Exercises for Stress Reduction & Deep Relaxation – Part 1 of 4 – Introduction

Using simple and effective techniques, these sessions will introduce you to the tools that can assist in eliminating sleep disorders and reducing stress and anxiety experienced at home and at work. Part 1: Alison Cocking, Wellness Manager, UHN introduces Michael Apollo and the objectives for this 4-part video series. Please note: The practices provided in this video are a complement to and not exclusive of any medically prescribed regimen you have. The opinions expressed in the video practical sessions are those of the instructor and are not necessarily endorsed by the University Health Network (UHN). Claims and research are not associated or directly supported by UHN. For more information please visit www.pubmed.gov for current peer reviewed research on Mindfulness and Meditation.

Mayor Cory Booker anxious for you to throw away your food, take #SNAPChallenge


Having confirmed his intent to live off of food stamps for a week in response to a Twitter challenge, Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker is inviting followers to join him. The challenge doesn’t begin until next Tuesday, but Booker is laying the prep work, doing what he can to praise the SNAP program as essential while simultaneously pointing out how woefully inadequate it is — funny how so many government entitlement programs fit that description.

If you’d like to participate, here are the rules as they stand now, in handy video form.

Thanks to those joining me in the #SNAPchallenge to help spread awareness of SNAP. Learn the guidelines wayw.re/YyHTSv

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 30, 2012

Take special note of the arbitrary conditions. Many on food stamps don’t have a car, so don’t drive to the store. Many on food stamps don’t have friends or family, so don’t accept food from mom.

@corybooker glad ur doing this for awareness but honestly a full month is needed to understand & eating healthy, forget it. #SNAPchallenge

— Butterfly Effect (@anontransformed) November 30, 2012

@corybooker @cmajaski Read the guidelines for the #SNAPchallenge, it is not going to be easy!

— Caroline Boyce (@SweetCMB) December 1, 2012

Not easy at all. Esp. when the Mayor only gets $30. Eating right will be a challenge as well. @sweetcmb @corybooker #SNAPChallenge

— Christina Majaski (@cmajaski) December 1, 2012

I challenge all of congress to take the #SNAPChallenge Put your MONEY where your MOUTH is!P.S. Staying in the mansion is not gonna work.

— Grandmastiff Flash (@BullmastiffDog) November 24, 2012

@roycedaddy @corybooker I hope this helps people realize we need a min wage tied to cost of living index. #SNAPchallenge

— Pamela Reinskou (@preinsko) December 1, 2012

Although many praise the challenge for raising awareness, one follower wants people to be aware of the original purpose of the SNAP program.

@corybooker @primarilypaleo C’mon man, tell the people what the S in SNAP stands for. #snapChallenge#supplemental

— Ryan 2016 (@DraftRyan2016) November 29, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/11/30/mayor-cory-booker-anxious-for-you-to-throw-away-your-food-take-snapchallenge/

Stress relief tips and exercises – How to relieve stress

http://www.howdini.com/howdini-video-6638754.html Ever notice your neck and shoulders hurt after a stressful day? You’re probably holding a lot of tension in those muscles. Here are some stress relief tips and exercises for your body after a rough day, from family and lifestyle correspondent Ylonda Caviness. Stress relief tips and exercises – How to relieve stress Stress not only makes you feel lousy and ill-tempered, it can literally be a killer. It’s important to find outlets for stress relief and identify its sources as well. * First, you must recognize that you are stressed. It’s more than likely just you and not everyone around you who is stressed as that moment. * To relieve stress, you need to identify the source of it. Often just your day-to-day tasks can cause a great deal of stress. * Exercises you can do almost anywhere for stress relief: 1. If you are in your car rushing to get somewhere and trying to beat a light, simply stop and let the light catch you. Take deep breaths while sitting at the light and tell yourself “The tension is flowing out of my body.” 2. You can also simply shrug your shoulders and hold it for 4-5 seconds. A lot of tension is held in your shoulders. 3. Listening to music can help relieve stress. Put on some silly music that will allow you to have fun and lighten up. 4. Laughter is the best prescription for stress relief – even try to laugh at yourself. * Recognize that its not just you who is stressed out—everyone goes through stressful situations.

Heart-Pounding Facts About Your Own Body That Are Hard To Believe. Wow.

What is the most important part of the body: The head or the heart?

This question existed since the dawn of philosophers… and middle school English teachers. We value our intelligence over most things, and for good reason. We traveled to the moon and back and turned communication with others around the globe into child’s play. We even created technology allowing me to write this article at 32,000 feet on a plane traveling near the speed of sound, all thanks to the human brain.

But without the heart, the brain could not exist. That’s why you MUST know these 25 important (and cool) facts about hearts. Some may even save your life… and your intelligence.

1.) According to studies, the more education you have, the less likely you’ll die from heart disease.

2.) Yet heart disease is still the greatest risk of death.

3.) They’ve even found signs of it in 3,000 year old mummies.

4.) The largest heart belongs to the blue whale, at over 1,500 lbs.

5.) Your heart is a super muscle, and it’s used well beyond any other muscle in your body during a lifetime.

6.) Your heart creates enough energy to power a truck for 20 miles a day.

7.) Which means you could drive to the moon AND back on nothing but heart power.

8.) Healthy hearts start with a balance of clean living, low stress, and exercise.

9.) There are 75 trillion cells in your body, and the heart pumps blood to almost all of them.

10.) Your cornea is the only thing doesn’t get them.

11.) Hate waiting for long trains? Well your heart pumps enough blood in a lifetime to fill 200 tankers (1.5 million barrels).

12.) A heart cell, the very first one, starts to beat at 4 weeks.

13.) The days with the most heart attacks are Christmas Day, December 26, and on New Year’s.

If you thought those were mind-blowing, just wait till you see the rest!

Read more: http://viralnova.com/heart-facts/

Many Say Out-Of-Body Experiences Are A Hoax, But Did Science Prove Them Wrong?

Have you ever woken up and felt as if you were floating outside of your own body?

Many who’ve reported having these types of experiences believe they’re caused by spiritual or even paranormal forces, while others think they’re completely faked. But according to a new study by the Aix-Marseille Université in France, out-of-body experiences (OBE) are linked to a perfectly explainable physical issue.

Neuroscientist Christophe Lopez and other researchers compared two sets of 210 patients matched by the same ages and genders. One set had a history of dizziness, while the other did not.

About 14 percent of those who did suffer from dizziness reported having out-of-body experiences. As one stated, it felt “like I’m outside of myself. I feel like I’m not in myself.” Only five percent of those who didn’t experience dizziness reported OBEs.

The study also found that most of those who had dizziness and a history of OBE had experienced OBEs only after they started having dizziness for the first time. Many of those subjects had also been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, depersonalization, or migraines.

According to the researchers, “OBE in patients with dizziness were mainly related to peripheral vestibular disorders,” or inner ear issues that affect the ability to process sensory information and control balance and eye movements. This type of damage to the ears can result in dizziness, vertigo, floating sensations, and lightheadedness.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/out-of-body-experiences/

The Long-term Effects of Stress

This video is intended to spread awareness about the long-term effects of stress. Everyone experiences stress everyday, it can come from any source. Some examples include emotional, physical or job related stress. Stress is our body’s primitive way of responding to any kind of internal or external demand or threat. The short-term effects of stress may not be serious but prolonged exposure to stress can lead to very serious long-term effects on the body. Thus, this video will be outlining the some of the long-term effects on the body such as an increase in heart attacks, obesity and development of diabetes. This video will also be discussing the three stress hormones; cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine. Cortisol, which is the major stress hormone, is released from the adrenal cortex. Epinephrine which is also referred to as adrenaline and norepinephrine, referred to as noradrenaline are released from the adrenal medulla. This video was made by 4DM3 students Vyshnavi Mahendran, Tamandeep Khangura, Humaira Nakhuda, Mateen Akhtar and Andrew Nashed. Copyright McMaster University 2016 Please let us know how we can improve our videos and additional topics should be addressed below. References: Al’Abadie, M. S., Kent, G. G., & Gawkrodger, D. J. (1994). The relationship between stress and the onset and exacerbation of psoriasis and other skin conditions. British Journal of Dermatology, 130(2), 199-203. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of Amercia. (2015) Asthma facts and Figures. (n.p). Retrieved October 18,2016 from http://www.aafa.org/page/asthma-facts.aspx Bhatia, V., & Tandon, R. K. (2005). Stress and the gastrointestinal tract. Journal of gastroenterology and hepatology, 20(3), 332-339. Deanfield, J., Kensett, M., Wilson, R., Shea, M., Horlock, P., De Landsheere, C., & Selwyn, A. (1984). Silent myocardial ischaemia due to mental stress. The Lancet, 324(8410), 1001-1005. Desborough, J. P. (2000). The stress response to trauma and surgery. British journal of anaesthesia, 85(1), 109-117. Ghiadoni, L., Donald, A. E., Cropley, M., Mullen, M. J., Oakley, G., Taylor, M., … & Deanfield, J. E. (2000). Mental stress induces transient endothelial dysfunction in humans. Circulation, 102(20), 2473-2478. Health Canada. (2008). Mental Health-Coping with Stress (n.p). Retrieved October 18, 2016, from http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/life-vie/stress-eng.php Kemeny, M. E. (2003). The psychobiology of stress. Current directions in psychological science, 12(4), 124-129. Lundberg, U. (2005). Stress hormones in health and illness: the roles of work and gender. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 30(10), 1017-1021. Ranabir, S., & Reetu, K. (2011). Stress and hormones. Indian journal of endocrinology and metabolism, 15(1), 18. Statistics Canada.(2014).Overweight and obese adults (n.p). Retrieved October 21, 2016, from http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-625-x/2015001/article/14185-eng.htm Steptoe, A., & Kivimäki, M. (2012). Stress and cardiovascular disease. Nature Reviews Cardiology, 9(6), 360-370. Surwit, R. S., Schneider, M. S., & Feinglos, M. N. (1992). Stress and diabetes mellitus. Diabetes care, 15(10), 1413-1422. Torres, S. J., & Nowson, C. A. (2007). Relationship between stress, eating behavior, and obesity. Nutrition, 23(11), 887-894. World Health Organization.(2016). Global report on Psoriasis. Retrieved October 18, 2016, from http://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/204417

Occupy members return to Zuccotti Park to seek #Justice4Cecily


Cecily McMillan, a graduate student and Occupy Wall Street activist, faces up to seven years in jail for assaulting a New York police officer in 2012. A jury found her guilty today, and a sentencing hearing is set for May 19.

According to the Guardian:

McMillan denied the charge. She claimed that she swung her arm back instinctively only after having one of her breasts grabbed from behind while she was walking out of the park. Her lawyers showed photographs of bruising to her chest to support this. They said McMillan did not know that  [Officer Grantley] Bovell was a police officer, and did not intend to hurt him.

Testifying, McMillan said that she had “no memory” of the moment her elbow struck Bovell. “I’m really sorry that officer got hurt,” she said. She has said that she suffered a seizure or anxiety attack after being arrested and subsequently received treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Her lawyers stressed throughout the trial that she was a moderate left-wing political activist who had urged her fellow Occupy members to pursue a path of non-violent engagement with the state.

Supporters of McMillan are planning to meet in New York’s Zuccotti Park Monday afternoon to protest the verdict.

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From another perspective:



Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/05/05/occupy-members-return-to-zuccotti-park-to-seek-justice4cecily/

Top Benefits of Having Garages in Prince William and Woodbridge in Modern Age

No kidding! This is the fact. Simply ask yourself, what is the biggest issue of your home at this moment? The answer you will get is-shortage of space or in other words, necessity of extra storage place. Importantly, most common questions of homebuyers that nowadays home sellers come across are ‘what about the storage space of your home? ‘Don’t you have a garden shed? ‘ and so on; On the contrary, the possibility of exterior storage is mostly overlooked in home renovation plans whereas lack of storage space is the most common problem of householders. In fact, apart from adding home value, the benefits of equipping you with garages in Prince William and Woodbridge are plentiful.

Five Pros of Garages in Prince William and Woodbridge

Spacious Home

Having storage sheds and garages in Prince William and Woodbridge help you get a spacious indoor without entering into any costly renovation. Just by leaving the belongings that you don’t require on a regular basis into the exterior garage room you can effectively reduce the loads of clutters of your home and make the crammed area sizably bigger.

Storage Space

No family man can deny the necessity of a distinct space to store everything from gardening equipments, mowers, rarely used furniture, beddings or anything that are seldom used in the storeroom. With lockable garages you can keep things well protected in an organized way and access them any time, once that are needed, without spoiling your time to locate their whereabouts in the home.

Multipurpose Use

After becoming retired, with a well-built garage room in the backyard, you can always initiate your dream manufacturing business. In the fast-paced everyday life, many professionals to businesspersons use customized garages in Prince William and Woodbridge as rustic home. No wonder, it’s a unique way to unwind you from all taxation, fatigue and get reenergized. Having patio sheds is an excellent way to gift your children with their ‘keenly own’ playroom.

More Cleanliness

Minimum clutters fetch more space while more space promotes cleanliness in home ambiance. Once the shed is installed by garages in Prince William and Woodbridge, this will help cleaning out all messy rooms, porch, or stairways. As you amass excess things into the tool shed, future cleaning of the rooms becomes easy as never before. Less dirt, dust, and germs foster absolute wellbeing among the family members. Equally, with the proper storage of lawn mower, garden equipments, watering hose into the standalone garage, from the lawn to driveway and patio to backyard, now start gleaming, being spotless.

Easier Access with Tidy Setting

With a centralized shed room, as now you can store all essentials that are infrequently used and keep your home clean, equally prepare the shed with necessary shelving, hangers, and storage bins to accumulate everything in ordered manner. With this, all your necessities will be easy accessible, any time as you need them.

Source: http://EzineArticles.com/9954703

Climate scientists now suffering ‘pre-traumatic stress disorder’


Obviously a made-up mental disorder is the logical result of anxiety over made up science. This is reminiscent of the anxiety disorder liberals were suffering when they couldn’t accept that Al Gore had lost the election. That may have been the point of no return for many on the left’s sanity. Now crazy is the standard for Al Gore and his prophets of doom.

In the Grist article Climate depression is for real. Just ask a scientist we learn about the terrible ordeal high profile Nobel winning climate change alarmists like Camille Parmesan must suffer.

“In the U.S., [climate change] isn’t well-supported by the funding system, and when I give public talks in the U.S., I have to devote the first half of the talk to [the topic] that climate change is really happening,” says Parmesan, now a professor at Plymouth University in England.

Parmesan certainly isn’t the first to experience some sort of climate-change blues. From depression to substance abuse to suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder, growing bodies of research in the relatively new field of psychology of global warming suggest that climate change will take a pretty heavy toll on the human psyche as storms become more destructive and droughts more prolonged. For your everyday environmentalist, the emotional stress suffered by a rapidly changing Earth can result in some pretty substantial anxieties.

The climate change religion has already established its notions of sin, penance, and indulgences. Now they’re canonizing martyrs and saints.


Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/29/climate-scientists-now-suffering-pre-traumatic-stress-disorder/