Being optimistic could prevent dementia, new study suggests
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(Alice Clifford/ Independent UK) — Managing your emotions better could help to slow the ageing process, according to a new study.

Negative emotions, anxiety and depression are thought to promote the onset of neurodegenerative diseases and dementia. Scientists say that is because prolonged negative emotions can modify  …

The importance of mental fitness & keeping your brain in shape
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(Erica Roth/ Healthline) — Physical fitness gets plenty of attention, and for good reason. A healthy body can prevent conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, and help you maintain independence as you age.

Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness, and shouldn’t be neglected. Including  …

What ‘fatphobia’ really means, and why it’s so harmful
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 (Hallie Levine/ Livestrong)– Fatphobia. Anti-fat bias. Anti-fatness. Sizeism. Weight bias. These are different terms, but they have one thing in common: They all focus on weight stigma, the discriminatory acts and beliefs targeted at people who have overweight or obesity.

You may hear fatphobia most often, but terms

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What to say when someone has a miscarriage
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(Alex Hazlett/ Parents) — Nearly one in five women will experience a miscarriage in their lifetimes, making the issue relatively widespread. It’s “one of the most common forms of trauma that many women go through, but it’s often unrecognized and unreported,” says Cecille Maria Ahrens, a therapist  …

How COVID lockdowns messed with our brains, increasing anxiety and depression
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(Sharon Kirkey/ National Post) — Israeli neuroscientist Alon Chen can change the mood, the “mental state” of an animal. “We can make a mouse more or less anxious, more or less depressed-like, by changing the activity of specific brain areas or nerve cells,” says Chen, president of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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11 New Year’s resolutions that can actually improve your health
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(Anika Nayak/ Huffington Post) — The new year is approaching, which for many signifies a fresh start with a set of resolutions ― including ones that aim to improve well-being.

But people often default to “losing weight,” believing that shedding pounds is the only way to achieve optimal health. Not only is this a vague goal;

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How to successfully handle holiday stress
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(Matthew Scult/ Psychology Today) — For some, the holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year, filled with family, celebrations, and gifts. For others, these same things can have the opposite effect causing anxiety, loneliness, and, more often than not, stress. The American Psychiatric Association recently   …

The psychological strain of chronic physical illness
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(Michael Greenwood/ News Medical Net) — Chronic physical illness is psychologically draining to those experiencing it, and psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety are more common amongst such individuals, who are frequently required to adjust their lifestyle and aspirations to accommodate their physical  …

Preventing intimate partner violence improves mental health
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(World Health Organization) — Intimate partner violence is the most common form of violence against women, affecting around 641 million women and girls globally. It profoundly impacts their mental health, increasing risks of depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. Unfortunately, the critical and often  …

How to reap the health benefits of walking
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(Help Guide/ Harvard Health) — The next time you have a check-up, don’t be surprised if your doctor hands you a prescription to walk. Yes, this familiar activity is now being touted (along with other forms of regular physical activity) as “the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.”

Walking can have a bigger impact on disease  …

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