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The Best Support and Practices For Your Mental Health

The Best Support and Practices For Your Mental Health

A psychologist shares tips on how to find and maintain the mental health support you need. Mental health struggles can affect anyone. Even high-profile celebrities put on a brave public face to hide their struggles, and no one (not even Anthony Bourdain or Kate Spade, who both died by suicide in June 2018) is immune. But the reality is many people living with mental health issues and other invisible conditions still sweep internal despair under the rug instead of opening…

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The Everyday Foods Linked To Good Mental Health

The Everyday Foods Linked To Good Mental Health

The foods can offset the impact of major life events, like divorce and unemployment. Eating more fruits and vegetables is linked to a lower risk of depression new research concludes. An extra four portions of fruit and vegetables per day can offset the impact of major life events, like divorce and unemployment. The boost from more fruit and vegetables could counteract half the pain of getting divorced or one-quarter that of being unemployed. The effect on mental well-being of eating 8…

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Does Living Alone Increase Mental Health Risk?

Does Living Alone Increase Mental Health Risk?

A new study has concluded that living alone is linked to common mental disorders. The authors have also identified the main driver of this worrying relationship. Some common mental disorders (CMDs) include mood disorders, anxiety, and substance use disorders. According to some studies, almost one-third of people will experience a CMD in their lifetime. These conditions can have a significant impact on the individual, of course, but due to their high prevalence, they also affect society at large. Due to…

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Positive Self-Talk: 7 Things Mentally Healthy People Tell Themselves

Positive Self-Talk: 7 Things Mentally Healthy People Tell Themselves

The messages we give to ourselves every day have enormous power. Anything that is repeated and repeated and repeated can become “truth” — even when it isn’t. Any coach will tell you that practice doesn’t necessarily make perfect but it certainly does make permanent. Repeating negative messages can wear down our sense of self as surely as a constant stream of water will wear down even the hardest stone. Repeating positive messages, on the other hand, is more like creating…

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Why Suicide Is More Than A Mental Health Issue

Why Suicide Is More Than A Mental Health Issue

Suicide prevention efforts shift towards improving mental health of everyone Renowned chef Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in France while working on CNN program. He’s part of an age cohort with rising suicide rates in the U.S. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press) The deaths this week of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade come at at a time when new numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show suicide is on the rise. The CDC said…

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Connecting the Dots Between Physical and Emotional Health

Connecting the Dots Between Physical and Emotional Health

There’s a link between your emotional health and your physical well-being, so take time to nurture both. To be completely healthy, you should take care not only of your physical health, but your emotional health, too. If one is neglected, the other will suffer. What’s the Connection Between Emotional and Physical Health? There’s a physical connection between what the mind is thinking and those parts of the brain that control bodily functions. According to Charles Goodstein, MD, a clinical professor…

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How Does Diet Affect Mental Health? A New Study Shows The Way Age Factors In

How Does Diet Affect Mental Health? A New Study Shows The Way Age Factors In

What you eat can have a huge impact on your mental health, which many people who deal with mental health conditions have learned firsthand. I have clinical depression and general anxiety disorder, and I feel much more stable when I’m eating regularly and prioritizing fresh foods. Previous research has shown that diet can affect mental health conditions like depression, ADHD, and anxiety. But according to a new study, the foods that impact your mental health change as you age. Researchers…

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Owning A Dog Is Good For Your Heart — Study Says What We All Knew

Owning A Dog Is Good For Your Heart — Study Says What We All Knew

It seems unconditional love from a fluffy, drooling canine is one key to a healthier life — as many people already expected. A study of more than 3.4-million people revealed that having a dog in the house is linked to living a longer life. The research, published in Scientific Reports by Uppsala University in Sweden, reviewed a national registry of people aged 40 to 80 for up to 12 years. Just over 13 per cent were dog owners. By evaluating health…

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Giving Up Helicopter Parenting Can Prevent Kids’ Future Mental Health Issues

Giving Up Helicopter Parenting Can Prevent Kids’ Future Mental Health Issues

Over-parenting doesn’t make for more successful kids, it leads to children who grow up unable to function at their best. We’re in the middle of a youth mental-health crisis that’s going to have implications for everyone, in the near and distant future. These young people are the future workers and leaders of our society, and if they’re struggling, and not functioning optimally, it bodes ill for the rest of us. According to an article by Kristin Rushowy in the Toronto…

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