Mental Health Minute

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How you can get a better night's sleep (so you can communicate better)

Despite common belief, aging doesn't cause sleep problems, and seniors don't need less sleep as they grow older.   Most older people sleep poorly, or not long enough, because of ailments associated with aging, such as arthritis, physical disabilities, respiratory problems and depression.   Lack of exercise, heart disease, anxiety, stress and menopause also can disrupt sleep, and many medications seniors take can cause insomnia.

How to Cope with Difficult Personalities

There is no way to completely avoid crossing paths with irritating or frustrating people. Your best strategy is to learn how to deal with them without losing your cool. Follow the tips below so you can gain the necessary skills to handle difficult personality types.

Social media etiquette tips

Proper online etiquette is critical for many reasons. Even your personal accounts can be visible to people you don’t know, and your posts and shares, once public, are on the record for a long time. Your social media presence should inspire pride, not regret, and what you share should stand out from the daily babble.

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Self-soothing exercises the brain, body needs to handle stress

If you or someone you know has trouble controlling their emotional and physical reactions to stressful situations, it is critical to understand why it may difficult to stay calm, think clearly, or make reasonable decisions when stressed. There are many variables that affect out ability to self-regulate including poor sleep, unhealthy food intake, chronic pain and inflammation, dehydration, not enough movement, and residual effects of early life trauma. Try three things that help your body deal effectively with stress.

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“Play is the purest expression of love” says psychiatrist Stuart Brown, M.D. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells as well as infection-fighting antibodies which improves your resistance to disease. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins which promote an overall sense of wellbeing. There is wisdom to the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.”

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Working without letup is a bad habit that can jeopardize business, health and the life you're supposedly working toward. You can easily get stressed in the workplace, which makes you so exasperated that you can’t stand going into the office. You don’t really want to quit, you just need a break — and a mental health day gives you that.