30 Days to Better Mental Health Reply

Dr Eric Maisel

Dr Eric Maisel

New strategies for emotional well-being in 2015

by Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. in Rethinking Psychology

I’d like to invite to join me over the next thirty days. Each day I’ll present a simple daily lesson and a simple daily strategy designed to improve your mental health.

If you’ve made some resolutions for the coming year, for example to loss weight or to stop smoking cigarettes, these 30 days of useful strategies and important lessons will support your efforts. Whether or not you’ve made any resolutions, why not join me and improve your emotional and mental health over the coming month? Wouldn’t that be an excellent way to start 2015?

You may want to subscribe to this blog to make sure that you get each day’s post. I am not a technological wizard but I believe that if you look to the right of this post you will see a way to subscribe. Or just put it on your to-do list to visit here daily <smile>. Either way, I hope to see you tomorrow when we begin!

I also hope that you’ll join me for a free virtual conference I’m hosting in February called The Future of Mental Health. I think you’ll find the conference really eye-opening. In it I interview 15 experts from around the world about what’s working in the way we conceptualize mental health and the way we deliver mental health services—and what isn’t working.

An array of experts of this caliber—Robert Whitaker, author of Mad in America, Joanna Moncrieff, author of The Myth of the Chemical Cure, Gary Greenberg, author of Manufacturing Depression, and a dozen others—has never been gathered before. Don’t miss this free opportunity. You can register here:

https://www.entheos.com/The-Future-of-Mental-Health/Eric-Maisel

We will begin in earnest tomorrow. This is nothing to do to prepare <smile>. But you might want to do the following. I recommend to my coaching clients that if they have a problem they are trying to solve—a personal problem, a professional problem, a creative problem—they go to sleep with a “sleep thinking prompt” that orients their brain toward solutions. This sleep thinking prompt might sound like “I wonder what Mary wants to say to John in chapter three of my novel?” or “I wonder how I can invest some new meaning in my work life?”

In our context, tonight you might want to ask yourself some version of the following sleep thinking prompt: “I wonder what I might try this month to improve my mental health?” In the morning, take a moment to ask yourself the prompt again and see if your sleeping brain has provided you with any useful information. Make sure to write down what your brain is offering up. You may find yourself learning something important! (If the art of solving creative, personal and career problems through sleep thinking interests you, I recommend you take a peek at my book The Power of Sleep Thinking.)

I look forward to us beginning tomorrow. I hope to see you then!

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Dr. Eric Maisel is the author of 40+ books including Life Purpose Boot Camp, Rethinking Depression, and Coaching the Artist Within. In 2015 he will be launching a Future of Mental Health initiative. You can learn more about Dr. Maisel’s books, services, trainings and workshops at http://ericmaisel.com. Contact Dr. Maisel at ericmaisel@hotmail.com

Why Everything You Think About Aging May Be Wrong Reply

AgingAs We Get Older, Friendships, Creativity and Satisfaction With Life Can Flourish

By Anne Tergesen, Wall Street Journal

Everyone knows that as we age, our minds and bodies decline—and life inevitably becomes less satisfying and enjoyable.

Everyone knows that cognitive decline is inevitable.

Everyone knows that as we get older, we become less productive at work.

Everyone, it seems, is wrong.

Contrary to the stereotype of later life as a time of loneliness, depression and decline, a growing body of scientific research shows that, in many ways, life gets better as we get older.

“The story used to be that satisfaction with life went downhill, but the remarkable thing that researchers are finding is that doesn’t seem to be the case,” says Timothy Salthouse, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia.

In fact, a growing body of evidence indicates that our moods and overall sense of well-being improve with age. Friendships tend to grow more intimate, too, as older adults prioritize what matters most to them, says Karen Fingerman, a professor of human development and family sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.

Other academics have found that knowledge and certain types of intelligence continue to develop in ways that can even offset age-related declines in the brain’s ability to process new information and reason abstractly. Expertise deepens, which can enhance productivity and creativity. Some go so far as to say that wisdom—defined, in part, as the ability to resolve conflicts by seeing problems from multiple perspectives—flourishes.

To be sure, growing older has its share of challenges. Some people don’t age as well as others. And especially at advanced ages, chronic conditions including diabetes, hypertension and dementia become increasingly common and can take a toll on mental, as well as physical, health.

Still, those who fall into the “stereotype of being depressed, cranky, irritable and obsessed with their alimentary canal” constitute “no more than 10% of the older population,” says Paul Costa, a scientist emeritus at the National Institutes of Health, who for more than three decades directed the personality program of the long-running Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. “The other 90% of the population isn’t like that at all,” Dr. Costa says.

Here are six prevalent myths about aging—along with recent research that dispels common misconceptions.

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