Health and Wellness
In February this year, my life took an unexpected turn that left me grappling with emotions I never imagined I would face. At the age of 33, after a miscarriage, I found myself entangled in a web of challenges that would put my strength and determination to the test. As a woman, the struggle to overcome infertility is already a battle in itself, but when cancer entered the equation, it felt like an insurmountable mountain to climb.
Parents are encouraged to teach anxious children that not all thoughts are real, since the human body sometimes responds to imaginary threats. However, climate change is not imaginary, it is real — and for some children, it is terrifying.
The topic of gut health is receiving increased attention recently as new research comes to light. Dr Rabia Topan, a gastroenterologist and researcher, with a special interest in the gut-brain connection, took the time to discuss all things gut health after appearing as an expert on a UK Channel 4 TV series about the topic.
From soothing the soul to inspiring hope, studies have shown the positive effects of listening to religious music. Read on to learn how you can incorporate this practice in your life to improve mood and feel more connected.
Have you ever noticed that your mood and energy levels change with the weather? For example, how do you feel when the sun is shining versus when it is rainy and gloomy?
My blindness is not my weakness, but my greatest strength. I could see one day, but the next I could not. Once I realized I would be blind for the rest of my life, the challenge placed before me cultivated a strong motivation. I wanted to learn new and diverse ways of doing things. Each barrier became a challenge, and each challenge an invitation to overcome.
As part of the one percent of the population who stammer (stutter), I know first-hand the challenges that come with having one. I remember the feeling of dread when being asked my name or if I had to speak on the telephone. Ever since I was young, I’ve been on a journey to find the courage to face my speaking fears.
Time to Talk Day is observed every year in the United Kingdom on 3 February. It is considered to be the “nation’s biggest mental health conversation where families, friends, workplaces and communities come together to talk, listen and change lives.”
While the term “self-care” appears more and more often in conversations nowadays, the concept is not new. However, knowing what it is and correctly putting it into practice is essential to taking control of your health.
Do you ever feel like you want to vent your feelings without having to speak with another person? If so, journaling may be for you.
Educating yourself on how to regulate and feel your emotions in a productive way is often the first step to a healthy and mindful daily routine. If you have difficulty getting in touch with your emotions, feel overwhelmed by them, or don't understand what emotions can feel like, you are not alone.
Mental health isn't just the absence of mental illness. It extends to a more holistic spectrum of emotional and social well being, and affects how we think, feel, and act. To raise awareness of mental health issues globally and mobilise efforts around it, World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year. This year's theme highlights the urgency to make quality mental health care a reality for all.