6 Reasons you’re Tired [Infographic]

Poll five people and odds are good at least one of them cops to feeling tired. In fact, chronic exhaustion is so pervasive the medical field has coined a new acronym for the condition: TATT, or “tired all the time”.

This helps explain why there are countless resources devoted to teaching people how to get better sleep. While that information is hugely important, it’s not the end-all be-all of fatigue. Sometimes, tiredness isn’t the result of poor sleep habits. It can also stem from a variety of conditions that have been proven to zap people of their mental and/or physical energy.

If you’re chronically exhausted and sleep tips aren’t cutting it, it may be time to consider these more surprising reasons for feeling TATT.

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Healthy Living Solutions for Anxiety in Adults

Developing healthy habits at a young age is important in order to maintain your physical and mental health as an adult; after all, healthy habits create happy bodies. But adulting is hard and many responsibilities and life circumstances get in the way of healthy routines, causing unwanted anxiety and stress. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States alone, causing people to suffer from symptoms like uneasiness, sweating, heart palpitations, and more.

Many people turn to medication as a treatment to combat these unwanted symptoms and anxious feelings, but this doesn’t have to be the only answer. We’ve provided you with useful self-care tips and healthy solutions below to help you stay on track with your healthy living routine and rid your anxiety!

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How Animal-Assisted Therapy reduce Pain and improve our Quality of Life [Infographic]

By Emily Parker, Catological.com

For anyone who has ever been in a hospital, gone through the demands of physical therapy, or had a loved one in a nursing home, it goes without saying the experience can be difficult. However, as scientists are starting to discover, using animal-assisted therapy in these and other situations can have a very positive impact on patients.

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Ways to ease Seasonal Depression [Infographic]

In the depths of winter, with daylight slipping away before evening and temperatures barely hitting the freezing mark, many couples face a different kind of seasonal change: seasonal affective disorder. The psychological condition known as SAD is characterized as a major depression that arrives in the fall or winter and lifts in the spring or summer.

Here are 12 ways you can try to ease the winter blues:

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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) [Infographic]

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may have one of the most appropriate acronyms ever created. It’s a mental health condition that’s actually a form of depression that occurs seasonally—typically during the fall and winter, when the days are darker and colder. It’s a surprisingly common problem, with about 5% of the US population suffering from SAD each year. Understandably, people living in the northern areas of the country are more likely to suffer from SAD than those living closer to the equator. More women are affected by SAD than men, at a ratio of about 3:1. Though most people with SAD experience symptoms in the fall and winter, a rare few begin to be affected during the spring, with symptoms lasting through summer.

So what are the symptoms of SAD? Because the condition is a form of depression, the symptoms are similar, and can include:

  • Sadness
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Problems concentrating
  • Changes in appetite

Though SAD is seasonal and partially influenced by changes in hormones like serotonin and melatonin that are influenced by sunlight, that doesn’t mean that people who suffer from the problem have to just wait for it to pass. Visiting a primary care doctor or mental health professional for diagnosis is the first step. Then, treatment options like light therapy, medication, and psychotherapy can be used to help ease the symptoms of SAD. Patients should also consider natural therapies like exercise, supplements, and even aromatherapy. If you think you might have SAD, you don’t have to suffer in silence!

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