These Memories Help Fight Mental Health Issues (M)

The memories that can be used in the therapeutic process to aid healing.

The memories that can be used in the therapeutic process to aid healing.

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The Best Way To Prepare For An Upsetting Experience (M)

Some people find it difficult to recover after an upsetting experience.

Some people find it difficult to recover after an upsetting experience.

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This Is Why Modern Living Is So Bad For The Heart

This social epidemic increases heart disease risk by 30 percent.

This social epidemic increases heart disease risk by 30 percent.

Loneliness increases the risk of heart disease by 30 percent, research finds.

Coronary heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in rich countries.

The conclusions come from a review of 23 studies including over 181,000 adults.

The researchers found that social isolation or loneliness was linked to a 32 percent increase in stroke risk and 29 percent increase of a heart or angina attack.

The study’s authors write:

“Our work suggests that addressing loneliness and social isolation may have an important role in the prevention of two of the leading causes of morbidity in high income countries.”

Writing in a linked editorial, psychologists Dr Julianne Holt-Lunstad and Dr Timothy Smith, say:

“With such rapid changes in the way people are interacting socially, empirical research is needed to address several important questions.

Does interacting socially via technology reduce or replace face to face social interaction and/or alter social skills?

Given projected increases in levels of social isolation and loneliness in Europe and North America, medical science needs to squarely address the ramifications for physical health.

Similar to how cardiologists and other healthcare professionals have taken strong public stances regarding other factors exacerbating [cardiovascular disease], eg smoking, and diets high in saturated fats, further attention to social connections is needed in research and public health surveillance, prevention and intervention efforts.”

The studies were published in the journal Heart (Valtorta et al., 2016Holt-Lunstad & Smith, 2015).

How Holidays Affect Mental Health (M)

While travel is often seen as merely recreation, some think it provides real health benefits.

While travel is often seen as merely recreation, some think it provides real health benefits.

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One Parent’s Mental Health Affects Children More Than The Other (M)

One parent has more influence than the other in some areas of child development.

One parent has more influence than the other in some areas of child development.

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Hidden Links Between Common Mental Illnesses Are Found (M)

Genetic analysis reveals the hidden links between multiple mental disorders.

Genetic analysis reveals the hidden links between multiple mental disorders.

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Why Some People React More Emotionally To Life’s Ups and Downs (M)

The novelist Marcel Proust, famous for his emotional sensitivity, probably carried this genetic variation.

The novelist Marcel Proust, famous for his emotional sensitivity, probably carried this genetic variation.

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The Best Way To Limit Phone Use And Improve Mental Well-Being (M)

Cutting back on phone usage also led to greater physical activity, reduced nicotine intake and fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Cutting back on phone usage also led to greater physical activity, reduced nicotine intake and fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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How To Boost Your Mental Health In Only 10 Minutes

It boosts our ability to regulate our emotions, avoid temptations and control bad habits.

It boosts our ability to regulate our emotions, avoid temptations and control bad habits.

Just ten minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, like running, is enough to improve mental health, a study finds.

This amount of exercise is enough to boost blood flow to various areas of the bilateral prefrontal cortex.

These areas of the brain are important to how we feel and control our actions.

The study suggests that even this small amount of exercise boosts our ability to regulate our emotions, avoid temptations and control bad habits.

Professor Hideaki Soya, study co-author, said:

“Given the extent of executive control required in coordinating balance, movement, and propulsion during running, it is logical that there would be increased neuronal activation in the prefrontal cortex and that other functions in this region would benefit from this increase in brain resources.”

For the study 26 people were given tests of their mood and brain function before and after they did 10 minutes on a treadmill.

The results showed that people felt better after running,

Chorphaka Damrongthai, the study’s first author, said:

“This was supported by findings of coincident activations in the prefrontal cortical regions involved in mood regulation.”

Not only this, but their brains demonstrated improved performance in areas related to mood and inhibitory control.

Inhibitory control is people’s ability to stop themselves from temptations, such as eating unhealthy food or any other habits that might otherwise be difficult to avoid.

It is also involved in controlling unwanted thoughts and directing attention efficiently.

The mental benefits of exercise

Exercise has been linked to a huge range of mental benefits, including that it:

  • increases stress resilience,
  • reduces anxiety,
  • lowers the risk of dementia,
  • speeds up the mind,
  • fights depression,
  • consolidates long-term memory,
  • and much more…

→ Related: Exercise: 20 Mental Benefits Of Physical Activity

The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports (Damrongthai et al., 2021).

Many People Thrive After Recovering From Mental Illness (M)

While mental illness clearly reduces the chances of thriving, it does not eradicate them.

While mental illness clearly reduces the chances of thriving, it does not eradicate them.

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