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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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5 Tips For Combating Loneliness During Lock Down

5 Tips For Combating Loneliness During Lock Down

Weekends and weekdays are not what they used to be, with a pandemic happening all over the world, we are all told to stay home and self-isolate for an extensive period of time. Although this is to help reduce the spread of the virus and ensure we keep ourselves healthy and safe, more and more people will feel extremely lonely. Being told not to leave our homes can have a huge impact on our mental health as we feel isolated…

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7 Elements of Wisdom That Can Make You Happier as You Age

7 Elements of Wisdom That Can Make You Happier as You Age

Despite aches and pains, the wisdom that comes with age can make you happier. Despite more physical aches and pains as we age—the ‘paradox of aging’ suggests that older people are generally more comfortable in their own skin, feel better about themselves, and grow happier in their lives year after year…decade after decade. Nora Ephron once said, “Looking back, it seems to me that I was clueless until I was about 50 years old.” As someone who just entered my…

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20 Small But Substantial Ways You Can Use Pandemic Isolation to Emotionally Grow

20 Small But Substantial Ways You Can Use Pandemic Isolation to Emotionally Grow

Has anyone else been thinking lately about the endless ways that life can challenge us? Because I sure have. Whatever negative events you may have imagined happening in your future, the coronavirus pandemic was probably not one of them. It seems that the current state of our world, replete as it is with quarantines, stay-at-home orders, closed businesses, lost projects, and social distancing leaves probably about 90% or more people feeling alone, uncertain and lost. As a psychologist who specializes…

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20 Ways To Be A Happier Person

20 Ways To Be A Happier Person

20 Ways To Be A Happier Person In 2020, According To Therapists If you’re going to make a resolution for the new year, it may as well be improving your mental health. Looking to make 2020 your happiest, most fulfilling year yet? If your mental and emotional wellness took a backseat in 2019, there’s no better time than right now to prioritize it. (If anything, it’ll make the election year just mildly more bearable.) Your mood affects everything in your…

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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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