How Healthy Are You? 13 Instant, Easy Health Checks
Mental Health Checks9. What Catches Your Eye in This Drawing?
If you saw the frown face instantly, you've got good attention skills, which is a sign of intelligent memory, the thought process that allows you to be creative and make fast decisions, says Barry Gordon, MD, PhD, director of the Memory Clinic at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. But if it took you a few seconds, you need to boost your ability to focus. Try to avoid multitasking (for example, chatting on the phone while replying to an e-mail while surfing the Web while grabbing for your ringing cell). "It may seem efficient, but it's much more tiring than just focusing on one thing at a time, so it takes you that much longer to get anything done and do it well," says Dr. Gordon.10. Note How Often You Have a Headache or an Upset Stomach
"If it's more than once a month it's a sign that you're experiencing emotional overload," says Bruce Rabin, MD, PhD, medical director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Healthy Lifestyle Program in Pittsburgh. About half of all women in their 30s suffer from tension headaches. See your doctor to rule out a physical cause, but if it's stress-related, you still need to deal with it. Research shows that chronic stress weakens your immune system and increases your risk for heart disease. One easy stress buster? Laugh. A University of Maryland School of Medicine study found that when people laughed during a comedy, their blood vessels expanded, increasing blood flow to their arteries and reducing their heart disease risk.
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