By Christina Mendez-Griffin
Anxiety is something that anyone can succumb to during their life. In fact, in America, anxiety disorders are among one of the most common disorders people battle. Here at OIAH, we are committed to a holistic and healthy lifestyle, so we have compiled a few holistic alternatives to combat every day anxiety:
1. Exercise – Exercise is an easy way to combat anxiety. Fitness experts recommend spending at least 30 min working out minimum to get you heart rate up. Working out on a regular basis promotes higher self-esteem and also helps you feel healthier.
2. Lavender – This herb is widely known to be used for its relaxing and calming properties. It can be used in the form of oil, lotion or even a candle. But many studies have proven when a person smell lavender within 5 min, stress levels are reduced.
3. Meditation – Mediation is derived from a Buddhist practice but has now evolved into a mainstream method of reducing anxiety. The act of practicing mindful awareness allows you to experience the true.
Try any one of these methods the next time you’re feeling anxious and you’ll be amazed how effective they can be!
By Patty Hatem
There has been an exciting new development in the financial aid department; we now have an additional resource available for funding for our enrolled or accepted students. Students are now eligible to receive Sally Mae loans if they qualify! Sally Mae ,established in 1972 ,has helped fund 30 million student accounts. The application process is very simple, just visit salliemae.com to apply. One of the benefits about Sallie Mae services is a student can be attending school part-time or full-time to apply. Also, this student loan service can be used to supplement your existing financial aid package and may even cover living expenses. (*some stipulations apply)
For more information please see: The Financial Aid Office at OIAH (937-237-1010 Ext 249).
By Alia Osseiran, MPH
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) starts every fall for some people and continues through the winter. The decreased light can disrupt the body’s natural clock. An upset circadian rhythm can leave one feeling depressed. Serotonin and melatonin levels may also decrease with the season. Both of these neurotransmitters affect mood. Their absence gives rise to or creates depression. SAD can cause irritability, tiredness or low energy as well as oversleeping. Sometimes people have trouble getting along with others or are more emotionally sensitive.
There are ways to resist. Start your day with a positive personal mantra. Write down a few positive thoughts and leave them by your laptop or your vanity and repeat aloud daily. Try these other holistic remedies:
*If you think you have SAD, no longer are enjoying your favorite activities, or are feeling hopeless, it’s time to talk to your doctor. If you have thoughts of suicide, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255.