10 Surprising Ways to Enhance Your Mind
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Mental wellness has long been linked with nurturing meaningful relationships, and those with pets surely fall into this category. Studies show that pet owners are more confident and physically fit, as well as less lonely and less prone to anxiety and depression. This is likely because caring for a pet can generate a sense of purpose, not to mention that a pet will love you unconditionally in return. Just spending 15 minutes with a loving pet can help you feel relaxed, since the brain decreases production of the stress hormone cortisol and ramps up production of serotonin – making you feel good.
10 Ways to Escape a Low Mood
When people feel low the main temptation is to let their mood get the upper hand. It doesn't need to be this way but thinking of ways to change the atmosphere and therefore the mood don't always come easily. Here are just a few things you might like to consider:
9 Ways Social Media is Impacting Teens
A Common Sense Media Poll found that half of American teens log onto their favorite social media platform at least once a day, while 22 percent do so at least 10 times a day. Given this, many teens and tweens primarily interact via social media rather than by hanging out face-to-face with friends. While this demonstrates a major shift in youth interaction habits, social media has likely also altered the development of young people. Here are some ways social media is impacting the mental health of teens both positively and negatively.
— Last Modified: 10/12/2012, First Published: 08/09/2012