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Why gambling is so addictive and bad for mental health

gambling

Gambling offers the brain a reward in the form of a dopamine hit. This repeated reward is short lived and trains the brain to want more. Many people gamble to feel good. It can help to relieve anxiety and acts as a distraction from the troubles of daily life. Gambling is so addictive because it alters the wiring and chemistry …

toxic habits

6 Toxic Habits You Need to Quit During Stressful Times

Stress is never a welcome addition to our lives, but it’s a necessary evil of life that we must learn how to deal with constructively. Here are six toxic habits you need to quit during stressful times. Hanging out with unsupportive people The company you keep plays a significant role in your mental health. If you find that you are …

forms of escapism

Forms of escapism

We all use escapism as a coping strategy to some degree. I quite fancy playing word games on my iphone as it brings me a welcome interruption from anxious thoughts. I can also get lost in a forensic documentary or two. it’s when escapism becomes the main form of coping that we might be heading for trouble. Some people are …

How to maintain your emotional health

Fun ways to maintain your health Maintaining one’s health should be a lifelong endeavour rather than waiting to make changes in your older years. One of the difficult aspects of this is keeping your health regime going. There are many theories on how to maintain your routine including making it something that you truly enjoy doing as suggested in the …

Escaping on the internet

  Escaping on the internet Frequently in my profession, I have come across clients who are escaping on the internet to find excitement and new adventures to spice up their “boring lives”. Although there clearly are some merits to this strategy, there are many pitfalls too. I decided to write this post to share some stories and give others perspective …