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Watching Birds Near Home Eases Sadness and Worries

Watching birds around your home may help overcome sadness and worry, a new study in UK has found. Researchers from the University of Exeter in UK, the British Trust for Ornithology and the University of Queensland in Australia surveyed people living in urban or suburban neighborhoods and found that just seeing birds, trees and shrubs helped people. After conducting extensive surveys of the number of birds in the morning and afternoon in three English towns, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton, the study found that lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress were associated with the number of birds people could see in the afternoon. The positive association between birds, shrubs and trees and better mental health applied, even after controlling for variation in neighborhood deprivation, household income, age and a wide range of other socio-demographic factors.

Job Burnout Could Be the Wakeup Call You Have Been Avoiding!

If you have been feeling like your nine-to-five is a drag for a while now, you're not alone. Occupational or job burnout is being seen as a top cause of depression and stress among professionals today. The person becomes so uninterested in any physical activity that he or she gains weight and that is just the start. Tension causes blood pressure, sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea and if unchecked, it can lead to depression. It also predisposes one to getting diabetes because increased amounts of cortisol — connected to our 'fight or flight' response in tough situations - can spike blood sugar levels. Gastric problems arise as you may start eating too much or lose your appetite. You are also at risk of developing heart problems.

Drinking Too Much May Age Arteries Over Time

Excessive boozing over the years might age arteries prematurely, especially in men, putting them at an increased risk for heart disease. According to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, drinking too much, can affect the elasticity of the arterial walls and prematurely age the arteries, interfering with blood flow. The American Heart Association defines moderate alcohol consumption as an average of one to two drinks per day for men, and one drink per day for women. A drink is 12 ounces of beer, four ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits. Excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk for alcohol dependency, cardiovascular risk factors including high blood pressure and obesity, stroke, certain types of cancer, suicide and accidents.

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