Love Yourself Out Loud

The Importance of Healthy Body Image in Childhood Did you know that children as young as 5-6 can develop a distorted view of their bodies? In later years, teens with negative self-image are more likely to develop mental health issues like depression and anxiety. Young children and teens with distorted perceptions about their body are likely to engage in unsafe weight-loss behavior. They’re also likely … Continue reading Love Yourself Out Loud

Making the World More Accessible

Suddenly becoming paralyzed requires a strong will to adapt to new limitations. Not only is the body immobilized, but patients must learn how to perform everyday task differently. Wheelchairs, for instance, are meant to provide more mobility, but it’s often still not enough to go back to life as it was before. Ben Huntzinger, 33, of Cairo, Georgia, is a T4 paraplegic who knows all … Continue reading Making the World More Accessible

Cyclical Depression and Barriers to Treatment

For many, depression feels like a constant sadness, gnawing away at fleeting moments of happiness in life, an ever-present melancholy always there in the background. Depression, however, doesn’t necessarily present in such a predictable way in every person. For some, depression manifests in cycles. The waves of sadness come and go on repeat, sometimes in noticeable patterns, other times in random bursts. For those with … Continue reading Cyclical Depression and Barriers to Treatment

The Physical Manifestation of Stress

We all experience stress at one time or another. Whether it’s work deadlines or family disharmony causing your cortisol levels to rise, stress can have a real effect on your mind and body. Stress manifests as a result of everyday annoyances (e.g. being stuck in a traffic jam) but can also be the result of instances of trauma (e.g. divorce or a death in the … Continue reading The Physical Manifestation of Stress

Keep Calm and Plant a Garden

As an outdoor activity, gardening allows you to get some exercise and sweat. Any physical movement is good for your body, and because gardening mostly takes place outside, your body is able to absorb the vitamin D that it needs. Cortisol is the hormone associated with stress, and stress is a huge health risk. Chronically elevated cortisol levels have been linked to everything from immune … Continue reading Keep Calm and Plant a Garden