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8 Everyday Tools For Fighting Depression

8 Everyday Tools For Fighting Depression

Eight exercise for developing serenity and calm. Teaching people to focus on positive emotions helps them deal with stress, new research finds. People were taught classic positive psychology exercises such as keeping a gratitude journal, recognising positive events each day and doing small acts of kindness. Together, the training helped reduce people’s anxiety and depression over the six weeks of the study. The researchers focused on 170 caregivers for people with dementia. Half were put in a control group, while…

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Little Things Therapists Recommend Doing For Your Mental Health Every Day

Little Things Therapists Recommend Doing For Your Mental Health Every Day

As we move into the winter months, it’s important to be active in taking care of yourself. It’s paramount that we all tend to our mental health constantly, and that we do what we can to get ourselves — and each other — through this thing in one piece. We have now reached, if you can believe it, the eight month mark into the flailing mess of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is probably (read: certainly) far longer than any of…

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Using Food To Ward Off Anxiety

Using Food To Ward Off Anxiety

It’s normal to feel anxious or worried from time to time. Work deadlines, writing an exam or giving a presentation, for example, can trigger short-lived anxiety. People with an anxiety disorder, however, experience persistent and intense anxiety, worry or fear that’s out of proportion to everyday occurrences. Symptoms interfere with daily life, impacting thoughts, emotions, behaviour and physical health. Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry about ordinary, everyday situations). Anxiety often…

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Positive Psychology: The Benefits of Living Positively

Positive Psychology: The Benefits of Living Positively

Positive psychology often is passed off as pop psychology or New Age-y by those who haven’t actually looked into it. The actual theory behind positive psychology was defined in 1998 by Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [1] and looks at all aspects of a person’s psychology. It does not discount traditional psychology, nor supersede it. Rather than viewing psychology purely as a treatment for the malign, however, it looks at the positive. Positive psychology is a recognized form of therapy…

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Social Connection May Be Strongest Protection Against Depression

Social Connection May Be Strongest Protection Against Depression

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found that social connection may be the strongest protective factor against depression, and suggest that reducing sedentary activities such as TV watching and daytime napping could also help reduce the risk of depression. The team identified a set of modifiable factors from a field of more than 100 that could represent valuable targets for preventing depression in adults. The findings are published in The American Journal of Psychiatry. “Depression is the leading cause…

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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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The Most Natural Way To Boost Mental Health During COVID-19

The Most Natural Way To Boost Mental Health During COVID-19

It can help improve mental health and wellbeing and reduce anxiety. Even modest reminders of nature can help boost mental health during lockdown, research finds. Nature can be experienced on a walk close to home, in the back yard or even indoors. All have been shown to improve mental health and wellbeing and reduce anxiety. Experiencing nature mindfully can help increase its effect, as can sharing memories of nature, thinking back to natural places that induce calm and sharing these…

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Long-Term Social Distancing May Be Traumatic. Here Is What To Expect And What To Do

Long-Term Social Distancing May Be Traumatic. Here Is What To Expect And What To Do

Passover, Easter and Ramadan are occasions that typically bring families together to pray, reflect and celebrate – fellowship needed, perhaps, now more than ever – will look different this year as the coronavirus pandemic continues. The loss of those traditions is added to a growing list of losses that North Americans are facing as they endure at least another month of social distancing and with it an extended departure from routines, habits, social circles and normalcy. The protracted disruption to…

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How Music Can Change The Way You Feel And Act

How Music Can Change The Way You Feel And Act

Music is present in every part of our lives. Our spiritual rituals are framed with songs, children learn the alphabet through song and the malls and cafes we visit during our leisure time are rarely silent. But just how much can this ever-present thing impact us – and the way we act and feel? Research suggests music can influence us a lot. It can impact illness, depression, spending, productivity and our perception of the world. Some research has suggested it…

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Vitamin Deficiencies Can Mess With Your Mental Health

Vitamin Deficiencies Can Mess With Your Mental Health

There are mood-related signs you’re low on nutrients like vitamin D. Here’s how to tell and what to do about it. You’d be hard-pressed not to stumble on a social media #ad for vitamin packs. Trendy supplement brands like Ritual or Care/Of promise their products will help alleviate a series of vitamin deficiencies, which companies warn can cause health issues ― including problems with your mental health. We know we need proper nutrients in order to function properly. But just…

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