Hi! I'm Dawn, a consumer and disability advocate currently pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Leadership. I advocate to empower parents and consumers to make informed decisions by sharing current research and leading practices.
What are Executive Functions?
Executive function skills are crucial for success in many areas of life, from academic and work performance to personal relationships and overall well-being. These skills can be broken down into four clusters, including nonverbal and verbal working memory, self-regulation of affect/motivation/arousal, and Reconstitution (planning and generativity). Impairments in these clusters can result in attentional deficits, making it challenging to organize tasks, maintain engagement, regulate emotions, apply working memory and recall, and monitor and regulate actions. However, there are ways to strengthen these skills, such as seeking professional help and practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
Decreasing Cortisol Levels, Naturally
This discussion will explore foods that can help decrease cortisol levels naturally. While managing stress involves various practices such as maintaining a healthy work-life balance, setting boundaries, getting adequate sleep, and exercising, changing your diet can also significantly impact stress levels. This is because what you eat affects cortisol levels. Cortisol is the stress hormone that triggers the fight or flight response and is vital in regulating sleep, inflammation, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.
The Butterfly Effect: How the Small Changes Can Make Big Differences
The Butterfly Effect: How the Small Changes Can Make Big Differences The butterfly effect, a concept most famously coined by the mathematician and meteorologist Edward Norton Lawrence in 1972, is the idea that the flapping of wings of a distant butterfly can result in significant weather changes thousands of miles away. This concept has become more generalized beyond its original scientific meaning to illustrate any ripple effects throughout an entire system resulting from even small initial changes. Committing to seemingly minor changes can significantly impact life and personal development.
The Power of Visualization: How Mental Imagery Can Shape Your Reality
Can You Believe in a Future That You Can't See Yet? It is often said that the power of the mind is mighty. Studies show that with proper focus and concentration, one can alter their outlook on life and essentially rewrite their destiny. But can this be applied to futures we can't yet see or experience with our five senses?
The Haunted Reflection
The mirror showed a reflection that wasn't my own. It was like looking at a different version of myself, one that was slightly twisted and distorted. I couldn't look away, despite the unease I felt in the pit of my stomach. I had bought the mirror from an old antique shop, attracted by its ornate design and the sense of history it seemed to possess. But now, I wondered if I had made a mistake.
What is Physiology?
Have you ever stopped to think about the internal processes that keep us healthy and allow us to respond to the challenges of everyday life? These processes are studied by physiologists, who study how living organisms work. Let’s explore the science of physiology and learn more about the mechanisms that keep us alive and the life-changing discoveries being made right now.
What is the impact of climate change on the human body?
As climate change continues to be an increasingly concerning issue, we must understand how it will affect our daily lives. Many know the impacts on polar bears and ice caps, but what about humans? How will a changing climate influence our physiology?
What is the correlation between COVID-19 and being overweight or obese?
We've all heard about the potential risk of getting COVID-19 and its fatal consequences. But if you're overweight or obese, your odds of developing severe symptoms are even higher—putting you at risk for potentially poorer outcomes than those with a lower BMI (body mass index).
How can you distinguish between a cold, the flu, and COVID-19?
Although winter is coming to an end, which typically marks the end of the cold and flu season, we now have the added challenge of COVID-19. We must take precautions to safeguard ourselves from these viruses and avoid overwhelming hospital systems. One crucial step is to get tested if you experience any symptoms, no matter how minor they may seem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends testing for COVID-19 and influenza as soon as possible.