Breaking Free of Flying Phobia

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Aviophobia – fear of flying – is one of the most common forms of anxiety. According to a study in the Journal of Travel Research, 1 in 6 adult Americans are afraid to fly. Potentially combining a fear of heights, a perceived loss of control, and maybe even claustrophobia, fear of flying can be tough to overcome and stressful to …

The Latest in Giftable Tech

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It’s that time of year again, when thoughts turn to sharing with friends and family in the form of festive toasts, big meals, and – new technology. Here’s the lowdown on some of the latest gadgets. Give a gift of Practicality Wireless charging is becoming quite common, but not everyone can splurge on the convenience of cordless. Fortunately, charging stations …

Harnessing the Power of Home Health Tests

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The first home health test was the now-iconic, stick-based pregnancy test, which first hit drugstore shelves in 1976. Despite several changes over the years (such as substitution of +/- results with smiley faces), the simple DIY assessment has remained popular. Since then, we’ve seen the rise of more sophisticated at-home tests, including genetic sampling that maps your DNA and can …

Kindness as a Movement

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It sometimes seems like the world is getting meaner and more divisive by the day. However, there is also evidence to the contrary. Many individuals and organizations are harnessing the power of the internet, including social media, to do good. These varied groups are part of a slowly simmering “kindness movement” that has roots as far back as the late …

Make the Most of Summer!

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It’s almost here – summer is around the corner, and we’re itching to do the many things we dreamed of all winter long. Unfortunately, the reality of summer activities can mean feeling harried or disappointed when plans weren’t made or wind up falling through. This summer can be different! Try these tips for an easier and more enjoyable warm-weather season. …

Facing Up to Phone Addiction

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It’s no secret that smartphones have become a near-constant companion to the majority of American adults. One consumer habits study showed that we use our phones pretty much everywhere – including in church, while driving, in the shower, and even during personal interactions. This can’t be good for safety or conversation. The new trend of “phone detoxing” aims to curb …

Sound Apps for Peacefulness and Productivity

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What can babies, tinnitus sufferers, and insomniacs all benefit from? The soothing power of nature sounds and ambient noise. Research has shown that listening to natural sounds, such as birdsong, a burbling brook, or wind in the trees, generates a calming effect on brain connectivity and nervous system activity. These changes result in reduced mental stress and improved ability to …

How Patients Can Make the Most of Telemedicine

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Telemedicine provides a dose of around-the-clock healthcare convenience for people who are too far away, too busy, or too sick to travel to see a doctor in person. The concept of using telecommunications technology (such as phone and video) to conduct medical consultations was originally developed as a way to connect practitioners with patients who lived in remote, rural areas. …

Find a Time-Management App You’ll Love

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One of the biggest downsides of today’s ubiquitous technology is the ability for our phones, computers, watches, and other smart devices to highjack our most precious commodity – time. Time-management apps are designed to take the powerful draw of personal technology and use it for good by monitoring, tracking, and managing how we spend our hours. Which app you choose …

Protecting Personal Wellness During Business Travel

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These days, if you travel for work, you may find yourself in a region wracked by forest-fire-related “smokestorm” or suffering a wild heat wave – even in December. As a business traveler, however, you must persevere wherever you are. Luckily, there are easy and effective ways to make the trip less stressful on your body and your mind. Bring your …