Disorders of the Brain

O is for Occipital LobeAs always the key element to bettering you mood when it comes to having some sort of brain disorder affecting your mental wellness is exercise. By exercising and eating right, this will better your mood and make you feel good about yourself which will make you feel good about other things in your life. Exercising is always the answer when it comes to most health issues. (Image by illuminaut via Flickr)

One very important and often highly neglected treatment of a variety of medical brain disorders is exercise, daily exercise. I cannot stress how important this is, yet maintaining consistency with exercise when dealing with mental illness is extremely difficult. Some days, many people cannot even get out of bed. Other people are terrified of being in public places.

One way to get moving each day and to stay at it is to have an accountability buddy. A family member, close friend or even a support group are some wonderful examples to get needed support for a daily exercise regime, especially if you are suffering from depression or anxiety disorders. Try not to do this alone. Make it fun and do not be afraid to ask for support.

The importance of mood-tracking journals are tools in helping manage certain mood disorders, but so is keeping an exercise journal. Note each day how you feel before and after exercise, your strength levels, energy improvements, how you sleep each night, and especially any changes to your moods and overall look upon life. I believe you will find that keeping a journal will document amazing and positive results!

Movement is so good for the body, spirit and mind. Activity and exercise are very important for people living with mental illness. Most of all, try to find an exercise activity you really enjoy! Individuals living with mental illness often have a higher risk for heart disease, and exercise can play a key part in a wellness plan. Activity and exercise are great ways to combat factors that are part of heart disease risk, stress, high blood pressure, weight gain and diabetes-all problems commonly found among people living with mental illness. Did you know that exercise plays a key part in elevating your mood and regulating sleep patterns?

The benefits of exercise do make a difference with depression, including severe clinical depression. Whether you take medication or choose to manage without, an active lifestyle is important for everyone. This is particularly true for those living with schizophrenia and who are on second-generation atypical antipsychotic medication (SGAs) because they are more vulnerable to obesity.

In addition to the countless physical benefits, exercise does have vast psychological benefits. Studies show that exercise can increase the amounts of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin in your brain. The increased levels of neurotransmitters can help treat many disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, as well as help you to feel more energetic overall.

Lastly, just having hope in something healthy, positive and inspirational, as well as setting new goals that will bring about feeling good about ourselves are lifelines to those dealing with medical brain disorders. Today, would you step out in courage, take those baby steps to implement daily exercise into your life, and remember…you are not alone.

…More at Medical Brain Disorders~The Benefits of Exercise | Keep Choosing

I hope that from this article you are able to overcome whatever mental disorder that you are having. You will have better days in your future, but you just have to take things day by day and try to stay positive.

Old Formula with Great Results, Peace + Love = Happiness




Achieving Peace Love HappinessWe all want peace, love and happiness. Not just one of those three, but all. The thing is we need to step back and realize what each one offers and what all three ofthem can do for us. We ultimately want what is best for us when it comes to our mental state of mind, and these three things are best.

“A state of well-being and contentment,” isn’t that our ultimate goal as humans? Have you ever wondered what makes you happy and why you do the things you do? Basic needs for survival are a given, like food and shelter; everything else you do are things that are intended to make you happy or keep you from becoming unhappy. Agree? Nobody wants to be miserable (although I bet you’ve met some people who seem that way!). The problem is most of us get so caught up in our daily grind that we lose sight of why we do what we do.

WE WANT PEACE LOVE HAPPINESS, we just forget to remember.

Oh, it’s not that easy, is it? Unfortunately not, but new research from the science and psychology of happiness worlds shows that those words – Peace Love Happiness – may not be so unreachable after all.

What Determines Happiness?

How you choose to respond to this data is up to you. The pessimist will not be too thrilled that most of their ability to be happy is predetermined and therefore won’t want to make the effort to improve. My guess is though that YOU are reading this because you care about living a happier life and are excited that a significant forty percent of your level of happiness is in your hands!

So now what? Where do you start? Start with STRONG DESIRE. You gotta want it! Find it hard to get motivated? OK, here you go – happier people are more sociable, energetic, charitable, cooperative, better liked, more satisfied with their work, make more money, they are overall healthier with stronger immune systems and they live longer! Motivated now? If not, then read no further. I wish you all the best.

The most powerful force in the Universe is love. Follow Mr. Anthony’s advice; commit to rid yourself of your self-inflicted emotions of anger and hate. The more you gain control of your negative emotions, the easier it will be to love. Decide to love yourself first, then love your spouse, love your family, love your friends, love everybody. The power of love is profound and contagious. Spread the love and peace will follow. Don’t set out to change the world, concentrate on yourself, but spread the knowledge to family and friends. Do your part to make the world happier one person at a time. When there’s more love, peace will flourish.

True long-lasting Peace Love Happiness can only come from within. External material things are like a drug, they make us want more and more but they will never give us the eternal Peace Love Happiness high we all crave. Don’t get me wrong, I love nice stuff. All things being equal, I’ll take the mansion, luxury cars, boats and beach houses, but be happy within foremost and the nice stuff will come your way much easier.

…More at Happiness In Seven Steps by Lee G Lovett and  Peace Love Happiness

Now that you have the tools necessary to obtain peace, love and happiness, begin obtaining it and spreading it all around to others.

The Path to Health to Happiness

Do It Yourself HappinessHappiness is what we are all searching for on our journey of health to happiness. We want to feel good about ourselves every day if we can. Knowing that there are steps out there that can help us along this path makes things even better. This should bring a chuckle and some happiness to you right away knowing there are tips to get you going fueled with joy and happiness, and here they are. (Image by the half-blood prince via Flickr)

“Top Tips” to happiness that we can follow to start seeing a difference:

Wake Up Happy– As you wake up, take a few moments to become aware of the world around you; feel of the bedding, the quality of the light in the room, the sounds in the house and the sounds outside. Tune in to your breath and prepare yourself for whatever is coming next. Take a minute or two just for yourself. Gaze out of the window and take in the sounds of nature or the city – the world is waking too.

Find Peace – sit quietly for some time each day so that you have the space to pause for long enough to recognize and connect with how you really are. Practice mindfulness meditation is a way of bringing gentle and kindly attention to the moment by moment experience of sensations in the body, emotions and thoughts.  Sometimes the rush of everyday life can force you to  lose touch with yourself, and this in turn means you are less in touch with your children, husband, colleagues, and the environment around you.

Spend time in nature– Our lives are full and complex and giving ourselves time to connect and feel the ground under our feet gives us a place to stand. Step aside from constant doing by giving yourself time to be in nature, by running for the pure joy of running, or by immersing yourself in music.  When we do this we find that we naturally connect in kindly ways with people around us. When we connect with ourselves we are discovering more deeply what it is to be human. It is easy to empathize with and be kind to others when we are in touch with this. We then don’t need a goal or a resolution to make us think of others – it comes naturally

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Mindfulness Meditation – Practice meditation to recognize these moments when our minds are slipping into unhelpful negative habits that we have rehearsed many times in the past. Take some time just for yourself. Follow your breath and settle inside yourself. These are rare moments, time just for you.

Spend more time with family – spending time with people we care about. There is a happiness that goes beyond momentary pleasures. It is an ease that arises within us when we connect with ourselves and our world with care and kindness, and we allow our speech, our choices, our actions in the world to align with this connection and kindness.

Live for the moment – If we have a practice like mindfulness that supports us in recognizing our moment to moment experience, we will be able to spot ourselves falling into old patterns, and so open the possibility of being able to step back, to disentangle ourselves and to take care of ourselves at these difficult times, which in turn helps fend off depression

Giving to others – Small acts of kindness really do help to make a difference in the world. This can be achieved by donating to charity, volunteering or helping an elderly person cross the street.  Research clearly shows us that the good feelings that come from giving arise for both the giver and the receiver. Indeed the giver is the one who gets the biggest boost of good feelings – researchers track this by measuring shifts in serotonin and dopamine in the brain.

Be Kind to Yourself – Kindness isn’t something that we can just offer to others. It isn’t possible to sustain kindness if it is only being offered outwards whilst our own internal environment is filled with criticism and negativity. The kindness can take many forms – allowing ourselves to feel sad can be a deep kindness – particularly when our usual pattern is to berate ourselves for feeling this way; making less demands on ourselves when we are feeling troubled; or seeking out what we need to nourish ourselves like the company of a good friend, or some solitude, or rest, or exercise.

Take up a hobby or learn a new language – Joining new activities support us to see the world in new ways, with fresh eyes. For many, the default can be to stay within our comfort zone. Exploring ways that we can gently push our edges, challenge ourselves is a great way to nudge us towards new possibilities. How we gently challenge ourselves will be different for each of us – it might be a new job, taking on a new hobby, taking a mindfulness course, or volunteering. Strange though it may sound, for some it might involve doing less – deliberately creating spaces that don’t have an agenda, slowing down. 

…More at Ten top tips to happiness – FemaleFirst.co.uk and check out “Happiness In Seven Steps” by Lee G Lovett for a complete guide for achieving happiness.

With these steps at hand you are ready to conquer the world with a new happy attitude that everyone will compliment.

Holistic Nutrition Is Balanced Nutrition

Let’s learn about holistic nutrition today! Holistic nutrition is nutrition for our bodies that gives us energy. Holistic nutrition I would say is the best nutrition because it is natural and is said to be able to cure any ailments by eating certain foods. Holistic nutrition consists of locally grown foods that are free from chemicals and can give you energy. Being balanced promotes holistic nutrition in your life.

Exercise influences weight loss

10 Minute Fitness Workouts


Walking in Central ParkIt is understandable that we all are busy now day’s and it is hard to find time to fit in a good work out. Not just that we have all lost motivation over time because we have been used to living the way we do without exercising and getting fit. First thing first is you need motivation to lose weight. (Image by Ed Yourdon via Flickr) 

About one-third of U.S. adults do not meet recommended physical activity guidelines, defined by the U.S. Dept. of Health as 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate activity per week.  Not only is fitting in the time difficult, but finding the right motivation can be a tall order. 

Here’s a solution: work out at work. Splitting up physical activity into several shorter sessions each day is just as beneficial as one longer workout, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Short exercise segments fit between meetings or before lunch, and can make productive use of office downtime. 

Here are 10 ideas to fit in 10 quick workouts during the day:

  1. Walk a lap around the building or floor to deliver a note instead of sending an email
  2. Walk up and down several flights of stairs to keep your energy up in the afternoon
  3. Take walking meetings with coworkers
  4. Sit on an exercise ball at your desk to work on posture and core strength
  5. Use your chair to do back twists, using each breath to sit taller and twist farther
  6. Exercise your abs by straightening legs and pulling knees in toward your torso
  7. Wear ankle weights and do leg exercises under your desk
  8. Use the arms of your chair to do arm dips
  9. Set a timer to stand and stretch your back taller, bending to each side, every hour
  10. Follow along to online desk exercise videos for short, full-body workouts

…More at Ten ideas for 10-minute workouts at workBetter Business Center

Following these ten steps will get you to feeling better and looking better. With your busy schedule this work out plan will not cramp it at all. 

Nutrition and Wellness – Food For Your Mood


Food For Your Mood

Food is the key to being healthy, but only if you are eating the correct proportions and foods that are good for you. Yes, we all know that the foods that are extremely bad for us are really good, but we can’t eat them as much as we’d like. Maintaining a balance nutrition is vital in order to be healthy and have a much better attitude. You may not think that what you eat has an effect on your mood, but it definitely does.


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Although the research is not conclusive as to whether a link between mental or emotional health and nutrition exists, this topic does not seem to carry much controversy. The general consensus is saying that there is a connection, and eating healthy is a good idea for an overall wellbeing of the body. (Image by bangdoll@flickr via Flickr)

An informational packet called “Nutrition for Mental Health and Emotional Wellness” is a great starting resource if you would like to learn more about how food can change your mood or would like to know what foods you should be eating. 

The packet states that “Having a minimum of five portions, daily, of fresh fruit and vegetables provides the nutrients needed to nourish mind and body. By choosing foods that provide good energy and nutritional value, you can help nourish your body and mind.”

This resource lists essential vitamins, minerals and general nutrition that your body needs. In addition, there is information on links between the deficiencies of certain nutrients and problems such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, irritability and insomnia.

The rest of the packet contains nutrition information about specific fruits, vegetables, fungi, seeds and meats as well as eight tasty recipes. While this is one helpful resource, there are many ways to educate yourself on nutrition and even its link to emotional wellness such as speaking to your doctor, doing research online or at a library or consulting a nutritionist.

You may also visit a store that focuses on nutritious foods and overall health, some even provide trained employees to help educate their customers and community. 

While it is not proven that food can cure depression or give you perfect emotional health, it seems to be working for people and at least worth a try. Please remember that this should not take the place of any medications prescribed by your doctor.

…More at Balance mind and body with food – The Clackamas Print

Knowing now how food can affect our mood, it’s time to add some healthier foods to our diets to give us more energy and maybe layoff the coffee to fuel us through the day.

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Nutrition for the Elderly

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A common concern when it comes to the elderly is if they are eating properly since they already have many other problems that they have to focus on. This means eating is usually pushed to the side or it is just a difficult task. Nutrition for elderly is vital, we need them around as long as possible to live a long beautiful life and to continue to shed their wise knowledge upon us. Here are a few things to help out their nutrition regime and get them back on track with a balance nutrition. (Left: Image by Steven R. Hazlett via Flickr; Right: Image by syphlix via Flickr)

Nearly four million seniors are malnourished in the United States, according to The American Academy of Family Physicians. As most of us have an elderly loved one in our lives, these statistics are a reminder that we must understand the issues associated with eating well and how we can help.

First things First
When taking stock of your loved one’s health, pantries and refrigerators are a good place to start. If they are bare or contain old food, this could be a clue about the way they are eating.

An unusual amount of weight loss or weight gain can also be a sign of malnourishment. Check the fit of their clothing; you may find it’s excessively loose or tight. Other signs include unnatural-looking and excessive bruises and wounds that take a long time heal, which can point to a lack of proper food consumption.Some Days

How to Help
Education and encouragement can make a difference for seniors who may be struggling. If appetites are low, it is important that meals are packed with essential vitamins and nutrients. Consider incorporating these five essential nutrients and vitamins when planning meals.

Folic Acid
Folic acid helps to decrease the buildup of high blood levels of homocysteine, which can put seniors at risk for heart disease and other chronic illnesses. It is also needed for proper red blood cell production. Foods high in folic acid include: spinach, asparagus, lentils and many fortified breakfast cereals.

B12 helps our bodies synthesize protein and aids in mental function. Many older adults can no longer absorb enough, so increasing B12 rich foods and adding a vitamin supplement should be considered. Recommended foods are: turkey, chicken, beef, eggs, milk, baked salmon, clams, mussels and crab.

Vitamin C
The body’s need for vitamin C increases with age. Seniors should incorporate at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Strawberries, oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes, broccoli, red bell pepper and potatoes are all rich in vitamin C.

Vitamin D
As we age, vitamin D can’t synthesize in the skin as quickly, but fortunately levels can be boosted by eating foods with quantities like oatmeal, fortified cereal, egg yolk, canned pink salmon, sardines or mackerel, cow’s milk or soy milk and orange juice fortified with vitamin D.

Essential Fatty Acids
Fatty acids play a central role in reducing inflammation in the body. The best source is fish, which should be consumed at least two times a week. Flax seeds are also rich in essential fatty acids and can be sprinkled on to a number of dishes, including salads, cereals and smoothies.

Last but not least, seniors need to stay hydrated and should have nine 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day. Water is best.

…More at Seniors and Nutrition: Ways to Identify and Combat Malnourishment – Huffington Post

So take your parents, grandparents, great grandparents out to eat for lunch so that you can kick their health back into gear and have them around for years to come.