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Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00

Emotional Benefits of Pet Ownership

Written by Lori R.
Thank goodness it has been proven that pet ownership improves emotional health! Now I don’t feel the need to defend the number of animals I have in my home! While animals have long been used in mental health treatment and therapy to alleviate symptoms of depression and PTSD, pet ownership has also been found to improve our quality of life in a number of ways. There just might be an animal out there that is a good fit for you. The American Psychological Association has published three separate studies that…
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

Brrr… How The Cold Changes Our Mood

Written by Emily S.
To the dismay of most of the country, winter has made an early appearance this year. With blankets of snow covering Minnesota and temperatures well below average right here in Tennessee, it may be disheartening to realize that we still have roughly a month before the calendar even marks winter’s arrival. For some, this extended period of arctic air can be more than just a slight disappointment. Weather influences our mood significantly, and for most individuals the winter months carry with it a greater risk of depression. Many women suffer…
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00

Reach For The Stars

Written by Emily S.
Space exploration is always evolving, breaking barriers that were once thought impossible, and astounding the minds of everyone here on Earth. It provides us with a literal meaning of the adage “reach for the stars”. And this month, space discovery made history when the European Space Agency (ESA) landing a probe on a moving comet for the very first time. This is big news; it opens the door for huge discoveries to be made and a better understanding of our solar system. However, this historical event didn’t just happen with…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

Your Brain On Insomnia

Written by Emily S.
There are various studies and a multitude of research that support the importance of getting enough sleep and rest. Sleep and mental health are so closely intertwined and complex that it can be hard to know for sure which disorder came first. In addition to the troubling effects poor sleep has on our emotional and mental health, insomnia has a major impact on our brain’s health too. Last month, CNN reported on a study that showed just how significant lack of sleep is in our brain’s health and function. A…
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 00:00

7 Ways to Live Longer

Written by Emily S.
Eat healthy, exercise and avoid smoking are the three tips we often hear in order to live longer, healthier lives; but those aren’t the only habits to adopt if you want to see age 100. Time Magazine recently shared some interesting tips that have been shown to increase our lifespan long past the American average of 78.7 years! Own a pet: Research consistently indicates owning a pet cannot only improve the quality of our life, but it may also extend it. Dogs particularly, incline us to go on walks, get…
Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Changing The Way We See Our Body

Written by Emily S.
If you could change anything about your body… You have probably asked your self this question before, and if you haven’t you probably are now. Maybe you are thinking about how big your ears are, or how your nose doesn’t fit your face, or how about the size of our waist? It is probably no surprise, at all, that many women often answer this question in a self-deprecating way. It is hard to think back and remember the days where are body was appreciated for what it did. When we…
Saturday, 15 November 2014 00:00

Celebrities Discuss Mental Health

Written by Emily S.
The World Health Organization estimates 350 million people globally are affected by depression. A longstanding feeling of sadness and despair, depression can be a serious health concern if left untreated, and in fact roughly half of those reporting depression never seek help. Recently, more celebrities have opened up about their own struggles with depression. In fact within the last 30 days at least a handful of celebrities have brought up the issue. Wayne Brady spoke publicly about his depression diagnosis. Most people know him as a TV star, a game…
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