As 2019 begins, it's time to reflect on the past and set goals for the year ahead.
But before you decide to (finally) quit smoking or eat less sugar, why not consider investing in your mental health as well?
This year, resolve to implement these five simple strategies to improve your mental health and happiness:
In an interesting twist to the enduring nature vs. nurture debate, a new study from Stanford University finds that just thinking you’re prone to a given outcome may trump both nature and nurture. In fact, simply believing a physical reality about yourself can actually nudge the body in that direction—sometimes even more than actually being prone to the reality.
The researchers, publishing in Nature Human Behavior, were interested in two areas—endurance during exercise and satiety during eating. For the endurance part, they did genetic testing on the participants to see whether they carried variants of a gene that make a person more or less prone to tiring easily. They also had people run on a treadmill to measure their endurance. Then, they randomly split the participants into two groups, telling one they had the gene variant that made them tire easily and the other gene variant that’s linked to endurance—the catch was that they’d randomly divided the participants into these two groups, so some were being given accurate results and others the exact opposite. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Forbes.
Anxiety is a typical human reaction to stress. But too much anxiety can get in the way of living a healthy, happy life. If you feel caught up in your anxiety, try one or a few of the following exercises anytime and anywhere to find relief. The goal is to perform exercises that can quickly help you relax.
WHY ANXIETY EXERCISES WORK
They address your body’s stress responses, such as increased heart rate, rapid breathing, and tense muscles, and help replace them with what your body feels when you’re relaxed. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Healthline.com.
Business leaders and unions have called for mental health to be given the same weight as physical first aid in workplace legislation.
An open letter urging Theresa May to prioritise manifesto pledges to act on mental health has been signed by some of Britain’s biggest employers, including Royal Mail, WH Smith, Mace, Channel 4 and Ford, as well as the Unite union.
May said last year she would shake up mental health service provision, describing the shortfall as “one of the burning injustices in our country”.
The letter calls for the government to overhaul health and safety rules to equip first aiders to deal with early signs of mental health problems, as much as handing out bandages or performing CPR.
It said employers’ duty of care should mean “equalising their number of mental health first aiders with physical first aiders” and trying to “break the stigma of mental health in the workplace”. Continue reading.
Originally posted on The Guardian.
Do you constantly feel overwhelmed? Emotionally and mentally drained most of the time? If so, chances are you might be suffering from mental fatigue.
Mental fatigue is a condition triggered by prolonged cognitive activity. Basically, it sends your brain into overdrive, leaving you exhausted, hampering your productivity and overall cognitive function.
The most common symptoms include mental block, lack of motivation, irritability, stress eating or loss of appetite and insomnia. Mental exhaustion can affect you for both short-term or long-term. If left unchecked, it can lead to all sorts of serious health problems, including anxiety and burnout. Research suggests that constant mental exhaustion can also impact your physical endurance.
Mental fatigue is a condition triggered by prolonged cognitive activity. Basically, it sends your brain into overdrive, leaving you exhausted, hampering your productivity and overall cognitive function. The most common symptoms include mental block, lack of motivation, irritability, stress eating or loss of appetite and insomnia. Mental exhaustion can affect you for both short-term or long-term.
If left unchecked, it can lead to all sorts of serious health problems, including anxiety and burnout. Research suggests that constant mental exhaustion can also impact your physical endurance. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Forbes Lifestyle.
Have you ever said to yourself, “I don’t feel confident, so I couldn’t possibly… [insert desired goal here].” Not many of us are taught how confidence truly works. We get it backwards. We believe we have to wait until we feel confident before we can act confidently.
In my new book, The Self-Confidence Workbook: A Guide to Overcoming Self-Doubt and Improving Self-Esteem, I show you the truth about self-confidence: what it is, where it come from, and how to master the rules of the confidence game. The book is based on evidence-based therapies, meaning they’ve been shown in rigorous research studies to work. Let’s look at each one and show how it relates to self-confidence. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Psychology Today.
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