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Instagram has apologised for a “mistake” that meant it promoted weight-loss content to users with eating disorders.

A new feature on the social network provides users with suggested search terms based on their interests, with default prompts including terms such as “yard work”, “home decor” or “sunsets”. But some people with eating disorders found the app was prompting them to search for terms like “appetite suppressant” instead, raising the risk of a relapse or worse.

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Stressed-out mothers are twice as likely to give birth to a girl
  • A new study found that women with elevated stress before, during, and after conception are twice as likely to deliver a girl.
  • One factor could be that sperm carrying an X chromosome are better equipped to reach the egg under adverse conditions.
  • Another factor could be miscarriage of male fetuses during times of stress.

    Stress in the modern world is generally viewed as a hindrance to a healthy life.

    Indeed, excess stress is associated with numerous problems, including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, insomnia, depression, obesity, and other conditions. While the physiological mechanisms associated with stress can be beneficial, as Kelly McGonigal points out in The Upside of Stress, the modern wellness industry is built on the foundation of stress relief.

    The effects of stress on pregnant mothers is another longstanding area of research. For example, what potential negative effects do elevated levels of cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine have on fetal development?

    A new study, published in the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, investigated a very specific aspect of stress on fetuses: does it affect sex? Their findings reveal that women with elevated stress are twice as likely to give birth to a girl.

    For this research, the University of Granada scientists recorded the stress levels of 108 women before, during, and after conception. By testing cortisol concentration in their hair and subjecting the women to a variety of psychological tests, the researchers discovered that stress indeed influences sex. Specifically, stress made women twice as likely to deliver a baby girl.

    The team points out that their research is consistent with other research that used saliva to show that stress resulted in a decreased likelihood of delivering a boy.

    Maria Isabel Peralta RamírezPhoto courtesy of University of Granada

    Lead author María Isabel Peralta Ramírez, a researcher at the UGR's Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment, says that prior research focused on stress levels leading up to and after birth. She was interested in stress's impact leading up to conception. She says:

    "Specifically, our research group has shown in numerous publications how psychological stress in the mother generates a greater number of psychopathological symptoms during pregnancy: postpartum depression, a greater likelihood of assisted delivery, an increase in the time taken for lactation to commence (lactogenesis), or inferior neurodevelopment of the baby six months after birth."

    While no conclusive evidence has been rendered, the research team believes that activation of the mother's endogenous stress system during conception sets the concentration of sex hormones that will be carried throughout development. As the team writes, "there is evidence that testosterone functions as a mechanism when determining the baby's sex, since the greater the prenatal stress levels, the higher the levels of female testosterone." Levels of paternal stress were not factored into this research.

    Previous studies show that sperm carrying an X chromosome are better equipped to reach the egg under adverse conditions than sperm carrying the Y chromosome. Y fetuses also mature slowly and are more likely to produce complications than X fetuses. Peralta also noted that there might be more aborted male fetuses during times of early maternal stress, which would favor more girls being born under such circumstances.

      In the future, Peralta and her team say an investigation into aborted fetuses should be undertaken. Right now, the research was limited to a small sample size that did not factor in a number of elements. Still, the team concludes, "the research presented here is pioneering to the extent that it links prenatal stress to the sex of newborns."


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        Founder of Psious predicts VR will play a major role in addressing the mental health crisis caused by the pandemic

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        The last year has been busy for Xavier Palomer, the founder of Spanish virtual reality mental health startup Psious. The platform, which is a tool for mental health professionals to place their patients in a variety of different situations to try treatments such as exposure therapy or cognitive restructuring, doubled in the number of patients from 2019 to 2020. In all, 20,000 people have been treated using Psious's platform.

        And while the COVID-19 pandemic has strained many healthcare systems, it has shown the need for Psious's tech and demonstrated the use case, too. Telehealth - where people are treated remotely from their medical professionals - has long been tomorrow's technology. The promise has long been acknowledged, but the reality has always been that face-to-face meetings were preferred. The pandemic has challenged that notion.

        "The adoption rate and interest from both healthcare professionals and patients is growing," Palomer said. "If people are suffering, they want to use VR." The normalization of technology in health treatment has been one beneficiary of the long stretches spent at home. "If you do something for a week, you'll forget it," Palomer said. "If you do it for a year or more, you get used to it. We've normalized this remote use."

        It's not before time, either. While the pandemic has helped improve uptake of telehealth solutions, time spent away from loved ones, and away from physicians and psychiatrists is generating an enormous backlog of cases that Psious and Palomer hope to be able to help with.

        "We've been locked down and isolated, with social distancing and a lot of things that make us anxious," Palomer said. "We're way more alone now. I used to go every day to the office; I can't remember when I was last in the office. I don't interact with my co-workers. When I interact with someone it's often through a virtual connection. We don't just talk anymore."

        Palomer thinks the increase in mental health issues is excacerbated by social distancing restrictions, increasingly negative news coverage, and general economic uncertainty for many people. "It's like the worst mix ever," Palomer said. "Being alone so you can't exchange concerns or share problems. A lot of new stuff like face masks - inputs telling you something is wrong - and then bad news in everything you see or watch. It's very easy to understand that at some point that will blow our minds."

        A mental health crisis on the horizon

        Healthcare experts are already seeing the first wave of mental health issues starting to break on the horizon. "Most of us will be able to deal with it and get through it very easily, but a huge part of us won't go through it very easily, which leads us to a growth in the number of mental health issues like anxiety and depression," Palomer said. More than just sheer numbers, Palomer thinks physicians are also likely to see the severity of cases increase when the pandemic begins to subside. People will have lost family members; they'll have spent a year or more locked indoors; they'll have spent most of it worrying about what the future holds; and they may not have jobs to return to.

        Palomer spoke to the head of psychiatry treatment at one of Spain's largest hospitals. There, the department chief reported a 60% increase in caseload between January 2020 and January 2021. "For a hospital of that size, having that kind of growth in 12 months is just mindblowing," Palomer said.

        He's concerned that we're unsuited for what's about to happen. "Are the systems ready, meaning healthcare providers, public and private systems? Are we ready to answer this demand?" he asks. "The answer is no. We'll need to find, in the startup language, scalable solutions, and for me one of the best candidates is technology. Virtual reality has a very good clinical background and good validation. The scalability is there. We believe a solution like ours is needed more than ever before."

        Palomer believes Psious is a complement to, rather than a replacement for, face-to-face mental health treatment. But he thinks it's better suited than most kinds of treatment, citing the way his back pain - the result of caring for three children and a life spent sitting at a computer - is being treated mostly through phone- and app-based physical therapy.

        In 12 months' time Palomer expects to see an even more meaningful increase in patient numbers being treated using Psious's virtual reality systems. "We want to keep this pace in 2021," he said. The mental health of us all may depend on it.

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        New study determines how many mothers have lost a child by country
        • A first-of-its-kind study examines the number of mothers who have lost a child around the world.
        • The number is related to infant mortality rates in a country but is not identical to it.
        • The lack of information on the topic leaves a lot of room for future research.

        Among the best indicators of societal progress over the last few decades has been the remarkable decline in infant and child mortality rates worldwide. In the early sixties, a staggering 1 in 4 children around the world died . Today, that rate has fallen to fewer than 1 in 10. The continued efforts of several organizations will help that number to fall even further.

        However, like many other kinds of progress, the blessings of these advances have been shared unequally. Child mortality rates are much higher in some parts of the world than in others. Additionally, measuring infant mortality by itself doesn't tell the whole story. While conditions are improving, the legacy of high child mortality rates endures.

        In hopes of shedding light on both issues, a first-of-its-kind study suggests that mothers in some parts of the world remain astronomically more likely to lose a child than others.

        Bereavement around the world

        An international team of researchers led by Dr. Emily Smith-Greenaway examined data from 170 countries. By combining information on child mortality, maternal life expectancy, the fertility rate, and the proportion of women in the country who have children, among other statistics, the researchers were able to create indices of the number of mothers per thousand who lost a child either before the age of one or five, or ever, for nearly every country in the world.

          Cumulative prevalence of infant mortality for mothers age 20–44. Notice the groupings of countries at both the high and low ends of the scale. (scale is per thousand) USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

          The results are quite shocking.

          As seen in the above map, the countries with the highest maternal bereavement rates are clustered in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Hong Kong has the lowest maternal bereavement rate of any measured locale in the world at 2.8 per 1000, while Sierra Leone has the highest at 303.3 per 1000, nearly 1 in 3. A mother in Sierra Leone is 108 times more likely to have lost a child than a mother in Hong Kong.

          This difference is far larger than that of infant mortality alone. There are many possible reasons for this, including factors which directly impact child mortality. Because of the number of factors involved, there are countries where the infant mortality rate remains stubbornly high but where maternal bereavement is rather low, such as the Philippines, and countries where a low mortality rate hides a high bereavement rate, such as Peru.

          The differences between countries continue to exist when age is accounted for. While rates are worse everywhere when looking only at older mothers, the difference between Hong Kong, which remains the best, and Liberia, which becomes the worst, is still a factor of 70.

          Cumulative prevalence of infant mortality for mothers age 45–49. Notice the similarities with the above map. (scale is per thousand) USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

          The mental and physical toll of losing a child

          The authors of the study suggest that these numbers demonstrate the existence of a previously hidden element of global health and the inequality between nations. Their work shows that the maternal cumulative prevalence of infant mortality is not identical to the infant mortality rate, though it is related. They also warn that their estimates are probably conservative due to the likelihood of unreported infant deaths.

          The toll of losing a child on a mother's mental and physical health is considerable . However, much of the research on this topic ignores the possible effects on other family members. The authors note that what information does exist suggests it can be equally as damaging to them . Additionally, they state that their research focused on national rates but that similar issues may exist within nations where demographic differences in infant mortality and parental bereavement rates exist. They encourage further study into this matter.

          Dr. Smith-Greenaway explained the authors' hopes for the study and the new area of research it identifies :

          "We hope that this work will emphasize that further efforts to lower child deaths will not only improve the quality and length of life for children across the globe, but will also fundamentally improve the lives of parents."

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          Buyer uncertainty stressing you out? 5 ways to stay sane in a hectic market Mon, 12 Apr 2021 04:00:10 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Stress Service Mental Health Radio Agent Agents Real Estate Agents Brokerage Select Back To Basics Inventory Shortage Mental Wellness Bidding Wars Multiple Offers Agent's Role Decrease Stress Lack Of Inventory 3 founders share the self-care practices that strengthen their mental health and help them stay mindful Writing in a journal is one way founders can practice mindfulness.

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          • When COVID cost him business, Isaac Rudansky looked back at his career successes to think more positively.
          • Altering your mindset can give you the confidence to push forward through difficult times.
          • Founders should also try identifying their emotions, seeking support, and taking time for themselves.
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          After only six weeks of working in his company's newly purchased office space, Isaac Rudansky, founder and CEO of AdVenture Media Group, sent his employees home to avoid the spread of COVID-19. He lost 35% of his clients in the first three weeks of the pandemic. "I'm actually an optimistic person, but this was a really dark period," he said. "Oftentimes, when you're dealing with feelings of depression and stress, it's impossible to look at a longer horizon."

          So rather than look forward, Rudansky looked back at the past five years. Even through the peaks and valleys, he saw that his life and career had trended in a positive direction. That perspective gave him the confidence to move forward.

          As Eve Lewis Prieto, the director of meditation and a mindfulness teacher at Headspace, said, "one of the best things about mindfulness is that it can be applied to every area of your life. Mindfulness is the ability to be fully engaged and present with a soft and open mind, also known as paying attention on purpose."

          As we pass the one-year anniversary of the country entering lockdown, founders shared with Inc. some of the practices that strengthen their mental health and help them stay mindful.

          1. Identify what you're feeling

          When she looked at the options to confront her anxiety and burnout as a software engineer, Meha Agrawal, CEO and founder of Silk and Sonder, felt intimidated by therapy and was bored by meditation. Instead, she found that writing was the outlet she needed.

          "There are a ton of benefits of bringing pen to paper," she said. "It alleviates anxiety and stress, and it helps increase IQ and memory. It's proven to heal trauma." Agrawal created a journaling routine back in 2017, and soon after, she began developing her subscription-based journal company to help customers emulate her experience with journaling.

          Aaron Sternlicht, a therapist and cofounder of New York City-based Family Addiction Specialist, endorses writing as a way of tracking your emotional mood throughout the day. This practice can help you understand which activities and times of day spark more anxiety, he said. Once you can identify the trigger moments, you can better prepare yourself to respond.

          2. Lean on other people

          Angela Ficken, a psychotherapist based in Boston, notes that maintaining personal relationships is a constant challenge in a founder's life. The pandemic has only worsened this, she said, spurring more mental health challenges for founders. In recognizing the importance of community, Agrawal created the Sonder club, an online community where Silk and Sonder users can connect on their wellness journey.

          Talking with people can be the best outlet for maintaining your mental well-being, Rudansky said: "It allows a person to express sympathy and empathy for what you're going through."

          A couple of months ago, he said, one of his executives reached out to him to express that he felt overwhelmed at work. Rather than showing weakness, it showed strength and character, Rudansky said. The two ended up on an hourlong phone call together where they both opened up about their feelings and current struggles.

          3. Make time for yourself - and start small

          Last month, Tori Farley, cofounder of Better Than Belts, a unisex suspender company, joined a book club and read "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brené Brown, which teaches readers how to reorient their mindsets and explores the psychology of authentic living. Farley was hesitant about reading a "quasi-self-help book," but "When I read it, it just clicked," she said. "If I want to spend two hours in the morning doing watercolor painting because that is going to make me feel happy for the rest of the day, then that's what I should do, and I don't have to start my day by checking my email."

          Even if it's just a short moment in time, doing something for yourself can help you get out of a workday slump, Farley said. And Ficken adds that the all-or-nothing mentality can be extremely harmful to mental health. If you can't get in your full workout that day, she said, don't give up on physical activity. Instead, walk around the perimeter of your house for a little while or even take a few minutes to walk to your kitchen to get some cold water.

          Headspace encourages users to start with just three to five minutes a day, Prieto said. "Some days the mind is going to feel really busy and on other days much quieter, so you are not doing anything wrong if you find that it's taking longer for the mind to settle," she said. The goal is not to empty the mind, but to be at ease with where you are.

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          ‘A small, sanitised existence’: what effect will the pandemic have on today’s babies? When my first child was born, there were parties, flights, bus trips, visitors. My second son arrived into a very different world

          My son, 0, doesn’t know any different. One of around 600,000 babies born in Britain in the plague year of 2020, he has spent all eight months of his life (and most of his gestation) in a world defined by distance and disease.

          His circle is small. He doesn’t get out much. When he does, the faces that peer in at his pushchair are concealed by masks. A baby is usually a magnet for human touch; I’d guess around 300 people had held his older brother by the time he was eight months old. Perhaps 20 people have made physical contact with Aubrey.

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          My brother used to bully me. Now, when I hear from him, I panic It’s OK not to take his call, says Annalisa Barbieri. You are not responsible for his happiness

          I am 22 and my brother is 24. I am married with a child; he is single. We grew up in a rocky family situation and were removed from our parents’ care and placed in a children’s home when I was five and he was seven. I don’t remember much before that, but he bullied me a lot growing up. For a while now I’ve been dealing with anxiety related to him – every time I see his name pop up over text, I freak out. I hate it when he calls or visits and I feel drained afterwards. He doesn’t deal with rejection well, so I feel I have to take the call. Deep down he’s a good guy who has issues, but I really want to figure out why I have this anxiety with him; I don’t have this issue with anyone else. I can’t afford therapy but I’m trying my best to work this out.

          It sounds as if you and your brother are dealing with trauma connected with your childhood. “Freaking out” when you see someone or their name pops up on a phone is a sign of this, and bullying is a trauma, quite aside from everything else you both suffered as children.

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          Creator economy’s slow burn

          Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

          Natasha and Danny and  and Grace were all here to chat through the week’s rigamarole of news. Alex took some well-deserved time off, but that meant we got to poke a little fun at him and create a Special Edition segment to start off the show.

          Jokes aside, this week was yet another spree of creator economy, edtech, and new fund announcements, with fresh and unexpected news hailing from Natasha’s home state, New Jersey.

          Here’s what we got into:

          What a show! We’ll be back with the full trio next week, and until then, stay safe and thank you for listening.

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          Extent of mental health crisis in England at ‘terrifying’ level Psychiatrists warn of overrun NHS after record number of children and adults sought help amid pandemic

          England is “in the grip of a mental health crisis” because of the Covid pandemic, with under-18s suffering the most, psychiatrists are to warn on Friday.

          Record numbers of children and adults sought NHS help last year for problems such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders, or because they ended up in a mental health crisis.

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          Surviving COVID Can Have Mental Health Implications, Too

          According to a new analysis, people who recover from COVID-19 are more likely to have conditions that affect their mental health or their brain and nervous system, compared to people who recover from the flu or other respiratory diseases. In other words, if you’ve been having mental health issues after COVID, you are…


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          OBGYNs say pregnant people should feel safe getting the coronavirus vaccine

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          • Two physicians said they recommend the COVID-19 vaccine for all pregnant and breastfeeding people.
          • The only exception is that people who've had a serious reaction to a vaccine or part of the COVID-19 vaccine should consult their doctor first.
          • If you're "super fearful," don't feel forced: "There's so many things to worry about when you're pregnant."
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          OB-GYN Dr. Jessica Shepherd cannot think of a single pregnant person whom she'd tell to not get the COVID-19 vaccine.

          "As an OB-GYN, as a physician, as a mom, I would definitely recommend for people who are hesitant about the vaccine to strongly consider it," she said during a March webinar with Insider discussing COVID-19 shots in pregnancy.

          Fellow panelist Dr. Jessica Madden, a pediatrician and neonatologist, agreed.

          While there's not yet have clinical trial data demonstrating the vaccines' safety and efficacy in the pregnant and breastfeeding population, increasing evidence suggests they're not only safe, but also beneficial for moms and their children.

          The alternative - potentially contracting COVID-19 while pregnant - is more dangerous than the unknown risks of the vaccine.

          "I feel more and more comfortable with the information that we're gaining in terms of being a stronger advocate and a recommender of this vaccine for both pregnant moms and for breastfeeding moms," Madden, who serves as medical director of Aeroflow Breastpumps, said.

          But there are two exceptions.

          First: If you've had a serious adverse reaction like anaphylaxis to a vaccine in the past, talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of this one - whether or not you're pregnant. People who've had a severe allergic reaction to any component of the COVID-19 vaccine shouldn't receive it, period.

          The other exception, Madden said, is "if you're super fearful about this vaccine, then you should never feel like you are being forced into making the decision to get the vaccine."

          "If you really are feeling like, 'I don't want to do this. I'm just so scared about what might come,' then please don't get the vaccine," she added. "There's so many things to worry about when you're pregnant or have a newborn baby and breastfeeding ... you don't want to add that to the mix."

          "I'm a proponent of the vaccine," Madden said. "Obviously, I'm not a proponent of anybody feeling like they have to get this right now."

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          Teenage refugee killed himself in UK after mental health care failings Coroner rules seriousness of Mulubrhane Medhane Kfleyosus’s illness went unrecognised

          A teenage refugee killed himself after the serious nature of his mental illness was not recognised, a coroner has concluded.

          Mulubrhane Medhane Kfleyosus, 19, was the fourth from his friendship group of Eritrean refugees to take his own life within a 16-month period after arriving in the UK.

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          Checking in on your friends and coworkers isn't enough - here are steps you can take at work to help fight racial discrimination A stop Asian hate rally following the violence in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 16, 2021.

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          • Diksha Kale is a criminal defense attorney who researches gender studies and criminal law.
          • She says it's important to do more than just mental health check-ins on your friends during violent times.
          • Take action by demanding better policies and donating to or volunteering at organizations working on the ground.
          • See more stories on Insider's business page.

          Recently, my friend and I were talking over the phone about the anti-Asian violence that has been taking place in the United States. As a first-generation Filipino Canadian woman, my friend was particularly worried for elders and women in her community who are seen as easy targets for violent racist attacks.

          But that's not the only thing she was worried about:

          "I am dreading the messages and phone calls that are bound to come in any minute. The mental health check-ins, asking me if I am OK after what happened in Atlanta. I mean the violence did affect me as a person, but it did not affect me personally."

          She went on to explain how her coworker, who happened to be a Black Canadian woman, had received similar check-in messages and calls after what happened to Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

          People who she had gone to school with, people she had not talked to in years were sending messages asking if she was OK. And while we both agree that mental health check-ins are important, there have to be other things people can do to be responsible citizens.

          As a researcher engaged in work related to gender studies and criminal law, with an interest in governance and regulation, I wonder how mental health discourses are employed in the aftermath of racist violence.

          An exercise in governmentality

          These mental health check-ins are an exercise in governmentality. Governmentality is what French philosopher Michel Foucault compared to the "art of government": it acknowledges that governance is not limited to the acts or decisions of a government alone, and that as a population, we govern each other as well.

          An example of governmentality can be something as mundane as a professional dress code. If you were to show up at a formal event wearing ripped jeans and a tank top, other guests would likely give you a disapproving look. And while you have not broken the law, you have broken some code of conduct. It would not come as a surprise if you were asked to change into formal wear and come back.

          There are three things that happened in the above example: there are rules you must follow; if you don't follow the rules, you have done something wrong; the people who follow the rules are keeping you in line by ensuring you do as they do.

          These elements can be applied to mental health check-ins as well.

          Governmentality and mental health check-ins

          As a South Asian woman, I can put myself in the shoes of a well-meaning ally and check in on my friends. I have seen the numerous posts on social media about how we must do mental health check-ins.

          -Lana Condor (@lanacondor) March 17, 2021

          So I listen, scroll through my contacts, friend lists and send the text:

          "Hey, I heard about what happened in Atlanta. I am so sorry. If you need to talk to someone about it, I'm here, OK?"

          My work as a good ally is done, I go about my day with a sense of accomplishment - but should I?

          This is governance. We do what we tell each other we are supposed to do. And this is where most people think their work as a good ally and responsible citizen is over, but it isn't.

          Striking a balance between mental health and justice

          The US, like many colonial-era countries, has a long history of racial violence against Asian people. The #StopAsianHate movement is about more than a mass shooting; it is about demanding accountability in the face of white supremacy and hatred.

          Thanks to political leaders like former US president Donald Trump, who racialized COVID-19, Asian people have been attacked, abused, and murdered. The objectification of Asian women in entertainment media has also contributed to the anti-Asian violence we're witnessing today.

          Studies suggest that poor mental health among racial minorities is closely linked with their negative experiences related to racism. Saying that we need to talk about mental health without addressing systemic racism and white supremacy is futile.

          Check in and demand better

          So what can one do if mental health check-ins are not enough?

          Agitate and demand better policies. Facilitate healing for Asian communities without interjecting yourself in the process. Donate to, or volunteer with organizations that are working on the ground to help those affected.

          Keeping in mind that you can always do more, do check in with your Asian friends. Because mental health is important, and so is justice.

          Diksha Kale, PhD candidate (Legal Studies), Carleton University

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          Over a third of COVID-19 survivors experience a neurological or mental-health condition in the 6 months after infection, a large-scale study finds The most common mental health conditions in the six months after catching COVID-19 were anxiety and mood disorders.

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          • One in three people with COVID-19 had neurological or mental health conditions in the six months following illness in a new study.
          • Anxiety and mood disorders were the most common following COVID-19.
          • People with severe illness were at highest risk of rarer neurological complications, the study found.
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          One in three people infected with COVID-19 develop a neurological or mental-health condition in the six months after, a large study published in Lancet Psychiatry on Wednesday found.

          Diagnoses for these conditions were on average 44% more common after COVID-19 than after flu, and the risk increased with the severity of illness, particularly for neurological disorders, the study authors from Oxford University said.

          The study looked at more than 236,000 electronic health records, mostly belonging to Americans, and compared people who had COVID-19 with those who hadn't.

          The researchers said that, while some neurological side effects are more common in hospitalized patients, these symptoms were spotted even in patients with mild cases, suggesting more research is needed on the mental health and neurological impact of a COVID-19 infection.

          Paul Harrison, a professor of psychiatry at Oxford University and lead author of the study, told Insider that he expected there to be overlap with long-COVID, whereby people experience COVID-19 symptoms including neurological features and mental health conditions for a number of months after the illness. But he said whether long COVID-19 was more common after severe illness, versus mild, was still unclear.

          "We need urgent research to understand how and why the disorders occur and how they can be treated and prevented," Harrison and his fellow authors said in a press briefing.

          Symptoms included anxiety and brain bleeds

          The most common mental health conditions in the six months after catching COVID-19 were anxiety and mood disorders: 17% of people were diagnosed with anxiety, and 14% of people with a mood disorder, the study found.

          The risk of both anxiety and mood disorder increased in patients who got unwell with an altered mental state known as encephalopathy, a sign of systemic infection to 22%. But generally the severity of COVID-19 illness didn't impact the likelihood of a mental health condition.

          Neurological complications like stroke, brain bleeds, and dementia were less common. People with severe COVID-19 were at highest risk - 4% of those who were hospitalized and 7% of people that went to ITU were diagnosed with stroke six months after.

          Paul Harrison, lead author of the study, said in a statement Tuesday that the results, "confirm the high rates of psychiatric diagnoses after COVID-19, and show that serious disorders affecting the nervous system (such as stroke and dementia) occur too."

          Harrison added: "While the latter are much rarer, they are significant, especially in those who had severe COVID-19."

          Read more: COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: AstraZeneca's shot proves safe and effective, and is headed to the FDA

          An expert says the report 'confirms our suspicions' that COVID-19 will have psychiatric repercussions

          It is too early to make definitive statements or identify the specific mechanisms by which the coronavirus is affecting the neurological system.

          The study authors said in a press briefing Tuesday that it was likely to be different mechanisms at play affecting the different disorders. Mental health conditions could be influenced by the effects of the pandemic too, they said.

          It was also not clear whether people predisposed to certain conditions were at higher risk - the study found just 13% people overall were diagnosed with a neurological or mental health illness for the first time.

          The authors used routine healthcare data which means there could be missing or incorrect diagnosis. It is also not known how bad the mental health or neurological conditions were and whether people recovered after the six month period.

          Nonetheless, the study adds to a growing body of evidence that COVID-19 causes neurological and mental health effects, both at the time of illness as well as afterwards.

          "The study confirms our suspicions that a COVID-19 diagnosis is not just related to respiratory symptoms, it is also related to psychiatric and neurological problems," Dame Til Wykes, professor of psychology and neuroscience at King's College London said in a statement.

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          One in three survivors of severe Covid diagnosed with mental health condition Study finds 34% developed psychiatric or neurological conditions after six months

          One in three people who were severely ill with coronavirus were subsequently diagnosed with a neurological or psychiatric condition within six months of infection, a study has found.

          The observational research, which is the largest of its kind, used electronic health records of 236,379 patients mostly from the US and found 34% experienced mental health and neurological conditions afterwards. The most common being anxiety, with 17% of people developing this.

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          For some, the pandemic eased mental health distress
          • While COVID-19 physically affects adults more than children, mental health distress has increased across all age groups.
          • Children between 5 and 17 sought help for mental health issues at much higher rates in 2020.
          • However, a new study found children with pre-existing mental health issues experienced reduced symptoms when lockdowns began.

          While the physical effects of COVID-19 have dominated headlines for the last 13 months, mental health effects are considered a simultaneous pandemic that could outlast the virus. Children have generally been resilient against the novel coronavirus (though at least one variant is ). In terms of depression and anxiety, however, children are on par with adults.

          Emergency hospital visits for mental health issues in the 12-to-17-year-old demographic have jumped 31 percent since the pandemic began. Younger children have fared only slightly better: a 24 percent increase for children ages 5 to 11. In Germany, one in three children has suffered anxiety or depression over the past year. On top of this, children are having trouble learning in remote education environments.

          However, at least one demographic fared better than normal, at least during the early phase of lockdowns. According to a new study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, middle school children from a predominantly Latinx community with higher-than-normal levels of mental distress experienced a reduction in symptoms.

          Children with previous mental health problems saw reduced internalizing (behaviors including being withdrawn, nervous, lonely, unwanted, or sad), externalizing (behaviors including lying, acting irresponsibly, breaking the law, or displaying lack of remorse), and other problems.

          Those without mental health issues benefited as well, at least in terms of internalizing and overall behavior; there was no change in attentional issues or externalizing.

          The researchers began tracking 322 children (average age 12) in January 2020, before the pandemic took hold in America. They were studied until May 2020. While this only represents a sliver of time in lockdown, senior author Carla Sharp, a psychology professor at the University of Houston, says the results have important clinical implications.

          "First, promoting family functioning during COVID-19 may have helped protect or improve youth mental health during the pandemic. Further, it is important to consider cultural factors, such as familism and collectivism in Latinx communities that may buffer the early effects of disasters on mental health to COVID-19 stress."

          Seven-year-old Hamza Haqqani, a 2nd-grade student at Al-Huda Academy, uses a computer to participate in an E-learning class with his teacher and classmates while at his home on May 01, 2020 in Bartlett, Illinois.Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

          Many have decried what we've lost during this past year. Indeed, the issues are many and complex. Yet we've also seen reductions in environmental damage (including noise pollution) and increased savings. We also have a greater awareness of how factory farming helps viruses proliferate. And, despite the obvious challenges of earning a living with so many businesses and industries shuttered, this time has afforded some an opportunity to reconnect with their family.

          Study co-author Jessica Hernandez Ortiz says this research could inspire new avenues of addressing mental health issues in children.

          "Our findings underline the importance of the family environment and Latinx collectivist values of community connection for promoting child resilience and brings into stark focus the possibility that school environments may exacerbate mental health difficulties. Removal from that context into a less pressured environment immediately and positively impacts mental health."

          Since the study ended shortly into the pandemic, the novelty of family togetherness could have diminished as families became economically strained and realized that spending all their time together was more taxing than initially imagined. That said, humans are social animals that require regular contact with family and peers. The latter group might not have been available, but at least for some children, their families filled in the gaps, especially for those that did not thrive in a traditional school environment.


            Stay in touch with Derek on Twitter and Facebook. His most recent book is "Hero's Dose: The Case For Psychedelics in Ritual and Therapy."

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            MTV Entertainment Group Launches Mental Health Campaign ]]> Thu, 01 Apr 2021 17:23:54 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News Mental Health Mtv MTVE MTV Entertainment Group MTVE The Hidden Toll of COVID: Mental Health Thu, 01 Apr 2021 14:42:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Mental Health New Zealand mental health crisis has worsened under Labour, data shows First figures available for Jacinda Ardern’s term in office reveal inadequate government response despite huge boost in funding

            New Zealand’s mental health system is “in crisis” and in worse shape now than four years ago, practitioners say – despite much-heralded government efforts to reform it and prioritise national wellbeing.

            A commitment to improving New Zealand’s mental health record has been at the heart of the progressive, Jacinda Ardern-led Labour government. The country has enduring challenges with mental health, including the highest rate of youth suicide in the developed world. When Ardern was leading her first election campaign in 2017, she made it a central election issue.

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            Phil Elverum's songs of loss gave me a language for that shapeshifter, grief After my first boyfriend died, Elverum’s Microphones and Mount Eerie helped me make sense of a bleak world

            I first encountered the music of Phil Elverum in August 2010, a month after the death of my first boyfriend. That summer I spent hours sitting numbly in the park with my headphones on, listening to Elverum describe a landscape without colour or movement: “no black or white, no change in the light, no night, no golden sun”. That dissonance between internal and external worlds made sense to me as I watched children play and rollerbladers pass by in the sunshine as if everything was normal.

            I listened over and over again to his album The Glow Pt 2, released in 2001 under the name the Microphones, trying to make sense of the previous six months. I met Marc in my first year at university: a pretty, hyperactive French boy who shimmered into my life at a club night in Birmingham. I fell in love with his perfect sweep of sandy blond hair, the way he played piano with the exaggerated melodrama of his beloved symphonic metal and video game soundtracks and his habit of wrapping a USB cable around his neck like a protective amulet.

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            Amil: Mental Health

            Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that more than 18 million Brazilians suffer from anxiety and 12 million from depression. The campaign, prepared by the agency BETC Havas, with production by Santería and stage direction by We Are Magnólias will be broadcast on TVs, radio and social networks.
            The tenuous limit to develop depression, panic, anxiety, stress are presented in the film in everyday situations, with people at home, some lonely and isolated and how this experience can reveal feelings and afflictions that deserve the right care by professionals specialized.
            Since 2018, Amil has offered a mental health program with the support of a multidisciplinary team. In 2020 alone, the program served 3,758 thousand health plan beneficiaries. Of these, 48% of cases were depressive disorders, followed by anxiety disorders (34%) and bipolar affective and episodic manic disorders (20%), characterized by excessive mood swings and significant irritability.
            The film draws attention to situations that should not be minimized and may signal signs of poor mental health, such as a lack of disposition, compulsive crying, excessive fear and shortness of breath. In one scene, a woman clicks the "leave" button and her image disappears from the work chat. The split screen with co-workers continues, the conversation continues until one of them says: “He said he has depression. He couldn't take the stride ”. Then, she crying is observed in the mirror that merges with a pool in which she dives and sinks.
            In another scene, a man alone in his apartment types on his cell phone in an exchange and reads the reply: “Gee love, panic attack, on our birthday? Stop the drama". He feels lost, walking and trapped in a maze of plants.
            To direct the scene of the film, We Are Magnolias state: “The film is an invitation to reflect on how mental illnesses are silenced in our culture. A topic so relevant that it is still little debated in society and our mission was to create a bridge of metaphorical dialogue, both by aesthetic and narrative bias, to emerge in the mind of those who suffer this skin pain. We immerse ourselves in the solitude of each character and how the world around him minimizes and trivializes his suffering. Through this visceral concept, which Amil emerges as a link of comfort and welcome, reaching out to people who are in this state of fragility in such a delicate moment that the world experiences, instigating society to rethink the way of relating with this very delicate issue. ”
            The final message reinforces: “Mental health is not MIMIMI. And when you MI-MI-MI-ZA that question, it only adds to the problem. If you think you have a mental health problem or want to understand more about it, Amil can help ”. And it presents the characters of the film in face-to-face and telemedicine situations.
            The film ends with the signature: “Amil care is right for you to live your best”.

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            The Suez boat saga enthralled the world – but not those with naviphobia Stuck container ship triggered people with fear of ships and sea wreckage and megalophobia, the fear of large objects

            When Grace Gibson was texted a picture of the giant container ship Ever Given stuck in the Suez canal, she clenched.

            The image – of the gargantuan vessel wedged sideways into the canal – and the lone excavator working to free it – struck most as absurd. Against the massive underbelly of the ship, the equipment looked tiny. But for Gibson, a 26-year old Angeleno, it immediately evoked discomfort.

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            'Pandemic anger' was getting in the way of my career. Here are 5 tips that have helped me refocus while working from home Author Melissa Petro with one of her kids.

            Melissa Petro

            • Melissa Petro is a freelance writer based in New York where she lives with her husband and two small children.
            • During the pandemic, she says she's had to find new ways to manage her anger and negativity.
            • Petro says she's learned to take a step back, try to empathize, and lean into her "softer feelings."
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            In 2018, a Gallup poll found that more Americans were stressed, worried, and angered compared to the previous year. Considering all we've dealt with in the past three years, it's reasonable to speculate that this statistic has skyrocketed.

            In the last year alone, political divisions and "panger" - an actual term coined for "pandemic anger"- have put many Americans in a constant state of fight or flight.

            I'm as angry as most people - and I'd say justifiably so. But as a mom of two toddlers struggling to keep my family safe and maintain a freelance writing career without the luxury of childcare, I don't have time to argue endlessly on Twitter or bicker with my husband over whose turn it is to walk the dogs. I know that if I blow up at my toddler, the situation will only escalate. Although we may disagree on some issues or choose to behave differently (particularly when it comes to COVID protocols), I can't afford to make an enemy of my neighbor or lose a valued friend. And so when my anger begins to feel unhealthy and unproductive, I make a concerted effort to let it go.

            Below are the steps I take to let go of my anger so that I can focus on my family and be more productive at work.

            1. I feel my feelings

            Anger is a natural emotion, and there can be upsides to feeling it. Justifiable anger, for example, incited Black Americans and their allies to act on their beliefs and form what may be the largest political movement in US history. But even righteous anger can overwhelm and make a person behave irrationally when they don't regulate their emotions. Anger can even make you sick, exhausting our bodies and weakening the immune system.

            That's why, when I feel my temperature begin to rise, I've learned to do the opposite of the urgency my body seems to be demanding. Instead of rushing headfirst into conflict, I consciously slow down, stop, and return to my emotions. Experts say that acknowledging and experiencing our emotions may prevent them from spiraling out of control. To be sure, in my experience, simply noticing my physical response and identifying the feeling can diffuse the situation enough and allow me to refocus on my work.

            2. I seek out emotional validation

            Of course, noticing a frustration doesn't always make it go away - especially in the era of the coronavirus. With so many of us working from home under lockdown and deprived of many of the usual sources of pleasure and release, experts say it's easy to get stuck in a negative mood.

            To prevent minor annoyances from adding up and compounding into major resentments, I pick up the phone and call or text a friend. Licensed psychologist Guy Winch explained on Psychology Today why seeking out people who will understand, relate, and take your side is a good coping tactic.

            "When we tell someone why we are extremely angry or upset and they totally get it truly," Winch said, "it effectively validates our feelings. As a result, we experience tremendous relief and catharsis."

            3. I log off social media

            I can tell my anger is misdirected when it seemingly arises out of nowhere, or when it's disproportionate to its trigger. My husband catches a lot of undue flak, but my favorite place to misdirect my anger is online.

            Whenever I feel a strong urge to lash out on social media, I try and pause first to consider whether or not my reaction is rational. Am I really angry at my cousin's husband's work colleague for posting a photo of themselves enjoying a round of drinks at a bar with their friends? Or is it more that I am mad at the fact that I, too, long to return to indoor dining, but we've made the personal choice to stay home until we've gotten our vaccines?

            In these moments, I remind myself that a snide or self righteous remark will only make me feel worse, and that no amount of back and forth is going to make me feel better. At some point - hopefully before I injure a relationship - I log off and turn my attention back to work, or my kids.

            If the pandemic has weakened your self discipline, there are also useful apps you can use to block social media.

            4. I try to empathize with whoever's angering me

            Don't get me wrong - whatever the disagreement, I like to think that I'm right. But, according to experts on intellectual humility, it makes us feel better when we accept we could be wrong.

            Intellectual humility is an ability to meet opposing views with curiosity. It means setting aside your preconceived notions and being open to learning from the experiences of others.

            Even in instances when you're certain and strong in your conviction, it's beneficial to recognize and regard another person's opinion. Empathy - that is, putting ourselves in someone else's shoes - "is one of the great teaching tools in shaping anger and aggression," said Dr. Hans Steiner, a Stanford professor who's spent decades studying anger and aggression.

            5. I feel my softer feelings

            While anger is classified as one of the four primary emotions (along with joy, sadness, and fear), it is often expressed in secondary ways. For example, I felt sad and fearful when I read a third surge of covid is hitting Michigan, and then I got mad to learn that one probably cause for the uptick is the fact that residents are moving about almost on par with pre-pandemic levels, taking far more "non-essential" trips than they did at the depths of the second wave in December.

            While aggression may feel safer than the softer, more vulnerable emotions like sorrow or worry, it separates us from others and makes us feel more alone. Softer emotions, on the other hand, are key in building intimacy, coming together around a problem, and preventing polarization. In other words, don't get mad, get clear - and then carry on with your workday.

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            Grey's Anatomy: the TV show that has always been there for me Shonda Rhimes’s long-running medical drama is not exactly uplifting. But through grief, upheaval and despair, it has been the one thing I can always count on

            There’s a song that I listen to every time I begin to feel the tendrils of sadness take a grip. For nearly 15 years, this song – Grace, by the Norwegian singer Kate Havnevik – has soundtracked every desperate and devastating moment in my life. It’s a little self-indulgent gift I give myself when I need to be enveloped by despair.

            However, if I’m honest, I don’t listen to this song because of its lyrics, although they are melancholic, nor because it’s particularly emotional, although it is. I listen to it because of how it made me feel the first time I heard it, which was during the season-two finale of Grey’s Anatomy. After nearly 27 episodes of will-they-won’t-they, the show’s two romantic leads, Dr Meredith Grey and Dr Derek Shepherd, slope off together for an illicit sexual tryst in an exam room. It’s a moment of reckoning for both characters, imbued with lust and sorrow, and I must have seen it more than 10 times.

            My emotional reliance on that song reminds me just how inextricably linked my life has become to Grey’s Anatomy. First airing in 2005, the show is now the longest-running medical drama in US television history. Now on its 17th season, it follows the lives of the surgical staff at a fictional Seattle hospital. The first hit series for the inimitable television mogul Shonda Rhimes, the show is renowned for subjecting its characters to catastrophic events, untenable amounts of trauma, horrifying deaths and accidents – and unbearable torrents of heartbreak. Such antics have helped turn it into a multibillion-dollar franchise and, 16 years since it began, it’s still the highest-rated drama for its home network, the Disney-owned ABC.

            It’s also one of the most important things in my life. It wouldn’t be far-fetched to say that I begin a re-watch of Grey’s Anatomy every year, either consuming the show from the beginning or working through my favourite episodes as if I’m choosing from a pick ’n’ mix of pain and suffering. No other TV show leaves me as distraught; watching Grey’s Anatomy is often so painful for me that it verges on unpleasant. Yet, time and time again, I keep going back. Why? Because, despite all the suffering and the subsequent excitation-transfer I experience as a result, Grey’s Anatomy has also provided me with comfort and space for self-exploration at the times when I’ve needed it most.


            I watched my first episode of Grey’s Anatomy when I was 16. It was autumn, two years after my dad moved out and a year after my best friend died of cancer at 15 after a cruel and intense illness. Grief wasn’t so much a feeling as the backbone of my existence; an ache that sat within my chest constantly threatening to crack me in two. When I was hungover on the weekends after Friday and Saturday nights spent in various parks necking bottles of cider, I would watch the show on an old desktop monitor, sitting in an office chair in my pyjamas.

            The world of Seattle Grace hospital, the complex lives of the surgical interns and their often-unusual life-or-death medical cases drew me in, but it was the character of Meredith Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo, whom I latched on to. Meredith was complicated, her love life a disaster and her family life even more so. Having been abandoned by her father when she was young, she was dealing with her cold and ambitious mother, who had early-onset Alzheimer’s. The man she was in love with, Dr Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd, played by Patrick Dempsey, had revealed that he was married and that, after his ex-wife’s sudden appearance in Seattle, he would be trying to give his marriage another shot. The only good thing in her life was her friendship with her fellow surgical intern, the competitive, difficult and driven Cristina Yang, played by Sandra Oh.

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            Our Picks For The Best Health and Wellness Products to Try This Year

            Recent times have brought the importance of how we feel and think about ourselves into stark focus. While health has long been considered in the narrow, purely physical, sense, quarantine and the repercussions of living in tumultuous times has opened our minds to better appreciate the fact that TRUE health and wellness encompasses not just our physical health, but also the mental, and (many would say) spiritual health as well.

            Many would also say that the three aspects are all actually one and that we should think about health and wellness in a more holistic way. I tend to agree. If we realize the importance of the mind and body connection, we can better treat ourselves and elevate our entire way of life.

            Here are some of the best health and wellness products, services, and brands that do just that. 

            Daily Dose of Adaptogens

            Adaptogens is a term that encompasses a wide array of (mostly) natural ingredients ranging from mushrooms like Cordyceps and the Reishi mushroom to other herbs, powders, and roots like Ashwagandha and ginseng. In many ways, adaptogens do for the mind what a multi-vitamin does for your body. With that said, the best adaptogens products, like mood chews PYM, do indeed on a physical, empirically-testable level by doing things like reducing stress and anxiety, increasing energy, improving mood, decreasing fatigue, and more.

            A Way To Embrace Ancient Healing

            When it comes to embracing ancient wisdom in the modern world, WTHN is the brand to look into. They feature an array of products that their customers swear by including ear seeds, acupuncture mats, and everything in-between.

            A Holistic Approach

            An often neglected area of personal health and wellness in terms of product development is feminine care products. Rael’s feminine care products are here to change that with a variety of natural options that those who enjoy carefully and consciously crafted products will enjoy.

            Hemp-Care Is the New Skincare

            We are only just scratching the surface when it comes to the uses and re-uses of hemp. Whether it comes to comfortable and attractive clothing (from even established companies like Patagonia) to creative CBD-based product lines like those from Leafwell Botanicals featuring everything from traditional CBD-droppers to CBD peanut butter. 

            Wearable Weight Set

            Bala did something few thought possible: They made wrist and ankle weights aesthetically pleasing. You actually look good while wearing Bala Bangles and also, they work! Whether you are wearing Bala bangles wrist weights while working around the house, or to add intensity to your Xtend Barre workout, it’s really amazing what just a few pounds can do. I’m in love with my Bala Bangles I received as a birthday gift!

            A Better Way to Treat A Cold

            Forget about messing with your digestive system every time you feel a little under the weather. Look into a healthier alternative to some of the older brands like Genexa cold medicine.

            The Secrets of CBD

            Opta Naturals carries a high-quality line of total PCR hemp oil, gummies, and more. Whether you are a long-time advocate of hemp and CBD-based products or someone who is just experimenting with all the potential health benefits of CBD, Opta Naturals has the perfect product for you.

            Digestive Health Made-Easy

            How your digestive system runs impact every other part of your body. That means, if your digestive system isn’t working properly you are losing potential nutrients and – even if you do everything else healthy – not getting as much “bang for your buck” in terms of eating well and exercising. As such it is critical to your personal optimization that you carefully consider the health of your digestive system. MaryRuth’s liquid probiotics can help you do just that.

            How Anyone Can Have a Healthy Breakfast

            Many people rely on a healthy early morning breakfast to fuel them through the most demanding and difficult parts of their day. Whether those hours are spent in front of a computer, in front of customers, or in front of a football field, you can’t overstate the importance of giving your body the fuel it needs to perform the way you need it. The problem is that regularly cooking a healthy breakfast can be time-consuming. Over Easy oat bars offer a solution, giving you healthy breakfasts at the reach of your hand.

            A True Coffee Substitute 

            The growing interest in coffee-alternatives like the MUD\WTR coffee substitute is incredibly obvious. People want to reduce their caffeine dependencies and get their energy from calmer, more beneficial sources (like adaptogens). Give MUD/WTR a try and see how you like a cleaner, healthier sort of energy.

            Treat Your Back the Way It Deserves

            For those who work in front of a computer, the chair you sit in and the air you breathe play a major role in your overall sense of wellbeing. Everlasting Comfort specializes in ergonomic chairs as well as cool air humidifiers and more. Check them out whether you are working from home or back in the office to greatly improve how you feel and how you work.

            Treat Yourself From the Inside Out

            Adding supplements like those offered by Asystem will help you feel better, look better, (potentially) live longer, and just in general have a better life. You can not overestimate how important it is to give your body the nutrients it needs.

            A Way To Unwind

            Reducing stress and anxiety at the end of a long day is more important now, in the modern world than ever before. Bath products like those from Bubbly Belle help you do exactly that. Treat yourself to a warm bubble bath, possibly, even with essential oils. Your body will thank you!

            Give Your Body the Nutrients It Needs

            Fiber is an often ignored, yet in credibly important nutrient that many of us are not getting enough of naturally. If this includes you, consider taking GoBiotix fiber supplements to help fill in the blanks in your diet.

            Heard of AHCC?

            Quality of Life AHCC is a highly researched mushroom-derived product which works wonders on the immune system. If you want to bolster your body and feel healthier and more energetic, consider giving AHCC a try.

            A Healthy Snack

            You don’t want everything to come in the form of supplements. It is also important to improve the quality of your overall diet. This means incorporating healthysnack alternative like Moonshot’s healthy crackers.

            Shave the Right Way

            If you’ve never had the luxurious experience of a hot lather shave, give LTHR Shaving a try. This product turns shaving from a chore into a pleasure. Also a great gift.

            Light a Candle

            Candles make a great gift. But what’s better than one candle? How about a monthly candle subscription! Look to Wicksly for monthly candles delivered straight to your doorstep.


            Now you have a list of great ways to naturally treat colds, keep your skin looking healthy, maintain your mental health, keep yourself energized, add intensity to your workouts with Bala bangles, and more. Make this year the time of holistic health and mental wellness

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            Investors and business leaders: It’s time to take coaching mainstream Share on Twitter Ariane de Bonvoisin is an executive coach to top CEOs, startup founders and VCs. She has keynoted the Oprah conference, given a TED talk, and been invited to Google, Amazon, the World Bank, Union Square Ventures and Red Bull to teach about navigating change and founder and startup wellness.

            The business world has a love-hate relationship with coaching. Founders are visionaries: They start with an idea, a talent, a dream, but not necessarily the business know-how. Because being an entrepreneur doesn’t require a license or training — Jeff Bezos is an engineer and computer scientist; Elon Musk is an economist and physicist, and so on.

            In any other industry, when someone with raw talent — an athlete, a singer, an actor — furthers their career, the first thing they receive is a coach. And it doesn’t stop once they get their first Olympic gold or Grammy.

            Coaches don’t leave their side until they hang up their gloves. Tiger Woods is famous for having worked with many coaches to switch up his tactics and keep exceeding in his performance.

            In any other industry, when someone with raw talent — an athlete, a singer, an actor — furthers their career, the first thing they receive is a coach.

            Despite a culture that pushes founders to the edge of their physical, mental and personal limits as they build their company, we insist that they fly solo. They’re led to believe that reaching out for support is a sign of weakness.

            That stigma is a huge part of the problem. We look up to business magnates, believing that they sailed from a college dorm to the C-suite without breaking a sweat. But we don’t see the vigorous kicking that goes on beneath the surface. As a client of mine once mused, even the best leaders are self-sabotaging themselves at least 30% of the time. I know for a fact that top Silicon Valley billionaires have nutrition, parenting, meditation and life coaches, but they — like half of my own clients — are reluctant to embrace this out in the open.

            VCs know that they don’t invest in the business; they invest in the person. Record amounts of money are being funneled into mental wellness startups right now, but investors also need to direct that awareness toward their founders’ well-being. By offering access to a coach to all your portfolio founders, you’ll be tackling the real problems stopping them from pouring their energy into their business, and you’ll without a doubt improve your returns.

            1. Business is not always a founder’s main problem

            I coach founders and CEOs of startups, and more than half their main life challenges are not work related. They’re getting pulled in multiple directions — some have cancer, others are having an affair, a few are going through IVF, others still are dealing with past grief and traumas.

            And when a problem is work related, it’s often a communication or psychological issue: How do I face my fear of failure? How do I lead a team of 50 for the first time? Should I trust my gut?

            All this is happening in the midst of Series A raises, hiring and firing employees, acquisitions, and deciding whether to bridge or shut down the business. Imagine how much emotional energy and hours it takes for founders — or anyone, really — to face those intimate issues in isolation while putting on a brave face with investors or at board meetings.

            One of the most recurring concerns founders share with me is that they feel alone.

            Silja Litvin of eQuoo says founders should prioritize their mental health

            VCs, when you choose to fund someone, you’re also marrying into their past, their family, their personal issues. The full package. Ask yourself — do you currently know the major distractions in the lives of all your portfolio founders? If you don’t, start with the assumption that something is going on in their life other than work and make coaching available to them at any time.

            If you commit to helping founders manage their fears, limiting beliefs and blind spots, you’re committing to their potential as a company and industry leader. A healthy leadership is a healthy company.

            2. Return on coaching (ROC)

            As with elite soccer coaches, the benefits of business coaching are highly visible, without the million-dollar expense. Founders start to make better decisions the first time around. They hire the right talent, rather than hiring, onboarding and firing someone within a month.

            They have more honest conversations with stakeholders, avoiding conflict and allowing more people to contribute meaningfully to the business’ growth. They have the proper mindset to fundraise, and their attitude matches the money they’re asking for.

            That’s before getting to the physical improvements. My founders have lost weight, stopped smoking and drinking, and have more energy to build a business. If a founder works with chronic fatigue, which many are, it won’t be long before their body cracks. I get calls from clients caught in panic attacks before big meetings, struggling to steady their frayed nerves.

            You can fund your founders’ well-being in a variety of ways. In the same way your firm might offer marketing or PR services to portfolio companies, coaching should be part of the package. Firms can make executive coaches available on retainer. You may choose to have a full-time resident coach, available whenever someone needs them.

            At the very least, firms should make available a list of recommended coaches. Some coaches specialize in leadership coaching, female founders or health specifically, while others cover various personal and professional skills.

            Investors will sometimes offer a handful of free sessions to their founders, but if they want to continue, they are then forced to decide between their personal health and the health of the business — which other people (including your firm) have staked millions of dollars on. It should never be a case of one or the other.

            My hope is that in the future, VCs will set aside a percentage of their funds exclusively for mental wellness for founders and executives.

            A few VCs have already taken a 1% pledge, but it’s the Europeans who are leading the charge here, with funds from Estonia to Ireland generously covering all founder coaching fees and other support programs. Those I know talk about how 10x growth is possible without burnout.

            3. Cut through the stigma to enable founders to make the most of coaching

            Founders are resistant to hiring a coach themselves because they’re worried about what their investors and board will think of them. They tell themselves: “If I were normal, and good enough, I wouldn’t need one.”

            It’s not just their inner voice talking. When a client of mine joined a Silicon Valley startup, he asked his superiors if coaching could be part of his comp package. They wondered why he needed a coach.

            In other industries, connecting someone with a coach is proof of their worth. That’s the conversation investors should be having: You’re good enough for us to give you money, so we’re going to give you someone to accompany you on your journey, so you don’t pretend you can figure it out at every step.

            There’s also a negative connotation around the term “mental health” that we should be reframing. Those two words tend to make people think about depression, suicidal thoughts or addiction. Which is mental unhealth. Let’s talk more about mental wellness and founder well-being, which focuses us on the goal we’re working toward.

            Eliminating the stigma can start with open conversations about well-being between investors and executives, as well as inviting a coach to talk to your founders about what these sessions entail, and why everyone has something to gain. By shattering the taboo, you’ll enable founders to make the absolute most of that experience, rather than hold back to keep up appearances.

            If we start making coaching mainstream today, we might eventually see it as obligatory for all founders.

            4. Lead by example

            Finally, business leaders and investors need to set an example for the startup community, and especially people at the start of their journeys, that it’s OK to ask for assistance in bettering yourself.

            Many VCs, like top CEOs, have coaches. If more simply owned it, they’d have so much power to normalize coaching, and even make #IHaveACoach fashionable. After all, we’re talking about the same industry that made meditation rooms trendy and kombucha an office feature.

            Why not make coaching a central topic in future investor conferences, or, as a VC firm, publish a study on how portfolio founders who followed a coaching program saw greater business success?

            For example: For years, Union Square Ventures has invested in providing value to their founders and has built a team whose responsibilities include developing leadership training, fostering mentorship circles and connecting founders to coaches. If you let founders see your commitment to human issues, it won’t occur to them that being human is being weak.

            These approaches are also important self-promotion for VCs positioning themselves as the next generation of ethical investors. With so many alternative funding options becoming available, founders are seeking VCs who give them more than just capital and who see wellness and diversity and inclusion as inextricable from success.

            Founder health and startup health can’t be separated from each other. On some level, all investors know this. So let’s give the people shaping tomorrow’s world the tools to be more comfortable in their own skin and more masterful in leading teams to achieve greatness and incredible returns.

            Understanding mental health in Silicon Valley, with professional coach and former investor Jerry Colonna

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            Hall’s term encompasses the “pattern of your social interactions throughout your days; the who, the what you talk about, and the modalities you use to communicate, from face to face to other means”. The concept has roots, he says, in the idea that social interactions, like food, have “calories” that can make you feel socially nourished. And just as with what you eat, it is not just quantity that matters to health, but variety. Just as you need a mix of food groups on your plate, so you need a mix of modes of communication and types of relationship in your social diet.

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