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Horseback riding is a pleasurable recreational activity that also has health benefits. It may look like just sitting on top of a horse, but horseback riding is an exercise that requires the use of a number of muscles throughout the body. You build strength holding on to the reins and keeping your seat in the saddle. Riding can help you develop balance and coordination, especially when the horse is moving at a faster pace. Even flexibility is exercised getting on and off the horse. Being around horses is a fun…

The Mental Health Benefits of Art

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 08:00  by Sarah L.
There are many different forms of art, from painting to music, and they all contribute to mental well-being. Art and emotion are linked. Many artists find their craft is the only way, or at least the best way, for them to express their emotions. Giving people a means of releasing emotional tension is why art benefits mental health. Using art as a means of improving mental health requires very little training. You do not have to be good at sculpture or dance to use it as a means of emotional…

Mental Health Benefits of Gardening

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 08:00  by Sarah G.
Gardening can be a satisfying activity with many practical benefits. Your house looks beautiful with plants and flowers growing all around it, and some flowers can be cut and brought indoors to decorate your living room or be used as a centerpiece on your kitchen table. Another practical benefit of gardening is fresh fruits and vegetables to eat and serve to your family. When you grow your own food, you know where it comes from and what it contains. There can be no hidden chemicals or pesticides in homegrown produce.…

Natural Remedies for Spring Allergies

Monday, 08 May 2017 08:00  by Allie S.
Spring is a beautiful time of year that can be ruined with allergies. The flowers are sprouting, trees are budding and you are suffering from headaches, runny nose and itchy eyes. There are a lot of medications on the market to relieve allergy symptoms, but they can cause unwanted side-effects like drowsiness or hyperactivity. Allergies are caused by a natural process your body developed to fight off invasions of dangerous substances. Unfortunately, most allergens are not dangerous — but they trigger your defenses anyway. There are some natural remedies you…
Spring marks the renewal of the growth cycle for most of nature. The winter dormancy ends and plants begin to sprout anew. Baby chicks are hatched, little bunnies begin to hop and it seems like every creature begins a new life cycle. The warmer, brighter weather urges the opening of windows and the commencement of Spring cleaning. This is a time to clear out the dust and clutter that accumulated over the colder months and the past year. The heavy winter clothes and linens are replaced with the lighter fabrics…
Body image is an extremely personal concept and one that many people struggle with. We are presented with extreme images in the media and led to believe we have to conform. Anyone can have body image issues, no matter what size or shape they are, making it hard to realize that you are beautiful just the way you are. If you are the victim of body shaming from any source, internal or external, you might struggle to appreciate your own beauty. Body shaming is a recently coined phrase, but the…
A panic attack is a condition that can come on suddenly and seemingly for no reason. It can include symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, trembling, sweating, dry mouth, nausea and dizziness, or any combination of these or other scary effects. The symptoms also often don’t match the physical situation, which can add to the already-mounting anxiety. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a panic attack can help you determine the severity of the situation. Panic attacks often arise as a result of deep psychological fears like crowded rooms, small spaces…

How to Reduce Stress Levels at Work

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 12:00  by Courtney C.
If you’re like most people, you spend a majority of your waking time at work. Unfortunately, many people also experience a majority of their stress at work or as a result of their jobs. Work may be good for your financial health, but stress can put your physical and mental health at risk. Long hours and impossible deadlines are just a couple ways stress builds up at work. When you add to that the number of interruptions in your day and the other personalities you may find yourself dealing with…

Anxiety and Relationships

Thursday, 20 April 2017 06:00  by Kelly M.
If you suffer from anxiety, you know it can get in the way of enjoying your life. It can hold you back from trying new things, or it can make you avoid social settings. Anxiety seems like a protective instinct, but when it’s overdeveloped, it hides you under an unnecessary shell. Anxiety can be especially troublesome in romantic relationships. If you suffer from anxiety, you’d probably like to hide the symptoms from the people around you. However, romantic relationships tend to cross a line of intimacy that makes it impossible…
With the flood of new drugs available, it can be hard to understand the dangers and know the signs. Everyone knows street drugs are dangerous — and illegal. However, many prescription and even over-the-counter drugs can be dangerous when not used according to dosing instructions and for the medical conditions for which they were intended. If you suspect someone you love is addicted to drugs or using them in a way they aren’t intended for, it’s crucial to seek help as soon as possible. Signs of Drug Use Knowing how…

The Importance of Self-love

Friday, 14 April 2017 01:00  by Wendy G.
Everyone needs love, and you probably focus a lot of energy on loving other people — from friends to spouses to children. But where does your love come from? You might expect it to come from the people in your life you care so much about, but you can’t control those people and you can wind up disappointed if you rely only on external sources for love. What if there was a way to fuel your life with the love you needed and not have to rely on other people…

How to Prevent Panic Attacks

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 08:00  by Carrie M.
A panic or anxiety attack is a sudden feeling of fear that seems to pop up out of nowhere. During an attack, you may feel as though your world is coming to an end. But tens of thousands of panic attacks occur every day — and that means you’re far from alone. If you don't want to be a victim of these attacks or allow the experience to ruin your life, the best thing to do is learn how to prevent panic attacks. Anxiety can cause distressing symptoms and can…

4 Tips for Calming Down From a Panic Attack

Thursday, 06 April 2017 08:00  by Aubrey S.
Anxiety is something all of us experience to some degree at some point in our lives. Anxiety attacks are an indicator of higher levels of stress and anxiety in a person and they can be extremely scary. But if you teach yourself how to manage the feelings, you should be able to prevent attacks from occurring in the future. Calming down from a panic attack may not seem possible at the time, but there are effective tools you can learn to use in order to diminish the terrible feelings you…

The Best Foods to Help Fight Depression

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 08:00  by Suzie B.
Best Foods for Fighting Depression Depression is one of the most common mental issues people face. It affects upwards of 1 in 10 adults in the United States every year. The most common treatments for depression include therapy and medication, but there are many studies emerging that look at the effect a healthy diet has on depression. What are the best foods for fighting depression, and how can you include them in a healthy diet? Enjoy Thanksgiving Year-Round Most of us love a good turkey dinner, but they generally only…

The Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health

Thursday, 30 March 2017 08:00  by Alicia M.
Regular exercise is beneficial to your overall well-being, self-esteem and physical health. A consistent physical fitness regimen has been proven to significantly reduce stress and anxiety. Even a short exercise session lasting only 10 minutes can help improve energy, mental alertness and mood. As a result, it provides a practical way to prevent the onset of mental health complications. People who engage in physical activity on a regular basis tend to enjoy a better quality of life. We generally feel more alert and content after participating in exercise when compared…
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