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Get off from Social Media: Activities Beneficial for Teen Mental Health

As parents, one of the best things to do for your children is to encourage them to get
out, be lively and go anywhere far from social media.

Today, everyone seems to be spending more time in scrolling, liking and reacting to
social media posts than experiencing everything in real life.

According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), social media has
been linked to depression and anxiety among the users. Moreover, researchers also
concluded based on tests that being online for long periods of time may also cause
ADHD, paranoia and loneliness.

If you don’t want your children to get imprisoned in the four corners of their
smartphone’s screen, then you may want to introduce them to some activities that can
improve their general well-being.

1. Exercise

Exercise has many proven benefits for people of all ages. Here are the many
ways exercise helps boost mental health:

 It releases endorphins making people happier.

 It has a positive impact on the levels of serotonin which helps in regulating
mood and social behavior and other brain functions critical for good
mental health.

 With exercise, you can sleep better.

 It helps in building up self-esteem and positive mindset.

2. Nature

On average, we spend most of our time indoors when there are many benefits of
getting outdoors.

 It improves concentration.

 It can be a good form exercise.

 You can gain Vitamin D.

 It relaxes the mind.

3. Volunteering

When teens experience to be part of something big like helping others, they will
be able to establish a more positive outlook in life.

 Recycling

 Coaching younger kids

 Help elderly neighbors

4. Entrepreneurship

It’s normal for your teenage kids to want to have money of their own. You may
suggest for them to do part time jobs such as tutoring, babysitting, and selling
baked goods.

5. Classes

You can enroll them in classes where they are most interested in. This will be a
good chance for them to explore other areas of learning. Making them attend
interesting classes will make reduce their idle time.

 Photography

 Pottery

 Gardening

 Painting

October 12th, 2018

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Overcoming Eating Disorders: Anorexia

Today, we are living in a society where image is of really high importance. While it’s
normal to be conscious of our appearance, constantly worrying in staying as thin as
possible that it affects the eating habits, perspective in life, train of thoughts and overall
health of a person can be alarming. This can be a sign of having an eating
disorder—one that is called Anorexia.

Do you feel fat even though everybody tells you that you are not really fat? Does the
thought of gaining weight terrifies you? Are dieting and exercising your ways to calm
yourself when you
If you happen to have anorexia, you are not alone. You will surely be able to recover
from this eating disorder with the appropriate support and treatment.

Anorexia nervosa is a psychological and potentially life-threatening eating disorder
which results to unhealthy and often dangerous weight loss. Aside from young women,
it also can affect men and women of all age brackets.

There are two types anorexia: the purging type and the restrictive type.

Those who suffer from purging type of anorexia vomits or uses laxatives and diuretics in
order to lose weight. On the other hand, those who have the latter type of anorexia
strictly follows diets and exercise excessively in order to cut down weight.

Even though change can be hard, it is possible. Here are some ways you can get
through anorexia.

1. Acknowledge the fact that your desire to stay thin and the actions you’ve taken
have become out hand.

2. Avoid everything that triggers you to be obsessed with being thin. It can be TV
shows, magazines or even people.

3. Open up to someone who you can count on. Look for someone who’s willing to
listen. Sharing you burden really helps.

4. Finally, make sure to consult eating disorder professionals. They are the ones
who know exactly the approach to take for you to regain your health, your normal
eating habits and your overall way of life.

October 7th, 2018

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Overcoming Eating Disorders: Bulimia

Food can be a good friend to us when we feel down. But sometimes, our strange
relationship with food may lead to troublesome eating disorders. One of which is what
we call bulimia.

Bulimia nervosa or simply bulimia is a serious eating disorder that follows the cycle of
binge eating and then making up by doing extreme means to avoid weight gain.

Those who have bulimia may try vomiting or working out excessively as ‘punishment’ to
themselves from eating too much. This however may critically damage one’s overall
health.

If you are someone living with this eating disorder, then your health might be at risk.
Thankfully, with the right effort and support, you can be able to break this cycle, learn to
control your emotions and stay on top of your health.

To help you out, we have prepared here a guide on how you can gradually overcome
bulimia and its symptoms.

 Believing that your worth depends on your weight can be outright distressing. If
you want to recover from being bulimic, you need to be aware of how distorted
your perception of food is.

 Try to share the burden with those who you can trust. It can be really difficult to
open up when you have been hiding your condition for so long but you still need
someone to be there for you as your support system.

 Avoid everything that makes you want to binge or purge. There are many factors
that lead you to binging and purging. It can be TV shows, blog sites, publications
or even people. Unplug yourself from those that promote bulimia.

 Make sure that you also get the help that you need for other related conditions
such as anxiety or depression.

 Don’t be hesitant in seeking professional help. There are professionals out there
who specialize in treating eating disorders. They are trained to help you cope and
recover.

September 18th, 2018

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Overcoming Eating Disorders: Binge Eating

It is common for most of us to eat too much from time to time. However, if you find
yourself overeating regularly, to the point that you feel that you’re not able to stop
yourself, then you might be suffering from binge eating disorder or BED.

It can be difficult to spot someone who has binge eating disorder. If you are suffering
from BED, you may feel ashamed of your eating habits that you try to hide your
symptoms by eating away from people.

Binge eating can severely impact your physical, emotional, social and overall well-
being. The good thing is that people can recover from it. If others can, then so can you.
Here are some tips that can help you recover from BED.

1. Remind yourself that food is a necessity to sustain us with our nutritional
needs.

– You should not treat food as something to find comfort in. Don’t allow yourself
to rely on food to improve your emotional state.

– It would help if you get rid of unhealthy food that cause you to binge.

– Also, learn to separate physical hunger from emotional hunger.

– Eating is not a good activity to pass time. Find a real hobby.

– After eating a lot, it can be normal to feel the need to eat less to compensate
for the excessive eating. Just remember that doing this may make you feel
deprived and make you want to eat more later.

2. When you get the feelings that make you urge for food, try to take a pause
and re-evaluate what you really need.

What is going on, really? How are you feeling? It helps to identify first where your
feeling is coming from. Try to work on that. Always remember that your feelings
or emotions don’t define who you are.

3. Develop a healthy lifestyle.

– Get enough sleep.

– Exercise more frequently.

– Be more sociable.

– Find ways to manage your stress levels.

If you commit to ways that improve your health, everything else follows. Your
mood gets better and you don’t crave that much.

September 14th, 2018

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The Things You Can Do to Support Someone with Depression

Depression is not something that should be taken lightly. It is a serious but treatable
disorder that affects so many people. Those who suffer from it know very well how
extremely exhausting and painful it is.

For someone who is living with depression, support from family and friends can make a
huge difference. Although you can’t get rid of their depression, you can give them the
support and encouragement that they need.

If you are concerned with a loved one who has depression, here is a guide that could
help you to support them better.

 See to it that you understand depression.

If you’re reading this blog because you want to know how you can help, then you
are on the right track. Take time to look deeply into depression. In this way, you’ll
know what to do and how to communicate with someone who’s living with it.

 Listen more. Don’t judge.

If someone shares with you that they’re depressed, try to offer them your ears
and not your advice. What they need is the feeling of being acknowledged.

 Encourage them to participate in uplifting activities.

Invite them to join you in some activities that could shift their mood and
perspective. Try doing some exercise or any physical activities. You can also try
going on a movie date with them or eating good food with them. These are
simple gestures that could mean a lot to them. They may refuse at first but you
have to continue on patiently asking them.

 Keep in touch.

It is important to check in often with the person you’re concerned with. Constantly
ask them how they are doing and try to stay connected to them. Set time to catch
up with them.

 Let them know that help is available.

When someone suffers from depression, they may feel indifferent. Let them know
that it is not the case. Assure them that depression is common and that it is fine
to reach out to a doctor or a therapist who can give them all the help that they
need.

September 10th, 2018

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How to Calm Down Quickly During an Anxiety Attack

If you have experienced having an anxiety attack before, then you probably know how
terrifying it can be. The moment you are having an anxiety attack, making it stop may
seem impossible. Luckily, there are some steps you can try to manage the intensity of
the symptoms.

These are some steps you can try to calm down when having an anxiety attack.

#1 Take notice of your breathing pattern.

Poor breathing habits can contribute to anxiety and its symptoms. If it’s difficult to
take a deep breath, then you may try to slow down your breathing.

In order to control it, you may begin by slowly and gently breathing in and out
through your nose for around ten seconds. Hold it in shortly for about three seconds
and then breathe out through pursed lips for another ten seconds.

This breathing method will make you avoid hyperventilation which is a common
problem of those who are battling anxiety. You may repeat this as many times as
you need until your breathing normalizes.

#2 Try to shifting your attention to ground yourself back to reality.

When having an anxiety attack, you may try focusing on tangible things around. This
will help you get away from your thoughts and get back to what’s real. You may try
noticing the clutter on your desk and think around these things.

#3 Get hydrated.

Drinking water can be your lifesaver when having an anxiety attack. You can actually
prevent an attack from happening when you are hydrated throughout the day.

#4 Get a feel of it and let it all out.

Another good coping mechanism is to stop fighting it. Sometimes, the more you try
to suppress it, the worse it becomes. So, instead of resisting panic and anxiety, you
may try embracing it. Transfer to a more private space where you can let it all out.
When you let go of all the anxiety clogged in your system, you’ll surely feel a sense
of peace afterwards.

Have you ever tried any of the steps mentioned above? How do you cope with your
anxiety? If you want to understand more about it and how to deal with it, feel free to
reach out to us. We’ll be glad to help.

September 5th, 2018

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How to Truly Help Your Children Cope with Social Anxiety

It can be a real challenge for most parents to help their child overcome their anxiety. It is
because of the fact that a child’s anxiety can get worse as they grow, that parents get even
more determined to provide their children all the help that they need. It’s normal for parents to
be protective, anyway. (more…)

August 18th, 2018

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What to Know About Social Anxiety Disorder

 

We are all aware of the feeling of uneasiness in a social setting. Getting nervous when facing a
crowd or during your first day at your new job is normal. But when the nervousness gets too
intense that it interferes with how you live your life, then you might be one of the many people
diagnosed with social anxiety disorder. (more…)

August 14th, 2018

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The Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Mental Health

 

Mental health is often misunderstood as just a medical diagnosis. It is actually our psychological
ability to manage our feelings and the way we deal with everything. Even though seeking
professional support can be the best way to take care of our mental health, we should also take
the initiative to improve our emotional and mental health on our own. (more…)

August 8th, 2018

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How Social Media Affects Your Mental Health

 

 

Today, the internet has seemingly turned into a necessity. Its applications are endless. Through
it, we are able to do the things that were unimaginable back then. With just a few clicks, we’ll get
all the information we need into our hands. We can communicate to family and friends anytime
and anywhere. (more…)

August 2nd, 2018

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