4 Things to Know About Negative Thinking

The mind is a powerful thing. Your thoughts have the potential to affect your body and emotions in ways you might not have thought possible. It follows then that negative thinking can result in a negative impact on your health. Here are just four ways that negative thinking can impact your life.

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How Family Life Can Encourage Positive Habits

Family life plays a significant role in a child’s development. In fact, the home is where many children acquire either healthy or negative habits as they grow up. Therefore, it’s important to make an effort to use family situations to teach your children strong values that they can apply outside of the home. Here are some aspects of family life that can encourage positive behaviours in your children.

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Food and Depression Can Be Linked: Here’s How

What we eat affects us not only in physical ways, but mentally too. On the flip side, how we are feeling mentally can sometimes affect our eating habits as well. As such, understanding how food and depression are linked helps us make wise, conscious decisions about what we consume, leading us to better all-around health.

Foods to Avoid

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While there aren’t foods that necessarily cause or prevent a mental health condition, there are definitely some foods that can lead to or exacerbate feelings of depression. For example, foods that are high in sugar or are highly processed can create a glucose rush that creates feelings of energy. However, these feelings quickly subside, leading to a “crash” or feelings of fatigue and even depression. Furthermore, one study in the Public Health Nutrition journal found that people who regularly consume fast food are 51% more likely to develop depression than those who don’t.

Caffeine can act in a similar way, as it can often cause feelings of high energy followed by a crash. It also interrupts sleep patterns which can lead to feelings of irritability, anxiety and moodiness. Alcohol can also have detrimental effects on mental health since it is a depressant. This means that it interacts with neurotransmitters in the brain that cause you to feel down or sad.

For these reasons, it’s ideal to avoid highly processed food, food containing large amounts of sugar, alcohol and caffeine as much as possible and to instead fill your diet with healthier options.

Foods to Eat

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5 Confidence Boosters for Teens

Sometimes we need a little something to boost our mood and get us thinking positively about ourselves again. It can be easy to become self-conscious, especially with all the pressures of teenage life. Thankfully, there are some many simple ways to build your confidence back up.

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Easy Ways to Cope When Quitting Smoking

There is no doubt that living with an addiction is a struggle and that quitting isn’t easy. This is certainly the case too when you’re smoking cigarettes. If you’ve decided it’s time to quit, here are a few ways to cope while going through this process.

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5 Tips to Help with End-of-Semester Studying

At the end of the semester, it can feel like you’ll never get through that tower of papers, assignments and study notes. But if you play your cards right, you can studying a lot easier on yourself. Start at the Beginning Reviewing your class notes every week from the very beginning of the semester is …

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Teen Rehab Tips: Stress Management

Being a teen can be stressful. There are often external pressures from school, social circles, extracurriculars and family, along with self-induced pressures. Teen Rehab breaks down some tips and tricks to help manage this stress.

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Meditation 101: How to Teach Teenagers to Meditate and Be Mindful

Practice regularly  Get in the habit of meditating at the same time every week or every day. That way, it will become more of a habit and you’ll find the practice easier. Photo by Micky.! Focus on breathing Meditation begins and end with the breath. It may seem impossible to your teen to sit in …

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