Category: Mental Health

Various studies show that we are behind eight or more hours a day behind a screen. That means scrolling through Instagram, WhatApp and Facebook for eight hours and on top of that, skipping news websites and batching bingewatches. That is perhaps the reason why so many people want to improve their mental health in 2018. And we may be almost mid-January, with many more days and months to go, this is the perfect long-term project. Sounds better than a year of Netflixing, right?

1. Sleep well enough

Recent research by the World Health Organization shows that two-thirds of adults do not get the recommended eight hours of sleep per night. Nevertheless, a chronic sleep deprivation can lead to mood disorders such as depression and other mental health problems. Therefore, try to ban all evildoers who disturb your sleep from your room. Think of that coffee or tea at bedtime and the blue light of your digital devices.

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2. Do not worry about things that have not happened yet

The book ‘The Worry Cure’ by Dr Robert L. Leahy shows that in 85% of cases we are worried about things that never happen and that we actually stress nothing. Nevertheless, chronic stress is associated with a greater chance of clinical depression. In short: you worry less, is the best way to give your mental health a boost. But how do you start now? Therapy is a good option, but not the cheapest at the same time. So try to write down your worries. You immediately feel lighter and afterwards you can retrieve them to evaluate the outcome.

3. Stop dieting

Here you have already discovered why crash diets never work , and whoever tried one before can confirm that you are not exactly happy. It is therefore not surprising that people who accept their bodies, regardless of their body shape, more often have better mental health and a more satisfying sex life (and more orgasms), and are happier their relationship. If you really want or need to lose weight for your health, then follow a balanced diet in which you do not exclude nutrients, but move regularly instead of imposing endless restrictions on yourself that you never endure.

4. Take a hobby

Take this year to learn a new skill, improve a talent or do more of what you like to do. Reading has shown that it improves relationships and reduces depression, writing about emotional events helps to restore and to create something, in any sense, has been proven to help temper negative thoughts and reduce stress and anxiety.

5. Deal with your digital addiction

A digital detox may sound boring, but those eight hours a day you spend on different media do not usually do you much good. Experts in mental health and technology are convinced that Twitter makes us insensitive to gruesome events and that Instagram has a bad influence on your sleep, body image and feelings of fear, depression and loneliness. But unless you live in abandoned shacks in a forest, you probably rely on technology for your social life or work every day. Therefore do not go completely cold turkey but start with a few small steps. Look no longer for example during the meal or an hour before bedtime to your smartphone and build up quietly.

6. Move more

It is undeniable that exercise has a good influence on your mental health, but that does not mean that you have to drag yourself to the fitness every time. For example, yoga helps very well to improve the symptoms of depression and sleep disorders. Swimming, in turn, reduces stress and anxiety. If you really want to challenge yourself, you can register for the Antwerp 10 Miles or the 20 kilometers from Brussels, but do something that you really like.

The brain is the most complicated human organ. From the outside they look a bit like a walnut, through all those folds and grooves. Inside it is no more than a liver-colored soft mass, not much bigger than two clenched fists. Yet this mass is very important for our functioning.

The brain is also called encephalon or the brain. Together with the spinal cord and the nerves in the body, they are part of the nervous system and lie within the protection of the skull. Through the senses comes in all kinds of information and the brains are constantly working to this information process . For every kind of information, language, emotions, memory and movement, is a separate area in the brain.

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You can classify the brain globally in the cerebellum, the cerebrum and the brainstem. The big brains are divided into two halves: hemispheres. Each half controls the movement of the muscles on the other side of your body. The hemispheres are in contact with each other via the brainbar. Through this nerve path, both halves exchange information with each other, in this way information from one half is always available to the other half.

Brain Bark

The outside of the big brain is covered by the cerebral cortex, also called cerebral cortex. The cerebral cortex shows many grooves (sulci). These grooves separate the windings (gyri) from each other. The brains get a large surface through all windings. This allows the brain to contain more nerve cells. Some grooves in the cerebral cortex are deeper: these grooves divide the large brain into four large lobes.

The cerebral cortex consists of a thin layer of nerve cells, neurons. This layer is also known as the gray matter. Immediately beneath this layer, inside the brain, is the white matter. These are the foothills of the neurons. The different parts of the brain are connected to each other and to the spinal cord through these processes.

At the back of the brain are the small brains. Like the large brains, they are heavily pleated and the outer layer is formed by gray matter. The brain stem forms the connection between the large brain, the spinal cord and the small brain.

Brain Rooms

The two hemispheres of the brain, hemispheres, are built around four brain chambers (ventricles). These rooms are filled with cerebrospinal fluid. The brain floats, as it were, in the fluid. This fluid serves as a pad for the brain and spinal cord. In addition, it eliminates waste and helps to maintain a good body temperature.

Every day the brain chambers produce between four and five hundred milliliters of cerebrospinal fluid. This is completely replaced three times a day. The cerebrospinal fluid is absorbed into the bloodstream at the surface of the brain.


Finally, the brain (and spinal cord) are surrounded by three meninges, meninges. The first soft brain membrane (pia mater) contains blood vessels. Around this is the spider web (arachnoid). Blood vessels are present in the space between these two membranes and there is cerebrospinal fluid. Around the two membranes is the protective hard meninges, dura mater…


My name is Irene Gifford. I am a professional blog writer and researcher who constantly research on how can one preserve its overall health.

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