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7 ways to support a loved one’s mental health

7 ways to support a loved one’s mental health

You’ve likely been there – or could be in the future – where a friend or family member shares with you what’s troubling them, but you’re not sure what to say.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 5 U.S. adults live with a mental illness. When someone you know is struggling with their mental mindset, it’s best to create space for them to talk openly and honestly about how they’re feeling.

Dr. Gene Carroccia, clinical psychologist and vice president of ambulatory behavioral health services for Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care, offers seven ways to better support a loved one with a mental health concern:

1. Become more comfortable talking about mental health

“The topic of mental health is often taboo, so it can be easier to avoid or minimize it,” Dr. Carroccia says. “While it takes courage to start a conversation with a loved one about their mental health, if it’s done in a caring and non-threatening manner, it may open new doors for them. We are in a national mental health crisis together now, and we are challenged to stretch our comfort zones.”

2. Learn more about mental health challenges

Dr. Carroccia recommends researching your loved one’s mental health symptoms and issues. Learning more about the topic can also increase comfort level. You can visit helpful online resources like the National Alliance on Mental Health’s website to become more knowledgeable. The more comfortable you are with the subject matter, the better you can be there for a struggling loved one.

3. Listen to convey empathy and concern

“Sometimes your loved one just wants you to listen while they vent about what is troubling them,” Dr. Carroccia says. “While they may need professional assistance, not everyone needs this during difficult

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Ryan Seacrest talks ‘life changing effects’ of healthy eating: ‘Changing everything up’

Ryan Seacrest talks ‘life changing effects’ of healthy eating: ‘Changing everything up’
Ryan Seacrest talks ‘life changing effects’ of healthy eating: ‘Changing everything up’

Ryan Seacrest, American media personality recently wore his heart on his sleeve, and shed some light into his healthy morning routine.

He started the chat by branding the entire experience of ‘sticking to a routine’ as something ‘lifechanging’.

The biggest habit he credits for making this shift ‘easy’ is ‘sticking to the same time zone’.

He was even quoted telling People magazine, “One of the things that I’ve done in the last two months is I’ve slept in the same time zone. I have not done that over a period of two weeks in six years.”

For those unversed, this change can be branded ‘monumental’ considering Seacrest’s prior habit of flying in between New York and California, weekly.

“So just being on the same side of the country for an extended period of time has been life changing,” he admitted.

Another big aspect contributing to this change is getting ‘leisurely mornings in Los Angeles’ because “I don’t have to get out the door quite as fast onto the streets of Manhattan to get to the show in New York. So that’s been a little bit of a change of pace.”

He also added, “I do get up in the morning, put on my UGG slippers and I go grab my coffee beans and I make my coffee.”

Then “I have a shot of olive oil in the morning before my coffee every day” because “I find that that actually helps with weight loss and helps with your inflammation, helps with all the different systems in your body.”

In regards to diet, Seacrest admits he relies on a Mediterranean diet, given its heavy reliance on “vegetables, fish and salad.”

He also added, “It speaks to me

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Here are dos and don’ts for people resuming sporting activities

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Hyderabad: Many people were forced to avoid outdoor sports and other physical activities because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Plus the closure of schools, gyms, and recreation programs prevented people from engaging in activities that promote physical and emotional well-being. Those returning to vigorous activity after the hiatus have sprains, ligament tears, as well as extreme fatigue.

Here is what experts have to say about easing into an exercise routine after a break

After taking a lengthy hiatus from exercising or participating in sports, the safest thing you can do is gradually increase your body’s tolerance to activity.

“The more you compete or engage in an activity, the more adapted your body develops to it. You aren’t working your body in the same manner when you stop performing that activity. It doesn’t maintain that level. Expecting to pick up from where you left when you return to an activity after a break might lead to aches” said Dr. M. V. Rao, General Physician at Yashoda Hospitals, Somajiguda.

Resuming your routines gradually might help you make sure you have the right skills down before picking them back up.

What are some ways to ramp up activity safely?

There are several ways to increase your physical activity safely depending on what you choose to do:

– Running beginners can use a walk-to-run program. Take minutes away from the walk and add them to the run as you get more comfortable walking for longer periods or farther distances.

– Lifters ought, to begin with lesser loads. You can reduce the number of repetitions as you raise the weight. How easily you can raise the weight or the number of repetitions might be a sign of your development.

– Alternate activities that work various portions of your body during your workout to prevent overuse and

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