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Ask every evening

Our minds are the busiest place in the universe, let’s look at ways to explore ourselves and our fast-moving thoughts. Ask what am I really worried about?—using the word “really” is strategic, we often shield one worry with another. What am I presently sad about?—It’s not fragile to ask this of yourself and allow yourself to feel those emotions. What is still lovely?—remind yourself of the good things even when so much is difficult.

Source: School of Life

Turn up the lights 

For those living with vision loss, home lighting has a major impact on their activity levels. For every 0.1 log unit increment in average measured home lighting, participants tended to a) take more daily steps, b) have a higher level of confidence c) faster average daily peak cadence. Researchers claim non-sedentary activity minutes decreased as did their duration and activity fragmentation when the lights were up!

Source: Jamaophthaimol

Dancing for mental health

Structured dance of any genre can be a more effective way to improve psychological and cognitive wellbeing. An Australian study used 6 wk programs and included folks from 7 to 85 years old who were both healthy and living with chronic diseases. Comparisons were made between team sports, martial arts, walking and weight training and theatrical, aerobic and traditional dance.

Source: Sports Medicine

Alcohol and medications

With social inhibitions down and medications to take, having a drink may be risky. Alcohol can interfere with the way medicine is absorbed and works in the body and side effects can increase. Older people, women and people with smaller body sizes are more at risk. Also, older people do not break down medication as quickly as in the past and are more sensitive to dizziness and falls.

Source: The Conversation

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