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Burnout, stress lead more companies to try a four-day work week

BERLIN: Work four days a week, but get paid for five? It sounds too good to be true, but companies around the world that have cut their work week have found that it leads to higher productivity, more motivated staff and less burnout. “It is much healthier and we do a better job if we’re not working crazy hours,” said Jan Schulz-Hofen, founder of Berlin-based project management software company Planio, who introduced a four-day week to the company’s 10-member staff earlier this year. In New Zealand, trust company…

Consumption of Dark chocolate reduces stress and inflammation: Study

New research shows there might be health benefits to eating certain types of dark chocolate. Findings from two studies being presented at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting in San Diego show that consuming dark chocolate that has a high concentration of cacao (minimally 70% cacao, 30% organic cane sugar) has positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory, and immunity. While it is well known that cacao is a major source of flavonoids, this is the first time the effect has been studied in human…

Doctors and teachers could team up to reduce stress in schools

CHICAGO: Partnerships between teachers and doctors could help students and school staffers better deal with “toxic stress,” suggests a former teacher turned doctor. Pediatricians can help build resilience in both children and teachers to counter the effects of traumatic childhood experiences, poverty and violence, Dr. Kavitha Selvaraj of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago writes in the journal Pediatrics. “Before I was a pediatrician, I was a teacher, and in my clinic I hear personal stories…

National Security Committee vows to impress upon US to reverse Jerusalem decision

ISLAMABAD: National Security Committee on Monday vowed to impress upon the United States for the need to revoke the decisions taken regarding Jerusalem. "Pakistan cannot accept the unilateral decisions taken by the Trump Administration, and it would continue to impress upon the United States its moral and political responsibility towards a just and fair resolution of the issue, and the need to revoke the steps take," said the committee in its 16th meeting in Islamabad. Earlier this month, Trump abruptly reversed…

City dwellers at higher risk of psychiatric illnesses than country dwellers: study

City dwellers are at a higher risk of psychiatric illnesses such as depression, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia than country dwellers, a study conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development found. Comparisons show higher activity levels in city dwellers’ than in country dwellers’ amygdala — a central nucleus in the brain that plays an important role in stress processing and reactions to danger. Which factors can have a protective influence? A research team led by psychologist Simone Kühn has…

Accept negative emotions, don’t resist them to stay stress-free: study

People who resist their darkest emotions are more likely to experience stress than those who embrace their negative moods, revealed a study. The revelations surfaced after researchers tested link between emotional acceptance and psychological health in more than 1,300 adults. “We found that people who habitually accept their negative emotions experience fewer negative emotions, which adds up to better psychological health,” said Iris Mauss, an associate professor at University of California, Berkeley in the US. As…

Prince Harry reveals distress at Diana’s funeral

LONDON: Britain's Prince Harry has spoken out about the heartbreaking images of him following his mother's coffin during her 1997 funeral, telling Newsweek that no "child should be asked to do that." The 32-year-old prince has recently opened up about the mental scars left by his mother's death in a car crash almost 20 years ago, and told the US weekly magazine of the pain of having to walk behind her coffin in front of thousands of onlookers. "My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin,…

Women IDPs suffering from mental health disorders

The ongoing war against terrorism in FATA and the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has made huge strides to restore peace and stability in the region. However, there is one aspect which is often neglected in the rehabilitation process – the mental and psychological health of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the military operation. The Pakistan Army launched the Swat operation in 2009 which led to an unprecedented three million people to migrate and settle in camps in various areas KP. In 2014 the…

Afghan Taliban stress preconditions for peace talks

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban Sunday reiterated their pre-conditions for the resumption of peace talks with Kabul, including their removal from international terror blacklists, at an informal meeting with lawmakers and activists in Doha.