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Posted on May 20, 2019 in Anxiety, Depression, Exercise & Mental Health, Mental Health Awareness

Exercise and Depression

Regular physical activity has been found to be beneficial for preventing and managing symptoms of depression. When you have anxiety or depression, going for a run or stepping on your treadmills can be the last thing on your mind. However, if you can manage the motivation – they can work wonders! While the link between exercise and depression/anxiety isn’t quite clear, exercise has been found to have a positive impact on our moods. In fact, exercise may even work to ward away depression from re-occurring again. Reasons how exercise can help ease depression and anxiety It is good distraction – When you are actively engaged in performing physically, you are concentrating on the task at hand. You are no longer feeding the negative cycle of thought that often exists with depression. It releases feel-good hormones – Feel-good hormones, or endorphins, get released in our bodies when we do any challenging physical activity. This release of of endorphins can help improve mood and overall sense of well-being. It is a...

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Posted on May 17, 2019 in Depression, Diet & Mental Health, Health and Fitness, Mental Health Awareness, News

Diet and Mental Health

Ample research has been conducted to find that there is an explicit connection between the diet we consume and our mental health. A well rounded and nutritious diet is not just healthy for our body, it is healthy for our brain too. Consuming a healthy diet can be a definitive step in preventing the occurrence of mental health disorders. The link between a healthy diet and depression People who partake of a diet rich in whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, fish, legumes and unsaturated fats are about at a 35% lower risk of developing depression when compared to those who do not. Eating highly processed, sugary and fried food, on the other hand can increase your risk of developing depression by 60%. Diet and mental health in children If the mother of a child eats food content which is high in sugar, fried or highly processed while pregnant, the child may prone to emotional problems as they grow up. The same holds true for a...

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Posted on May 14, 2019 in Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health Awareness, News, Sleep Issues

Sleep and Mental Health

Sleep is of utmost importance to our health and well-being. It rests both our body and mind; getting enough sleep helps us strengthen our memory and process information better. Lack of sleep can be extremely detrimental for our mental health. It can lead to anxiety and depression. Sleep and mental health share a closely bound relationship. Those suffering from a mental health issue are often subject to sleep disturbance, causing exhaustion and lethargy during the day. Insomnia and difficulties in maintaining a regular sleeping pattern were once seen as symptoms of mental health complaints. Now, it is widely understood that sleep deprivation can often lead to the development of mental health conditions. The causative factors behind such interrelation between sleep and mental health have not been fully understood yet. However, neurochemists and neuroimagists have found that lack of sleep can lead to negative thinking and emotional vulnerability while a good night’s sleep builds mental and emotional resilience. How does sleep deprivation affect us? Sleep deprivation affects the level of...

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Posted on May 9, 2019 in Children, Children's Mental Health Awareness, Counseling, Depression, Mental Health Awareness, Parenting, Relationships

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Thursday, May 9, 2019 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Over 10 years ago, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) began to highlight the importance of every child’s mental health as well as share the message that positive mental health is an essential component of health child development. The purpose of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is to increase public awareness about the needs of children and teens with serious mental illness and severe emotional disturbance, provide information on evidence-based practices, encourage those in need of help to seek treatment and support families caring for children with mental health needs. This year, the theme for this day is “Suicide Prevention: Strategies that Work.” This article will take a look at ways to recognize if your child may be considering suicide. Suicidal ideation, or the tendency towards suicidal thinking, is difficult to identify in children. They are more reluctant to talk wanting to die than adults. Not even the child’s parents are privy to these...

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Posted on Mar 18, 2019 in Anxiety, Counseling, Depression, News, Social Anxiety

Coping with Anxiety

Anxiety is a serious condition. It is highly underrated and widely misunderstood. Sometimes when people suffer from anxiety, their friends and family write it off as ‘just a tantrum’. Anxiety is not something that people came up with in order to get attention. There are several crippling effects that anxiety has on both the mind and the body. Anxiety is waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, feeling like you will be physically sick for no reason. Anxiety is having suicidal and depressive thoughts even when your life is going the way you have always wanted it to. Anxiety is feeling helpless in a situation that you have no control over. If you know someone suffering from anxiety, it is important to understand what they might be going through in order to better help them. Perhaps the worst part about anxiety for the people standing by, looking at a loved one go through something like this, is the helplessness they feel. You may not...

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Posted on Nov 8, 2018 in Anxiety, Depression, Holidays

Winter and Depression

Earlier this month it was time to fall back and set our clocks back an hour. The shortening of days, the change in temperature and the lethargic changes that come about with the emergence of the autumn and winter seasons can bring bouts of depression and stress to those suffering from depressive disorders and other mental health conditions. There are many factors that come into play which can trigger depressive episodes during this season. Some of the major factors include: the shortened number of daylight hours, genetic predisposition and various brain chemicals. With winter depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, one of the major factors that affect its onset is the availability or lack of light. The changes in routine brought about by seasonal changes and gloomy nature of the weather puts stress on those suffering from depressive disorders. Studies have shown that people affected by winter or seasonal depression are able to cope better with their problems after exposure to bright lights. Due to the reduction in...

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