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Why We All Need Green In Our Lives

Why We All Need Green In Our Lives

(CNN) It’s the color of the Emerald Isle, the hue of sickness and envy, and a shade associated with grotesque monsters. And its most universal interpretation conjures imagery of nature, a vibrant symbol of the environmental movement and healthy living. Green, the mixture of blue and yellow, can be seen everywhere and in countless shades. In fact, the human eye sees green better than any color in the spectrum. This, along with many other facts about this earthly color, makes…

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Just 10 Minutes of Meditation Boosts Mood and Focus for People With Anxiety

Just 10 Minutes of Meditation Boosts Mood and Focus for People With Anxiety

It also prompted a shift away from future-oriented worrying and helped people focus on the present.  People who suffer from anxiety are often plagued by repetitive thoughts, which can distract from the task at hand and affect mood and productivity. But a new study suggests that just 10 minutes of daily meditation can help reduce episodes of mind wandering, especially for people who report high levels of emotional stress. Previous research has found that meditation can help prevent “off-task thinking”…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

Secretly thinking you’re better than everyone else is good for your mental health, researchers suggest. Memory improves when you imagine yourself doing something. Drinking 2 cups of cold water on an empty stomach can boost metabolism by 30%. Five Things you can do to help you be happier: 1. Meditation 2. Smiling 3. Exercise 4. Help others 5. Follow your passion. Happy Friday!  source:   factualfacts.com   https://twitter.com/Fact   @Fact

500,000 Canadians Miss Work Each Week Due To Mental Health Concerns

500,000 Canadians Miss Work Each Week Due To Mental Health Concerns

A new poll finds 40% of Canadians report their mental health has disrupted their lives in some way over the past year. Nearly one in five missed work or school. As Shirlee Engel reports, the costs to the Canadian economy are staggering. Jillian Coey was your typical overachieving 22-year-old: she had a full-time course load in university, part-time work, and a handful of extra-curricular activities and volunteer work. But what most people didn’t know that she kept a secret, too:…

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A ‘Brainwave’ to Help Fight PTSD

A ‘Brainwave’ to Help Fight PTSD

Study is preliminary, but suggests an acoustic ‘feedback’ technology might help some patients Technology using a patient’s own brainwaves might offer hope against tough-to-treat PTSD, new research suggests. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop as a reaction to a terrifying event, such as war, natural disasters, sexual assault and other physical violence or trauma. People with the condition may have prolonged anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares and other life-altering symptoms. “Conventional treatments for PTSD are often not sufficient for addressing this difficult…

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Experts Urge Huge Expansion of Online Therapy For Mental Illness

Experts Urge Huge Expansion of Online Therapy For Mental Illness

A “massive and growing” mental health burden across the world can only be tackled successfully with a major expansion of online psychiatric resources such as virtual clinics and web-based psychotherapies, specialists said on Tuesday. With resources tight and the global mental health system only serving around 10 percent of patients even now, specialists speaking at the European Congress on Psychiatry (ECP) said the web is the only option for significant extra treatment capacity. The World Health Organization (WHO) said last…

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8 Things Mentally Healthy People Do Differently

8 Things Mentally Healthy People Do Differently

“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is importance at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.” – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Most times when we hear something, anything, being discussed about mental health, the context is usually negative. For example, we’ll often watch news anchors explain that…

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How To Beat Major Depression With The Right Diet

How To Beat Major Depression With The Right Diet

World-first study reveals how diet can treat major depression. Improving dietary quality successfully treats major depression, a large new study finds. The three-month study recruited people with major depressive disorder. One group were given support from a clinical dietitian. A control group were given access to social support, which is also beneficial for depression. Those in the dietary group saw great improvements in depressive symptoms. At the end of the study one-third of people who had changed their diet were…

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Breathe and Focus: How Practicing Mindfulness Improves Mental Health as We Age

Breathe and Focus: How Practicing Mindfulness Improves Mental Health as We Age

As we age, it’s natural to worry about possible declines in our mental and brain health. Many older adults are concerned about things like memory loss and poorer attention, forgetting names, and taking longer to learn new things. As a result, as we get older we may feel more distress, sadness, and/ or anxiety that can decrease our quality of life. However, we can do something to address these concerns. The answer is mindfulness. Research shows that it can improve…

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Is Social Media Good For You?

Is Social Media Good For You?

Using social media can have benefits for your mental health, but only if you use it in the right way Whether I’m standing on the tram, sitting in a café, or walking down the street, I’m struck by the sight of so many people looking down at their phones, scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or a myriad of other social media platforms. I immediately ask myself, in this increasingly technological age, what is the impact of constant social media use…

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