Memory & Mental Health

Memory is the process in which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved. Encoding allows information from the outside world to be sensed in the form of chemical and physical stimuli. In the first stage the information must be changed so that it may be put into the encoding process. Storage is the second memory stage or process. This entails that information is maintained over short periods of time. Finally the third process is the retrieval of information that has been stored. Such information must be located and returned to the consciousness. Some retrieval attempts may be effortless due to the type of information, and other attempts to remember stored information may be more demanding for various reasons.

Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment". From the perspective of positive psychology or holism, mental health may include an individual's ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. According to World Health Organization (WHO) mental health includes "subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, intergenerational dependence, and self-actualization of one's intellectual and emotional potential, among others."

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Tai Chi Is a Biological Treatment for Depression

Tai Chi & Chi-kung for rehabilitation, NHS Networks

“Mind-body medicine” is frequently used to describe the balancing effects between mind and body of nonpharmacological behavioral interventions applied to stress-related psychiatric disorders—including MDD. Recent studies find powerful biological changes associated with mind-body interventions comparable to those associated with conventional antidepressants or psychotherapies.

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Tai Chi and Stress Relief

NHS Networks

We live in an age where stress is everywhere and a part of everything. Tai chi is a great way to relieve some of the build up, which is necessary to maintain, healthy, sanity and wellness.

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An observational study of the health benefits of yoga or tai chi

...compared to Aerobic Exercise in Community-Dwelling Middle-Aged and Older Adults

Divya Siddarth, Prabha Siddarth, Ph.D., and Helen Lavretsky, M.D., M.S.

Mood and sleep disturbances are common problems in middle-aged and older adults. This observational study explored whether participation in mind-body exercise classes (e.g., yoga and Tai Chi) that have elements of both physical activity and mindfulness is associated with better mood, mental health, and sleep compared to aerobic physical exercise.

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Tai Chi makes your brain bigger and improves memory

Telegraph / Health News

Tai Chi makes your brain bigger and can improve memory and thinking - possibly delaying the onset of Alzheimer's disease, claim scientists.

A new study has revealed how elderly people practising Tai Chi - an ancient Chinese form of slow, meditative exercise - just three times a week can boost brain volume and improve memory and thinking.

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