Archives for Mental Health

Fighting Fatigue with Fun

by TJ Davis July 2nd, 2010 | Mental Health
In today's fast-paced, stress-driven world, fatigue is inevitable. Combined physical and mental fatigue can mimic, and sometimes lead to, symptoms of depression. Defeat the doldrums before they become a formidable foe by fighting fatigue with fun. There are positive mental and emotional benefits to being around people whose company you enjoy, whether it is a loved individual or a cherished group. Planning fun activities involving people close to you is as good a remedy as any. Be creative in choosing your activities. Puzzles, board games and card games can all be challenging and entertaining options for
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Pain vs. Stress: You Win

by TJ Davis June 11th, 2010 | Mental Health

There seem to be some direct correlations between stress and chronic pain, but experts are not all in agreement as to what those are, exactly. Many people who have been diagnosed with chronic pain or illness have noted a particularly stressful event in their lives just prior to onset. Of course, this does not necessarily mean stress causes chronic conditions, but that is one theory that has been explored. Another theory is that chronic conditions are worsened by stress, but that has yet to be scientifically proven, as well.

Science aside, there is no doubt that stress and chronic pain
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Qi Gong for Health

by TJ Davis May 28th, 2010 | Exercise, Mental Health
Qi Gong has been practiced in China for over 4000 years to promote health and well being. Its name indicates its function: qi is the body’s vital energy which flows through internal channels called meridians, and gong is a series of movements. It is believed that when qi flow is interrupted, the body suffers illness. So, Qi Gong is a form of exercise to help promote the flow of qi through the body. One of the primary benefits of Qi Gong is its ability to aid in digestion. When the body is not digesting food properly, it produces a general
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Meditation for Motivation

by TJ Davis May 21st, 2010 | Mental Health
Obesity is not a fashion faux pas; it is a health hazard, and people dealing with obesity issues should not be driven by shame to try to achieve some idealistic image goal. Media should motivate toward better health and longer life. Once we understand the real goals, the journey becomes a little less daunting. By now, we are all aware of the basics: eat less, exercise more. Still, weight loss requires levels of motivation and dedication that many people feel they are not able to achieve on their own.

The single most important tool for promoting better health is the mind, and
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Smile Therapy

by TJ Davis May 17th, 2010 | Mental Health
Everybody has bad days, but frequent, recurrent blue moods can signify a more serious condition. Arthritis and depression often go hand in hand. When you are in pain, it is difficult to keep a constant positive outlook, especially when the cause is a degenerative, debilitating condition like arthritis. Mental and emotional stress often manifests itself in the body physically so depression can exacerbate pain.

One of the main reasons arthritis and depression are commonly linked is that people with arthritis tend to stop doing things they enjoy, like walking, biking, swimming, golfing, gardening, etc., because they think
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