How Exercise Can Calm Anxiety – NYTimes.com

Studies in animals have shown that physical exercise creates excitable neurons in abundance, especially in the hippocampus, a portion of the brain known to be involved in thinking and emotional responses.

But exercise also has been found to reduce anxiety in both people and animals.

How can an activity simultaneously create ideal neurological conditions for anxiety and leave practitioners with a deep-rooted calm, the Princeton researchers wondered?

via How Exercise Can Calm Anxiety – NYTimes.com.

Caffeine withdrawal now classified as a mental disorder | Death and Taxes

This almost makes me want to draw a line in the sand.

The American Psychiatric Association recently released an updated version of its manual of mental disorders (DSM-5) and this time it includes a new addition: Caffeine withdrawal.

It’s mighty easy to get addicted to coffee—it’s even encouraged, provided for free in workplaces. But many of us have found ourselves in the classic addict’s conundrum: After a while it stops getting you up—you just feel down without it. So you decide to kick it and switch to peppermint tea for a week. All hell breaks loose—you’re dazed, racked with a throbbing headache and tired as hell. So you think, just one cup. Next thing you know you’re putting off quitting until next week.

via Caffeine withdrawal now classified as a mental disorder | Death and Taxes.

The Pebble smartwatch: Kickstarter’s record-shattering $10 million project – The Week

This is great.

The Pebble Smartwatch

The Pebble watch can alert users to incoming calls and text messages, and even allows them to remotely change the song playing on their iPhone.

via The Pebble smartwatch: Kickstarter’s record-shattering $10 million project – The Week.