End of year festivities are now in full swing with our focus on friends, family and food. In this blog I look at how diet can affect your mental health, and share some healthy eating tips to get you through the silly season without the mood swings and guilt. Does diet affect mental health? We all have anecdotal evidence to support the notion that how you feel can … [Read more...] about How festive food can affect your mood.
We tend to assume our thoughts and feelings are controlled almost exclusively by our brains. But peripheral systems, such as our hormonal and immune systems also influence how we think, feel and behave. Communication between the brain and rest of the body goes both ways. Psychological stress and stress hormones alter the status of the immune system. In turn, an agitated immune … [Read more...] about Brain-immune cross-talk may build resilience against stress.
Excerpt of article by neuroscientist Dr Liv Hibbitt – for Your Brain Health. Read the whole article click here Dopamine: a rewarding molecule Dopamine is a neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters allow neurons to communicate and are signalling molecules released at synapses by spikes of electrical activity. When dopamine is released it diffuses across the synapse and … [Read more...] about Dopamine: the cause of digital addiction?
This article was originally published in the new retired ABC Active Memory blog. Here I take a look at some of the evidence linking education and occupation with better cognitive function in older age. Rich lifetime experiences like higher education or engaging in mentally challenging occupations have a major influence on how you age cognitively. This is because … [Read more...] about Can you prevent memory loss and brain ageing?
This week R U OK? Day reminded us that we all have what it takes to ask "Are You OK?" and support someone in our family, workplace or community who may be struggling with life. Taking part in R U OK? Day can be as simple as learning the R U OK? four steps so that you can have a conversation that could change a life. Ask, Listen, Encourage Action & Check In Visit the R … [Read more...] about R U Ok? Five posts to read this week to improve your emotional health