Exercise & Dementia

The benefit of exercise is not a new topic. We are constantly being encouraged to think about our health; what we eat, how much we sleep, what exercise we take, keeping our minds active and avoiding isolation. This isn’t the first article we’ve put on our website either. Exercise not only improves your physical health, but also cognition. It has global effects on the brain, enriching function in areas that traditionally have not been thought […]

The Power of Positive Thinking

Self-affirmation Does it really work? Can we think ourselves better than we feel? American Psychologist, Claude Steele, popularised self-affirmation in the 1980’s which examines how being forced outside our comfort zones affect our self-esteem. Studies have found that self-affirmation leads to “better mental and physical well-being, including greater happiness, hopefulness, optimism and health with less sadness and anger.” How? Well it appears that self-affirmation allows us to accept the unpleasantness of a situation and still feel […]

Dealing with symptoms of Depression

Breaking the Lethargy Spiral The Problem Feeling depressed is a vicious spiral. Your negative thoughts make you feel miserable, inadequate and discouraged, which means you feel slowed down and tired     and less inclined to be active. Your activity level goes down, you start to avoid situations, which means that you don’t have positive thoughts and experiences; your confidence is further reduced, which increases the negative thoughts and low mood & so on. So What is the Way […]