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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and word association and problem-solving games such as Sudoku and word search. Some comic strips challenge cognitive processing and problem solving. Making these exercises a part of your daily routine can help you reap the benefits of a sharper mind and healthier brain for years to come.


Take the time to commit to a mental fitness check-up. Visit https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/features/time-mental-health-checkup#1.  


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WHAT IS MENTAL FITNESS?


The mentally fit and emotionally healthy person demonstrates clear awareness of their own strengths and limitations. Mentally fit people use creativity in problem solving and have the ability to work through conflict. The mentally fit person accepts accountability for their actions and decisions and seeks help when needed.


Mentally fit individuals also demonstrate self-determination. Self-determination theory says these individuals seek control of basic psychological skills, which require mental fitness. These skills include autonomy, competence and relatedness, which build a healthy lifestyle, resulting in psychological well-being and mental health.


The secret to this lifestyle is maintaining and improving mental fitness through mental exercise. Research on mental fitness exercises is available on various Web sites and in scholarly articles appearing in various medical journals assessing the benefits of mental exercise. Brain training should include daily activities that test and strengthen brain function. Start by reading a good magazine article or your daily newspaper, where you will find crossword puzzles

DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine and Department of Gerontology, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky.

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When we think of fitness, we often think of physical health, but mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness. Generally, fitness refers to a state of health and well-being usually achieved through regular physical exercise, good nutrition and adequate sleep. Based on this definition, fitness includes everything from getting out of bed rested, eating well, exercising regularly and surviving the challenges of everyday life.


People need to exercise their brains as well and thus maintain mental fitness. Mental fitness refers to a person’s cognitive functioning and psychosocial health and well-being. When we are mentally fit, we have a positive sense of how we feel, think and behave in daily life, as well as in public life and the global community. Mental fitness contributes to our innate ability to be emotionally healthy, an essential part of overall health. Mental fitness means keeping your brain and emotional health energized and functional.


People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They cope effectively with life’s challenges. Emotionally healthy people still feel a spectrum of emotions, including but not limited to stress, anger and sadness. But they have developed the skills and abilities to manage their emotions, whether positive or negative, and do it effectively. These individuals build and maintain healthy connections with others. They are able to engage in effective and respectful relationships and communication with others.