Depression, High cholesterol, heart attack risk and happiness matters

Liz Hoggard

Three stories you should read today

‘How I’m reducing my heart attack risk – and you can too’
Now is not the time to be rushed to A&E with cardiac issues, so what can we do to reduce our risk? Liz Hoggard has the answers

Statins help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood. They reduce the amount of cholesterol laid down in the wall and stabilise plaques and furring up the arteries. But they can’t instantly reverse a process that has been going on for decades.
Seven lessons from the world’s longest-running study on happiness
Starting in the 1930s, researchers tracked the mood of 700 people throughout their lives. Here’s what they learned

Ask any group of people what they want out of life – or what they want for their children’s futures – and most will reply, “Happiness”. We are a complicated species that desperately wants contentment, while being remarkably bad at knowing how to get it.

Just look around us: adverts promise that a happy life can be bought with the perfect holiday, the perfect wedding or the perfect house, while our culture suggests that fulfilment comes from finding professional success while building the ideal 2.4 family.

Enter The Good Life, a book that uses hard science to debunk much of that.

‘Chinese yoga helped me lose three stone and freed me from pain’
Manuela Roche was struggling with body confidence and had lost direction – but a Qigong class changed everything
Friends suggested I try Qigong classes – a Chinese form of yoga – run by a Chinese Practitioner called Katie Brindle on Instagram. I felt the benefits after the first class. I loved the slow movement, the connection back to breath and the emphasis on mindfulness – it was the focus I needed.

‘What I wish I’d known before my daughter became depressed’

As increasing numbers of children and teenagers struggle with their mental health, we reveal what parents can do to help.

Parenting a depressed or anxious child can be frightening, frustrating, traumatic and exhausting.  Understanding that their behaviours are neither your fault nor your child’s can really help, especially given the latest stats. Child referrals for serious mental health problems in England rose by 39 per cent last year – and in parts of the country, the waiting period for the first assessment is over a year.

Ian Williamson, child and adolescent psychologist and author of parenting guide We Need to Talk, says the reasons for this rise are complex. “Lockdowns saw children losing 18 months of social development,” he says. “Social media now brings all sorts of pressures.”

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