mental health

Clear Your Mind and Refocus

With hectic lives and busy schedules, it can be easy for the mind to become cluttered, making it difficult to concentrate and be productive. If you want to be able to quickly and easily clear your mind so that you can refocus, here are a few tricks that you can try.

One of the most effective ways to clear your mind and really refocus your energy is by practicing mindfulness, and this does not need to be anything more than a breathing exercise or two. This is something that you can do anywhere and at any time, making it a great method to master. One breathing exercise that you can try is sitting or standing up straight and closing your eyes, before taking a deep breath in through your nose. Allow your diaphragm to fully expand, and hold the breath for a few seconds before exhaling through your mouth. Counting your breath will also help with this, as it will give your mind something to focus on to prevent you from being sidetracked.

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Write it Down
Writing down all of your thoughts and worries is a great way to release any pent-up emotions, and will help you to take a look at the entire situation from a different perspective. Keep a journal that you can turn to whenever your mind is feeling full, and continue writing in it until you feel at peace with whatever has been on your mind. Alternatively, if your mind has been filled with all of the different things you need to do, start keeping lists, as this will free up some space in your head, and you can then turn to your list when you have more time and are feeling calmer.

Physical Activity
In addition to helping to control weight and prevent illness, exercise is a fantastic way to clear your mind and improve your mood. Exercise releases endorphins, which will really help to take your mind to a better place. This does not mean that you need to spend hours at the gym, as simple short bursts of exercise will also have this same effect. Try to find an activity that you enjoy doing, but make sure that it raises your heart rate.

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Get Creative
Exploring your imagination can really refocus your mind, as it will make use of different parts of your brain. Creativity is the perfect way to engage your imagination, and this can take shape in many forms. From painting and drawing to singing and dancing to cooking or doing a puzzle, there are so many ways in which you can be creative, so give this a go the next time you are feeling stressed and worn out.

The human brain is not built to be able to split its attention into too many different areas, which is why it is often easy to feel overwhelmed when there are a number of things on your mind. Rather than allowing this to bring you down, try out some of the above-mentioned tips, as they will help you to clear your mind and get back to what you really need to be doing.

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Everybody Needs A Therapist

Therapy is one of those things that has a strange amount of stigma surrounding it. Most of us have heard comments before implying anyone who seeks it is weak or is simply giving up. Other people claim there are no benefits and it is simply a way to fleece the gullible of their money. These common misconceptions do a lot of harm in the world as it drives people away from seeking therapy when they need it. We’ve all felt overtaxed sometimes or realized that we’re depressed or anxious. Living in a constant state of flux where the changes can simply add up over time until the stress begins to settle in and make things feel overwhelming. It isn’t just you. Everyone needs to see a therapist at some point in their lives and there are benefits to having regular therapy sessions even if you’re not at one of those points. Taking a closer look at what therapy can offer all of us is the only solution for getting rid of the common misconceptions and moving on to a healthier world.

Being Open
An often underestimated benefit of therapy is the fact that it allows for a level of openness that is hard to achieve outside of a therapist’s office. Yes, you could talk to a friend or your partner, but a lot of the time we tend to hold some things back. Consider that we are, in many ways, different people depending on who we’re around. Some things we just end up naturally keeping to ourselves. A further consideration is that some things feel too private to talk to anyone close to us about. Issues of identity and sexuality can be particularly difficult to bring up when they might disrupt the lives we’ve built. It is important to remember that not everyone realizes such things about themselves immediately and can sometimes be suppressed by upbringing or expectations placed on us. Having a place where you can go to discuss these and other deep-seated issues it might be hard to talk about otherwise helps to improve one’s overall mental state.

Stress Management
A comparatively everyday use for therapy is simply as a form of stress management. We all have to deal with a certain level of stress regularly. Leaving it unchecked can end up hurting our health in major ways. That’s why most of us develop various coping mechanisms to help us avoid some of the major stress. Getting regular therapy offers another way as you can talk your way through problems while getting an outside opinion. This tends to do wonders when it comes to solving “unsolvable” dilemmas that feel like they keep getting worse. It certainly doesn’t hurt that a therapist can also offer you different methods of stress management for you to use outside of appointments too. Therapists help you build and develop skills for coping with the difficult parts of life as much as they offer someone to talk to without judgment. Developing skills in this way allows us all to live happier and healthier lives.

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An Outside Assessment
We often overlook the benefit of having someone who has a good idea of our general mental state and can track any major shifts in it. The worst part about many mental illnesses is that they often feel like they turn up without warning even if they’ve been building up over time. This can be a particularly pronounced problem for anyone with chronic depression or anxiety. Our lives are about management of the symptoms we can recognize. What happens if ones we don’t recognize start appearing? A therapist offers a professional eye that can keep track of these things for you and provide you with a nudge in the right direction when illness begins to take control of your life. This works for mundane things like chronic stress too. Having someone who can give you this benefit means that it is easier to take action before a problem fully sets in and minimize the chances of it doing too much damage to our well-being.

Therapy is one of those things that is ultimately good for everyone. Yes, there are parts of our lives where we won’t necessarily need a therapist, but it can be good to keep in contact with one just in case. You might even want to simply schedule more irregular appointments when you’re otherwise healthy. Keeping this in mind and remembering therapy is a wellness tool rather than a shame will help us all lead healthier lives.

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Know The Difference: Illness Or Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the hidden troubles of the world. More people than you think have to deal with it daily. Fortunately, an increasing amount of public awareness has begun to help to demystify this particular mental disorder as well as its many siblings. Openness about the struggles of people with mental disorders allows us all to be more compassionate and understand where people are coming from instead of wondering why they’re behaving a particular way. There is a downside to increased awareness though. People who know about particular conditions are more likely to self-diagnose themselves and end up believing they’re dealing with an issue that they don’t have and attempt to treat it on their own or tell the doctor what their problem is rather than allowing their doctor to make the assessment. This is a questionable practice that only gets more questionable when you realize that various conditions can cause anxiety or anxiety-like symptoms without the anxiety being the root cause. Similarly, anxiety can cause symptoms that seem more like a standard illness. Knowing the difference is crucial to maintaining one’s good health.

The Obvious Solution
While it may be the most obvious approach, the best thing we can do is to remind everyone to talk to their doctors if they are experiencing impaired mental or physical health. A doctor has had years of training specifically to help diagnose others or to know who to refer them to for proper diagnosis. Self-diagnosing is a particularly bad habit we’ve all gotten used to doing in the era of the internet where countless bits of information are simply available. The downside is that knowledge without the understanding of how to apply it can lead to poor decision making and the belief that you’re experiencing something that you’re not. Always consult a professional when it comes to any ailments you may or may not be experiencing. Improper treatment can lead to an actual condition getting worse or simply making them delay proper treatment and, as before, letting the condition get worse. Ask a professional instead of a wiki.

The experience of anxiety tends to manifest in a number of ways. The expected and most common ones tend to involve difficulty engaging in the world due to being overwhelmed by the many “what ifs” of an uncertain future. This can lead to a mental paralysis where it is hard to figure out what to do to resolve a situation. Similarly, it can manifest as being easily overwhelmed by common situations as the person suffering from anxiety attempts to figure out the proper way to approach something. There are physical symptoms though. Tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, nausea, and other symptoms have all be reported by people experiencing acute anxiety. The mind and the body are deeply intertwined and it is impossible to affect one without affecting the other in turn. Some people have difficulty following their own thought process and can be more aware of the physical manifestations of anxiety instead of the mental ones. This leads to treating it like a physical illness and can leave the anxiety unaddressed for long enough that the stress of the anxiety makes things worse.

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We highlighted three common symptoms of anxiety above: tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, and nausea. Take a moment and consider what illnesses or health problems you would associate those with without thinking of anxiety. Tightness and pain in the chest can seem to indicate heart troubles. Shortness of breath could easily be asthma or another respiratory ailment. Nausea could be whatever bug is currently wandering around a child’s school or the office. Physical manifestations of anxiety are like that. They are clear markers of the underlying issue, but are easily mistaken for other things. Additionally, those sorts of physical conditions can actually cause anxiety. Shortness of breath in particular tends to negatively affect one’s mood due to the subconscious struggle to get enough oxygen in the blood. This is why self-diagnosing is so bad when it comes to dealing with any condition. Overlapping symptoms and ones that cause other symptoms all need to be viewed within a larger picture to get an accurate diagnosis.

Trying to separate physical illness and anxiety is more difficult than we’d like to think. It ultimately requires a professional assessment to determine what is going on with any true accuracy. The exception to this rule is when you already have a known history of illness for one thing or another and that still merits talking to a professional. Keep this in mind the next time you think you may be experiencing anxiety and remember to talk to your doctor.

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How To Trick Your Body Into Feeling Better

There’s no escaping the fact that we can’t feel our best constantly. Illness, injury, and misadventure are part of every life and learning to cope with that is part of life. Nothing makes that feel any better in the moment though. Everyone wants to feel better as soon as they can without needing to face down all the negatives of the illness. That isn’t always an option though, is it? Most of the time we tend to resign ourselves to confronting and dealing with a problem even if it means feeling less than our best. The truth is there are various little things you can do to trick your body into helping you feel at least a little bit better even if it isn’t going to be a magical cure. These tend to be relatively simple and easy for almost everyone to achieve. Let’s take a quick look at some of these little tricks so that we can all use them the next time we feel less than our best.

Reach Out
Your mental state and physical state are more intertwined than you might like to think. That’s part of why our mood tends to suffer when we’re ill or injured. You can use this intrinsic link to your advantage to give your mood a boost and thereby help you ignore any discomfort you’re feeling for a little while. Talk to a friend, loved one, or someone else you value. This is a tried and true trick to give yourself a small boost in your mood that you can then leverage into feeling a bit better. Try to focus on the things you share a passion for to give the biggest boost. You’re partly talking away your discomfort, after all, and the last thing you want to do is get on a topic that is mutually unpleasant. Connecting with others in this fashion helps one to feel more alive and alert for a decent amount of time after the conversation ends and can be used repeatedly to feel just that much better even when your body continues to disagree with you.

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This is typically the last thing on one’s mind when feeling unwell, but it is a very good option for giving yourself a pick-me-up. It doesn’t even need to be vigorous exercise either. Start with a little bit of careful stretching. Your body will recognize that you’re beginning to move around more and begin to flip some of the internal switches that you want flipped. A good stretch will leave you feeling a little bit better and more limber so that you can take a quick walk. This is an especially good tactic on sunny yet tolerable days. The sunlight during your walk will trigger some positive mental changes as much as the actual exercise. Try to aim for a brisk half hour walk or a similar amount of light exercise. That’s all you really need to get a boost to how you feel. By the end of it, you’ll feel a bit more energetic and happier about the current situation which will, in turn, make it harder to focus on discomfort.

Clean Up
It turns out that you can also do a lot for how you feel by taking good care of yourself. Most of us tend to start feeling a bit unclean as we feel physically and mentally unwell. It is a subtle, but persistent effect that contributes to us feeling worse off than we really should. All you need to do to counter it though is to clean up a little. Take a shower or bath to help clean up your body and relax a little. The physical process of getting clean tends to be both relaxing and helps to take your mind off of things as well. Don’t forget to consider doing some basic bits of hygiene as well. Shave if you haven’t recently. Clean up your hair. These simple things will help you look and feel a bit better if discomfort has been laying you low. Additionally, consider brushing your teeth and additional time. Dress up nicely for yourself as well. Cleaning up in this way will help you stop mentally picturing yourself as being uncomfortable and leave you better able to ignore the discomfort by feeling closer to your best.

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Tricking yourself into feeling better than you are is largely a matter of doing things that make you feel good. It doesn’t actually stop whatever is making you uncomfortable, but the temporary boost to your mood does wonders to help deal with both mental and physical discomfort. All you need to do is find the will to take some of the steps suggested and it can make even a difficult time a little lighter. In some ways, the saying that laughter is the best medicine at least had the right idea when it came to some things.

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The Tools You Need To Start Yoga

Yoga is a good way to maintain one’s body at almost any point in life. It becomes particularly attractive as we age and our body’s ability to handle some of the more forceful movements and shocks of other exercise options decreases. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t necessarily know where to begin when it comes to yoga. It seems to have always been present as an option for exercise. There are yoga studios and classes in most major cities that make it quite clear what they’re offering. This isn’t always enough to help those of us who tend to plan more to get over that initial hurdle of wanting to be properly prepared. A good way to get past that is to inventory the tools you’ll need to start yoga. This provides a sense of being ready while at the same time being easy enough to ensure that it doesn’t take an excessive amount of time. With that in mind, we’ve got a quick look at some of the most important tools anyone needs when looking into starting yoga for the first time.

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Most of the time we associate yoga with a certain fluidity of movement. The demands placed on the body by the positions involve maintaining patience enough to move through them at the proper pace while holding position when necessary. Yoga positions are healthy for the body through the fact that they are repetitive motions that work to maintain and build slowly. The tension of holding the position is prominent in the way they help the body too. However, the positions that everyone pictures in their mind when people talk about yoga are only part of the practice. Yoga is also about controlling one’s breathing and becoming aware of one’s body as a cohesive whole. Many instructors will walk you through breathing exercises when beginning yoga. These also require patience that not everyone will necessarily have if they aren’t expecting it. Remembering that patience is required at all steps to make the most of yoga.

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Comfortable Clothing
As a form of exercise that concentrates on mobility and flexibility, yoga strongly encourages participants to wear comfortable clothing with a high degree of freedom of movement. This helps to ensure that there are no artificial restrictions placed on what one can and cannot do during yoga. Most people tend to stress this particular piece of “equipment” thanks to the potential demands on freedom of movement from given positions. Admittedly, no one should try to push their bodies far beyond their abilities, but we all do still need to be able to press a bit farther than more restrictive clothing might allow. Additionally, you’ll want to stick to comfortable clothing made from a fabric that can breathe. Yoga, despite its often sedate pace, is a form of exercise that will place stress upon the body and can cause you to sweat just like any other exercise. Staying cool while exercising will go a long way towards keeping you comfortable.

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Mat and Towel
This is the sort of equipment that most people would expect when it comes to yoga, but it isn’t necessarily required so much as it makes things a bit more comfortable while you’re exercising. A good mat will provide you with cushioning through the various positions you go through and prevent any unnecessary strain on the body. After all, it feels a lot better to have a comfortable mat beneath you than the hard ground or floor. Try to pick a durable mat that will hold up to repeated use to avoid having to replace it regularly. Keeping a towel handy is advisable to help wipe away sweat after holding a particularly difficult pose. It will help keep you both more comfortable and ready to keep going without feeling too unclean. Consider leaving it on the mat below you to catch sweat in some instances, but don’t be afraid to pat dry when you need to either.

There isn’t really any traditional equipment “required” to start yoga. As a discipline, it focuses on the body’s capabilities and typically only requires that and the strength of will to stick with various positions. Patience helps a lot with this and so does dressing comfortably so that you don’t end up feeling confined in the middle of things. Yes, a mat can help, but you don’t necessarily need it. Remember that yoga is an ancient discipline focusing on the mind, the body, and the soul and not a modern fad exercise like it often gets treated. In the end, all you really need is yourself.

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Living With Low Level Depression

Depression is a persistent condition that often remains in our lives after the first experience with it. The condition isn’t simply being sad like the common representation often has people thinking. Depression is a mental illness where it is hard to hang on to hope, feel motivation at all, or see any potential way for things to improve even if there are logical steps you can take to make things better. It is an insidious condition that can sneak into our lives without warning and become a guiding force before we know it. Getting our lives back under control after this can be difficult thanks to its persistence. Lifestyle changes can go a long way towards helping manage chronic depression whether it is major depression or comparatively mild. The changes can help keep low-level depression easily managed and kept from overly affecting you life alongside proper treatment. We’ve got a quick look at some of the universally good options so you can find things to help yourself if you’re struggling.

Shine A Little Light
Strangely enough, sunlight and light in general can be incredibly helpful when it comes to managing depression. Most experts believe this is connected to the positive effects of Vitamin D. Your body actually begins to create the vitamin on exposure to sunlight. Many of us are skin conscious though and the idea of sunning to improve our mood can make us all a bit wary. The good news is you can get this effect even while wearing sunscreen. You also don’t need to sun to get the effect either. Taking a ten to fifteen minute walk in the sun when you feel your mood drifting lower can be all you need to recover from a downtrend. Keeping lights on and windows open helps a lot in this case too. Just seeing the light appears to help. This makes it a useful tactic to remember to open the shades in your home if you’re prone to depression. You’ll likely never notice it, but that light will quietly support your mental health goals without you needing to put in a huge effort.

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Care For Your Body
The mind and body are intertwined even though we frequently treat them as two separate entities. Mental health issues can and will feed back into your physical health while the reverse is true as well. That makes taking care of yourself a key way to manage lower levels of depression. It can give you the boost of energy and mood you need to get through each day. Looking after your health with depression is more or less the same as it is without it. You need to make sure that you’re getting an adequately varied diet that gets you all the nutrients you need. This will help keep up your energy and ensure your depression isn’t being magnified by any nutritional deficiencies. Additionally, you’ll want to look into regular low-level exercise. Something as simple as briskly walking for half an hour to an hour three to four times a week can be incredibly good for helping maintain a neutral to positive mood. Additionally, you can be getting that sun at the same time to help compound the help it will give you.

Sleep On Schedule
Managing your sleep schedule is crucial when dealing with any level of depression. Disturbed sleep is a classic sign of the condition for a reason. Insomnia tends to be fairly common and the lack of rest causes your physical and mental health to both suffer. This feeds back into maintaining the depression. Most experts recommend taking a two-fold approach to making sure you get enough sleep when dealing with depression. Good sleep hygiene is the first part. This means making sure you avoid doing things that make it more difficult for you to sleep. Turn down the lights some at night, turn off alarms, avoid caffeine, and overall make sure you’re doing something relaxing as your bedtime approaches. This will put your body in a state receptive to sleep. The second part is setting and keeping a time when you go to bed without fail. Establishing a pattern along with good sleep hygiene will help counteract the insomnia to a degree and hopefully ensure you get enough sleep.

The media has, sadly, given the impression that depression is something to be conquered. They don’t treat it as a fact and something that demands changes to one’s life to manage. More often than not, depression is a fact that changes our lives. We can do many things to help manage it though and prevent it from being a governing aspect of our lives. In time, those of us dealing with depression grow into an understanding that it does not make us lesser, but instead is simply another health consideration for us. These tricks and others can turn what seems like a bleak turn in our lives into an opportunity for positive change and a path out of the encroaching darkness and back to our lives.

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The Emotional and Mental Benefits of Walking

Walking is potentially the most basic form of exercise that you can engage in. Most of us can do it. It takes no extra equipment. You can do it almost everywhere. That’s why so many doctors tend to recommend a brisk walk as the best way to start exercising. It can do wonders for your body if you let it. All you’ve got to do is make sure that you spend the necessary amount of time getting the exercise in and you’ll get results. There are benefits to walking beyond the purely physical, though. You can actually derive some emotional and mental benefits from walking if you’re willing to let the experience reach you. Admittedly, you’ll get most of these in times where you’d walking slower, but there are still benefits from the exercise in general. We’re going to take a closer look at these more ephemeral benefits to ensure that you don’t miss out on the ways you can improve your quality of life with a simple exercise.

Location, Location, Location
As we highlighted before, you can walk almost everywhere if you’re able to walk. This brings with it the distinct benefit of being able to choose where you want to walk. You can go places that are meaningful to you. This includes art galleries, museums, parks, tracks, and just about anything else that you can imagine. Picking a place that is meaningful to you goes a long way towards ensuring that you’ll feel more relaxed by the time the walking is done. After all, an afternoon stroll through the park with birds singing and other sounds of life is a potentially invigorating experience. It also serves to pull you out of the active worries of the day-to-day where you can’t really disengage from everything and everyone that demands your attention. Fortunately, a little time in a setting separate from all that can do the mind wonders. There’s also a lot to be said for getting to be on your own for a little while.

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The Art of Being With Oneself
Walking can be a group activity, but being able to enjoy it on one’s own can be quite rewarding. You get to fully step out of the world in this way. There is no need to worry about duties, deadlines, or others for a little while. You simply have yourself to be with and understand. Walking can be incredibly therapeutic for this reason alone. Having time to yourself where it is only you and your thoughts allows you to properly consider the events going on around you. Many people find that it helps to clear their head to one degree on another. There is also something settling to the nerves about being in a place that you draw comfort from without it being intruded upon by others. You can claim the space as solely your own, in a way, for a little while where you don’t need to worry about others interrupting. Yes, there will be other people in a public place, but most people are disinclined to bother strangers on their walks.

Mental, Emotional, Physical
There is no way to truly separate the physical from our mental and emotional well-being. The brain is a physical organ and the things we do that affect our body affect it as well. Exercise does a lot for mental and emotional well-being because it supports the overall health of your body. Your brain tends to benefit in specific ways though. Exercise increases blood flow throughout the body and this in turn ensures a readily available supply of oxygenated blood. Most people notice they feel more clear-headed and emotionally level after exercising partly for this reason. The longer term benefits tend to include healthier cognition for longer and a general overall improvement on outlook. Exercise literally helps you to maintain a more positive view of the world. Admittedly, part of this is because exercise does release some chemicals in your mind that reward you. The pleasure of hitting goals you set for yourself doesn’t hurt either.

Walking has emotional and mental benefits paired with the physical benefits of the exercise. This is because of the impossibility of separating the physical from the ephemeral in this sense. You can get a lot from just walking at a leisurely pass in the right setting though. It helps one to sort through current events as well as settling one’s nerves when dealing with an uncertain future. If you’re going through a rough patch, walking may be just the thing to help you get yourself back to a state where you can do something about it again.

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Understanding Eating Disorders in Mature Women

There are always particularly uncomfortable discussion topics that need more attention. We go out of our way to avoid them a lot of the time. Life, we decide, needs to be a little bit better and not have this bit of unpleasantness we’d rather not address or deal with at this time. This is a mistake most of the time as such things need to be confronted or they start to gain power. Mental illness is a good example of this. Western culture often have this broad obsession with the idea of being happy. It means that, if we’re not happy, something must be wrong. There isn’t room for any other human experience. That leads to higher rates of depression, anxiety, and similar issues because people aren’t allowed to simply be people and process what troubles them. A similar issue comes up when we look at eating disorders. The image doesn’t really call to mind mature women trying to manage their lives and yet there are plenty of women who are doing just that. We’re going to take a closer look at this often neglected topic so that we can all walk away better informed.

Breaking Down Stereotypes
There’s a very clear picture at the heart of everyone’s minds if you start to tell them that you have an eating disorder. People tend to picture younger women in the prime of their lives that have gotten overwhelmed by becoming too dedicated to an “ideal” body. The end results are never pretty and the devastating results are plain to see when news reports come on of young women whose lives have been permanently marked or ended by one of these disorders. There are also the positive stories of people beating the disorders. What people never show are the young men and others who suffer from such disorders as well. Stress, pressure to look a particular way, and other conditions can happen to anyone and pretending it only affects one segment of a population demeans them and isolates anyone else struggling with an eating disorder. This is particularly sad given some people only temporarily get away from their disorder and have to deal with it again later. So before we go any farther, let’s make an effort to remember eating disorders are a problem that anyone can experience.

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Cause and Effect
Plenty of things can end up causing eating disorders in mature women. There is some overlap, as we highlighted before, in mature women experiencing an eating disorder and ones who dealt with on earlier in life. A relapse is always possible and as a result making good habits to keep one’s less beneficial habits under control is a good policy. Some women struggle with eating disorders their entire lives. They end up alternating between having healthy habits and falling back into eating disorders intermittently instead of it being a single notable relapse. However, plenty of women simply develop it in latter life for some of the same reasons that it can happen earlier in their lives: stress, social or personal upheaval, and even illness. The end result is the same though: an eating disorder that needs to be addressed. Taking the first steps to dealing with a disorder can be difficult as we never like to recognize we’re harming ourselves, but it can be important. There are plenty of valid treatment options for mature women to help get away from an eating disorder.

Getting Help
Oftentimes, part of what traps us in the cycles required for an eating disorder is a loss of perspective. We fall out of sync with the ability to actually see where our habits our leading us. Talk therapy can actually be surprisingly used for mature women as a result. Using techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, a therapist can help us to modify our habits and break out of the cycles that end up causing any eating disorder. This isn’t always the only step that one should take though. Sometimes the disorder can be somewhat resistant and consulting your doctor for a meal or nutritional plan can help as well. You can find a way to balance between the fixation contributing to the eating disorder and avoiding triggering it. The root issue can also sometimes be worked against with a little medication to help calm things like the anxiety that can lead to an eating disorder as well. Ultimately, you should be talking to your doctor and your therapist to help you figure out the treatment plan that works best for you.

Any kind of mental illness isn’t something that anyone should have to face alone. This gets particularly true as we mature and can end up feeling more isolated. Social interconnections, perspective, and a positive sense of self are all necessary to help counter such illness whether it is depression or an eating disorder. Don’t get trapped in believing that an eating disorder isn’t possible past a certain age. There is no shame in looking for help. Remember that you are not and have never been the only one.

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