Browse Category: Mental Health and Stress
When bad things happen in your life, you may at times have a hard time coping, grieving, and continuing to live a “normal” life. However, many of us are strong enough to work through the trauma, and even though you may never be the same, you can come to terms with the event and go on to lead a happy, productive life. Some individuals, however, are at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when dealing with tragic life events. What exactly is PTSD? And what help is available if you’re suffering? Keep reading for more information on PTSD.
Feeling that "you can make it through" adversity gives you a serious edge in your physical health and boosts the likely success and health of your relationships.
Even if you smoke, you have
to know that smoking can be responsible for horrible physical health effects
– from something as cosmetic as yellow teeth, to something as deadly as lung cancer. If you aren’t aware of this, you could be in denial, or you just don’t care.
Smokers who finally manage to kick the habit
are quick to tell you the first days are marked with nervous jitters, anxiety, and a strong craving for a nicotine fix. What you don’t hear so much about is the great feelings of lingering sadness
that some experience without their cigarettes.
Even though we are well into spring, some of us may still be experiencing the winter blues, while for others, fighting off depression remains an uphill battle.
You’ve probably heard all the facts about how getting 30 minutes or more of exercise per day is ideal for your physical health. But did you know that getting exercise can also improve your mental health? Studies have shown time and again that people who are more physically fit have a lower risk of developing depression and experience improved emotional well being. As little as 20 minutes per week can keep your mind healthy and your memory active! Let’s take a closer look at one important study . . .
When it comes to stress relief
, most of us need a little help. Whether you practice daily meditation, take brisk walks or engage in a friendly chat, there are many forms of relief that don’t require a pharmaceutical drug or a trip to a psychiatrist’s office. However, many anxiety-reducing treatments, both conventional and alternative, can make you feel drowsy and even fatigued. The following suggestions are natural therapies that can help keep you focused and energized while encouraging you let go of the stresses that commonly overwhelm you mentally, physically and emotionally. These options can help improve your mood, relieve anxiety and boost immunity while keeping your mind alert and your energy stable throughout the day.
Most of us do not need a whole lot of motivation or prodding to eat chocolate, whether it comes in the milk or dark variety. And now new research is giving you even one more reason to give in to your favorite chocolate temptation! A recent study indicates that the very make-up of chocolate may be able to reduce your stress levels. Now what’s not de-stressing about that? Let’s take a look at this decadent discovery . . .
“Am I ugly?” It’s a loaded question, made up of one part vanity, one part insecurity and, in this particular case, one part poor internet etiquette. As of late, preteen girls have taken to YouTube to pose this question to an infinite audience of anonymous viewers.
In a world where children already seem to be growing up too fast, news stories about mothers who push their little girl’s to grow up even faster can’t help but make you shake your head and wonder: “Just what exactly is being taught to the children who will be our future?”
In today’s weak economic climate, more and more people are paying with plastic instead of cash . . . often feeling they have no choice. For some, it’s the only way to put food on the table or clothe their children. Obviously, it’s a shortsighted solution that rarely has a happy ending. As many can testify, this kind of spending can lead to financial disaster that takes a toll on one’s mental and emotional health. But did you know your spending habits could affect your physical health as well?
There’s a reason why they say that suicide rates go up over the holidays—with all the spending and the stress
, it’s not hard to understand how some could find it difficult to cope. Unfortunately, money and mental health go hand-in-hand and this is never more apparent than around the holidays.
A radical new program to help combat veterans deal with PTSD issues using dogs, is proving to be successful.
What causes post-traumatic stress disorder? Based on what you know, or have heard, your answer might be something like rape, war, or even health-related incidences like heart attacks or giving birth. But according to a new study by Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University, there might be an underlying cause to PTSD that has nothing to do with war or death: mental illness.
We all lie at one time or another. Whether you are embellishing stories about your crazy college adventures, or telling your significant other how wonderful her (or his) meatloaf is, little white lies
are something we are so good at many times we aren’t even fully aware that we are doing it. So, is there really any harm to these tiny fibs?
American author Dan Simmons once said, “It occurs to me that our survival may depend upon our talking to one another.” Communication is one of the most essential tools in connecting human beings. It’s a gift that is uniquely human . . . so why not use it to our advantage?
Only individuals with a unique set of skills and personality traits can become successful Olympic athletes
. Many of these skills and traits – perfectionism, egocentrism, and unending determination and patience – also sound like the perfect ingredients for a hugely successful career and life after the Olympic Games. According to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Queensland, however, many of these mighty athletes may be setting themselves up for a difficult transition to normal life.
Being a parent is a responsibility. And more than that, it’s a responsibility that thousands of people never get to enjoy
. . . making it a privilege that rivals any personal success that can happen in a person’s life. But a woman in Japan decided that it was more important to stay online than it was to keep her child safe, marking another death due to our fading grasp on what the most important “reality” is.
It’s summer! Most people take time during this season to participate in fun activities such as days at the beach, backyard BBQs, and outdoor concerts. But not everyone has that same experience. In fact, you may find yourself sleeping way too much, having no energy, and feeling down. So, what’s the deal?
is described as "an unpleasant feeling or emotional state that has physiological and behavioral components, and that is experienced in formal testing or other situations of evaluation."