Mental Wellbeing

    Mental Wellbeing
    Mental wellbeing describes our mental state at any point in time. How we are coping with everyday life and generally how we are feeling. As we all know this ebbs and flows depending on any number of factors, be that the change in seasons, tiredness, workload and relationships to name but a few.A positive mental state encourages us to: feel engaged with the world around us, to live and work productively, to strike up new relationships and maintain older ones and generally be able to express a range of emotions. Furthermore, it supports confidence and a general feeling of positivity and self-esteem, allowing us to be flexible and cope with changing circumstances and uncertainty. Everyone is different and as in life, what influences and impacts one person does not necessarily translate to another. However, what we can be certain of, is that the majority, if not all, of us have had times where we feel stressed, anxious, upset, or find it difficult to cope. Here we at TheBoldAge have curated (and will continue to add to) several articles and resources that may provide some useful help and guidance on this important topic.
    4 EXPERTS SHARE THEIR TOP TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR GARDEN LOOK GORGEOUS WHILE HELPING WILDLIFE TOO
    Hannah Stephenson - 2021-02-16

    Look after your birds and beneficial insects with help from these top garden designers. Hannah Stephenson reports.

    MY WORST NIGHTMARE
    Deb Bunt - 2021-02-08

    Author Deb Bunt discusses her phobia of reading out loud made worse by her Co-Author Peter Berry hanging on her every word for dear life

    THEBOLDAGE ASKS, WHAT DOES ANXIETY DO TO YOUR BODY?
    Claire Spreadbury - 2021-02-01

    Here’s what we found out to help manage anxiety

    BORED IN THE HOUSE, IN THE HOUSE BORED!
    Steve Foreman - 2021-01-22

    TheBoldAge has some suggestions on how to make the best of things

    THERE ARE DAYS WHEN THE BLEAKNESS AND SHEER TEDIUM OF LOCKDOWN AND COVID-19 SMOTHERS ME
    Deb Bunt - 2021-01-14

    Deb Bunt, Co-author of Slow Puncture alongside Peter Berry, reflects on having a positive outlook even in the midst of the latest lockdown

    A POSITIVE APPROACH TO LIFE IMPROVES YOUR LIFESPAN
    Nigel Pritchard - 2021-01-01

    TheBoldAge looks at a recent study that links having an optimistic outlook to a healthier, longer life

    1.4 MILLION PEOPLE SAY SWIMMING IMPROVES THEIR MENTAL WELLBEING – HERE ARE THE BENEFITS OF TAKING A DIP
    Liz Connor - 2020-12-01

    TheBoldAge looks at the wellbeing, mood-boosting benefits of swimming.

    WORLD DIABETES DAY: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LINK BETWEEN THE DISEASE AND MENTAL HEALTH
    Lauren Taylor - 2020-11-14

    TheBoldAge takes a look at mental health issues that can arise from living with the disease

    MINDFUL BAKING
    Ian Waterland Ambassador for the Real Bread Campaign - 2020-11-12

    Campaign ambassador Ian Waterland reflects on being in the moment while bread making

    THEBOLDAGE PHOTO COMPETITION - WINNER(S)
    TheBoldAge - 2020-11-10

    We've absolutely loved going through the photos that were submitted to the photo competition and have to admit we couldn't just choose one winner. Enjoy!

    SUFFER WITH WINTER BLUES OR SAD? THESE SIMPLE STEPS COULD MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE
    Abi Jackson - 2020-11-09

    From treatment options to simple diet and lifestyle tweaks, TheBoldAge talks to leading experts about managing seasonal affective disorder.

    SURVIVING LOCKDOWN 2.0
    Steve Foreman - 2020-11-06

    TheBoldAge looks at 6 things that could help you through

    6 REASONS WHY WALKING IS THE MOST UNDERRATED FORM OF EXERCISE
    Liz Connor - 2020-11-03

    It may be simple, but walking really is one of the best – and cheapest – ways to boost mental and physical health. TheBoldAge finds out why.

    LOSE YOURSELF: GOING BACK TO OUR CHILDHOOD
    Steve Foreman - 2020-10-31

    With a national lockdown looming and tier 3 in full swing in some regions, how do we keep our mental wellbeing in check, Steve talks about one of his joys

    FAITH WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR PARENTS
    Robin Thomson - 2020-10-23

    Shoko Thomson, who died living with Alzheimers, wrote this account in 2012, the year she was diagnosed

    TOGETHER WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS
    Nigel Pritchard - 2020-10-15

    TheBoldAge looks at 5 ways to support elderly relatives that are self-isolating.

    THE REAL BREAD CAMPAIGN: A CULTURED CALLING
    Ildiko Toth - 2020-10-14

    Microbaker Ildiko Toth explains how making sourdough has become an important journey in her life.

    WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY: THEBOLDAGE LOOKS AT 5 WAYS TO GIVE YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING SOME TLC
    Abi Jackson - 2020-10-10

    Feeling a little run-down mentally? TheBoldAge shares 5 tips for under-the-weather minds.

    WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY: CAN TECHNOLOGY HELP?
    Nigel Pritchard - 2020-10-10

    TheBoldAge takes a critical look at one of the fastest-growing sectors in the global digital health market, mental health

    WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY IS TOMORROW: IN ANTICIPATION THEBOLDAGE ASKS IS SOCIAL MEDIA A POSITIVE INFLUENCE?
    Steve Foreman - 2020-10-09

    How many of us Boldies silently ask ourselves whether social media is really a good thing or not?

    FOOD TO MAKE YOU HAPPY - THE GUT-BRAIN AXIS
    Steve Foreman - 2020-10-06

    Have you heard of the gut-brain axis? Research shows that it exists and that there is a link between mental health and nutrition. Make sure you get the nutrients you need to keep you in the best possible holistic health.

    FINDING A NEW IDENTITY
    Robin Thomson - 2020-09-28

    Robin talks of letting go

    IN LOCKDOWN: A MEDITERRANEAN DIET ‘COULD HELP REDUCE DEPRESSION’ – HERE ARE 6 MOOD-BOOSTING MEALS TO TRY
    Liz Connor - 2020-09-27

    Research has found that eating a coastal diet cuts the risk of depression by reducing inflammation in the body

    THE ONE SYMPTOM OF DEPRESSION NO ONE TALKS ABOUT: WHAT IS THE ‘IMPOSSIBLE TASK’?
    Prudence Wade - 2020-09-27

    A Twitter user has shared what happens when mundane tasks become utterly overwhelming.

    BEREAVEMENT: THE HARDEST THING
    Robin Thomson - 2020-09-24

    Robin Thomson's very personal and moving story about letting go

    MY DAD DIDN’T HAVE DEMENTIA, BUT THE POWER OF MUSIC STILL SPOKE TO HIM
    Grace Meadows - 2020-09-23

    Grace Meadows is Programme Director for Music for Dementia, a national campaign leading the call to make music freely available for everyone living with dementia

    COGNITIVE DECLINE - WE JUST HAVE TOO MUCH INFORMATION TO PROCESS
    Andrew Stark - 2020-09-22

    Cognitive decline as we get older is a load of old boll... Our brains don't slow down due to age but rather due to the amount of information they hold and process

    HOW DO YOU MAKE EDUCATED GUESSES?
    Andrew Stark - 2020-09-19

    Research shows that rest is a key element of being able to make educated guesses as our brain cells are forming those links during periods of rest.

    NATIONAL HIV/AIDS AND AGING AWARENESS DAY 2020
    TheBoldAge - 2020-09-18

    "Still Got It" - The Terrence Higgins Trust campaign echoes our mantra of "We ARE not we WERE". The UK achieved the 2020 UNAIDS targets but there's still much more to do.

    THEBOLDOPINION: ADULT CARE SERVICES - OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
    Andrew Stark - 2020-09-17

    The adult social care sector continues to see systemic problems as evidenced through the ombudsman's latest complaints report. We need less government rhetoric and more BOLD action to be taken to support those who are supporting us.

    RETIREMENT SNATCHED FROM 3.8 MILLION WOMEN
    Teresa Stark - 2020-09-15

    What would you do if you were told to keep working for another 6 years when you were meant to be retiring? Do you have enough savings in place to allow that or would you be out there in a hostile job environment, with gender and age discrimination, looking for a job to support you? #waspi #backto60

    MENTAL HEALTH: THINGS SOMEONE WITH DEPRESSION ACTUALLY WANTS TO BE ASKED
    Prudence Wade - 2020-09-10

    It’s tough when a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis, here are some ideas for what you can say to help.

    FAITH AND BUSINESS, CHARITY, POLITICS
    Robin Thomson - 2020-09-10

    The second in the Robin Thomson faith series, here he interviews Ram and Sunita Gidoomal

    EVERYBODY LIVES BY FAITH
    Robin Thomson - 2020-09-08

    Here is the next in our series by Robin Thomson, who in this article introduces his series on faith

    HERE’S WHY BAKING BREAD CAN BE GOOD FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
    Sophie Goodall - 2020-09-07

    TheBoldage discovers that the key to happiness might just be at the bottom of a loaf tin.

    BOLDIES SAY WE ARE!, NOT WE WERE: 9 WAYS TO HAVE A HAPPY RETIREMENT
    Kate Whiting - 2020-08-21

    Here’s how you can make the most of your new-found freedom in retirement.

    21 THINGS YOU ONLY KNOW IF YOU BAKE YOUR OWN BREAD
    Ella Walker - 2020-07-30

    Grab a plate, a slice of homemade bread and a pat of butter – we’re with you.

    ON THIS DAY 27 JULY
    TheBoldAge - 2020-07-27

    In 1377 the first quarantine legislation was passed in what would become Dubrovnik; in 1694 the Bank of England was founded; in 1836 first first establishment in South Australia on Kangaroo Island; in 1869 chewing gum was patented. In 1890 Vincent van Gogh committed suicide.

    5 PLANTS YOU NEED TO CREATE A THERAPEUTIC GARDEN
    Hannah Stephenson - 2020-07-21

    The link between green spaces and health is widely recognised. Would the prescribing of ‘therapeutic horticulture’ be beneficial. Boldies, you make your own mind up.

    WHAT IS HORTICULTURAL THERAPY – AND WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM IT?
    Hannah Stephenson - 2020-07-21

    Studies have found that gardening and garden environments can offer a host of physical and mental health benefits. TheBoldAge finds out more.

    WHAT IS HEALTH ANXIETY AND HOW CAN YOU OVERCOME IT?
    Lisa Salmon - 2020-07-08

    If you think every ache or pain is a sign of something serious, you could have an overwhelming fear of illness

    ITS WORLD CHOCOLATE DAY: DARK CHOCOLATE CAN HELP STRESS LEVELS: 6 UNUSUAL WAYS TO GET MORE INTO YOUR DIET
    Prudence Wade - 2020-07-07

    As if we needed a Boldie excuse to eat more?

    MORE THAN JUST A FEAR OF OPEN SPACES: WHAT IS AGORAPHOBIA AND HOW IS IT TREATED?
    Liz Connor - 2020-06-25

    This complex panic disorder often results in avoiding certain situations – or not leaving the house at all. TheBoldAge finds out more.

    THEBOLDAGE INVESTIGATES: THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION
    Steve Foreman - 2020-06-23

    The world has turned into a somewhat crazy place, we have social distancing, limited access to schools for our children and many people are worried about their finances.

    ON THIS DAY 23 JUNE
    TheBoldAge - 2020-06-23

    In 1846 the Saxophone was patented and in 1873 the TypeWriter (only capital letters though). The Luftwaffe accidently landed their latest fighter in Wales in 1942 and in 2016 we had the EU Referendum. Today though we celebrate Alan Turing's birthday in 1912

    LIFELONG LEARNING HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER
    TheBoldAge - 2020-06-15

    With the explosion in online learning we look at 7 platforms that can be used to facilitate lifelong learning across a variety of subjects.

    AEROBIC EXERCISE COULD IMPROVE MEMORY IN OLDER AGE, STUDY SAYS
    Prudence Wade - 2020-06-05

    Research shows the brain-boosting potential of cardio.

    MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK: WHY KINDNESS IS GOOD FOR THE MIND
    Liz Connor - 2020-05-22

    Everyone wins.

    MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK: 5 WAYS TO GIVE YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING SOME TLC
    Abi Jackson - 2020-05-18

    Feeling a little run-down mentally? Abi Jackson shares 5 tips for under-the-weather minds.

    STILL ME
    Marion Foreman - 2020-04-02

    A personal view on the confusion and muddle of life in lockdown

    SIR BILLY CONNOLLY: ‘YOU DON’T WAKE UP FAMOUS, YOU WAKE UP SCRATCHING YOURSELF LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE’
    Luke Rix-Standing - 2020-02-17

    Sir Billy Connolly: ‘You don’t wake up famous, you wake up scratching yourself like everybody else’

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