The political “silly season” has arrived. And while this year’s election offers some outrageous theater for hardcore political junkies, for others the constant barrage of politics in the news, on social media, and in conversations is a potent source of stress and anxiety.
Some of the political rhetoric has even gone out of the way to incite a sense of panic and fear in people in order to generate votes.
How do you stay calm and help others retain a positive outlook when the stakes feel so high and you’re not sure your candidate will prevail?
How do you feel after eating a sun-warmed peach plucked ripe from a tree? What is your mental state like when you dig into the season’s first asparagus, grilled and drizzled with olive oil?
We all know that eating more fruits and vegetables can bring us more physical health. Those who eat more fruits and vegetables have reduced rates of heart disease, as well as lower BMIs. And each daily serving you eat can help prevent an early death.
What is less well-known is that eating fruits and vegetables can actually make you happier.
Bicycling to work comes with a lot of benefits: It’s good for your body. It’s good for the earth. And it’s great for your mental health. And now, there is one more reason to take to the saddle—type 2 diabetes prevention.
Scientists have known for a long time that exercise can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes. Being active helps your body control blood sugar better and also prevents the kind of weight gain that can be a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.
Still, many people believe that it’s “too late” to start an exercise program and improve their health. New research, however, should give middle-aged and older adults confidence that starting an exercise program at any age can help protect you from type 2 diabetes.
A new NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation survey looks at stress, overwork, and hazards in the workplace. The outcomes, while they do not surprise, certainly strengthen the case for getting workers help for dealing with stress.
The poll seems to point to overwork as a potent form of stress. About a fifth of us work more than 50 hours per week at a primary job (which doesn’t count the many, many people who need a second job just to get by in our economy). Even more shocking: About half of us do not use all or most of our allotted vacation days!