Why “Seeing Red” Is Sometimes The Best

We really underestimate how exposure to certain types of light may impact our sleep, mood and overall health. We, after all, already have so much on our plates and so much to think about. Now we have to think about light, seriously? You may think light is light, but there is so much more to it than that.

Can’t Get Depression Out Of Your Mind? Get Outside

If there is one thing that the past year and a half has taught us, it’s that we need to be more proactive about taking care of our brains! We can no longer afford to disregard our mental health.

Top Tennis Player Naomi Osaka Puts a Needed and Timely Spotlight on Social Anxiety

The sports world was stunned recently when four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open for mental health reasons. Osaka revealed that she has battled depression and social anxiety, the latter of which was exacerbated by the media conferences and interviews that players are required to do when they compete in these types of tournaments. She said she felt “vulnerable and anxious” and that she decided for “self-care” to skip the post-match press conference. After being fined for doing so, and seeing the commotion this step caused, she decided to leave the tournament all together.

Death of Menudo Member Anthony Galindo Ibarra is a Sad Reminder that the Covid-19 Pandemic Magnifies Suicide Risk Factors

The recent death of former Menudo singer Anthony Galindo Ibarra, known as El Papi Joe, at the age of 41 shocked and saddened his fans and the music industry. He died six days after a suicide attempt. His family confirmed that he had been suffering from depression and was struggling with not being able to perform. They continued to say that this situation was made worse by the pandemic. 

Every Day Should Be National Dog Day...For Our Health

In my opinion, every day is a day to celebrate these amazing creatures. Not only are they cute, but they can potentially benefit your health in so many ways. For one, dogs are great companions. Reportedly, dog adoptions and sales have dramatically increased since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States.

Feeling Down? Smile!

If you have been feeling down and depressed lately, and so many of us are due to the threat of COVID-19, it might not be a bad idea to try to smile more. I know this may feel like an annoying thing to be told to do, but there is actually a study which suggests that the act of smiling can trick your mind into being more positive.  

COVID-19 May Make Addiction and Mental Illness Harder To Overcome, But We Can Still Be Proactive

One might think that if bars and nightclubs are closed, people should be drinking less. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Reports show that many people are really struggling with being isolated and using drugs and alcohol to cope with this isolation and even boredom that can come with this new way of life we are all living.

Depression in Menopause is Common, But You Can Be Proactive

With menopause, which marks the end of fertility for women, I think that along with hot flashes, women may expect other common side effects such as weight gain, sleep disturbances and hair loss. Depression, although common, may come as a shock.

Another Pandemic On Our Hands We Must Be Proactive About? Suicide

What’s particularly concerning right now is that with COVID-19, people appear to be more depressed and anxious than ever. Isolation, job loss, money issues and caring for elderly family members are just a few of the things that so many people are struggling with right now that may lead to very depressive states.

A Lack Of Sleep Is A Big Deal, Especially For Boomers 

A recent study conducted by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found evidence which suggested that in older adults, insomnia may increase the risk of having difficulty overcoming depressive symptoms.

Drinking During Pregnancy May Cause A Depressed Child In Late Adolescence

A recent study found evidence which suggests that pregnant women who drink are at an increased risk of having children who will suffer from depression in late adolescence.

Playing Games May Help Avoid Depression

There has been a good amount of research recently to see what benefit, if any, playing games such as Mahjong, Scrabble and Bingo, or doing crosswords, Sudoku or jigsaw puzzles, could have on boomer mental health. The answer is, “a lot!”

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