Posts on Mental Health
Strong relationships can benefit your health
You probably are well aware of the usual suspects and habits that play a big role in promoting your long-term well-being — not smoking, for example, or eating a healthful diet or making sure to get enough sleep. But did you know that having strong relationships and social connections can also have a powerful effect on your physical health?
The last several months have been emotionally challenging for most of us. The coronavirus has led to unemployment for many. For those who are employed, adapting to remote work – and remote schooling for kids – has been stressful. Being separated from friends, family and colleagues has often brought about feelings of loneliness, anxiety and isolation.
During the COVID pandemic, are you (somehow) managing to get in your 10,000 steps a day, eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet and get enough sleep, but you still need to lower your blood pressure or reduce stress? Now is the perfect time to explore something that may be missing from your health regimen:
Feeling frazzled? Maybe you need to relax.
And no, we don't mean plopping down on the couch to binge-watch your favorite television show. Instead, think deep breathing, meditation or yoga. Research suggests that certain relaxation techniques may help your body relax and even help you manage stress. And what better time to explore them than on National Relaxation Day (Aug. 15)?
Life throws us curveballs. Our moods go up and down. We all have good days and bad days. But sometimes, the lows begin to last longer than the highs. When the everyday blues begin to deepen and endure, it may be a sign of depression.
A Clearer Picture
Much has been learned in recent years about depression – what it is, what can cause it, what it does to us, and some of the things we can do about it. Depression can affect people very differently, and the best approach to managing it is unique to each person.