10 Quick & Easy Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

We all know the importance of maintaining good physical health -- we're bombarded daily with ads for exercise programs, diet plans, and blog posts on what to eat and drink and what vitamin supplements to take or avoid. What's not as frequently addressed, however, is mental health -- but it's just as important.

Household budgets are strained all across America, but even if times are tight there are plenty of ways to improve your mental outlook -- and they don't have to take a lot of time or effort.
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Introducing Mental Momma

Most parents know they already have their hands full with their first child. Even if a second child adds to the family, parenting in today’s modern world of distraction and technology has never been more challenging.

What if you add mental illness into the mix? As a parent, dealing with the challenges of mental illness and being a parent can be doubling challenging.

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I Can’t Believe They Did That! Taming Judgmental Tendencies

Being judgmental can be a good thing. Our judgment is a survival skill, according to psychotherapist Joyce Marter, LCPC. It helps us stay out of danger.

For instance, you use good judgment when you don’t give your phone number to a man who’s “separated” from his “crazy” wife, or invest money in a hot new business started by your nephew who has a gambling problem, she said.

However, when we use judgment beyond its survival value, it can ruin relationships, “because nobody likes to feel they're being scrutinized by a ‘Judge Judy.’”
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Mass Shooters = Mental Illness?

In the wake of yet another mass school shooting, we mourn. We are angry. Why is this happening in our country? What is going on? And yet, as I flip on my television -- what do I see? It’s certainly not anything about gun control or raising children properly, but alas, mental illness.

No one is disputing that our mental health system is a wreck. I know from firsthand experience that it is a travesty. I must admit, however, that the media’s portrayal of these shooters is uncomfortable and offensive.
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Conscientious People Might Use More ‘Filler Speech’ (Um, You Know)

Turns out it isn't what you say -- but how you say it, that matters.

There aren't many guys roaming the earth who'd honestly define their type as the superficial and super-naïve Cher Horowitz from Clueless. The valley-girl persona has always been associated with a narrow world view and, well, talking like you've hiked up the Kardashian hill has always made you look a little stupid.

But apparently, all that's about to change. According to new research published in The Journal of Language and Social Psychology, people who use "filler speech" are actually more conscientious than we've ever given them credit for.

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Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect Adult Behaviors

Adverse childhood experiences negatively affect adult life, says a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). One in four young adults were severely maltreated during childhood and approximately half of adults in England have suffered an adverse experience during their childhood.

Roughly one in ten adults have experienced four or more adverse childhood experiences. There are many forms of childhood adversity, ranging from physical abuse to emotional neglect.
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Reconnecting to Our Authentic Selves

Many things can stand in the way of reconnecting to our true selves.

“Adulthood is filled with all kinds of stressors, responsibilities, and sacrifices that can leave us feeling disheartened and disillusioned,” said Casey Radle, LPC, a therapist who specializes in anxiety, depression and self-esteem.

These never-ending responsibilities and productivity pressures can sap our energy and more, she said. “I know I have used the term ‘soul-sucking’ to describe many things throughout my adult life.”
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Psychology Around the Net

Psychology Around the Net: June 28, 2014

This week's Psychology Around the Net covers everything from online dating and trophy wives to music and lessons in depression.

Social Psychology and Why Wearing Red Improves Your Online Dating Chances: Wearing red can remind potential partners of flushing, blushing, and even dominance!

America's Most Depressing Jobs? Hint: if you work in the "Amusement and Recreational Services" industry, you might be in the clear.

The Psychology of Instant Gratification and How It Will Revolutionize Your Marketing Approach: Own your own business or work in the marketing field? This article will help you better understand instant gratification and how it can help your own business marketing approach.

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Brain and Behavior

Separating Delusions from Reality

In the midst of my most intense psychotic episode I thought I was a prophet.

I thought it was my job and my job alone to bring peace to the world.

I was receiving hidden messages that only I could see when I listened to the radio or watched television, and I thought there was great evil coming to the world.

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