Positive thinking can be beneficial to our mental health, but, believing you can be happy all the time or beating yourself up because you’re not, is ultimately a waste of time. The insidious positive thinking industry pelts us daily with self-help advice, motivational memes and vapid wall plaques.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have released a series of hard-hitting films as part of their mental health campaign, Heads Together. Hoping to open up the conversation surrounding mental health, the ten videos feature both famous and non-famous people talking to the person they first opened up to. Issues including depression, anorexia and post-traumatic stress disorder are all mentioned.
Is it time to lift the lid on the silent trimester of pregnancy? You’re pregnant! But while catching sight of those double blue lines for the first time should, in theory, kickstart one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life, for some mums-to-be, those first 12 weeks of pregnancy can in fact be fraught with fear, fatigue and feeling sick as a dog. Throw a significant threat of miscarriage into the mix and far from being a celebration, the first three months of pregnancy can in fact be a period of mass trepidation.
Anyone who has ever suffered from depression will know that how you seem on the outside isn’t always representative of how you’re feeling inside. In her new book, Happy, the 35-year-old mum-of-two has opened up about her struggle with depression in a bid to tackle the stigma that so many mental health sufferers face. Pin-pointing the early days of her depression when she was working as a morning presenter at Radio 1, Fearne explained that she wished she’d picked up on the signs sooner.
Balancing smart and colourful as always, the Duchess of Cambridge sported a magenta skirt suit during an outing on Monday evening. The 35-year-old royal wore the Oscar de la Renta piece to a conference of health writers yesterday, and though it was indeed a bright colour choice – and above the knee – it was also appropriately chic. The peplum jacket along with the box-pleated skirt wasn’t too different from the Duchess’ previous outfit that day, which comprised a bright-red two piece featuring a pencil skirt.
When you’re a grown-up you’re totally within your rights to take some time off work, even if that might mean spinning the odd little white lie to your boss, but what about children? What do children do when they’re feeling a little meh. Taking to the Scary Mommy website, the parenting blogger admitted that if one of her children is showing reluctance about going to school, she will allow them to stay off and have a relaxed day at home.
Could it be as simple as sitting up? Serious depression is no easy thing to recover from. The study, which is due to be published next month in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, gathered 61 participants who described themselves as having mild to moderate depression.
Yesterday in London, the Government’s air-quality index hit 10, the highest level – the third time it has done so in the past 12 months. Researchers at King’s College London say that the cold and windless weather is preventing traffic emissions and other forms of pollution from dispersing. The result is a sort of smoggy blanket laying over the city, that while looks pretty good on Instagram, is actually playing havoc with the environment, and our health.
There is actually some sort of scientific formula behind the labelling of Blue Monday. The Blue Monday concept first appeared on a press release for Sky Travel’s PR company back in 2005, with the hope that it might help encourage people with the January blues to book more holidays. Because according to one mental health charity the whole concept is dangerously misleading and could in fact contribute to trivialising depression and other mental health conditions.
It’s recently been revealed that a big thing damaging our self esteem isn’t glossy magazines, as we’ve learned to assume, but Instagram. According to The Daily Dot, a study by the University of Pittsburgh Centre for Research on Media, Technology and Health found that millennials who report using seven to 11 social media platforms had more than three times the risk of depression or anxiety than those who use zero to two. The 1,700 participants were asked about the most popular social media platforms in 2014 (which was when the study was conducted), many of which are still firm favourites today such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Pinterest.
We’re all guilty of cracking open a bottle of Shiraz after a long hard day – besides a good warm bath, nothing quite relaxes the senses in the same way.
The 34-year-old royal was attending the children’s mental health charity, Place2Be Awards at London’s Mansion House, when she was touched by hearing fellow mum Ceri Knapton’s story and leant forward to embrace her. “I just had to do that as a mum,” she said. Ethan, who was nominated for a Young Person Champion Award for raising awareness about the conditions, told the Duchess that he had been bullied at primary school because of his, then undiagnosed, conditions.
Christmas. In theory it should be the happiest time of the year. The reality is often rather different. What with wrangling with relatives over who’s hosting the Christmas dinner, over-indulging way, way too much and the prospect of being in debt for the next 10 years to pay for all the partying and presents that will likely be met with a luke warm response. It’s little wonder the minute we hear a Christmas song in the supermarket we feel stressed.
Eating healthily, seeing friends, getting outside and doing exercise are all trotted out year by year, so let’s assume you’re already doing those. Exercise is even more essential for your mental health in winter, and learning a new active skill is a great way to get fit without it feeling like a struggle. Book a beginner’s course to help get you started and make newbie boxing friends.
Earlier this week Amanda Seyfried opened up about why she doesn’t think she will ever come off the antidepressants she takes to keep her mental illness in check. It’s that exact stigma that forces thousands of mental health sufferers to feel the need to hide the fact that they take antidepressants. Because while we have been making strides in putting mental health on the talked about agenda, there is still a shroud of secrecy surrounding the taking of medication.
It was founded by Arianna Warner, who has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) - a near-invisible injury that causes persistent severe pain - and is made up of five artists each with their own invisible disability or illness: Aubrey Hight, Lindsay Carter, Kimber Teatro, Trevor Ward and Tanya Magdalena. Each artist created a temporary tattoo representing their experience of their disability, and making it easier to understand.
Waking up before sunrise isn’t usually something people do voluntarily. The bad news is that waking up before the sun does could also be harming our health, as scientists from Melbourne, Australia have found that it causes ‘social jet lag’.
When Zayn Malik pulled out of a longstanding appearance at the Summertime Ball, people assumed it was because he didn’t fancy performing at the same event as his ex, Little Mix’s, Perrie Edwards. Zayn isn’t the only high profile celebrity to discuss his ongoing battle with anxiety.
Testing 6,467 older women, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee found that self-reported caffeine consumption of more than 261 mg a day was linked to a 36% reduction in the risk of dementia. Professor Ira Driscoll, who lead the study, told the Metro: “The mounting evidence of caffeine consumption as a potentially protective factor against cognitive impairment is exciting given that caffeine is also an easily modifiable dietary factor with very few contraindications.