Mental Health Tips


Overcoming Depression During Menopause

Are menopause and the accompanying depression as tightly bound as the contract you might sign with a company? Or is it just something that seems to be, but nobody is really sure? If you are not sure, or are one of those who think that they are bound tighter than cracked ribs, then you need to keep reading.

Most women undergo “the change” of menopause at about the same time in their life, and it is usually based on age, but can be brought on earlier than usual, or delayed, depending on certain life situations. Whenever it does rear its ugly head, most people think that the change also means depression that they will not be able to avoid.
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Health Benefits of a Positive Attitude

Studies conducted by colleges such as Harvard, Duke, and the University of Chicago, indicate a relationship between having better health and a positive attitude. Expect some hard roads traveling life’s path, and your attitude or response to them will depend a lot on your physical health and attitude.

For your health’s sake, relax, smile, perhaps even tell a joke. Try convincing those around you to share your rosy outlook. You can expect to live longer, be healthier, and happier when you maintain a positive attitude. Practice the power of positive thinking, adopt positive attitudes and enjoy the benefits. You may have been a pessimist for a number of years. Now it’s time to change your thinking and adopt a beneficial, positive attitude.
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Warning Signs of Depression

Everybody feels depressed at times. You need to be concerned when these feelings are very strong, or last for most of the day nearly every day for two weeks or longer. They may be due to a medical illness called depression. Depression affects more than 19 million Americans each year.

Depression is a treatable illness involving an imbalance of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. The direct causes of the illness are unclear, however it is known that body chemistry can bring on a depressive disorder, due to experiencing a traumatic event, hormonal changes, altered health habits, the presence of another illness or substance abuse. Know the warning signs.

Warning Signs of Depression:
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Coping With Stress

Our bodies experience a series of hormonal and biochemical changes that put as in danger mode as we encounter stress. Your heart rate increases, adrenaline rushes through your blood stream, and your digestive and immune systems will temporarily shut down. If the stressor continue you experience extreme exhaustion.

It’s impossible to avoid stress altogether, but you can learn to cope with stress through a variety of ways. Some beneficial techniques to help you in coping with stress are deep breathing methods, meditation, yoga, and exercise. These activities provide calming and relaxing sensory input for stress relief and can be selected according to individual lifestyle and preference.

Coping with Stress – Deep Breathing Techniques
When you’re encountering a stressful situation, you can reduce your stress simply by deep breathing. Deep breathing involves not only the lungs but also the abdomen. Deep breathing technique requires you sit comfortably with your back straight. Put one hand on your chest and the other hand on your stomach. Inhale deeply through your nose, the hand on your stomach should begin to rise. Your other hand should move very little.
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What Happened to the Mental Clarity of Your Youth?

Remember what it was like to remember every name? As we age, it is common to experience a diminished memory recall and quickness in thinking. Names, events and specific numbers or facts are more difficult to remember. We pass this off as “getting older”.

Fortunately there are all-natural solutions that can significantly support clearer thinking and improved memory. In fact if supplementation begins early enough, these nutrients may even help prevent the memory loss we experience from aging.

Aging is the largest contributor to memory loss and decreased cognitive function, which includes memory language and creativity. One of the greatest fears of aging men and women today is that they will develop Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is the gradual deterioration of the brain to the point where the victim has no memories or ability to function normally.
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Walk Off Your Stress

Had a bad day? Feel stressed and tense? OK, so go and walk it off! Yep, it’s that easy.

Start off slowly, walk the first ten minutes at a gentle pace. Hold your head up, breath deeply and let your arms swing, letting your feet dictate the rhythm and pace.

Now that you are warmed up, find somewhere quiet and do a ham string stretch and a calf stretch, holding the stretch for a count of ten.

Now set off again for another 10 minutes but walk more purposefully this time. Again, hold your head up and swing your arms, looking straight ahead. Enjoy the air, the sights and sounds around you and try to let your mind relax.
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How to Beat the Afternoon Slump

Do your energy levels plummet like a car in a lift shaft once the hands of the clock pass twelve o’clock?

Afternoon tiredness is something that affects us all and prevents us from working at our best but it is easily beaten with these few simple tricks.

It is not physical tiredness but mental stress that wears us out, slowly grinding us down until our energy flags and our bodies start to droop. That is when tiredness begins to set in and mistakes are made but the solution is easy.

Stretch your muscles at your desk, wriggle your limbs to get the blood flowing again, get up and walk around or find an excuse to go out.
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Zoloft: Rescuing from Depression and Anxiety

Contemporary life style is too demanding, the pressure of excelling in your field of work and coming out with unparalleled results is the need of the day. Owing to this fact, occurrence of depression and anxiety disorder are not unheard of. Most of us face it without even realizing it. Depression and anxiety disorder are grave medical conditions, which can direct to suicidal thoughts and behavior. …

Contemporary life style is too demanding, the pressure of excelling in your field of work and coming out with unparalleled results is the need of the day. Owing to this fact, occurrence of depression and anxiety disorder are not unheard of. Most of us face it without even realizing it. Depression and anxiety disorder are grave medical conditions, which can direct to suicidal thoughts and behavior.
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Stress Reduction Tips

TIP 1: Learn to question your “I should” thoughts & identify the stressor.

TIP 2: Practice relaxation techniques, for instance, deep breathing to avoid hyperventilation or visualization which can help with focusing on tension flowing out of your body. How you feel emotionally will chemically change how you feel physically – 80% is mind over matter!

TIP 3: Re-asses cognitive restructuring of events – remember most stress begins with your appraisal of a situation.
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Emotional Overeating

Do you eat only when you are hungry? There are several reasons for deciding to eat. Unfortunately, not all of those reasons are for nutrition, balanced diet, or our health. If you’ve found that you like to eat for the wrong reasons, then it is time to fix the problem. One of the biggest reasons people choose to eat is due to emotion. If this is the problem, then there are several ways that you can stop your emotional overeating.

There are several characteristics that are identified with emotional eating. If you don’t recognize these, it can lead to continuing weight gain or the lack of a balanced and nutritious lifestyle. An emotional eater will often eat if they feel angry, depressed or stressed out. Boredom is also a cause for overeating. But these are only a few of the triggers of emotional overeating.
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