Snowmobiling helps maintain sound physical and mental health, says study

Snowmobiling helps maintain sound physical and mental health, says study

Winter is that time of the year when it becomes almost impossible to stay active or indulge in enough physical workout. Due to limited mobility and other constraints owing to the weather, people tend to develop a range of negative feelings. However, researchers have come up with a solution for maintaining good mental and physical condition.

An unpublished study by the University of Guelph has found that snowmobiling can be an interesting way to maintain a balanced lifestyle by covering up the required physical time. Based on the findings, the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) announced the benefits of indulging in recreational snowmobiling. Though often underestimated, the above announcement will encourage more people to engage in snowmobiling. Read more

New approach to understand and classify mental disorders

New approach to understand and classify mental disorders

A mental health diagnosis involves several steps including medical evaluation and assessment of symptoms that is followed by recommendation of treatment plans and therapies suited to a patient’s needs. Advances in clinical science are also reflected in how mental illnesses are diagnosed and treated, however, needing a more structured approach.

While the existing diagnostic manuals for mental disorders — Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the Research Domain Criteria (R-DoC) — are helpful and necessary for identifying and treating mental illnesses, a team of experts at the University of Notre Dame and a team of other experts emphasize modifying the outlook. In the new research published online in Psychological Science in the Public Interest on Dec. 6, 2017, the team reviewed the existing diagnostic manuals and identified the challenges involved in understanding and classifying mental health disorders. Read more

Mental health strategies for losing weight

Mental health strategies for losing weight

Weight-loss, a dreaded term around which many people devote excessive time and resources by following fad diets, joining pricey gyms and investing in complicated pedometers and other gadgets but the achievable target seems far. The simple reason behind the disappointment is that people fail to understand that losing weight not just requires physical work but mental work as well. It is impossible to lose weight until one has primed his or her brain for the same. Taking undue stress can worsen the situation and shift the focus. It can make someone over-anxious or depressed about not achieving the goal. Read more