Healthiest Ways to Relax Your Mind, Body and Soul

“Once you learn the art of relaxation, everything happens spontaneously and effortlessly.” – Amma During hectic times, it’s tough to remember that relaxation is more than a luxury. In fact, humans need to relax to maintain balance in their lives. Work stress, family strife, and mounting responsibilities can exact a tremendous toll. Relaxing should be at the top of the list as a healthy coping measure and as a rewarding self-gift. Why do we so often neglect this healing self-care? Do you know the healthiest ways to relax your mind, body and soul? Perhaps the biggest obstacle to relaxing is that some of us have a difficult time slowing the treadmill we put ourselves on daily. Even getting off it temporarily may be problematic. After all, we tell ourselves, there’s just so much to do and so little time to get it all done. No wonder we’re frazzled, anxious, fearful, worried and vulnerable, sometimes at the same time. Getting started on relaxation techniques begins with the realization and acceptance that this is something healthy, worthwhile, and life-affirming. Instead of relaxation stealing time from responsibilities, when you relax, you’re making yourself better able to deal with what needs to be done after you’ve caught your breath. Besides, sticking to a breakneck pace will eventually result in a breakdown, illness, psychological distress, exhaustion, and a lowered quality of life. That’s never good, so putting some spac...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Mental Health and Wellness Mindfulness Self-Help Source Type: blogs

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In this study, effects of CDP-choline on the well known negative effects of Rapid Eye Movements (REM) sleep deprivation on learning and memory were investigated. Sleep deprivation was induced by placing adult male Wistar albino rats on 6.5 cm diameter platforms individually for 96 hours according to flower pot method. Learning and memory performances were evaluated using Morris Water Maze (MWM) test during the same period of time. Saline or CDP-choline (100 µmol/kg, 300 µmol/kg or 600 µmol/kg) was administered intraperitoneally 30 minutes prior to the onset of MWM experiments. On completion of behavioral ...
Source: Physiology and Behavior - Category: Physiology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 23 October 2019Source: Molecular and Cellular ProbesAuthor(s): Yi ChenAbstractCyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) is an inducible enzyme that plays a key role in the inflammatory cascade through the generation of prostaglandins. Recent studies have found that COX-2 is closely related to the occurrence and development of tumors, angiogenesis and metastasis of tumors. Overexpressed COX-2 has become a predictive biomarker for progression of pre-malignant towards cancer in some tissues, which makes the detection of COX-2 of great value and clinical significance. This review highlights COX-2-specific flu...
Source: Molecular and Cellular Probes - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 22 October 2019Source: Life SciencesAuthor(s): Pollyana S. Siqueira-Lima, Jullyana S.S. Quintans, Luana Heimfarth, Fabiolla R.S. Passos, Erik W.M. Pereira, Marilia M. Rezende, José E.R. Menezes-Filho, Rosana S.S. Barreto, Henrique D.M. Coutinho, Adriano A.S. Araújo, Aline S. Medrado, Ligia A. Naves, Horácio F. Bomfim, Angélica M. Lucchese, Sathiyabama Rajiv Gandhi, Lucindo J. Quintans-JúniorAbstractNeuropathic pain (NP) is a difficult condition to treat because of the modest efficacy of available drugs. New treatments are required. In the study we aimed ...
Source: Life Sciences - Category: Biology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 22 October 2019Source: Carbohydrate PolymersAuthor(s): Madhusudhan Alle, Bhagavanth Reddy G, Tae Hoon Kim, Seok Ho Park, Seoung Hwan Lee, Jin-Chul KimAbstractAn ultrafast (e.g. 75 sec) synthesis of carboxymethyl xanthan gum (CMXG) capped gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) (CMXG@AuNPs) was developed using microwave irradiation (MWI) method. The synthesis of AuNPs was optimized by varying CMXG amount, gold ion concentration, and MWI time. The CMXG@AuNPs exhibited a spherical shape, high crystallinity, and narrow size distribution (i.e. 8-10 nm). The electrostatic interaction-mediated ...
Source: Carbohydrate Polymers - Category: Biomedical Science Source Type: research
Publication date: January 2020Source: Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, Volume 55Author(s): Gi-Ren Liu, Yu-Lun Lo, John Malik, Yuan-Chung Sheu, Hau-Tieng WuAbstractWe propose a novel algorithm for sleep dynamics visualization and automatic annotation by applying diffusion geometry based sensor fusion algorithm to fuse spectral information from two electroencephalograms (EEG). The diffusion geometry approach helps organize the nonlinear dynamical structure hidden in the EEG signal. The visualization is achieved by the nonlinear dimension reduction capability of the chosen diffusion geometry algorithms. For the autom...
Source: Biomedical Signal Processing and Control - Category: Biomedical Science Source Type: research
In this study, a series of deletion mutants or point mutants of horPDPN were produced for analyzing the PMab-219 epitope using flow cytometry. The analysis of deletion mutants showed that N-terminus of PMab-219 epitope exists between 55th amino acid (aa) and 60th aa of horPDPN. Furthermore, the analysis of point mutants demonstrated that the critical epitope of PMab-219, which was developed by CBIS method, could include Val59, Arg61, Ser62, and Thr63 of horPDPN, indicating that PMab-219 epitope is independent of PLAG domain or PLD of horPDPN. PMID: 31638470 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Monoclonal Antibodies in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy - Category: Microbiology Tags: Monoclon Antib Immunodiagn Immunother Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 23 October 2019Source: The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyAuthor(s): Margarida Lorigo, Melissa Mariana, Manuel C. Lemos, Elisa CairraoAbstractTestosterone (T) is the predominant endogenous androgen in the bloodstream. At the vascular level, T presents genomic and non-genomic effects, and both effects may overlap. The genomic actions assume that androgens can freely cross the plasma membrane of target cells and bind to nuclear androgen receptors, inducing gene transcription and protein synthesis. The non-genomic effects have a more rapid onset and may be related to th...
Source: The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
In this study, we characterized in vitro and in vivo profiles of a novel highly selective OX2R agonist, TAK-925 [methyl (2R,3S)-3-[(methylsulfonyl)amino]-2-{[(cis-4-phenylcyclohexyl)oxy]methyl}piperidine-1-carboxylate]. TAK-925 activated human recombinant OX2R with 50% effective concentration value of 5.5 nM, and showed>5000-fold selectivity over OX1R in calcium mobilization assays. TAK-925 induced OX2R-downstream signals similar to those displayed by orexin peptides in Chinese hamster ovary cells stably expressing human OX2R. In an electrophysiological study, TAK-925 activated physiological OX2R on histaminergic neur...
Source: Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 22 October 2019Source: MitochondrionAuthor(s): Sonia A. Allen, Sandipan Datta, Jose Sandoval, Alexey Tomilov, Thomas Sears, Kevin Woolard, James M. Angelastro, Gino A. CortopassiAbstractAMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a eukaryotic energy sensor and protector from mitochondrial/energetic stress that is also a therapeutic target for cancer and metabolic disease. Metformin is an AMPK inducer that has been used in cancer therapeutic trials. Through screening we isolated cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), a drug known to dose-dependently inhibit mitochondrial complex 1, as a potent and dos...
Source: Mitochondrion - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 23 October 2019Source: Microvascular ResearchAuthor(s): Chen Chen, Yan Li, Shiqiang Hou, Pierre M. Bourbon, Liuliang Qin, Kevin Zhao, Taiyang Ye, Dezheng Zhao, Huiyan ZengAbstractPathological angiogenesis is a hallmark of many diseases. Previously, we reported that orphan nuclear receptor TR3/Nur77 was a critical mediator of angiogenesis to regulate tumor growth, sepsis and skin wound healing. However, none of the TR3/Nur77 targeting molecule has been in clinical trial so far. Here, we designed and generated novel TR3 shRNAs and two minigenes that had therapeutic potential for cancer trea...
Source: Microvascular Research - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
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