The year of change 2020

For most of the world 2020 has tested us in ways we never thought possible. It is important to take care of ourselves, friends and loved ones during this time. Take a step back and remember what really matters.

<blockquote class=”embedly-card”><h4><a href=”https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/surviving-tumultuous-times”>Surviving tumultuous times – Harvard Health</a></h4><p>Traumatic events in the world or personal life can take a toll on mental health. Strategies such as limiting news about the event, taking an active role in the problem, and reframing the event in more positive terms can help people endure the event a…</p></blockquote>
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Managing the symptoms of anxiety

These days stress is inevitable with all of the changes occurring in our world daily. It can have many ways of unconsciously affecting our physical and emotional health. Here are some ways to help manage these stress factors and minimize some of its effects.
<blockquote class=”embedly-card”><h4><a href=”https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/recognizing-and-easing-the-physical-symptoms-of-anxiety”>Recognizing and easing the physical symptoms of anxiety – Harvard Health</a></h4><p>You’ve had headaches on and off, or possibly nausea, or muscle pain. It could be emotions, rather than a physical illness, driving your symptoms. Blame your autonomic nervous system. This is a system in your body that you don’t consciously control, but that regulates things like your heart rate, breathing, urination, and sexual function.</p></blockquote>
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Staying healthy at home

Getting older is not always easy and having to spend more time indoors these days can pose a challenge for some. There are many things we can do “indoors” that can have a positive effect on our overall health and well-being. <blockquote class=”embedly-card”><h4><a href=”https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/learn-new-things-without-leaving-home”>Learn new things without leaving home – Harvard Health</a></h4><p>The world is full of ordinary people who’ve learned to do extraordinary things without entering a classroom. For example, British fashion designer Nadine Merabi taught herself to sew watching how-to videos on YouTube. Video game developer Lual Mayen learned to write computer programs using a laptop tutorial, as he grew up in a Ugandan refugee camp.</p></blockquote>
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Diet and Depression

Often when we think of the word “diet” we associate that with losing weight. However, there is overwhelming evidence supporting the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Having a healthy lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean taking drastic measures. It can even be little changes that can have a great benefit on your overall health.
 
<blockquote class=”embedly-card”><h4><a href=”https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/diet-and-depression-2018022213309″>Diet and depression – Harvard Health Blog</a></h4><p>Just this week, I have seen three patients with depression requiring treatment. Treatment options include medications, therapy, and self-care. Self-care includes things like sleep, physical activity, and diet, and is just as important as meds and therapy – sometimes more so.</p></blockquote>
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Exercise and our mood connection

As we all know getting motivated to exercise is not always easy. However, much research has been done that provides clinical research on the benefits on not only our physical health but also our mental health. Read on to see the connection of exercise our well being and mood.

<blockquote class=”embedly-card”><h4><a href=”https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/more-evidence-that-exercise-can-boost-mood”>More evidence that exercise can boost mood – Harvard Health</a></h4><p>Researchers found that regular exercise seems to prevent depression. The study used genetic data to answer the question of whether a lack of movement causes depression or if depression causes people to move less. Moving more, even when just performin…</p></blockquote>
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Inequality in Mental Health

While we are all feeling the effects of the pandemic, some of us are more adversely affected, in particular parents, people already struggling with mental illness or mental health problems, people who are Indigenous, people of colour and those in the LGBTQ+ community.

When it comes to the pandemic and mental health, we’re not all equal – CMHA National

The COVID-19 pandemic is a sudden, unprecedented situation that has disrupted the lives of all Canadians and put us under tremendous stress. The pandemic continues to have a significant, long-lasting impact on everyone’s mental health, given the economic uncertainty and climate of anxiety in which we find ourselves.

A Tale of Mental Illness

Is it okay if I totally trash your office?” It’s a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn’t a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.

Tips to Defuse a Meltdown

Altman says before and during intense reactive moments, we tend to use a lot of “I feel” language. You might hear someone say “I feel like there’s no hope” or “I feel like no one cares about me.’

‘Although we are saying ‘I feel,’ these statements are actually thoughts and not feelings,” Altman points out.” By identifying the thoughts, we can identify patterns in our thinking and shift them.”

Tips to defuse a meltdown – Harvard Health

There are several ways to escape a meltdown-an overwhelming feeling of stress or anger. One strategy is to calm the body with slow breathing. Another strategy is to shift one’s thought patterns. This can be done by paying attention to one…

Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD)

Professional treatment can help someone with paranoid personality disorder (PPD) manage symptoms and improve their daily functioning. But due to the very nature of the disorder, most people with PPD don’t seek help. As far as they’re concerned, their fears are justified and any attempts to change how they think only confirms their suspicions that people are “out to get them” in some way.

Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD)

Paranoid personality disorder (PPD) is a challenging mental health condition defined by mistrust and suspicion so intense that it interferes with thought patterns, behavior, and daily functioning. A person with PPD may feel deeply wary of others, always on guard for signs that someone is trying to threaten, mistreat, or deceive them.