Mental Health

Mental Health

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health when it comes to living a vital and fulfilling life. If you’re suffering from a mental health condition, get help understanding the facts, coping with symptoms and finding the right help.

Variety is essential to sticking with healthy snacking

Variety is essential to sticking with healthy snacking. At work, stock a drawer with fat-free microwave popcorn, small portions of almonds or walnuts, and dried fruit like cranberries or cherries. At home, keep a bowl of fresh fruit handy and pre-cut carrots, peppers, cucumbers or other favorites in the fridge. Happy munching!

What's in season?

What's in season? Eating foods that are plentiful naturally is healthier (and less expensive) than sticking with the same thing year-round, and seasonally available food is often most flavorful and colorful. So go ahead: try some new vegetables, fruits, herbs or seafood this season.

For most women, nutritionists recommend three cups of milk a day

For most women, nutritionists recommend three cups of milk a day. But getting the calcium you need doesn't need to be boring: try including a cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt in a fruit shake, adding feta cheese crumbles to a salad, or enjoying a warm cup of hot chocolate in the afternoon as a snack.

Frozen prepared meals are expensive - and often loaded with salt and preservatives

Frozen prepared meals are expensive - and often loaded with salt and preservatives. But you can still fill your freezer with healthy frozen meals: make Sunday slow-cooker day and prepare one of your favorites, then divide it into individual servings and freeze them. You'll save money while eating healthy home-cooked meals.

Wednesday, Sep 23rd 2009

Getting Unstuck - How Do You Motivate Yourself?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Yesterday was "one of those days." I spent a super restless night tossing and turning, alternately entertained and frightened by some pretty weird dreams. I mean, these were the kinds of dreams that really make me question my sanity. And the rest of the day was strange, too, because I just couldn't do anything right. I felt absolutely stuck.

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Your Mental Health at Midlife

middle-aged womanDo find yourself snapping at the people you love over small things that didn't used to bother you? Breaking into tears for no reason? Feeling fabulous and in love with life one day and as if you're stuck in the bleakest tunnel the next? No, you're not going crazy. You're going through middle age.

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Coping with Adult ADHD

by Pamela M. Peeke, MD, MPH

woman cooking and on the phoneEvery woman I know can probably relate to many of the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hypractivity Disorder (ADHD)-feeling overwhelmed and frazzled, disorganized, unable to focus. But take those symptoms and multiply them by 10, and you'll get some sense of what a woman with ADHD is dealing with.

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Reduce Stress with Diet and Exercise

by Pamela M. Peeke, MD, MPH

woman exercising outdoorsMore than one in 10 of those who responded to HealthyWomen's recent Web-based survey on stress said they coped with stress by doing unhealthy things such as overindulging in alcohol and food and other self-destructive behaviors.

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Passport to Good Health


Author: HealthyWomen and American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Published by: National Women's Health Resource Center, Inc., December 2010

Keep your health information organized with HealthyWomen and AANP's Passport to Good Health—a compact health record-keeping tool. Containing blood pressure and cholesterol screening ranges, preventive health screening details and schedule, vaccination schedule, personal record-keeping grids and more, it's the perfect place to keep track of personal health information and screening results.

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Recovering from a Substance Abuse Problem

by Pamela M. Peeke, MD, MPH

woman sittting at a table with teaRecovering from a substance abuse problem doesn't occur just once; it's a lifelong challenge that takes place every day you make the choice not to have a drink, swallow a pill or pull out a needle.

That's why people with a history of substance abuse never say they're cured; they say they're "in recovery." In that way, they remind themselves every day of their challenge.

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