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 is[…]

Is Your Partner Optimistic? Why That Impacts Your Health as You Age

  Researchers say being in a romantic relationship with an optimist may help you avoid cognitive decline as you age. Optimistic people tend to exhibit healthier behaviors that are linked to good cognitive function. An optimistic partner might set a good example for their spouse to follow. Optimism is a quality that can be learned.[…]

Seven Ways the Pandemic Is Affecting Our Mental Health

You’re not alone—people around the world are depressed, anxious, and stressed, some more than others.   Epidemiologists and virologists around the world are scrambling to understand and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. There is another group of researchers who are concerned about a slightly different foe: the mental health pandemic.   Facing an[…]

Healthy Coping Skills for Uncomfortable Emotions

Emotion-Focused and Problem-Focused Strategies   Whether you’ve been dumped by your date or you’ve had a rough day at the office, having healthy coping skills can be key to getting through tough times. Coping skills help you tolerate, minimize, and deal with stressful situations in life. Managing your stress well can help you feel better physically and[…]

Is Watching the News Bad for Mental Health?

The media we consume daily has an impact on our thinking, behavior, and emotions. If you’ve fallen into a pattern of regularly watching or listening to the news, the majority of what you’re consuming is likely about the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.   And while staying up to date on local and national news, especially as it relates[…]

Easy Stress Management If You’re Feeling Exhausted

Stress management shouldn’t be stressful. Two of the most-recommended stress management techniques, exercise, and meditation, bring short-term benefits as well as long-term benefits that lead to greater resilience toward stress.   And yet, sometimes when we need stress relief the most—when we’re feeling overwhelmed, frazzled, drained, or anxious—we may feel less inclined to practice some of[…]

The Surprisingly Easy Move That Can Make You Happier and Boost Your Energy Instantly

A simple trick for feeling better and getting more done.   You’ve heard that sitting too much just might kill you, mainly because the lack of movement translates into an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. To add insult to injury, it turns out that spending your day hunched over a computer[…]