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12 Articles for a Healthier State of Mind

12 Articles for a Healthier State of Mind

The term “mental health” means a lot of things to a lot of people. To some, it means living a healthy lifestyle while balancing work, family and personal time. To others, it might mean living with a history of anxiety or depression. No matter what mental health means to you, everyone can benefit from taking a minute to focus on their emotional state of mind every now and then.

Like most things, the first step in maintaining mental health is awareness and discussion. Here are 12 articles that focus on different – and equally important – aspects of mental health.

5 Reasons to Own Your Emotional Wellness

Though we often regard our emotions as secondary to our physical health, the two are closely related. Taking care of yourself includes caring for your emotional health, however you feel most comfortable doing so. It can include self-care and strategies to help you de-stress, or it may involve talking to a professional. Whatever works for you, caring for your emotional health can allow you to live well with the tools to tackle whatever life throws your way. Read the full article.

The Extended Impact of Antidepressants

The decision to take antidepressants is a personal choice that you will ultimately need to discuss with your physician or psychiatrist. In addition to triggering chemical reactions that can hopefully improve your mood and treat depression or anxiety, antidepressants can also impact other aspects of your life including sleep habits, sex drive and appetite. Read the full article.

5 Benefits of Healthy Relationships

As humans, the relationships we form with other people are vital to our mental and emotional wellbeing, and really, our survival. Healthy relationships (romantic relationships, friendships, familial relationships – they all count!) can help make for a healthier overall life. Read the full article.

Staying Healthy When Stressed

When the going gets tough, it’s easy to skip the gym, hit the drive thru and skimp on sleep. It’s almost as though your brain is shouting, “I’m busy, it’s ok!” But the better you take care of yourself during stressful times, the easier they’ll be for your mind and body to endure. Here are some things you can do to help deal with your stress physically, mentally and emotionally.

Take a Moment for Meditation

Meditation is, in essence, mindful and conscious breathing that encourages you to pay attention to the present moment. Some of its benefits are intangible – many people report feeling more peaceful, focused and attentive, as well as less anxious, after meditating. Other benefits impact health more directly: meditation can decrease stress, ease mental tension, improve sleep, reduce back pain and fight depression. Read the full article.

Stress Less for a Strong Heart

A link between stress and heart disease is widely suspected and we can all attest to how stress can manifest itself in our daily lives. If you’ve ever skipped the gym, consumed some comfort food or poured a stiff drink as a result of stress, you’re experiencing the heart health risks of anxiety. Read the full article.

Mental Health Goes Mobile

More than 20 percent of Americans have significant symptoms of depression and anxiety, but only 20 percent are actively finding treatment and support. In an effort to reach more patients, mental healthcare has moved into the mobile space. In particular, Northwestern Medicine scientists, led by David Mohr, PhD, professor in Preventive Medicine-Behavioral Medicine and director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies, hope a new app system will bring help to millions who may be in need. Read the full article.

Healthy Sleep Habits (Infographic)

Sleep habits and your health are inextricably linked. Your daily routine influences your quality of rest, and your sleep schedule and bedtime habits affect your mental sharpness, performance, emotional well-being and energy level. Reaching a deep, restorative sleep is vital to your health and can take time to perfect. Read the full article.

How Journaling Supports Your Health

Much like another health trend – meditation – the health benefits of journaling are both intangible and scientific. Many people report an improved mood and a better memory, greater mindfulness and reduced stress. At the same time, research has shown journaling to reduce symptoms in cancer patients and improve patient health after a heart attack – though no amount of scribbling should replace your annual check-up. Read the full article.

Breathing Techniques for Emotional Health

It’s something you do between 12 and 20 times a minute, and 17,000 to 30,000 times a day or more. We’re talking about breathing -- and if you’re not suffering from any type of congestion or illness, you probably don’t even realize you’re doing it. But the fact that most people don’t even think twice about their breathing could mean that you’re missing out on something that could have a big impact on many different aspects of your body’s health and wellbeing. Here are four ways to use different breathing techniques to improve both your physical health and state of mind. Read the full article.

How to Avoid Loneliness

A sense of community matters more than you might expect. Loneliness is a serious and rising health concern. Loneliness is a risk factor for depression, and studies show that social connection is one of the biggest predictors for health, happiness and longevity. As much as we prioritize work — and rely on social media to find community — physical interactions with friends and strangers represent a valuable, and necessary, part of our health.

Give a Gift for Better Health

Gift giving produces an array of emotions and reactions, but did you know that your emotional response to giving gifts actually has a scientific basis? Your brain, mind, body and spirit are reacting to gift giving in ways you don’t even realize at any time of year. Here’s a little insight into the science behind gift giving – and why it really IS better to give than to receive.