Managing Your Mental Health

While Fraser Health has a dedicated and highly skilled mental health team to assist individuals,
families and friends when needed, each of us has a role to play in our own mental wellness. 

We need to actively pursue balance in our lives every day by making time for exercise, hobbies, relaxation and friendships. We also need to set realistic goals and professional goals and pace ourselves in achieving them. Research has proven that giving our minds and bodies a workout reduces incidents of depression and anxiety. It also improves our mood and helps give us an overall sense of well-being. Good mental health enhances our flexibility and ability to cope with stress and adapt to change and difficult events that may cross our path. Each of us has the power to influence our mental health, at least to some degree. Dedicate time to mental fitness!

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Stress Management

Endorphins are chemicals in the brain that increase our ability to cope with stress, anxiety and pain. They make us feel good. Increase your endorphins in your brain with exercise, meditation, deep breathing or even happy thoughts.


The Importance of Good Sleep

How Your Body Clock Regulates Your Metabolism

Scientists have discovered that your circadian rhythms regulate the energy levels in your cells. In addition, the proteins involved with circadian rhythms and metabolism are intrinsically linked and dependent upon each other. This finding has far-reaching implications, which could include new ways to treat cancer, diabetes, obesity and a host of related diseases.

24-hour circadian rhythms govern fundamental physiological functions in almost all organisms. These circadian clocks are the essential time-tracking systems in your body. Disruption of these rhythms can profoundly influence human health. 

In a new study, researchers showed that an enzyme protein which is an essential molecular gear of the circadian machinery interacts with a protein that senses cell energy levels and modulates aging and metabolism.

This suggests that proper sleep and diet may help maintain or rebuild the balance between your circadian clock and your metabolism, and could also help explain why lack of rest or disruption of normal sleep patterns can increase hunger, leading to obesity-related illnesses and accelerated aging.

from Science Daily