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Octacosanol – Has Stress-Related Insomnia Met its Match?

Stress can make it difficult to sleep. This isn't news. The rise of octacosanol, another dietary supplement with research behind it, is no surprise, either.

The rise of octacosanol, another dietary supplement with research behind it, is no surprise, either.

If you suffer from stress-related insomnia, octacosanol could be a reason to hope for relief. The mental and physical anguish insomnia causes are enough to motivate anyone. Buying an inexpensive supplement is worth a...
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Beliefs

How to Forgive Yourself by Realizing Something New


You may be wondering how to forgive yourself for something - or many things.

If you don't know how to forgive yourself - if you can't let go and move on - you may be focusing on the wrong part of self-forgiveness.

So many of us say: I can't forgive myself. I'm not able to let go. I can't do it. Show me how to forgive myself because I'm stuck. I totally lack self-forgiveness!


You're focused on not...
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Angry? It Might Be Abilify

This is a guest post by William Jiang, MLS

Note: This is an opinion-based post. All views expressed are the personal perspective of the author. No medical advice should be implied.

Abilify. It is the single best-selling drug of all time. From April 2013, through March 2014, sales of Abilify (official name, aripiprazole) totaled $6,885,243,368.

That is, Abilify made almost 7 billion in one year.

At the...
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Feeling Lousy? Try Something a Little Different

Ever try singing when you're feeling bad?

Many of us understand how powerful music can be on our moods, and know the capacity of the ‘right’ song to carry us into different emotional states.

A recent article on The Mighty even reveals 30 songs that their members found helpful for anxiety and depression

Maybe you’re also the type who loves to belt one out in the shower or car, or perhaps you just quietly hum...
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You’ll Be Shocked at How Therapeutic Journaling Can Heal You

This is a guest post from therapeutic journaling expert and author, Mari L. McCarthy.

Did you know that handwriting therapeutically in a journal can boost your immune system and slash the number of visits you make to the doctors?

Yes, therapeutic journaling - also known as expressive writing, can improve the symptoms of chronic illness, reduce your chances of catching a common cold, and even reduce drug costs.

But what is the evidence for therapeutic...
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5 Strategies for Uninterrupted Sleep

You’re lying in bed, exhausted. It’s the middle of the night, and for no apparent reason, you’re awake - wide awake.

You toss and turn, trying to get back to sleep, but to no avail. Another anxious glance at your alarm clock shows the agonizing hours slipping by. It feels like you’re the only person in the world not sleeping.

Frustration and desperation set in as your 7:00 wake-up call looms ever nearer. The next day, you’re...
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Feeling Upset? Try Talking to Yourself in The Third Person

Many of us talk silently to ourselves when we are caught up in stressful or upsetting situations.

In fact, for many of us, this internal dialogue is unceasing, and can play either a supportive or disruptive role in our emotional well-being.

For instance, an inner voice that is supportive and encouraging can make us our own cheerleaders, but when that voice is harsh, judgemental and critical, it can make us feel downright miserable.

Much of the current...
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The Diet for Depression

While there has been some research in the past suggesting a link between diet and depression, Professor Felice Jacka of Deakin University in Australia has completed a truly revolutionary study demonstrating that a healthy diet can actually treat existing depression.

The study involved 67 individuals with moderate to severe depression, most of whom were taking antidepressants and/or were in regular psychotherapy. All participants self-reported eating an unhealthy diet.

Half of the group were assigned to follow...
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Can Swearing Soothe Painful Emotions? D#@n Right it Can!

We all know a well-placed swearword can ease the pain of a stubbed toe, but did you know swearing can also help diminish hurt feelings?

New research has found that swearing out loud helps to reduce the emotional pain of things including embarrassment, rejection, and other forms of social distress in much the same way that it soothes physical pain.

The ‘Pain Overlap Theory’ is based on the idea that physical pain is processed in...
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This Kind of Communication Happens Once a Minute and It’s Bad for Your Health

According to research, for the majority of people, the typical conversation includes one complaint per minute. That’s a lot of whining.

We all know someone who seems to love to complain. But did you also know that complaining is actually bad for your health?

When we complain on a regular basis, the neurons in our brain actually rewire so that complaining gets easier over time.

Repeated complaining also shrinks the area of our brain that’s responsible...
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