Rumination: Why Do People Obsess Over Things?

Have you ever been stressed all day because you can’t stop thinking of something unfair that happened that morning? Or the previous week? This human tendency to obsess, trying to work things out in one’s mind, is common.   If you’re like most people, you’ve had the experience of obsessing over something stressful that happened[…]

Reasons Why Alone Time Is So Important

How Important Is Alone Time for Mental Health?   People tend to be social creatures, and research has shown that social connections are vital for both emotional and physical well-being. However, alone time also plays a pivotal role in mental health. Being around other people comes with rewards, but it also creates stress. You worry about[…]

What Daydreaming Does to Your Mind

Science suggests that mind-wandering freely to more pleasant and playful thoughts may improve our mood and foster creativity.   I’m a big believer in daydreaming now and then—especially when I’m out hiking. There’s something about being in nature that helps me let go of daily cares and allows my mind to wander where it will,[…]

The Difference Between Mental Strength and Mental Health

Mental strength and mental health are sometimes used interchangeably but they’re not the same thing. Many dictionaries define mental health as being “the absence of mental illness.” But not having depression, anxiety, or another illness doesn’t mean you’re mentally strong.   In fact, you might still be mentally strong even if you’re dealing with a mental[…]

How Stay -at- Home Orders Are Affecting Our Health

  Key Takeaways The COVID-19 pandemic has led many countries to put stay-at-home orders in place. A new study shows that stay-at-home orders have led to changes in health behaviors, such as a decrease in physical activity, reduced quality sleep, and increased anxiety. While healthy eating behaviors have increased, more than 25% of the participants[…]

7 Ways to Experience More Joy

1. Imagine happiness. Any activity, when performed repetitively, changes the structure of the brain. But even repeatedly imagining an activity has an effect on neural structure. Researchers at Harvard Medical School demonstrated this with an experiment in which they asked one group to play a five-finger exercise on the piano over the course of a week. A comparison group was[…]

6 Habits to Improve Mental Health

1.Exercise Cardiovascular and strength training exercises help physical conditioning and also contribute to better mood and anxiety control. 2. Sleep Adults require as close to 8 hours of sleep per night as possible. Sleeping more than 9 hours can trigger depression in certain people, and less than 7 can contribute to mania in others. Sleep also is essential to learning. Instead of cramming[…]

5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Memory

    Whether you want to be a Jeopardy! champion or just need to remember where you parked your car, here are 5 things you can do right now to turn your mind from a sieve into a steel trap. 1. CONCENTRATE FOR 8 SECONDS. These days we’re all about things being faster. That’s why this advice[…]