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It can take a while to feel like yourself again. Here’s how to encourage healing.

An aerial photo of a sick woman lying on a mattress on the floor. A laptop, books, tissues, etc. are strewn on ground.
An aerial photo of a sick woman lying on a mattress on the floor. A laptop, books, tissues, etc. are strewn on ground.
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Covid-19 has become infamous for its unpredictability. People who get it experience a wide range of symptoms (or none at all) that can vary greatly in severity. The same seems to be true of recovery.


THE NUANCE

How ‘sound baths’ are effective at countering tension, pain, anger and confusion

A holistic practitioner holding bells over the face and neck of a person lying on their back with their eyes closed.
A holistic practitioner holding bells over the face and neck of a person lying on their back with their eyes closed.
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Imagine you’re sitting in a quiet room with your eyes closed. Your breathing is slow and even. Your muscles are relaxed. Sunlight filters in through a nearby window, warming the air around you. All is serene. But then, without warning, the shriek of a nearby siren or the blast of a car horn shatters the silence.


Because any procedure is stressful and requires preparation

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Many people assume that if a surgical procedure is considered “elective” it means that it’s no big deal. A few of these procedures, especially purely cosmetic ones, are easy. But most will lay you out like a truck.


Lessons from neuroscience about easing the pain of a breakup

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Last month, an NPR story detailed rapper Dessa’s efforts to get over her ex — using science. Inspired by a TED Talk from biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, Dessa told NPR, she used a technique called neurofeedback, which measures brain waves using electroencephalography (EEG) and turns them into visual or audio tones. The idea is that by seeing or hearing what’s happening in your brain, you can retrain your thoughts. In the context of breakups, by heading off constant thoughts about an ex, you could ostensibly speed up the process of getting over them.


How my diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia changed my self-perception

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During one of the lowest moments in my year without sleep, I remember watching some silly Disney Channel sitcom where the kids were all settling in for a sleepover. They told each other good night, lay down in their bunk beds, and went to sleep.


Compelling research suggests it’s possible

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In 2004, researchers at the University of Turin in Italy conducted a compelling though controversial study. Thirty people who had recently undergone surgery — and also suffered from high anxiety — were given the drug diazepam, more commonly known as Valium.


Even for energy healers, people’s sudden recoveries can be hard to explain

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The first acupuncture patient I ever worked with on my own was a woman who had broken both of her legs. She had been visiting a fire station with her women’s group and was encouraged, ill-advisedly as it turned out, to slide down the fire pole. When I met her, she was still walking with two canes — a full year after her accident.

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