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The new year brings us all the best of intentions and we tend to aim high. Exercise, weight loss, whatever your goals, they are likely lofty ones and can feel overwhelming. However, there are a few pretty simple steps you can take that will improve your mood all year. Cultivate gratitude. It may sound like new age bunk, but thinking about what you have and being grateful for i ...

You are likely hearing a lot these days about "mindfulness" and what it can do for your mood and health. What is mindfulness and how can it helps you manage stress and anxiety? Mindfulness is a practice in which you focus on the physical feelings of what you are doing and maintaining a moment by moment awareness. For example, walking mindfully is a practice in which when you w ...

October is National Depression Awareness Month. One of the more common misconceptions about depression is that depressed people are simply very, very sad. Consequently, people suffering from depression are often told to "cheer up" or "try to think positively" as if that will make their symptoms disappear. The truth is that depression runs much deeper than a simple attitude chan ...

Going to bed is not just something that you do after a long day. It is also something that rests you, refreshes you, sets the tone for the following day, and has a major impact on your physical and mental health. Despite the importance of getting a good night's slumber, millions of Americans have failed to develop healthy sleep habits to such an extent that the Center for Disea ...

Once you hit middle age, growing older often has negative connotations. You hear phrases like, "Our best years are behind us" or "When I was in my prime..." enough to start to believing that this applies to you. Nip that thinking in the bud! Instead of complaining about all you've lost and lamenting over the loss of the "good old days, " focus on ways to improve your health rig ...

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and while suicide is a difficult topic to talk about, it is important to learn more about suicide prevention, and to educate others. Many people who intend to attempt suicide give some clues to the people around them: knowing those clues and what to do if you notice them can save a life. Signs include talking about wanting to die, feeling ...

If you find yourself feeling drained and tired a lot, you probably think about your need to sleep more and eat well. While those things can certainly increase your energy, you may be surprised to learn about other things that may be taking your zip. Procrastination can be a major drain on your energy and mood. Who wants to go about their day worried about a task they need to g ...

Show me someone who never gets stressed and I'll show you someone who is kidding himself. Everyone experiences stress, even if they have different triggers. The good news is that you can control stress. Below are a few easy, positive steps you can take to wrestle control away from those stressors and get some peace of mind. Move your body. There's a reason that people say that ...