Tagged as Mental Health

As a huge advocate for houseplants, - my living rooms - and kitchen are filled with them. My living room is a jungle, and I love it! - Surrounding a living space with plants offers many benefits, which segue to mental and physical health. An Aid For Seasonal Depression - When blankets of snow cover the landscape, many struggle to be released from Winter’s firm depressive grip. Seasonal depression prevalence...
December 17, 2022
Staying centered may be easy when life is calm and peaceful, but it can be more of a challenge during the holidays—for many of us, anyway. Stressful times, financial concerns, and complicated relationships with family members may add to the feeling of being off-center and uncomfortable. Many people say they haven't really enjoyed the holidays since they were kids. But there are ways to feel centered...
November 24, 2022
Catastrophic thinking might not hit everyone all the time, but for those of us who have this tendency, it can feel like a nightmare when it does come. Our thoughts can be crushing, even when the scenarios we’ve spun are nowhere near grounded in reality. Catastrophic thoughts, or what some call intrusive thoughts, can take on a life of their own especially when we’re missing information or feeling emotionally...
September 19, 2022
Anxiety disorders are extremely common, affecting about -40 million adults- in the U.S. each year. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, a large percentage of people with these disorders do not receive adequate treatment or any treatment at all. So the day-to-day grind of living with anxiety and coping can often fall to loved ones to help in times of flares and/or crisis. If you have a partner,...
July 28, 2022
Despite advances in medicine, mental health care is still unable to keep up with the mental health needs of society. For the most part, research has always focused more on physical ailments than mental ones. Infant mortality, chronic illnesses, and infectious disease have seen vast improvement as far as life expectancy is concerned, but the question that everyone keeps dancing around is “what progress...
March 10, 2022
Even for those who do not suffer a mood disorder, some decline in mood can occur during colder weather, during longer nights and sometimes when we set our clocks ahead and back. Feelings of sadness, hopelessness or anxiety may manifest, along with disruptions in sleep, leaving one fatigued and irritable. Limited exposure to sunshine can produce depressive symptoms by disrupting our circadian rhythms....
December 21, 2021
Have you ever noticed how the people you surround yourself with the most can affect your moods and overall health? As a mental health advocate, I understand how this can be because I suffered from mental health issues most of my life. Now that I’ve overcome the majority of those issues, I realized how much my moods, mental states, and overall health improved dramatically after letting go of toxic people...
December 18, 2021
Happiness is not something that just magically happens for some people but not for others. The way you view yourself, others, and the world around you is the key your own happiness. If you genuinely want to be happy more often than you are, you CAN make changes necessary to bring about that peace. Although everyone has bad periods in their lives that can last from hours to even months at a time, those...
November 23, 2021
Some of us love talking with strangers, even seeking out opportunities to meet new folks. Others...well, not so much. We may worry before, during, and after the entire conversation about what the other person thinks or hone in on our own quirks, wondering how awkward we seemed or if we said the wrong thing. Those of us who don’t like to talk to strangers might even assume that our new -chat partner...
November 5, 2021
We all know people, either in the public eye or personally, who just “succeed.” They may come from difficult backgrounds and have fought an uphill battle to get to where they are now. Somehow they have this mysterious quality, some intangible way about them that seems to just catapult them into success in unexpected ways. I have studied many successful people through my work over the years and I have...
September 27, 2021