Mental Health

Mental health refers to our emotional well-being and how we manage our thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. It is important to have a healthy mental approach to life and to manage stress in order to maintain mental health. Maintaining a healthy mental approach to life means accepting that life isn’t perfect and that you won’t get everything you want. It also means being open to new experiences and trying new things even if you’re afraid. Managing stress means recognizing when you’re feeling stressed and taking steps to reduce that stress. Everyone experiences stress, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Stress can be helpful because it can motivate you to take action and push you to exceed your limits. However, too much stress can have negative consequences on your mental health.

Having Closer Friends Long-term Keeps Cortisol Levels Low for Life
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Having Closer Friends Long-term Keeps Cortisol Levels Low for Life

According to former Beckman Institute postdoctoral researchers Michelle Rodrigues and Si On Yoon, there is a tie between female friendship and cortisol response. Their study looked at how age and familiarity with those we interact with impacts a conversation, reviewing the effectiveness and stress responses generated from those conversations. Friendship Health Benefits: What Are Friends…

Can’t Sleep? Have You Tried Working Out?
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Can’t Sleep? Have You Tried Working Out?

Nothing can be more frustrating than lying down for a good night’s sleep only to find yourself tossing and turning. You might also find you fall to sleep right away, but then wake in the middle of the night. However, poor sleep is not just frustrating. It can also interfere with your health. According to…

Here Is Where Spirituality Lives in the Brain
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Here Is Where Spirituality Lives in the Brain

What happens in the brain during a spiritual experience? New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital shows that humans do indeed have a spiritual region in the brain. The study showed that spirituality resides in the periaqueductal grey (known as PAG). This centralized location is also where the brain conditions fear, altruistic behaviors, and unconditional…

Florida Woman Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail for Coughing on Cancer Patient
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Florida Woman Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail for Coughing on Cancer Patient

Florida Woman Coughs on Cancer Patient A Florida woman has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for intentionally coughing on a cancer patient during an altercation at a Pier 1 store. On June 21, 2020, Heather Sprague noticed Debra Jo Hunter berating Pier 1 employees for not giving her a refund on an item…

Waking up Just 1 Hour Earlier Cuts Depression Risk by Double Digits, Study Finds
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Waking up Just 1 Hour Earlier Cuts Depression Risk by Double Digits, Study Finds

The temptation to sleep in when our schedules allow can be hard to resist. However, a recent study found that you can reduce the risk for depression by 24% by waking up an hour earlier. (1) Study: Wake Up Early To Cut Depression The study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and the…