“…And Breathe”

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Deep relaxation can increase energy level and productivity, as well as, improve concentration and memory. Relaxation is essential to overcome anxiety, stress, and tension. Photo by Zucki12

If you’ve ever taken a meditation or low-intensity yoga course you know that “…And Breathe” is at the core of relaxation. As a college student remembering to breathe is that last thing on a person’s mind after being slammed with a deadline, exam or obligation. And when downtime arrives, the activity is usually sedentary.

Relaxation is a bit more than taking a bubble bath or unwinding in front of TV at the end of the day. The relaxation that makes a difference is regular, day-to-day habit of deep relaxation. In fact, to relax is the foundation to overcome stress, anxiety and tension. It engages a number of physiological changes. For example:

  • Decrease in analytical thinking

  • Decrease in blood pressure

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    Decrease in muscle tension

  • Decrease in heart and respiration rate

  • And more.

For 30 minutes on a daily basis, regular practice of deep relaxation can produce benefits for the rest of an individuals life–benefits that include improved concentration and memory to decrease of phobias. There are several methods to attain a state of deep relaxation.

1. Yoga

     Yoga can increase flexibility, relaxation and overall fitness. Similar to exercise, yoga involves both the body and the mind; however, in a much more efficient way. Postures in yoga tend to  follow a certain mental attitude (one pose may be the attitude of strength while the other an attitude of humbleness). Use yoga as a tool for personal transformation

2. Meditation

     Meditation is a process of letting go. And more importantly it is the process of focusing on the here and now. Most students are engaged in activities external from themselves. As a result, they tend to be unaware of their inner feelings. Meditation can bring a person to a place of being. It can be helpful to practice when you have a busy or racing mind. Take some time in the day to close your eyes and be where you are.


3. Music

     Calming music is powerful. It has the ability to uplift a depressed mood, settle down into a deep serenity or obliterate worry and anxiety. Music often seems to connect something within us. Be sure, however, to select music that is relaxing and not rambunctiously stimulating.

Other methods include:

  • Time Management

  • Letting go of perfectionism

  • Saying No

  • Abdominal breathing

  • And More!

 

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</3 Monday

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Monday is probably the word most apathetically used in modern society. However, Monday can be a day to set the tone for the rest of the week! Photo by nhussien

     Monday. 

     It’s probably the word used most apathetically in the free world. After an extravagant weekend away from “the struggle,” Monday loves to remind us that it starts all over again. However, the day can also be a time to start over, to try something new, to celebrate, to be grateful. Research suggest that a person’s attitude on Monday will set the tone for the rest of their week. In knowledge of that, here is a little something to get your week started in the best way.

 

 

A Kiss: Not Just A Kiss

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According to psychologist, a kiss is not just a kiss. Humans use kissing to pass along critical information, and to maintain relationships. Photo by Lori Greig.

The smooch, peck and kiss.

According to research, a kiss is not just a kiss. In an NPR article “What Humans Can Learn From A Simple Kiss,” psychologist say we kiss beyond reason of just pure arousal. Humans kiss for two reasons. 1.) We kiss to assess potential mates and 2.) To maintain attachment.

Whether consciously processing it or not, kissing allows humans to get close enough to their partner to gauge characteristics of them. Kissing passes across important information.  Part of the information is processed through chemical signals called pheromones, and those signals can allow us to even determine the immune system compatibility of a mate. Other information is also passed across through confidence in body language. Moreover, kissing can determine the healthiness of a relationship more than sex. Partners who kiss more often can expect to be together longer. However, men and women value kissing for different reasons.

Men use kissing as a tool for arousal before the initiation of sex. Women, on the other hand, use kissing after sex as a relationship maintenance function. Women also rate kissing more importantly than men. More likely than men, women feel a change in attraction after the first kiss.

The article did not take into account cultural uses of the kiss, such as greeting others. Here is the article!!: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/10/11/231458850/what-humans-can-learn-from-a-simple-kiss

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Disparities in LGBT Healthcare

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The individual to the left could be heterosexual, homosexual or transgender and prone to a number of health risks. According to one study, doctors can be unaware due to simply not asking questions. Photo by hang_in_there.

     The average reported hours dedicated to LGBT health education content: 5.

     LGBT individuals experience health care disparities. Medical students across the country learn insufficient knowledge about gay, lesbian or transgender issues in medical school. A study published from The Journal of the American Medical Association showed that across age groups doctors continue to make oversights when caring for LGBT patients–which is problematic when a person may not feel comfortable disclosing their sexual or gender identity.

According to the study, LGBT individuals have specific health care needs related to chronic disease risk, adolescent and adult mental health, relationship violence, transmitted infections and more, as compared to heterosexual peers. A 2011 Institute of Medicine report also noted that LGBT people face the full range of medical issues as the rest of society, but they also face additional health risks due to social stigma. The study noted that the depth of LGBT health related curricula is somewhat unknown; however, researchers found on average the most was 5 hours. And the curricula was focused more on sexual behavior and infections.

This curriculum largely ignores that complex health issues LGBT individuals often face. The lack of education can put an individual in a decision of whether or not they can see their doctor. And if the person does decided to see a doctor, it can often be met with stress and fear. However, the government and medical schools have recognized these disparities according to several reports, and are said to be making initiatives to address these issues.

The study also noted specifically how some medical professionals are uncomfortable dealing with gay patients, sexual topics, and more. Here is the study: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1104294