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Tips For Coping With A Chronic Illness

Tips For Coping With A Chronic Illness

Chronic illnesses generally have no “cure” in sight, which means they can last a lifetime. Living with day to day chronic conditions can be difficult to manage, especially when they come with always changing symptoms and issues. With proper care and attention, you can live a happy and healthy life, even with health needs. Here are some tips to help you take charge and manage your illness:

Mood Tracking

Mood Tracking

Therapists frequently suggest tracking your moods in order to understand which triggers or situations lead to certain emotions. If you are seeing a counselor or doctor for any mood symptoms, this can be a helpful tool to update them with in between appointments, make the appointments go smoother, and assist you in staying on topic. Having your moods tracked will help you communicate how you have been feeling if you struggle describing it. It also helps to look back at your mood journal to see how far you have come and what you are capable of accomplishing.

Good for the Body, Good for the Mind: Eating Healthy All Summer Long

Good for the Body, Good for the Mind: Eating Healthy All Summer Long

While the corn dogs are calling from the fair and the sizzle of hot dogs on the grill is whispering to you, there are still a few ways to make sure you eat light and healthy during the summer — not just for your body, but for your mind as well. Here are three of them:

Therapy for Eating Disorders

Therapy for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious, but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of every age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic group. According to NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) an estimated 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives. While no one knows for sure what causes eating disorders, a growing consensus suggests that it is a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. 

Nutrition & Mental Health Research

Nutrition & Mental Health Research

It is pretty well known that the way we eat affects both our physical and mental health. While this seems simple, there are many claims to certain foods out there. Let’s break down some research studies that analyze this topic.

Handling Postpartum Depression

Handling Postpartum Depression

According to the CDC (link), 1 in 5 women experience postpartum depression. Unfortunately, many women do not realize they have it and/or do not report it, so the actual number is probably greater. If you think you may be experiencing postpartum depression, try some of these tips.

5 Daily Habits That Are Hurting Your Mental Health

5 Daily Habits That Are Hurting Your Mental Health

Habits can be super helpful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle - except for when they’re bad ones. Did you know that some of your seemingly mundane daily habits could actually be harming your mental health? Here they are!

College & Stress

College & Stress

Unfortunately, stress is looked at as a normal part of the college experience. There are so many demands put on college students compared to high school. The school work tends to be more challenging, there is more pressure to perform, and they don’t always have their parents to help with everyday tasks. With that being said, it does not mean that excessive, overwhelming daily stress is okay or should be ignored. Some stress motivates us to do more and be more productive, while too much stress can actually be detrimental to our physical and mental health.

How Mindfulness Helps Chronic Illness

How Mindfulness Helps Chronic Illness

Mindfulness is the process of bringing one's attention to what is occurring in the present moment. If you live with chronic illness, odds are that you have been told to do activities that promote mindfulness. When living with serious symptoms, it can be hard to see how mindfulness helps or how you will find the time/energy to engage in these activities. The trick is to find mindfulness in the everyday things you already do - you usually don’t even have to set more time aside. The main focus of mindfulness is the stay present and be fully in the moment.

Coping With The Loss of a Loved One To Mesothelioma

Coping With The Loss of a Loved One To Mesothelioma

The death of a loved one creates many changes for surviving family members. These range from changes in household routines to changes in priorities or future plans. Getting used to new life situations may take months or years. In this article, we share some suggestions on how best to cope with your grief.

Avoid These Foods If You Have Anxiety or Depression

Avoid These Foods If You Have Anxiety or Depression

Could it be possible that the food you’re eating could be making you feel worse, not better? If so, this is a great opportunity to use food as medicine and flip your diet around. Here are a few foods that you should definitely eliminate from your diet if you have depression or anxiety.

Natural Ways To Reduce Anxiety

Natural Ways To Reduce Anxiety

Everyone faces anxiety daily, but some of us live with more persistent symptoms. Anxiety is actually the most common mental health issue, reportedly affecting more than 18% of US adults. Natural remedies and lifestyle changes are a great way to remedy some of these symptoms, but they are never meant to replace or stop any treatments you are currently receiving. If you are already getting treatment, check with your doctor, psychiatrist, or therapist prior to implementing any changes.

Lifestyle Tips for Managing Bipolar

Lifestyle Tips for Managing Bipolar

Bipolar Disorder is a mental health condition that causes extremely high points in mood and energy (mania) prefaced or followed by extremely low, depressive states (depression). These uncontrollable mood swings have a severe impact on the lives of those who live with the disorder. Here’s some tips to managing it.

8 Foods You Should Eat If You Have Depression

8 Foods You Should Eat If You Have Depression

The food we eat is directly tied to how we feel! That’s why eating the right foods should be an important part of your strategy to combat depression. Here are 8 foods you should add to your diet to help combat your symptoms.

10 Ways To Cope With Loneliness In Retirement

10 Ways To Cope With Loneliness In Retirement

When you retire from working, you leave behind the pressure and stress that goes along with it! However, you also leave behind a whole lot of social contact and relationships. This can cause a level of loneliness that can be damaging to your physical and mental health. So how can you cope? Read this blog for some ideas.