Isolation and mental health

Putting family and self-care first when navigating this tough time is very important. There is no way that we can live this without anxiety and sadness. We have to take care of ourselves in a different way, being proactive about our mental health.
<blockquote class=”embedly-card”><h4><a href=”https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/not-a-staycation-isolating-at-home-affects-our-mental-health-and-what-to-do-2020041319519″>Not a staycation: Isolating at home affects our mental health (and what to do) – Harvard Health Blog</a></h4><p>As the COVID-19 crisis keeps us at home for longer and longer, it’s important to acknowledge that this situation is having negative effects on everyone’s mental health. Here’s how parents and families can take care of themselves in ways that go beyond normal self-care. strategies.</p></blockquote>
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What foods should we be eating

With all the fad diets out there it is sometimes hard to know “what” we should be eating. Food can impact all facets of our health and well-being. Here are some tips on how you could change your diet to suit your personal needs..

<blockquote class=”embedly-card”><h4><a href=”https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/low-fat-low-carb-or-mediterranean-which-diet-is-right-for-you”>Low fat, low carb, or Mediterranean: which diet is right for you? – Harvard Health</a></h4><p>Losing weight sometimes takes experimentation. If you give a diet your best shot and it doesn’t work long term, maybe it wasn’t the right one for you, your metabolism, or your situation. Genes, family, your environment – even your friends – influence…</p></blockquote>
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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.