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What Is Pet Therapy? Is It Right for You?

What Is Pet Therapy? Is It Right for You?

Pet therapy has become a popular treatment method for people of all ages for matters related to mental, emotional, and even physical health. It involves interacting with animals for the benefit of helping a person affected by depression, anxiety, dementia, and many other mental or physical health conditions. The type of therapy can vary widely depending on the requirements of the person seeking therapy. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits, the various types of pet therapy, and more.

Benefits of Pet Therapy

Research has shown us those pet owners are generally less likely to feel lonely. They visit the doctor less often, take less medication, get over illnesses faster, and cope better with stress. One study even discovered that spending only 10 minutes with a pet can start reducing stress hormone levels.

For people of all ages, pets can give emotional, physical, and mental benefits, specifically for seniors at an increased risk for loneliness and isolation.

Depression in Older Adults: How to Recognize the Signs

Depression in Older Adults: How to Recognize the Signs

Depression is a mental health disorder that affects 15%–20% of adults older than age 65 in the United States, according to a report by the CDC. Depression can be difficult to identify because the symptoms are similar to typical signs of aging, such as fatigue and forgetfulness. In addition, depression often goes unnoticed or misdiagnosed because depression may not cause any noticeable changes in mood or behavior. Yet depression has severe consequences for older adults, including increased risk for falls, social withdrawal, cognitive impairment, physical dysfunction, and suicide. Knowing the warning signs of depression can help an older adult receive appropriate treatment before depression leads to further complications.

What Is Music Therapy? And What Are the Benefits?

What Is Music Therapy? And What Are the Benefits?

As a musician and music lover, I've always been captivated by its powerful potential to influence my emotions and even impact my brain activity. When I was younger, I listened to music while studying (a practice I maintain to this day). To this day, certain songs or melodies transport me to that place and connect me to whatever I was doing at the time. While science has determined that scent is the strongest sense tied to memory, sound—in this case, music—has a strong correlation to memory as well.

Music does something special to people. Different frequencies are known to produce very specific effects on people of all ages. Over years of study on the effects of sound and music, a therapeutic method called Music Therapy was developed. As a result, many people suffering from various mental disorders and disabilities have engaged in music therapy to great effect.

Beat Your Procrastination: Try These 5 Tips!

Beat Your Procrastination: Try These 5 Tips!

Is there something that you should be doing right now, but you are not? We are almost sure there is. Everyone puts things off now and again. But doing this too often and to a degree where it can have severe repercussions on your daily life should be a cause of worry. Procrastinating regularly and seeking diversions is a sign of a person's lack of self-control.

Procrastination is also a lot like lying to oneself. You tell yourself that you will do it eventually, or you convince yourself that there is still time and there are better and more important things to do. But quite often, procrastinators know deep down that they should be getting to their tasks.

However, saying "Just Do It" does not help. This is not unusual; procrastination has its roots in the habits we develop over time. For example, you might have developed a habit of cramming things at the last minute. You might have even noticed (or convinced yourself) that you perform best with a bit of time pressure. In this way, procrastination might just be the way you manage your tasks. However, it can have serious effects on your daily life if you are not mindful of the downward spiral you might be taking. Procrastination can take you to a point where you are paralyzed by your thoughts, and the only option for you would be to abandon any important task altogether. This will have adverse effects on your personal, social, and professional life.

This article will discuss a few tips to help you combat procrastination and perform at your most optimum level.

5 Tips to Improve Your Self-Confidence

5 Tips to Improve Your Self-Confidence

Do you believe in your own capacity to meet life’s challenges? These challenges do not have to be big. It could be as simple as walking up to someone to ask a question, or it could be as difficult as asking for money from someone.

Confidence is the belief in one’s own capacity to meet life’s difficulties and succeed. On top of that, confidence is also the determination to act on that belief. Being confident means being self-assured. It means being at ease with one’s own abilities. A confident person is not someone who believes that they are capable of super deeds; confidence is humbler than that.

At work, in your personal life, or in other social situations, a lack of confidence can inhibit people from taking chances and embracing possibilities. However, too much self-confidence might come across as arrogance or narcissism. Overestimating one’s talents can lead to issues such as not finishing jobs on time or social embarrassment. Self-confidence is not about being superior to others. It means that you are self-aware about your capacity and that you have a realistic assessment of your skills and a sense of security in that assessment.

Learn to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone with These 9 Easy Tips

Learn to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone with These 9 Easy Tips

Let’s begin this post with an exercise: Name three things that you avoid doing. It could be going to parties, meeting new people, paying your electricity bills, or climbing the stairs. Chances are that you have gotten good at avoiding these activities.

We like to organize our life around things that make us feel comfortable rather than uncomfortable. Comfortable places are also important. They keep us safe and stress-free. But they may also be devoid of possibilities. So while there is nothing wrong with being comfortable, you need to be mindful if your comfortable places are, in fact, your hiding places!

Ask yourself, is your comfort place your hiding place? Only outside your comfort zone can life surprise you. This post will discuss a few tips that will help you step out of your comfort zone safely.

9 Tips to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

10 Benefits of Listening to Music for the Aging Brain

10 Benefits of Listening to Music for the Aging Brain

No matter how gracefully we age, there are always those little moments where, no matter if our lives depended on it, we wouldn't be able to find our car keys. Getting older is inevitable, but that doesn't mean our brains have to age with us. Here are ten reasons you should listen to music throughout your glory years!

10 Benefits of Listening to Music As We Age

10 Positivity Tips to Improve Optimism While Aging

10 Positivity Tips to Improve Optimism While Aging

Everyone ages. When we do, there are shifts away from the life that we have become used to, and these changes can cause a range of reactions in how we feel and behave. It's not always easy to accept the realities that come with aging. These feelings can cause a lack of optimism and hope for the future. Fortunately, there are some ways to maintain an optimistic point of view and to see the best of the years to come.

How to Boost Optimism Despite Age

13 Tips to Find Your Daily Exercise Motivation

13 Tips to Find Your Daily Exercise Motivation

At any age, it is normal to find it challenging to motivate yourself to get up and exercise. However, it is critical, especially for older adults, to consistently work out in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Despite the challenges of finding that motivation, there are many strategies you can apply to get yourself in the gym or wherever you like to exercise. So, if you are struggling with the motivation to exercise, we have you covered. We have gathered a list of tips that can help you finally find the inspiration to exercise!

Top 13 Ways to Find Exercise Motivation

4 Strategies to Combat the Risks of Loneliness

4 Strategies to Combat the Risks of Loneliness

Isolation and a lack of meaningful social interaction often create a feeling of being lonely. Loneliness is not just a feeling that easily passes with no risk to health or mental wellbeing. Rather, it can increase the risk of many health concerns, not only mentally and emotionally but physically as well. Using coping skills and instituting actions that can prevent loneliness from occurring can help to stave off these harmful effects.

Mental Health Risks of Loneliness

The effect that loneliness has on the mental health of individuals is profound. It increases depression, can lower memory and processing, and can slow the rate of learning new tasks or ideas. These can add to the increased feelings of failure and depression, and each is likely to worsen as depression worsens.

People are social by nature and built requiring social interactions with loved ones and friends in order to maintain their mental and physical health. As social interactions decrease or the quality of those interactions becomes less positive and enjoyable, there is an increase in feelings of loneliness and isolation. This sense of isolation is detrimental to many of the processes of the brain, including memory.