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The Secret Lives of Men

mental health Oct 12, 2020

Many men are living secret lives. They carry with them a secret world of inner feelings, including sadness, anger, fear and shame. But more than ever before, men from all walks of life are entering into therapy for the first time and sharing secrets about themselves. It is an unfamiliar and vulnerable place to be. We talk to psychotherapist, Jame Hawes, about the secret emotional lives of men, what it means to be a man and how men can train themselves to build better emotional fitness....

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Sleep Matters For Your Emotional Well-Being

Uncategorized Sep 29, 2020

 Most of us know that a bad night’s sleep changes our mood the next day. We even recognise it in other people. But why does a lack of sleep make us so emotionally reactive? When your brain is sleep-deprived it swings you excessively between the emotional extremes of positive and negative moods. Sleep loss contributes to different types of mental illness, including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. And mental illness can interfere with your inability to sleep well. But you can...

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Supporting Your Stressed Out Teenager

parenting teenagers Sep 23, 2020

Teenagers are back facing the stresses of school - new demands on their time, homework deadlines, and new challenges in the uncertain world that we now live in. Compared to adults, teenagers have less protection against stress because their brain is still developing and responds differently to stressful situations. And too much stress can have detrimental effects on their learning and education at school. I discuss the toxic effects that stress can have on a teenager’s brain and their...

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Brain Foods That Boost Your Memory and Mood

Uncategorized Sep 16, 2020

“You are what you eat.” We’ve all heard that saying, but it’s truer than you might think. The food we eat doesn’t just impact our bodies, it also has a profound effect on our brain function and mental well-being.  Nutritional neuroscience has revealed huge benefits that your diet can have on your brain’s health at every stage of life. “Brain foods” rich in essential nutrients will protect you against a variety of mental...

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Replace Your Addictive Behaviours With Healthier Habits

What are your vices or bad habits? Maybe it’s an addiction or something you enjoy doing, but is totally unproductive. Or something you feel like you want to give up to continue to grow, but are finding it hard to stop. I discuss a neuroscience-inspired strategy to help you tackle those unwanted habits and addictive behaviours that can infiltrate your life. Addiction hijacks normal brain function, particularly the reward system in the brain,, where habits are formed. Replacing an...

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Back-To-School Tips for Parents of Teenagers

parenting teenagers Aug 31, 2020

Children and teenagers have been out of school longer for than ever before and returning to an environment that looks very different. The imminent return to school will bring with it excitement and purpose. Some children and teenagers will be looking forward to reconnecting with friends and may enjoy the structure and routine offered to them once again. For others, however, the experience will feel daunting and anxiety-provoking and the challenge will be experienced with trepidation and...

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Dreaming Is Therapy For Your Brain

We all speculate about the meaning of our dreams. Are dreams simply replaying the experience of our waking lives? Or do they have a deeper meaning? I discuss the latest sleep science which has shown that dreaming puts your brain through therapy every night while you are asleep. We dream to forget, or strip away, those painful, emotional and traumatic experiences from our memory. Dreaming looks after your emotional well-being and protects you against developing emotional disorders like PTSD....

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How Exercise Improves Your Mental Well-Being

 

Why is movement so important for our mental wellbeing? I discuss three ways in which exercise can boost your brain function and mental well-being and finish up with some strategies to help you move. Aerobic exercise promotes the growth of neurons by producing brain chemicals akin to a brain fertiliser. These new neurons can help you learn and change your behaviour to boost your mental well-being.  Exercise improves and prevents depression by targeting all of the brain chemicals...

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Brain and Mental Disorders

Brain and mental disorders afflict 1 in 4 people worldwide. That is 25% of the world population.  When your brain is damaged, it can affect many different things, including your memory, your sensation, and even your personality. Brain disorders include any condition or disability that affects your brain. This includes conditions that are caused by illness, genetics and injury.

We are going to consider the three categories of brain disorders: brain injury, neurodegenerative disease and...

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Why Your Brain Is Unique

 

Your brain can change itself. That statement in itself is kind of amazing. How many machines or devices or computers or phones that exist that you know of can change themself? Well, the answer is none. There are no computers or machines out there that can do that, but your brain can.

It changes its structure and function in response to the experiences you have across your entire lifetime. Your emotions, your memories, your actions, all of your behaviours at any moment can change...

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