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Scouts and Guides Provide ‘Mental Health Boost for Life’

Childhood membership in scouting is a predictor of better mental health later in life, according to a study reported by BBC.com. The news agency said the positive outcomes may be linked to lessons scouts learn in facing day-to-day challenges with resilience and resolve.

It’s estimated that 1 in 10 U.S. adults struggle with depression and another 40 million have anxiety. While it’s too late to join scouts once you grow up, it is possible to address mental health issues at any time in life, and to implement positive things that can help curb feelings of depression and anxiety.

Since traumatic life events that occur in your childhood can be a root cause for mental health issues, it helps to know that research has found that way you think about traumatic life events directly affects your mental health. In fact, the single biggest determinant of anxiety and depression is traumatic life events, followed by family history of mental illness, income and education levels, relationship status and other social factors.

If you’re feeling depressed, know that growing evidence shows that exercise is an effective treatment for depression. One study even showed that workers who participated in work-sponsored meditation and yoga classes had lower stress levels, better sleep and increased productivity.

Plus, simply changing the WAY you think about traumatic life events can help even more. The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a form of psychological acupressure where you utilize tapping motions with your fingertips while thinking about your specific problem.
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