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Lidia Doncova-Macri

A Change Expert, Corporate Trainer & Applied Positive Psychology Coach, Lidia holds a BA-Psychology from Macquarie University in Sydney, and she is certified in Applied Positive Psychology by The Flourishing Centre. Also, she is a volunteer Facilitator with the Australian Pain Management Association, and a certified Flourishing Skills Group trainer.

How Exercise Might Affect Our Food Choices, and Our Weight. Taking up exercise could alter our feelings about food in surprising and beneficial ways, according to a compelling new study of exercise and eating.

How Exercise Might Affect Our Food Choices, and Our Weight

The study finds that novice exercisers start to experience less desire for fattening foods, a change that could have long-term implications for weight control. The study also shows, though, that different people respond quite differently to the same exercise routine and the same foods, underscoring the complexities of the relationship between exercise, eating and fat loss.

I frequently write about exercise and weight, in part because weight control is a pressing motivation for so many of us to work out, myself included. But the effects of physical activity on waistlines are not straightforward and coherent. They are, in fact, distressingly messy. At the same time, physical activity seems to be essential for minimizing weight gain as we age and maintaining weight loss if we do manage to shed pounds. FSG COURSE.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Handwashing. Public-health officials across the globe are urging people to wash their hands, calling it one of the best methods to prevent further spread of the new coronavirus.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Handwashing

But decades of research tell a sobering truth: People need to learn a thing or two about personal hygiene. Many don’t know proper handwashing technique. They do it for too little time, or they don’t do it at all. Proper handwashing means scrubbing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Yet just 5% of people spent more than 15 seconds washing their hands after using the restroom, and 10% didn’t wash their hands at all, in a study of 3,749 college students published in the Journal of Environmental Health in 2013. How to Wash Your Hands Hands are villages to thousands of germs—including bacteria and viruses. The virus’s fate is in your hands—literally—so experts say it’s time to start practicing what science is preaching. Facts (and Myths) About Boosting Your Immune System. As the new coronavirus continues to spread across the country, having an optimally functioning immune system is more important than ever.

Facts (and Myths) About Boosting Your Immune System

Medical professionals say it is important not to rush to buy supplements and vitamins that promise to enhance your immune system; there isn’t much evidence that such products do any good. Instead, they say, stick with the more mundane, but proven, approaches: • Keep your stress levels down. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle, of course: The more you stress about the virus, the more likely you are to suffer from it. “Stress can certainly hurt your immune system,” says Morgan Katz, an assistant professor of infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University. Andrew Diamond, chief medical officer of One Medical, a nationwide network of primary-care providers, says the stress hormone cortisol turns off cells in your immune system.

. • Exercise. But it is important not to go overboard. . • Get adequate sleep. . • Eat plenty of plain yogurt every day. Positive Psychology at Work. How to Stop Catastrophizing: An Expert’s Guide. Let us start by considering why some people catastrophise – that is, on hearing uncertain news, they imagine the worst possible outcome.

How to Stop Catastrophizing: An Expert’s Guide

After all, it is not uncommon and those who catastrophise seem to do it a lot. Catastrophisers tend to be fairly anxious people. Whether this characteristic is principally genetic or more the result of learning is unknown. High levels of anxiety are extremely unpleasant, so we look for ways to discharge those unpleasant feelings as quickly as possible. If a catastrophiser is told something inconclusive – for example, if they go to a GP and are asked to have tests – they look for a way to feel in control again immediately. Considering all possibilities is not a bad strategy if you examine them logically. •Accept yourself. •Take control. •Use the “best friend test”. Stanford psychologist: How to raise successful and highly focused kids. Society’s fear of how technology is hurting our kids’ ability to focus and achieve success has reached a fever pitch — and many parents have resorted to extreme measures.

Stanford psychologist: How to raise successful and highly focused kids

A quick search on YouTube reveals thousands of videos of parents storming into their kids’ rooms, unplugging the computers or gaming consoles, and smashing the devices into bits. But here’s what most parents don’t understand: Technology isn’t the problem, and enforcing strict rules around tech usage isn’t the solution. Rather, it’s the root causes to children’s distractions that need to be addressed. Kids have psychological needs Just as the human body requires macronutrients to run properly, the human psyche has its own needs in order to flourish. If you want to raise highly successful and “indistractable” kids, these are the three most important psychological nutrients that need to be met: 1. It might sound like a horrible idea, but giving your kid freedom of control over their choices can actually be a good thing.