Stress during the first trimester of pregnancy alters the population of microbes living in a mother's vagina. Those changes are passed on to newborns during birth and are associated with differences in their gut microbiome as well as their brain development, according to a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers.
During a vaginal birth, a newborn is exposed to its mother's vaginal microbes, collectively known as the microbiota, which importantly colonizes the newborn's gut, helping its immune system mature and influencing its metabolism. These effects take place during a critical window of brain development. Continue reading.
Originally posted on News Medical.
From my teens through early 20s, I suffered from anxiety, and felt isolated by it. What I didn't know then is that 18% of adults (almost one in five) suffers from anxiety. We just don’t talk about it.
The fact that I didn’t feel like I could talk about it also meant I didn’t understand what caused it, or how to fix it. I thought I was just an anxious person by nature. Over time, and through training to become a hypnotherapist, I learned that no one is just doomed to a life of anxiety. And, new evidence suggests that although anxiety is often passed on from our parents, it isn't due to genetics.
We have the power to change ourselves and the way we experience life.
It can seem like an overwhelming task, but taken day by day, it doesn’t have to be. Here are five steps to help you regain control of your life and let go of anxiety for good. Continue reading.
Originally posted on MindBodyGreen.
One of my clients, “Sara,” had always dreamed of starting her own dance studio, yet she had spent her entire life working in the same office job, which she didn’t enjoy. When I asked her what was keeping her from achieving her dreams, the answer was simple: fear. Sara was afraid that her studio would fail, and that she would lose the security that her current job provided.
“Joe,” on the other hand, had worked in a dead-end job for decades. He knew that he could find something that would better utilize his talents, but he was afraid to even look. When he was younger, he had spent 5 years trying to get a promotion and had failed. He thought that failure was inevitable, so he had better stay where he was, because at least it was an income.
So many of us have stories similar to Sara’s and Joe’s. Our fear-based thoughts are holding us back, preventing us from even taking that first step toward achieving our dreams. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Change Your Thoughts to Change Your Life.
For Mental Health Awareness Week, campaigners are visiting Army barracks, fire stations and sports centres to encourage men to speak up about their anxieties.
Throughout the week, the Self-Esteem Team, who are the organisation behind the campaign, have been visiting Army barracks, fire stations and sports centres to encourage men to speak up about their anxieties, in the hope of reducing the terrifyingly high male suicide rate we have here in the UK.
The first organisation to embrace the #SwitchOnTheLight initiative was the rugby club Epping UCRFC, on the London/Essex border. They asked a selection of their players to pose with a board on which they had expressed a worry in order to produce a powerful set of photographs, which you can see here. Continue reading.
Originally posted in the Telegraph.
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