Shutterstock.com By Camalot Todd (contact) Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 | 1:58 p.m. At the end of each year, the clock strikes midnight, welcoming a brand new beginning. And perhaps it’s the Champagne, or the fireworks illuminating Las Vegas Boulevard, but this year, you’re determined to make your resolutions stick. We’re here to help with a few tips and tricks to get you started. Identify problematic patterns and habits. Self awareness is critical to making positive changes. If you can't identify bad habits, how do you know what to fix? Make a list of trouble areas in your life, and then try to determine the cause. Does stress make you crave sugar? Do late nights out cause you to arrive late to work? Identifying areas in your life that need improvement paves the way for realistic goals. How long does it take to establish a new habit? Although it’s widely reported that it takes 21 days to form a habit, a study by the University College of London reported that … [Read more...] about How to build healthy habits in the New Year
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It’s officially finals week, which means more stress and unfortunately less money in my wallet as I attempt to shop all my worries away. Whenever the stress of studying for class, the disappointment of receiving a bad grade, or anxiety of balancing extracurriculars becomes unbearable, I never fail to crack open my laptop, browse the Sephora website, and walk away with at least $50 worth of makeup. Indulging in retail therapy is a common practice used in response to overwhelming situations. According to TIME magazine, retail therapy is defined as shopping and spending money to improve one’s mood. While many of us recognize how good it makes us feel, why do we do it – and more importantly, does it work to relieve stress? Whether you are a struggling college student or busy adult, retail therapy is a common coping mechanism to overcome our day-to-day anxiety and brighten our mood. Ebates.com, an icon for online cashback shopping, revealed in a survey that more than half … [Read more...] about The Quad: Retail therapy relieves stress, but may be taxing in the long term
By Jill U. Adams, Special To The Washington Post Back-to-school season is upon us, and while some kids look forward to returning to class, others are a bundle of nerves. Parents may reassure and soothe, but they may also worry: Does my anxious child have a real problem? “Anxiety is a normal, healthy human emotion,” says John Walkup, a psychiatrist at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. That’s because there are plenty of things in our lives, and our children’s lives, to worry about, and worry can activate an appropriate response. A middle school student worried about an upcoming test should be motivated to study. A first-grader worried about a bee on the playground will move away to avoid being stung. But what about a third-grader who’s worried that something terrible will happen to her parents while she’s at school? That’s a worry that’s hard to quell and may leave the child in no state to learn the new math lesson. So … [Read more...] about Your child is nervous about the new school year, which may be normal — or not
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When all is said and done, May 2018 probably won’t be the biggest month ever for the Phoenix concert scene.It’s definitely going to be a contender, though, considering the sheer number of big concerts happening from now until May 31.A huge crop of legendary artists and bands have shows scheduled in the Valley over the next four weeks, including Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, “Weird Al” Yankovich, MGMT, Khalid, Justin Timberlake,Franz Ferdinand, James Taylor, Phantogram, Of Montreal, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Melvins.Whew. Add in this year’s FORM Arcosanti just north of the Valley, pool party season kicking into high gear, and a variety of even more choice gigs and you get a month that’s packed with activity. Details about each of these shows can be found in our rundown of the best concerts in the Valley this month. And for even more music events happening around town, check out Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar. EXPAND Justin … [Read more...] about The 30 Best Concerts in Phoenix This May