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Listening time: 2 mins
So, is it time to add the word ‘enough’ to the top of your ever-growing to-do list? Get advice straight from mental health experts on how to tell if you're doing too much – and how to stop.
Joining Jean Hailes' Jo Roberts is the director of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre and one of Australia’s leading experts on women’s mental health, Professor Jayashri Kulkarni AM, to answer all these questions and more.
Learn why we crave close-knit friends, how to have micro-moments of connection with friends and strangers alike, and steps you can take to improve and expand your friendship circle.
What do you do if a close connection brings you more harm than help? What is a toxic friendship or relationship, and what are the signs that you're in one?
Thanks to technology, people are now more connected than ever. So why is loneliness now also more widespread than ever? Learn about the surprising physical effects of loneliness, how to prevent loneliness and three important steps you can take to address it.
A healthy diet also helps to feed the healthy bacteria in your gut (the gut microbiome). These little guys play an important role in promoting brain health and can also impact mood.
The Mediterranean diet, once again, leads the way as the diet of choice to help positively influence our mental health.
Based on the traditional eating patterns of southern Greeks and Italians in the 1960s (as well as the Spanish and Portuguese), the Mediterranean diet is high in vegetables, fruit, wholegrains, legumes, fish, extra virgin olive oil, nuts (such as walnuts) and culinary herbs such as parsley, thyme, basil, rosemary and oregano. It includes dairy foods, often from sheep and goats, and occasional red meat.
Inspired by the Mediterranean diet, Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella and Marley Spoon created this recipe.
The brightly-coloured vegetables, fresh herbs and walnuts contain various plant compounds and, along with the extra virgin olive oil, make this meal high in healthy antioxidants.
It is the plentiful antioxidants in the Mediterranean diet that are thought to protect our nerve and brain cells from damage.
Topped with goat’s cheese as a source of calcium, additional protein and a boost of flavour, this salad will nourish you, your gut and brain.
Find out more about your mental health and take the anxiety self-assessment quiz. Whatever your age or life stage, there are lots of helpful videos, podcasts and resources to teach you how to help manage your mental health.
But is there a 'safe' level of drinking? And if you need to reduce your intake, what's a good way to go about it?
In this recent 'Sleep Talk' podcast, Jean Hailes endocrinologist Dr Sonia Davison speaks with sleep physician Dr David Cunnington, delving into why sleep changes occur prior to and during menopause, and ways to manage these changes.
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Jean Hailes for Women's Health, together with Liptember and experts in mental health from Monash University, wanted to uncover these answers and more. On Monday, we launch a new video series where we talk to women about their own experiences of ageing – positive and negative. Two more videos will be released in the coming weeks on the Jean Hailes website. To stay up to date on this and all our projects, subscribe to our monthly email updates for women.
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