Building an Antidepressant Diet

A recent study in BMC Medicine has found that changing your diet could significantly improve your mood. The link between food and mood is part of an emerging field of psychiatry called “nutritional psychiatry.” There is growing scientific evidence that what we eat significantly impacts our emotions and well-being. The randomized, controlled study of 67 participants examined the impact of dietary changes on depression. Researchers provided…

Mindfulness Quiets Unhelpful Thoughts

Scientists have found new evidence that mindfulness can help you ignore irrelevant negative thoughts, even when you’re depressed. People who are depressed commonly find themselves more easily distracted, slowed or overwhelmed by negative or self-critical thoughts. Mindfulness can help you get “unstuck.” A new study from researchers at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital has uncovered the…

Mindfulness Helps Prevent Depression

A little mindfulness a day helps keep depression away. A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can do just as well, if not better, than traditional forms of therapies to prevent depression. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program and geared toward people who…

Six Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Stress Relief and Sleep

Emerging research shows aromatherapy can help relieve stress and promote sleep. Scents are powerful— a simple smell can immediately trigger a powerful memory, place, or person. Scents have power to evoke emotions and memories instantly and can directly impact our bodies through our nervous system. The olfactory nerve gives us our sense of smell and…