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Troubleshoot Back Pain By Looking At Lifestyle Factors

Before turning to more serious treatments, here’s a rundown of lifestyle factors that can contribute to or even cause back pain. Daily life can make back pain worse It happens to the best of us–you make a small change in your lifestyle and you start to get a niggling sense that your back is uncomfortable. Perhaps you recently changed your sleeping arrangements or you got a new desk chair, which shouldn’t necessarily be cause for alarm at first. But then,

What To Know About Health Anxiety And When To Trust Your Gut

Many of us have felt shamed for worrying too much about our health. However, health anxiety isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s natural to feel health anxiety–and it’s arguably better to worry too much than too little about your health. So when is health anxiety just anxiety? When and how should you advocate for yourself, to minimize stigma when seeking care? Ignoring symptoms carries risk, and sometimes your gut is right From cancer to unplanned pregnancies, sometimes symptoms arise seemingly

Arthritis Pain Relief Without Drugs: Game Your Brain

You may not be able to fully eliminate arthritis pain. However, you may find partial relief without drugs by leveraging your brain and nervous system. Here are 5 ways you can “game your brain,” to make it work better for you and your arthritis pain. 1. Distraction Distraction is well-regarded as a defense against pain perception. It can trick the brain into ignoring pain, at least for a little while. Obviously, different people are distracted by different things. You may

When Chronic Pain Becomes Too Much, Here’s How To Manage

More people than you might imagine live in unbearable pain that interferes with living life happily. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 Americans experience chronic pain. And, for almost 1 in 10 Americans, chronic pain becomes too much. If you live with any kind of chronic pain, information is your friend. Read on to get a better handle on your situation and find new ways to manage. FAQs about chronic pain You’ll find the answers to these questions in

Long Covid And Mental Health: What To Expect

Now that the coronavirus is a fact of life, it’s still important to prevent infection–and the mental health effects connected to long Covid. As of October 2022, over 628 million people have been infected with Covid, globally. Worse, experts estimate that nearly 1 in 5 US adults who have had Covid develop long Covid symptoms. While that’s scary in its own right, long Covid’s mental health effects add insult to injury. What are the mental health symptoms associated with long

Why Is Nicotine So Appealing? Nicotine Dependence And Mental Health

Nicotine is one of the most addictive chemicals known to humans. But why is it so appealing in the first place? And how does nicotine dependence affect mental health? Many nicotine users ignore the emotional or psychological aspects of nicotine dependence, even though these may outweigh physical dependence. Nicotine has both physical and mental effects that make it such an addictive drug. “Please do not start smoking if you’re not. And if you are smoking, please try to stop.” – Sulman

Pandemic Burnout: Why It’s Not Going Away And What To Do About It

Are you feeling physically, psychologically, or emotionally exhausted? Most of us are, and it’s no wonder given the events of the last few years. The succession of pandemic burnout, hope for a post-pandemic era, and continued fears have created wellbeing-whiplash. We white-knuckled through the terror of the unknown, and finally emerged on what felt like the other side. But people are still getting COVID! And the burnout continues. The ongoing pandemic has drained so many of us, and we’ve been

Why Disability And Hope Need To Coexist

Disability can increase one’s risk for depression, anxiety, feelings of isolation, frustration with circumstances, and more. But sometimes the worst part of all this, is the fear that it will never get any better. That your life is worthless, and that there is no point to it all. It is so easy to feel a complete lack of hope when you live with a disability–especially when it impacts your quality of life. So, with this in mind, we think it’s

You Know Someone In Eating Disorder Recovery: What’s That Mean For You?

Almost 1 in 10 Americans struggle with eating disorders–that doesn’t even begin to account for those who are undiagnosed or who struggle with food in other ways. That means you definitely know someone in eating disorder recovery, and you might even have something to learn about your own disordered eating habits. If you’re looking for answers to any of the following concerns about eating disorders, read on.  You aren’t sure how to navigate conversations about eating disorders. Body image and

How To Embrace Food Freedom For Body Image Struggles

Three key ways to embrace food freedom to improve body image, as recounted by eating disorder recovery TikTok advocate @elizabethsnazz. What does food freedom have to do with body image, and how can you embrace it? Food is supposed to bring us both nourishment and joy. If you constantly restrict what you eat, food can’t serve either of these purposes in your human experience! Our relationships with food shouldn’t have to feel like they’re all or nothing, and that’s a