Category: Holistic Mental Health

Self-Care for Caregivers: Tips for Staying Healthy and Avoiding Burnout
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Self-Care for Caregivers: Tips for Staying Healthy and Avoiding Burnout

Image from Pixabay.com   If you’re providing care for a loved one, you’ve probably been raised to be unselfish, to put the needs of others ahead of your own, and to care for those who need help. Oftentimes, caregivers are predisposed to think of others first, so much so that they often neglect their own...

How to Improve Sleep Quality
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How to Improve Sleep Quality

In Matthew Walker’s 2017 book “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams,” Walker says that two-thirds of adults in developed countries get less than the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. At least 40 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. More traffic accidents are caused by drowsy driving than drunk driving...

Depression Sub-types and Treatments
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Depression Sub-types and Treatments

As we’ve written before, no two people have the same experience of a mental illness. What people don’t realize is that illnesses such as depression may appear in many different forms, many of which have similar symptoms.   If you feel sad or empty, have trouble concentrating or sleeping, and symptoms last for two weeks...

Merrymakers Association: Serving Omaha Nursing Home Residents for 32 Years
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Merrymakers Association: Serving Omaha Nursing Home Residents for 32 Years

A group of performers and musicians enters a nursing home, often greeting residents individually, by name. When they start to play, the effect is transformative. Some clap their hands. Others sing along. Everyone is moved.   The performance has benefits even after performers leave—social interaction increases, memories of the past are brought back to active...

What’s the Deal with Meditation?
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What’s the Deal with Meditation?

We’ve all heard the potential mental health effects that meditation can bring to the table. Whether you’re worried about concentration or relaxation, it’s time to weigh the benefits to see if meditation is a good fit for your life. Does it Really Work? It’s the question everyone asks, but it depends on if you’re actually...

Horticultural Therapy: Gardening for Health
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Horticultural Therapy: Gardening for Health

For committed gardeners, going outside and putting on gloves in preparation to dig can be enough to make their spirits rise. However, research suggests it’s more than just joy to work in your garden again that can offer a mood boost.   What is Horticultural Therapy? The Therapeutic Landscapes Network defines horticultural therapy as the...

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Combating the “Winter Blues”
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Seasonal Affective Disorder: Combating the “Winter Blues”

Depression is a serious topic that many people don’t treat seriously. They should. Major depressive disorder affects 16.1 million adults in the United States, or 6.7% of the population. Symptoms of depression may also occur seasonally. Depression symptoms that appear with the shorter, darker days of winter are colloquially called seasonal depression, but are properly...