Yet another medical journal has confirmed that legal marriage equality improves life for LGBT people in many ways - including physical and mental health.
According to an article published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine, there are multiple ways same-sex marriage can be good for us. A huge one is access to a spouse’s health care benefits, often only available after marriage. Previous studies have also found that the stigma and discrimination that result from anti-gay laws have negative health effects, and LGBT folks become noticeably healthier when laws are inclusive.
The Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report about LGBT health indicated that LGBT people suffer greater “physical and mental health outcomes” than their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts, primarily because of being a part of “a stigmatized minority group.” Because of this, access to health care is all the more imperative.
"LGBT people living in states that ban same-sex marriage, for instance," the Journal article reads, “are more likely than their counterparts in other states to report symptoms of depression, anxiety, and alcohol use disorder.”
Once again, virtually none of this information is surprising, but it’s useful to know as we continue arguing for marriage equality and other LGBT-inclusive laws, and all of the ways they can help us.
1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up. Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake helps start your day fresh.
2. Define your top 3. Every morning ask yourself, “What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?” Prioritizes your day accordingly and don’t sleep until the Top 3 are complete.
3. The 50/10 Rule. Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Spend your 10 minutes getting away from your desk, going outside, calling friends, meditating, or grabbing a glass of water.
4. Move and sweat daily. Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood, and relieves stress.
5. Express gratitude. Gratitude fosters happiness. Each morning, think of at least five things you’re thankful for. In times of stress, pause and reflect on these things.
6. Reflect daily. Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. Asks yourself, “What went well?” and “What needs improvement?”
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