Mental Health IS Health: Facts and Personal Anecdotes

I originally posted this Saturday, but woke up with major anxiety about it at 1 am and got up to take it down. I'll make some notes below to try and explain why. I read a post by IFLScience yesterday on myths about mental health. I was struck particularly by this passage: "Physical manifestations may …

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Soothe your Soul: Pet a Soft Purring Cat or Take a Brisk Walk with a Dog.

There have been many articles written on the ways animals can help people with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. There is even a Human Animal Bond Research Institute! Check out the research summaries they have on mental health and trauma/PTSD. My first awareness of the importance of pets to mental health came in …

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Playing in the Dirt and Eating It?

As summer winds down quickly here in Alberta, there are a number of garden tasks demanding my attention. There are perennials to divide, root vegetables to harvest and plants to relocate. These are all messy jobs that involve getting my hands dirty. I used to be quite a germaphobe: antibacterial soap, alcohol hand sanitizer, and bleach …

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