Today’s Solutions: May 17, 2022

Mental Health

Here you can read the latest news and research studies covering mental health. This is also the place to find out about different strategies on how you can reduce stress and boost happiness, and many other ways to look after your mental wellbeing.

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Adding blueberries to your diet could help stave off dementia

From slowing cognitive decline to accelerating chronic wound healing, blueberries can have many surprising health benefits. Now, scientists at the University of Cincinnati have uncovered that adding blueberries to your daily diet in middle age could reduce your risk of dementia later in life. The Read More...

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Being a caregiver is hard, here are some tips to help you through

With an aging population, more people are becoming caregivers, with one in three adults in the United States currently being informal caregivers, someone who provides help and support to another who needs it. For example, looking after and helping an ill spouse, an aging relative, or a disabled Read More...

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Why is parasympathetic breathing so calming and how do I do it?

Do you find your mind racing when you feel overwhelmed or stressed out? A simple exhale-focused breathing exercise can help you soothe your nervous system, calm your body, and still your mind. Why is this type of breathing so calming? In times of stress, your sympathetic nervous system triggers Read More...

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Standup comedy course helps support men at risk of suicide

Here at The Optimist Daily, we believe wholeheartedly in the power of healing through laughter, joy, and a positive outlook—and it seems as though the UK National Health Service (NHS) is on the same page. Mental health problems are on the rise for people of all ages and walks of life, and as Read More...

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Why it's important to teach kids how to celebrate themselves

This past year put many milestones, events, and special occasions on hold, especially for young ones growing up during a global pandemic. However, the importance of celebrations should not be overlooked, particularly now. While children are motivated at school by praise and recognition, for Read More...

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Why teen anxiety is on the rise and how to help

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, so here at The Optimist Daily, we want to shine a light on this important subject. We're committed to helping break the stigma around mental illness, educating more people, and showing solidarity with those who are impacted by them. Over the past two years, Read More...

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The warning signs of youth suicide and how to respond

Growing up is tough, especially for the current generation that has had to push through a global pandemic, climate anxiety, political unrest, and general uncertainty in almost all aspects of life. The building pressure and the looming unknowns can bring anyone down, especially young people who are Read More...

Magic Mushrooms

First European psychedelic drug trial clinic opens in the UK

At The Optimist Daily, the magical power of mushrooms and, particularly, their psychedelic therapeutic benefits are things we cannot stop writing about. From adaptogen compounds to the forest neural networks they offer, we love everything mycelia.  That’s why we were happy to hear about the Read More...

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3 free longevity hacks for a longer life

There are a lot of habits that we can incorporate into our day-to-day lives that will help us extend our time on this earth. However, there are three that stand out, not just because they’re effective and simple, but they’re also cost-free.  Hydration We talk about hydration a lot here at Read More...

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6 ways to practice mindfulness with your kids

Experiencing anxiety and stress isn’t exclusive to adults, so practicing mindfulness shouldn’t be either. If you notice that your child is experiencing mood swings, feeling overwhelmed, or always worrying, then consider teaching them how to integrate mindfulness practice into their daily lives. Read More...