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Did you know that happier people live longer and are less likely to catch colds? Or that optimists have a 77% lower risk of heart disease than pessimists? Here are all the ways your mood affects your physical health, in one infographic.
We have medicine cabinets for common physical injuries like cuts and colds, but no toolkits for common psychological injuries such as failure, rejection, guilt, and loss. In his inspirational talk, Guy Winch tells us that “you can’t treat a psychological wound if you don’t know you’re injured”. Guy teaches us a lesson on why it is so important to practice emotional hygiene.
What effect does meditation actually have on the body? According to ASAP Science, during meditation, brain scans show an increased level of activity in regions of the brain that help decrease anxiety and depression. There's also more activity in the region that increases pain tolerance. This short and engaging video from ASAP Science show us the science behind meditation.
Tania de Jong makes the case that people singing together can change the brain. Pushing the idea that creativity is the strategic tool of the 21st century, she explains how our voices have been silenced and that it's not doing us any good. She explains how singing is a survival mechanism, how it makes our hearts beat together and can help heal strokes and depression.
If you're an avid sports fan or player, you're all too familiar with the inevitable heartbreak that comes with the love of your team. You can easily get lost in the game. Your team's losses are your losses. Their errors are your errors. Despite these "lows," research suggests that both playing and watching sports ultimately really do make us happier. We love rooting for the underdogs. Not to mention that getting involved with a team as a kid can help with depression risk and low self-esteem. Happify, a website and app dedicated to helping people build skills for happiness through science-based activities and games, broke down all the ways sports can benefit our lives, in this infographic.
This information guide has been prepared by Age UK and contains general advice only, it should not be relied on as a basis for any decision or action and cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. It’s never too late to think about adopting a healthier lifestyle. It doesn’t mean that you suddenly have to change your diet and start spending every day at the gym. Just a few small changes can make a big difference – making you feel better, giving you more energy and helping you to sleep more soundly. Research shows that having a positive attitude to life in general, and to getting older, can help you enjoy better health too. Choosing activities that give you an opportunity to meet people or play an active role in your local community can also help.It’s important to remember the parts of your body that are crucial to keeping active – your feet, eyes and ears. This guide highlights changes you may like to consider and the benefits they can bring.
The Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index has found that more than three quarters of a million young people believe they have nothing to live for, with jobless youngsters facing “devastating” symptoms of mental illness. The research reveals that long-term unemployed young people are more than twice as likely as their peers to have been prescribed anti-depressants. One in three have contemplated suicide, while one in four have self-harmed. The findings are based on interviews with 2,161 16-to-25-year-olds and show that 40 per cent of jobless young people have faced these symptoms of mental illness – including suicidal thoughts, feelings of self-loathing and panic attacks – as a direct result of unemployment. Long-term unemployed young people are also more than twice as likely as their peers to believe they have nothing to live for.
Ecotherapy is an intervention that improves mental and physical health and wellbeing by supporting people to be active outdoors: doing gardening, food growing or environmental work. This report provides the people who plan, commission and provide health and social care services with compelling evidence for providing ecotherapy services that can: help people look after their mental wellbeing, support people who may be at risk of developing a mental health problem, help the recovery of people with existing mental health problems.
This booklet is an introduction to ecotherapy, a range of nature-based programmes that can help support your mental wellbeing. It describes the different types of programmes available, their benefits and how to join them.