‘Mental hygiene’ could improve your life — but does it improve your health?

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-17/dan-siegel-on-distractions-and-mental-health-hygiene/10343984

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‘Ridiculously Healthy’ Elderly Have the Same Gut Microbiome as Healthy 30 Year-Olds

https://neurosciencenews.com/microbiome-aging-health-7736/

Self-compassion, self-regulation, and health

Self and Identity

Volume 10, 2011 – Issue 3: Self- and identity-regulation and health

 

Self-compassion—treating oneself with kindness, care, and concern in the face of negative life events—may promote the successful self-regulation of health-related behaviors. Self-compassion can promote self-regulation by lowering defensiveness, reducing the emotional states and self-blame that interfere with self-regulation, and increasing compliance with medical recommendations. Furthermore, because they cope better with stressful events, people high in self-compassion may be less depleted by illness and injury and, thus, have greater self-regulatory resources to devote to self-care. Framing medical problems and their treatment in ways that foster self-compassion may enhance people’s ability to manage their health-related behavior and deal with medical problems.