HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…

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RESEARCH SHOWS A LINK BETWEEN MENTAL STATE AND PHYSICAL BEING

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60+ and Health & Wellness magazines. Her blog may be seen on her website at www.normajan.naiwe.com

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Try to change situations causing you stress. Learn meditation or use deep-breathing exercises to reduce your stress level. Developing resilience helps people cope with stress in a healthy way. Find a sane balance between work and play and activity and relaxation. Make time for the positive things in your life. Exercise regularly, eat healthy meals and get sufficient sleep. Avoid the overuse of drugs or alcohol.


We all need positive connections with others, so make it a point to go out with a friend or group periodically. Have someone over for dinner. Go to a movie with an acquaintance. Decide what is important in your life, what gives it meaning, and focus on that. Do what feels right to you. Be a person who forgives herself and others. Spend time with healthy, positive people. And above all, focus on everything that is a blessing in your life.


People with good emotional health may still have problems. They could even have periods of depression or other mental issues. Counseling, support groups and medicines in conjunction with prayer and quiet time may help those with emotional problems cope.


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Where are you on the emotional mental health spectrum? Do you feel good about yourself and have good relationships? Are you able to bounce back from setbacks, cope with life’s challenges and keep problems in perspective?


Good emotional health is important to overall health and well-being. When someone is in control of their thoughts, feelings and behavior, that person is considered to be emotionally healthy. This does not mean the person is happy all the time, but rather they are aware of their emotions and can deal with them, whether those emotions are positive or negative. Emotionally healthy people still feel stress, anger and sadness. If someone offends them, they may feel hurt or put upon. If they have too many projects going, they may become frustrated or overwhelmed. If they are worried about something, they may lose sleep. But they know how to manage their negative feelings and they know what to do about the stress in their lives. They know when to seek help from a doctor or counselor.


Research shows a link between an upbeat mental state and physical signs of good health. These include, according to FamilyDoctor.org, lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease and a healthier weight.


Pay attention to those things that makes you sad, frustrated or angry and try to address or change them. Let people close to you know when something is bothering you instead of keeping it bottled up inside.