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Month: July 2020

4 Habits to Achieve Better Mental Health

4 Habits to Achieve Better Mental Health

The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that one in every five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness. This number adds up to nearly 50 million people. Sadly, these numbers likely underestimate the extent of the problem. Why is mental health important? A bit of a rhetorical question, right? Clearly, mental health directly affects the quality of our life. Our mental health determines our productivity, feelings of self-worth, confidence, and skillfulness in navigating life’s inevitable challenges. Good mental…

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Bibliotherapy Proves Reading Is More Than A Cure For Boredom

Bibliotherapy Proves Reading Is More Than A Cure For Boredom

Grief, fear, heartbreak, depression — book therapy promises to treat it all. Eight months ago, when his father died suddenly of a stroke, the last thing on James Mitchell’s mind was literature. There were, of course, far more pressing matters to consider, far more natural instincts to confront than the strange impulse to seek refuge in a novel. The dimensions of grief are always unimaginable, and a desire to see reading, of all things, as the logical solution to its…

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How To Get a Good Night’s Sleep Right Now

How To Get a Good Night’s Sleep Right Now

“Doesn’t it feel like the zombie apocalypse?” I recently asked my boyfriend. We were taking our daily sanity stroll when suddenly the sleep-deprived eyes peeking over surgical masks started to feel extra eerie. I may have even traumatized a small child in a window when I waved excitedly, forgetting a big black piece of fabric was covering half my face and I hadn’t bothered with concealer. Honestly, the lack of concealer is probably what drove the poor thing to run….

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3 Mental Techniques That Boost Your Immune System

3 Mental Techniques That Boost Your Immune System

Lack of sleep, loneliness and stress are the main psychological factors that make people more vulnerable to infection, research finds. However, loneliness can be combated by speaking to others using apps like FaceTime, Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and Google Duo. Stress can be reduced with simple psychological exercises and sleep can be improved by following sleep hygiene guidelines. Dr Christopher Fagundes, an expert on how mental health affects the immune system, said: “We’ve found that stress, loneliness and lack of sleep…

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