Senior Mental Health: 6 Ways to Improve Cognition & Emotion as We Age (www.salmonhealth.com)
Memory problems, cognitive decline and a growing loneliness epidemic, all make seniors especially vulnerable to mental health issues.
According to a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study of mental health in older adults aged 55+, it is estimated that 20% of seniors experience some type of mental health concern. The most common conditions include anxiety, severe cognitive impairment
and mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar depression.
Common mental health issues like anxiety and depression can have a negative impact on physical health and wellness for seniors. The CDC states that these conditions, especially mood disorders, can lead to impairments in physical, mental and social functioning and can affect and complicate the treatment of other chronic disorders.
Although the rate of older adults with mental health conditions tends to increase with age, depression and other illnesses are not a normal part of aging.
Just as our bodies require care and exercise over the course of our life, so do our brains — especially as we age. Lifting weights strengthens our muscles, while strengthening our mental “muscles” improves our memory, attention, brain speed, people skills, intelligence and navigation.
The key is variety. Similarly when we exercise our body, if doing something becomes too easy, it’s time to make a change to build brainpower. The more something is second nature, the less our brain has to work to do it.
For example, if you can do a crossword puzzle in record time, it’s time to increase the difficulty level to challenge yourself and get the best work out for your brain.
Balancing all of life’s demands–school, work, relationships, finances–can be stressful for anyone. And on top of our everyday challenges, going through certain transitions – losing a job, experiencing a break-up, questioning one’s identity, grieving a loved one– could challenge any of us. As a friend, you are in a unique position to notice warning signs that someone you care about might be feeling more overwhelmed by stress, anxiety or sadness than is manageable.
7 Steps for Managing Grief and Loss by Dana Sparks (www.newsnetwork.mayoclinic.com)
Grief is summarized as sadness felt after suffering loss. Although that’s a fine cursory definition, it doesn’t really give grief true meaning. Grief is a deep and sometimes complex response to loss. Behavioral health provider and social worker at Mayo Clinic Health System Jessie Wolf says, “Even though it’s often associated with death, grief can be the result of any sort of loss or major life change. Losing your job, getting divorced, even moving — these all can elicit feelings of grief.”
Initial grief frequently comes as acute emotional pain. While it may seem insurmountable when it first grasps hold of your life, there are ways to cope with grief. Supplying yourself with knowledge and grieving tactics is the best way to combat your loss. Wolf provides some tips to help you during the grieving process.
When your energy is low, you might instinctively reach for a cup of coffee or a handful of candy to provide a quick boost. The desire to reach for caffeine, chips, or cookies when we want a pick-me-up is understandable. But too much caffeine can deliver the opposite of a jolt. And quickly digesting carbohydrates, such as sweet beverages, white bagels, pretzels, and candy — which give a quick hit of pleasure because they boost serotonin, the brain chemical that helps regulate mood — will cause your blood sugar to spike and give you a short-lived high that ends in a crash.
“What's more,” says Kari Kooi, RD, of Houston Methodist Weight Management Center in Texas, “the subsequent drop in blood sugar increases cravings for more energy-zapping foods.” She says that energy boosting snacks are those that are rich in protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. “When you eat this combination,” she says, “the energy from the food is like a time-released capsule that’s slowly being released into the bloodstream and steadily keeping you fueled for hours to come.”
That’s the main building block of a healthy, energy-boosting snacking strategy: foods with zero or hardly any additives. Foods like nuts, plain yogurt, and whole grains will keep your snacks low in calories and high in satisfying fuel.
Inspiring home office gym ideas will really get you excited to work and work out in the same space. Get office and gym room ideas to convert a garden office into a 2 room gym/office combination or ideas for a single room garden office gym. Get inspired by everything you’ll need in your office gym.
Installing a gym in your garden office will save you so much time and energy. We understand the importance of having your own garden office and gym and that is why we have provided this guide with some ideas for your personal space.
Lips, Eyes, and All That: Reading and Understanding Body Language by Gina Ryder (www.psychcentral.com)
Everyone from FBI agents to human resource professionals examine body language for clues about a person’s character.
It’s common for media commentators to scrutinize the postures, gestures, and facial expressions of public figures for insights into attitudes, beliefs, and inner worlds.
An angry look on the faces of celebrity lovers raises concern in the headlines about trouble in paradise, for example, or a halfhearted handshake between politicians becomes a debate about perceived disunion.
In the early 1970s, Albert Mehrabian, an engineer turned pioneer nonverbal communication researcher, found what is sometimes known as the 7-38-55 rule.
This means that of all messages, only 7% is verbal (words only), 38% is vocal (tone of voice, intonation, and other sounds), and 55% is through nonverbal (no words) forms of communications.
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How to Increase Team Chemistry in Digital Teams by Mona Elhassan (www.digitalworkplace.com)
Has remote work taken a toll on your team? Is the digital set up not quite working for you? Do you wonder why employee productivity has plateaued?
When it comes to team efficiency and productivity, team chemistry is the secret sauce most leaders rely on. Some even view a lack of team chemistry as unsuccessful.
When you add a digital workplace, you might find the chemistry you had built with your team back at the office has become stagnant. Or maybe with the introduction of new tech, team members just aren’t clicking like they used to.
Some team members might feel like they’ve lost that personal connection. Others might be overwhelmed and avoid essential tools where connection is built. New joinees may struggle to find their place in the team chemistry.
But digital teams are adaptable, and team chemistry isn’t limited to people who are co-located. You can make the tools work for you. Here’s how you can understand and optimize team chemistry in a digital work setting.
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