9 health clichés decoded
If you believe a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush and a penny saved is a penny earned, you may also believe these popular health clichés. Experts unravel what's behind these common sayings – and their reality.
--By Linda Melone for MSN Healthy Living
1. Butterflies in your stomach
2. Cabin fever
Snowy days or an illness that keeps you stuck at home may start out cozy, but those cozy feelings may turn sour after a week or so. "Irritability, frustration and even paranoia may set in, which we refer to as 'cabin fever,'" says Elizabeth R. Lombardo, Ph.D., psychologist and author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness (Morgan-James, 2009). "For some people, this feeling relates to claustrophobia (the fear of being stuck in a small space and unable to escape)." Physical health consequences such as increased muscle tension, headaches, gastrointestinal disturbances, insomnia and even forgetting to take medications or vitamins can occur.
Cabin fever can also refer to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a mood disorder that includes depression. Try reaching out to a friend, watching funny movies, exercising or meditation. If symptoms worsen or you have thoughts of hurting yourself or others, make an appointment with a professional psychologist, Lombardo says.
4. Runner's high
5. Beauty sleep
6. Foot falls asleep
7. Broken heart
8. Scared to death
9. White as a sheet
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