Archive for the 'Mental Health' Category
Normally not a fan of most stuff that comes out the often-gimmicky and sensational-headline-happy Men’s Health, but this was worth sharing:
Exercise: It’s good for your brain too.
Source: Men’s Health
“Increasing blood flow to the brain [via exercise] stimulates the release of mood-elevating hormones. The same neurochemicals that relax the blood vessels relax the brain. This helps both body and brain cope with stress.”
“Exercise helps the body muster up its own internal medicine to combat depression and worry. For most people, exercise is a healthier [...]
“After just 25 minutes, your mood improves, you are less stressed, you have more energy — and you’ll be motivated to exercise again tomorrow. A bad mood is no longer a barrier to exercise; it is the very reason to exercise.”
– Jasper Smits, director of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Program at Southern Methodist University
A new study found that moderate aerobic exercise in previously sedentary adults can help increase the size of the brain’s hippocampus, which can lead to improved memory:
“The results of our study are particularly interesting in that they suggest that even modest amounts of exercise by sedentary older adults can lead to substantial improvements in memory [...]
“Studies have found that exercise improves mood and modestly decreases anxiety symptoms. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on all or most days.”
– Harvard Health Publications: Worried or Anxious? Tips for Coping
“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.”
– Pearl S. Buck, American Author, 1938 Nobel Prize for Literature
It’s Monday. It can be a good day for you or a bad day. You decide.
Researchers in London have found a link between eating a diet high in processed, fatty food and depression. Their research is published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Interesting. Based on their findings, those who ate mostly whole foods (fresh fruits, veggies, fish, etc.) had a 26 percent lower risk of depression than those who ate mostly [...]
I’ve enjoyed watching the US Open this weekend. I’ve especially enjoyed watching the young American Melanie Oudin continue her run through the field, upsetting highly ranked players (Dementieva, Sharapova, Petrova) along the way.
In each of these matches, she’s dropped the first set, only to rally and win the next two each time. She’s fun to watch, [...]
“The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they’ll ease
Your will they’ll mend
And charge you not a shilling.”
–Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990
“It really is never too late to start exercising. Even people who remain sedentary most of their life can benefit from participating in an exercise regimen. The second thing that is important for keeping a healthy brain as you age is to remain intellectually curious. That is, don’t be afraid to learn new things. Pursue [...]