TIP OF THE WEEK
In a new book titled “iGen,” author and professor of psychology at San Diego State University Jean Twenge argues that those born after 1995 are on the “brink of a mental-health crisis” because of the amount of time teens are spending with digital devices. Here are some tips to help you limit your teen’s screen time: Make screen time a privilege, be a role model by limiting your own screen time and encourage physical activity.
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Tips to support Alzheimer’s caregivers
A recent survey by the Alzheimer’s Association indicates many caregivers are not getting the help and support they need. Providing help and support to caregivers can be easier than most people think. The Alzheimer’s Association offers these tips:
Learn: Educate yourself about Alzheimer’s disease.
Build a team: Organize family and friends who want to help with caregiving.
Give the caregiver a break: Spend time with the person with dementia.
Check in: Make a phone call to check in, send a note or stop by for a visit.
Tackle the to-do list: Ask for a list of errands that need to be done.
To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and ways you can support families and people living with the disease, visit www.alz.org, the website of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Exercise helps you manage stress
The Mayo Clinic recently reported good news related to exercise and stress.
“Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever,” the story said. “If you’re not an athlete or even if you’re out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management.”
The report said exercise increases overall health and your sense of well-being. The Mayo Clinic offered three ways exercise fights stress.
— It pumps up your endorphins, which the story called “your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters.”
— It’s meditation in motion. Exercise helps you focus on a single task, “and the resulting energy and optimism can help you remain calm and clear.”
— It improves your mood. The report said regular exercise increases self-confidence, helps you relax, lowers symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety, and improves sleep.
Tips for becoming more resilient
What are the secrets of people who are able to navigate through tough times and bounce back?
Former Human Development Specialist Nina Chen offers the following skills to build resilience.
— Make connections with others. Stay connected with family members and friends to build resilience and improve self-worth.
— Have a positive and optimistic attitude. Positive attitudes enable people to have hope and confidence in their abilities to make changes.
— Give back. This experience helps build a sense of competence and fulfillment.
— Be humorous and playful. Resilient people are playful and laugh at themselves or find humor in a situation even when dealing with difficult events.
— Be spiritual. According to a Duke University study, those people who participate in religious activities were less likely to experience depression.
— Stay healthy. Eating right and being physically active on a regular basis are also important components in coping with stress.