Job stress increases the risk of heart disease, but living a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce that risk, a new study says.
Researchers examined data from more than 102,000 men and women, aged 17 to 70, in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Sweden and Finland. Their lifestyles were rated in one of three categories — healthy, moderately unhealthy or unhealthy — based on smoking, alcohol consumption, exercise/inactivity and obesity.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Mental illnesses are serious disorders which can affect your thinking, mood, and behavior. There are many causes of mental disorders. Your genes and family history may play a role. Your life experiences, such as stress or a history of abuse, may also matter. Biological factors can also be part of the cause. Mental disorders are common, but treatments are available.
“A lot of people are having a more difficult time finding balance in their lives because there have been cutbacks or layoffs where they work. They’re afraid it may happen to them, so they’re putting in more hours,” says psychologist Robert Brooks, PhD, co-author of The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life.
If you have to sit through one more meeting, skip one more lunch break, or kiss your boss’ butt one more time, you may scream — sound familiar? These warning signs could be signaling you need a vacation.
Roger Walsh is not a specialist. He is a University of California professor of psychiatry with degrees in neuroscience, psychology, physiology, and medicine, and joint appointments in anthropology and philosophy in addition to his primary appointment in Psychiatry and Human Behavior.
Today’s Small Change: Use your long- and short-term goals to ensure success. Make Your Goals Work for You The writer Henry Miller said: “In this age, which believes that there is a shortcut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.” Consider this quote as you think about your goals in the Healthy Living With Ellie program. Chances are you’ve tried taking shortcuts before, like going on a crash diet or overdoing it at the gym. And chances are you discovered pretty quickly that those shortcuts don’t work in the long term. But you can take steps in the short term to help yourself achieve your long-term goals — that’s what Ellie’s program is all about. Slowly and surely, you learn to make small changes in your life that you can stick with, and those changes add up until, eventually, you see a big change in your lifestyle. Today, take a moment to review your long-term goals (the reasons you started this program). Then break those goals down into some shorter-term goals you’ll be able to achieve along the way. For example, if there’s a certain amount of weight you’d ultimately like to lose, aim for a smaller, reasonable amount you think you can take off in four weeks, and put your efforts into reaching that first, short-term goal. You can do the same with fitness goals (distance you’d like to walk, speed at which you’d like to run), healthy cooking (dishes you’d like to learn to prepare), or any other aspect of the program. There may be no shortcuts, but soon you’ll see that making small changes in your life is actually the easiest way to achieve big changes.
Thursday August 02, 2012
Healthy Living with Ellie Krieger
When heart specialist, Dr. Terry Gordon, received the devastating news that his young son, Tyler, was severely injured in an automobile accident, he found himself embarking on a spiritual journey to heal his own heart along with his son.
Life is not a random set of experiences; it is a learning curve. At each level we are offered potential lessons. From the encounter, we may choose to gain insight and progress on to a higher path, or we may decide to ignore the experience and remain stagnant. Either way, we will be tested. If we fail to learn from the instruction provided, it will be offered to us in some fashion again and again until such time that we finally get it.
By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
“The quality of your thinking about whom you see in the mirror largely determines the quality of your life,” according to speaker and bestselling author Brian Tracy and therapist Christina Tracy Stein in their book Kiss That Frog! 12 Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives in Your Life and Work.
“If you change your thinking about yourself, you change your life — almost immediately.”
As such, the authors help readers morph their negative thoughts and emotions into positive ones and fulfill their potential. They note that developing high self-esteem and a positive attitude takes practice. In the last chapter of their book, Tracy and Stein spell out the seven keys they say will help you be the best that you can be.
By Athena Staik, Ph.D.
One of the keys to success in any area of your life is staying focused on what’s important in a given situation or period of time. What you most desire – your goals – are inseparably connected to your highest values, certain core emotional yearnings you are hardwired, as a human being, to aspire to realize.
The key to realizing what you want therefore lies not only in your ability to stay focused on your goals, but also the skill of cultivating and holding fast to an impassioned understanding of the connection between your goals and your deepest values. It’s about getting your brain to work for you, optimally, with you.
While everyone seems to agree that adolescents often have a negative opinion of mental illness — a perception that prevents many teens from obtaining the care they need — the means to overcome the dilemma remains elusive.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve note that the relative dearth of data regarding stigma in this age group makes tackling the topic particularly tough.
Not only is adolescent mental health stigma rarely studied, but even less is known about the accuracy of measures used to assess it.
Melissa Pinto, Ph.D., R.N., KL2 Clinical Research Scholar and an instructor of nursing at the university’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing comments: “We need to find a reliable and valid way to measure the presence of stigma associated with mental illness among adolescents.”
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on June 8, 2012