Which Type of Probiotic Could Reduce Anxiety?

Taking a probiotic could reduce anxiety if it contains a specific type of bacteria. A new study published in PLoS One has found that, among the many strains of probiotics, Lactobacillus (L.) rhamnosus has the most evidence showing that it could significantly reduce anxiety. Researchers analyzed 22 animal studies and 14 human clinical studies looking at the impact of probiotics on anxiety. While researchers…

Mindfulness Quiets Unhelpful Thoughts

Scientists have found new evidence that mindfulness can help you ignore irrelevant negative thoughts, even when you’re depressed. People who are depressed commonly find themselves more easily distracted, slowed or overwhelmed by negative or self-critical thoughts. Mindfulness can help you get “unstuck.” A new study from researchers at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital has uncovered the…

5 Ways to Use Yoga for Better Sleep

Yoga is a gentle and restorative way to wind down your day. A national survey found that over 55% of people who did yoga found that it helped them get better sleep. Over 85% said yoga helped reduce stress. You can use supportive props like bolsters, blankets, and blocks to make poses comfortable so that…

Is Yoga the Next New ‘Antioxidant’?

  Most people do yoga for flexibility and strength, but there is a lot more that yoga can do for your body and mind– even at a biochemical level. A new study shows that 12 weeks of yoga boosts your natural antioxidants and defends you from the damage from free radicals. Read more here on…

5 Areas Your Body Holds Onto Emotional Stress

Where do you carry stress in your body? We carry a lot of emotional stress in our bodies, not just in our minds. Could our bodies be holding onto our emotional memories? If you ask a Western-trained doctor or neuroscientist where we store emotions or memory, you’ll most likely hear:  “the amygdala” or “the limbic…

Mindfulness In the Workplace: Leaders & Entrepreneurs

Mindfulness may protect CEOs/leaders and entrepreneurs against anxiety, depression, and the negative effects of burnout (i.e., emotional exhaustion and cynicism). In a recent study examining hundreds of CEOs, leaders, top and junior managers, and entrepreneurs in this month’s issue in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, researchers found that those who practiced high levels of…

Do Yoga at Your Work Desk

Don’t let being at work stop you from doing some yoga during the day. Even a few minutes of office yoga gives you to a break from your day and release of tension in your body. For those with a desk job working at a computer, studies have shown that sitting for long periods of…