own
Check out these situations, and the ways that people – and, perhaps, you too – commonly respond to the act of giving.
Well, while buying toys, parents should consider the child's interests, not their gender. Limiting choice of toys according to gender can fuel stereotypes, suggests new research
Both parents are at risk for psychiatric illness after the birth of a baby.
Researchers say that a father's love can have a special influence on young adults. While it can boost the maths grades of teenage daughter, it may improve the language skills of the son
You could be suffering from SAD. Here's how to fight Social Anxiety and reclaim your life.
Know your chances of developing depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and other mental disorders.
Children who receive music therapy have higher self-esteem and significantly compared to those who did not receive music therapy.
Though gullibility is pervasive, we are not all equally easy prey. Here are nine antidotes to avoid being duped.
Could it be dyscalculia?
Learn how one can stop 'being alone' from sliding into 'loneliness': counseling therapist Nirmala Ferrao writes in her latest column in 'Heal Thy Self' series.
Popular but untrue - 6 beliefs that die hard when it comes to mental illness
The researchers found an association (more than twice the risk) between anger or emotional upset and the onset of heart attack symptoms within one hour.
Experts say that slow accretion of damage from personality traits such as hostility, pessimism and chronic anxiety play significant roles not only in determining our mental health but also our physical health.
You can go from self-effacement to executive presence in no time flat.
Know the early warning signs – and what you can do.
A recent study showed that individuals with Internet addiction had more trouble dealing with their day-to-day activities, including life at home, at work/school and in social settings.
Get comfortable with touch - it’ll boost both your physical and mental health.
Have a look at six non-drug “sedatives” to chill out fast.
Autism is one of the world’s fastest growing, least-understood and most mismanaged developmental health challenges.
Brain drain is not inevitable. Not if you make some clever 'moves.'
Most sexual abuse acts are committed by a person related to, or responsible for the care of, a child.
Just one stress junkie in the home or office is enough to make everyone around miserable.
Yes, emotional infidelity is the new kind of adultery.
Depression is a mood disorder causing a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.
Experts say that it is crucial to identify the needs of the child as early as possible so as to be able provide them the right type care and help.
Children with older siblings who had autism had the disease rate of 11.3 percent compared to 0.92 percent for those with unaffected older siblings.
Watch out for these red flags – the life you save may be your own.
You can’t control traffic snarls, road diversions or speed demons – only your attitude to them.
Strategies to build resilience and boost your coping skills.
People are well-meaning when they come to comfort a person who has lost a loved one. Yet, they all too often end up saying trite, tacky, even insensitive things.
Forgiveness is never easy at the emotive level; the effective route to forgiveness must be a rational, analytical one.
Living with a control freak can take a toll on your physical and mental health.
Many soon-to-be-parents do not know that the seeds of mental illness are often sown in the womb itself
Here are a list of seven brain exercises that would help children be smarter and more activity.
'Mental illness should not just be managed. Transcend the state to find peace,' says Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.
Listening to soothing music just before an eye surgery can ease patients' anxiety as well as help reduce the level of sedation required.
Providing an online therapy may be a more effective treatment for anxiety and depression than usual primary care, scientists have found.
A recent study has showed that gun ownership has led to higher gun-related suicides.
New research suggests that for some people the disorder does not emerge until after childhood.
Attention deficit disorders are common among high school students. Here are a few signs of a child suffering from this ailment.
Running barefoot is better than running with shoes for your working memory which refers to our ability to recall and process information.
People with depression are significantly less likely to recover well after treatment for colorectal cancer compared to those without depression.
Maternal stress and depression during pregnancy may activate certain protective mechanisms in newborns.
When applying for a job, women seek positions with fewer applicants than men - a factor that could partly explain why we see fewer of them in the corporate boardrooms
Low doses of a general anaesthetic drug is likely to reduce suicidal thoughts in patients with treatment-resistant depression.
People who have low levels of a fat hormone might be more prone to developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms if they are exposed to a traumatic event, new research suggests.
The hormone ghrelin - that is released before meals and is known to increase the appetite - has a negative effect on both decision making and impulse control.
It is possible for us to intentionally forget past experiences by changing how we think about the context of those memories.
Older adults suffering with dementia who indulged in a high-intensity functional exercise programme and group activity showed reduced levels of depressive symptoms.
Did you know that your mood depends on your spouse?
Sometimes the condition is present as 'masked depression,' where it is often dismissed as mere 'moodiness.'
A recent study showed that drawing pictures of information that needs to be remembered is a strong and reliable strategy to enhance memory.
A new study has revealed that through mindfulness meditation, heavy media multi-taskers may adapt a more focused attention.
People who have suffered a heart attack tend to be more depressed but are less often prescribed anti-depressants than individuals who have not had a heart attack.
Kids who join youth gangs are more prone to depression and suicidal thoughts and mental health problems only get worse if they do not leave the gangs.
Depression combined with obesity, high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels may significantly increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Unnecessary stress can not only give you headache or neck pain but, if left unattended for long, can also trigger elevation in blood sugar levels leading to Type 2 diabetes.
Do you face difficulty recollecting the name of a person who you met just yesterday? Do you search for hours for some stuff you have kept securely? Have you ever called up someone and wondered why in the world you dialled his number? Have you gone through anxious moments wondering whether you are
London: Seems like it's time to change that melancholic tracks, a recent study suggests that listening to sad or aggressive music increase levels of anxiety and neuroticism in the listener.Clinical music therapists know the power music can have over emotions, and are able to use music to help their
Washington: In a world's first such experiment, scientists have used non-invasive direct brain control system to get a person - with complete paralysis in both legs owing to spinal cord injury - to walk again.The participant, who had been paralysed from both legs (a condition called paraplegia) for
Alzheimer’s disease affects the family more than the patient. Therefore, it is imperative that the family knows the disease better than the patient. When even the last traces of memory fade away in the patient, it is the family that should stay close to the patient and provide care. Care givers are
Kottayam: Offering a comprehensive solution for 'mental illumination', Suhani Shah, a name synonymous with mind care and hypnotic therapy, says there are two things that decide the course of one's life. One is Karma and the other is the way of thinking. Stressing that destiny is not something that
They say when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Some often get bogged down by the harsh realities of life and weep over the all that is unfair. But some choose to turn hay into gold. Meet Dr. R.S. Sindhu, one of Kerala's leading Surgical Gastroenterologists. She is the daughter of
New York: The breathing-based meditation practice Sudarshan Kriya Yoga can effectively treat people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), reveals a promising study.Researchers at the centre for investigating healthy minds (CIHM) at Waisman Center of University of Wisconsin-Madison
Los Angeles: With a demanding boss, a long list of to-dos, and negative environment, you get stressed in office. Beat the stress by downloading an app or gorging on oranges.Take a two-minute mini vacationT: Choose one of your favourite vacation memories and relive it without
Mindfulness is fast emerging as the hottest meditative tool, which is known to contribute to our wellbeing and productivity.Mindfulness is all about being focussed on the present moment, which has the power to liberate one from the shackles of past failures or pointless day dreaming about the
New Delhi: Change in lifestyle accompanied by proper stress management and indulgence in cognitive activities and socialising can help manage and reduce the risk factors for Alzheimer's disease, according to experts.Though Alzheimer's is not curable, but lifestyle modifications like engaging in
New York: For people in the early phases of recovery from alcohol addiction, insomnia is a "prevalent and persistent" problem.Recent studies showed that the incidence of insomnia during early recovery may be five times higher than the general population and may persist for months to
New York: Researchers have discovered that identifying brain variations may help physicians predict who would respond positively to surgeries to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).OCD is a debilitating disorder characterised by repetitive intentional behaviours and intrusive
Washington: Rotating night shift work deteriorates health in general, enhances the development of lung cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD), and contributes to higher mortality, new research has confirmed.Women working rotating night shifts for five or more years had a modest increase in
Washington: Finding a new co-relationship between sleep and memory, a recent study on flies has discovered that sleep, memory and learning are deeply connected.When dorsal paired medial (DPM) neurons, memory consolidators in Drosophila, were activated, the flies slept more; when deactivated, the
To retain youthfulness our minds should be conditioned for it. The health of body is in many ways linked to a healthy mind.1.Mental stress should be avoided at any cost. This is detrimental to the brain cells. No matter how challenging a situation is, never be disheartened. Not all
London: Admitting your kids to schools located near busy roads or in areas with high levels of air pollution could hamper their intellectual development, new research suggests.Attendance at schools exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is linked to slower cognitive development
New York: Experiencing certain family stress repeatedly throughout the childhood can make kids obese by the time they turn 18, research has found.While maternal poor health can make boys obese by the time they turn 18, long-term exposure to financial stress and family disruption can make adolescent
"I tried to commit suicide at 16 and now I'm standing here," he said. "I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it's your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same
Washington: The number of friends we have when we are young may have a significant impact on our emotional health later in life, a new study suggests.However, as we get older it is the quality of social relationships that benefit our well-being later in life, researchers have found.Researchers from