8 Secrets of a Healthy Mind

8 Secrets of a Healthy Mind

We would – of course – like any encounter with mental illness to be as brief as possible and, most importantly, to be isolated and singular. But the reality is that for many of us, the illness will threaten to return for visits throughout our lives. It will be a condition to which we will be permanently susceptible. So the challenge isn’t to learn to survive only a one-off crisis; it’s to set in place a framework that can help…

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Benefits of Humility: 8 Ways Being Humble Improves Your Life

Benefits of Humility: 8 Ways Being Humble Improves Your Life

The benefits of humility include coping with anxiety, higher self-control and better relationships. The poet Tennyson once said that humility is, “the highest virtue, the mother of them all.” Yet society celebrates over-confidence, entitlement and a perpetual focus on the self. People are increasingly competitive, attention-seeking, narcissistic, obsessed with their appearance and entitled. A new study, though, underlines eight ways in which the benefits of humility can help us improve our lives (Kesebir, 2014). The author of the study, psychologist…

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10 Science-Backed Ways To Avoid Depression

10 Science-Backed Ways To Avoid Depression

Depression is an extremely common experience, which can be hard to escape from once an episode has begun. Psychological research has found all sorts of ways that the chances of developing depression can be reduced. From social connection, through building resilience to taking up a hobby, there are many science-backed methods for lowering depression risk. 1. Social connection Social connection is the strongest protective factor against depression. People who feel able to tell others about their problems and who visit…

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Revenge Bedtime Procrastination—Is This Keeping You up Late at Night?

Revenge Bedtime Procrastination—Is This Keeping You up Late at Night?

If you delay sleep in favor of bingeing TV or browsing social media, you may be a bedtime procrastinator. Here’s what that means—and how to make yourself go to bed. When you put off going to sleep Raise your hand if you regularly find yourself scrolling through your favorite social media sites while lying in bed or catching up on the news long after you were supposed to go to sleep. You’re not alone. Plenty of adults deal with what…

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2 Portions Of Mushrooms Halve Risk Of Memory Loss

2 Portions Of Mushrooms Halve Risk Of Memory Loss

Any variety of mushrooms may well have the beneficial effect as they all contain an antioxidant called ergothioneine. Two portions of mushrooms a week halve the risk of memory loss, research finds. Mild cognitive impairment, as it is known, is frequently a precursor to dementia. It involves forgetfulness, along with problems with language and attention. However, the problems are normally subtle — certainly more so than dementia. Older people eating around half a plate of mushrooms per week, though, were…

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5 Things You Should Do First Thing In The Morning To Be Happier All Day

5 Things You Should Do First Thing In The Morning To Be Happier All Day

If you roll out of bed feeling tired or stressed, these a.m. habits can help you turn your mood around. A few tweaks to your morning routine can help set you up for improved well-being for the rest of the day. Mornings can be rough for many people who tend to feel sleepy pretty regularly, which in turn makes them report feeling irritable a lot of the time. And yes, it’s hard to feel cheery when you’re overtired and stressed…

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The Smell Of Lavender Reduces Anxiety

The Smell Of Lavender Reduces Anxiety

Lavender also has practically no side-effects in comparison to drugs like benzodiazepines and SSRI antidepressants. The smell of lavender reduces anxiety, research confirms. Lavender also has practically no side-effects in comparison to drugs like benzodiazepines and SSRI antidepressants. Benzodiazepines, in particular, can cause headache, dizziness and an effect like being drunk. Lavender, meanwhile, has a relatively quick relaxing influence and no other side-effects. Dr Hideki Kashiwadani, study co-author, said: “In folk medicine, it has long been believed that odorous compounds…

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One Portion Of These Foods Boosts Mental Health

One Portion Of These Foods Boosts Mental Health

People who eat more fruit and vegetables have better mental health, research finds. Indeed, the more fruit and vegetables people eat, the better their state of mind. Eating just one extra portion of fruit and vegetables per day is enough to measurably improve mental well-being. Just one portion has the same positive effect as going for a walk on 8 extra days a month. Only around one-in-ten people in the US eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables. The…

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Feeding the Brain

Feeding the Brain

Our body’s control centre needs a healthy diet “You can’t wink your eye without nutrients being involved, never mind think, remember, learn, or sleep.” So says brain expert Aileen Burford-Mason, author of The Healthy Brain: Optimize Brain Power at Any Age. Find out more about how to feed your body’s command and control centre. When people embark on the path to healthy eating, they’re often motivated by a desire to lose weight or to help fend off disease. It’s less…

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The Youthful Personality Traits Linked To Long Life

The Youthful Personality Traits Linked To Long Life

People with these personality traits as teenagers are likely to live longer. Empathy, calmness and energy are among the personality traits that predict a long life, new research finds. These teenage personality traits predicted people’s longevity five decades later. Along with these, people who are tidier, intellectually curious and more mature also live longer. In contrast, people who were impulsive as teens were not likely to live as long. Impulsive people tend to act without thinking or controlling themselves. The…

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