Articles About Mental Health and Wellness

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    JUL 14, 2021

    Looking to de-stress, relax, and recharge? Try napping.

    Sleep is essential for our overall health. It gives our mind and body time to relax and recharge. Studies show that getting 7 to 8 hours of regular nighttime sleep is best for maintaining good health.1 But what happens when you don’t get a good night’s sleep and find yourself tired during the day? Or you have a lifestyle or work schedule that keeps you up at night and requires daytime sleep? ... Read More >

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    JUL 14, 2021

    Acupuncture 101: Here’s what you can expect

    Sticking needles into your skin might not sound like a good way to feel better. But that’s exactly how acupuncture works. In fact, the traditional Chinese practice has been used for centuries to treat all sorts of health conditions — and it’s still very common. ... Read More >

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    JUN 15, 2021

    4 ways to boost the mental health benefits of your next workout

    Most people associate exercise with physical health — but what’s good for the body is good for the mind. Regular workouts can help improve your mood, sharpen your mind, and help you feel healthier and happier overall. ... Read More >

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    MAY 13, 2021

    5 healthy habits our doctors practice for self-care

    Doctors are passionate about helping their patients stay healthy. But how do they stay healthy themselves? We asked some Kaiser Permanente doctors what they do every day to stay mentally and emotionally strong, keep stress in check, and be at their best. ... Read More >

    TOPICShealthy lifestyleMental Health and Wellnessself-careStress Management

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    MAR 22, 2021

    Food as medicine: Pick foods to help your mood

    When a bad mood strikes, there are plenty of options to help you feel better. Meditating, exercising, and reframing negative thoughts are activities that can support your mental health. Another way to fight a bad mood — eating healthy. Including a mix of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, complex carbs, and protein in your diet can not only improve your physical health — your mental health can benefit as well. While you may be tempted to reach for a tub of ice cream after a difficult day, foods that are high in sugar, refined carbs, or trans fats may end up making you feel worse. ... Read More >

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    MAR 22, 2021

    4 types of meditation to try today

    Meditation is a mental practice that encompasses many different styles and techniques —  like mindfulness — which can help you train your focus and attention so you can achieve a clear mind ... Read More >

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    FEB 09, 2021

    7 surprising ways stress can affect your body

    Everyone experiences stress, but not everyone experiences it in the same way. While stress may be best known for taking a toll on the mind, sometimes physical symptoms are your body’s way of telling you that your brain is under too much stress. ... Read More >

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    DEC 10, 2020

    Life after job loss: How to keep yourself healthy

    The U.S. economy lost over 20 million jobs in April.1 Since then, more than 11.1 million people remain unemployed as the pandemic stretches on.2 ... Read More >

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    NOV 12, 2020

    Strengthening social connections while maintaining physical distance

    As the situation around the coronavirus continues to evolve, we’re living life differently and learning as we go. Stress levels were high before the pandemic, but now they’ve skyrocketed. We all need support. So while we physically distance ourselves to help stop the spread of COVID-19, finding new ways to stay socially connected is more important than ever. ... Read More >

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    NOV 11, 2020

    5 Scandinavian secrets to a happier, healthier life

    Scandinavian winters are dark, cold, and long. Depending on the city, a typical day could have little to no sunshine, freezing temperatures, and lots of snow. Some people might see those conditions as a recipe for seasonal depression. But despite their harsh winters, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland have topped the World Happiness Report — which surveys 156 countries by asking their citizens how happy they are — for several years in a row. ... Read More >

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