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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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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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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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Exercise May Help Ward Off Depression

Exercise May Help Ward Off Depression

Even If You’re Genetically Prone to It An extra 35 minutes of exercise per day was tied to a reduced likelihood of experiencing depression. Getting a few hours of exercise a week may reduce the risk of depression, even in people who are genetically prone to the condition, a new study suggests. The authors found that, although certain genes boost a person’s risk of depression, increased levels of exercise essentially canceled out this genetic risk. Overall, for every 4 hours…

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How to Avoid the Post-Holiday Blues

How to Avoid the Post-Holiday Blues

Simple, healthy choices can decrease the risk of Seasonal Affective Disorder. The shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice, is a marker that the darkest days are behind us and the sun is going to be shining longer each of the coming days as we end one year to begin another. Unfortunately, by the time that we reach this milestone and a promise of a less distant Spring, your body may still be suffering ill effects from the recent…

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How Your Next Meal Could Help Fight Depression And Stress

How Your Next Meal Could Help Fight Depression And Stress

Do you find that food deeply affects your mood? Science is beginning to back up such gut feelings. The link between poor diet and mood disorders has been long known, but what has been less clear is the direction of causality. When we’re depressed, we tend to reach for lower-quality comfort foods, but can more comfort foods contribute to depression? And if we’re depressed, can improving our diets improve our symptoms? New research is helping to pave the way toward…

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The Type of Probiotic That May Reverse Depression

The Type of Probiotic That May Reverse Depression

The probiotic buffered the body against the damaging effects of stress. Depression has been reversed in mice by feeding them probiotic bacteria, new research reports. Lactobacillus is a type of ‘good’ bacteria found in yogurt, among other foods. The role of the gut microbiome — the bacteria which live in our gut — has become a focus of research interest recently. Dr Alban Gaultier, who led the study, said: “The big hope for this kind of research is that we…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

The custom of putting candles on cakes dates back to the ancient Greeks, who believed the smoke carried their thoughts up to the gods. Loners, people who feel like outsiders tend to become more confident over time and are more likely to be great leaders.     Singing helps to reduce depression and anxiety, increases the oxygen flow to your lungs and helps you have better posture. Depressed people tend to speak with longer pauses and fragmented sentences.   Happy…

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The Most Overlooked Factor in Depression Recovery

The Most Overlooked Factor in Depression Recovery

Only relatively small changes are needed to see benefits to depressive symptoms. A healthy diet is one of the most overlooked factors in recovering from depression, recent research claims. The Mediterranean diet in particular provides the vitamins and minerals the body and brain need. Dr Vicent Balanzá, one of the study’s authors, explained that the brain… “…needs an adequate intake of key nutrients, such as polyunsaturated fatty acids Omega-3, essential amino acids, B-group vitamins (B12 and folate), vitamin D and…

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