Category Archives: Mental health

#CoffeeLover

I love coffee as do many other Americans.  According to a survey completed by the National Coffee Association, 83% of US adults drink coffee, making our country the largest coffee consumer in the world.  Nearly half of adult Americans drink … Continue reading

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How to talk to someone who is suicidal

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States. One hundred and five people die by suicide each day, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and suicide is reaching epidemic proportions in the U.S.

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How can we improve men’s mental health?

Mental health concerns of men are often similar to those of women: The need for safety, security, sufficient sustenance, and sexual and social fulfillment. Our self-esteem, our sense of worthiness, stems from a certainty in our ascribed and achieved roles.

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Just a girl in a gym: How small moments can have big meaning

Ever since I was in college, I’ve felt the strings of sadness pull at me in the hours after I leave my family. Because of my strange schedule, I went home on Thursday and Friday to celebrate Father’s Day. Yet, today (Sunday), … Continue reading

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The best part of waking up: Small ideas to enact change in your life

It was the first day of spring, and it snowed. I sat in my dining room in Maryland with my mother, talking about whatever was in the news that morning. The big, clumpy snowflakes seemed to fall down with relish … Continue reading

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How to help someone who self-injures

Self-injurious behavior is one of those topics most people prefer to steer clear of. There can be a sense of mystery and misunderstanding about it, and uncertainty about where to turn for answers. What is SIB? Who self-injures? Why would someone choose to physically harm themselves? What can I do to help them?

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Finding your pitch 32: Mental health and fitness

It’s easy to describe certain parts of yourself to another person. Your spontaneity. Your curiosity. Your degree in economics, or your knowledge of three languages. What’s harder is describing parts of your nature that are inherent to your being but … Continue reading

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Get some Headspace

Exercise has always been a way to alleviate stress. Whether it’s walking, running or dancing, I like the way movement clears my mind, gives me energy and ups my self-confidence. But this winter’s weather has made it harder to stay … Continue reading

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Is it Spring yet?

Every year it is a struggle to get through the winter. From December to March I find myself wishing my life away, saying I can’t wait until it is warm out so I can go biking. I really need to find a winter sport other than surfing Pinterest and complaining on Facebook about how much I hate the gym and pretty much everyone who goes there. And I really do hate the gym. Getting out of bed when it is pitch black out and -2 degrees, when there is a warm body next to you refusing to get up with you, is a harder than refusing birthday cake on your birthday.

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How meditation might reduce anxiety, depression

A study published Jan. 6 showed the practice could mitigate symptoms as much as antidepressants. Study participants were not diagnosed with full-blown anxiety or depression.

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