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April Is Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month. When I first read that in a local newspaper, my response was “Really? As if we’re not all very well-aware that we are stressed — sometimes to the max. Do we really need a month to focus on it? Then I read what it’s actually about: April as Stress Awareness Month was initiated by the Health Resource Network in 1992 to encourage health organizations to develop and distribute educational materials and hold public events about stress. Okay. That makes sense. But a...
Tags: General, Habits, Happiness, Health-related, Self-Help, Stress, National Stress Awareness Month


The Dangers of Cyberchondria

We’ve all done it, or at least most of us have. I know I’m certainly guilty of it. I’m talking about turning to the internet for answers to our health concerns. Just type in our (or our loved ones) symptoms and away we go. That rash we have? Turns out it could be anything from contact dermatitis to cancer. Which is it? Not sure? Well, search some more. There is always another website to check. And as many of us know, these searches can be never-ending. Excessively scouring the internet f...
Tags: Psychology, General, Anxiety And Panic, Health-related, Cyberchondia, Hyperchondria, Hyperchondriasis


Retrain the Brain to Deal with Chronic Pain

An interesting March 2019 article discusses a new way to help teenagers to deal with certain types of chronic pain. Pain specialists estimate there are thousands of young people suffering from inexplicable pain that intensifies, traveling randomly from one part of their body to the next. It primarily affects girls, though some boys also experience this type of pain. Some doctors call it “amplified pain” and this term acts as a catch-all for a variety of diagnoses which are not yet well u...
Tags: Psychology, Neuroscience, ERP, Philadelphia, Sherry, Chronic Pain, Brain And Behavior, Health-related, Children s Hospital, Devyn, David Sherry, Dr Sherry


Psychology Around the Net: April 6, 2019

This week’s Psychology Around the Net dives into how to stop worrying about what other people think of you, ways to defeat procrastination, why pets can help boost physical and mental health (especially in older adults), and more. Enjoy! Stop Worrying About What Others Think of You: 7 Tips for Feeling Better: The fear of rejection is at the root of caring what someone thinks of you. Learn how to understand what “rejection” really means, use rejection (when it actually happens) as a brilliant ...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Parenting, Suicide, Pets, Mothers, Research, Self-help, Guilt, Fear Of Rejection, Trauma, Self Harm, Procrastination, Fear, Women's Issues, The Joker


Psychology Around the Net: March 30, 2019

Do you struggle breaking the ice during social or networking situations? Are you interested in spring cleaning your energy this weekend? Have you had some negative mental health experiences with fitness apps? We’ve got the latest on each of these and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net! Psychologists Agree: ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Is the Only Icebreaker You’ll Ever Need: Talking to new people at a social function or networking event can be tough, especially for people with social a...
Tags: Psychology, Energy, Technology, Study, Research, Teenagers, Anxiety, Air Pollution, Pope Francis, Catholic Church, Social Anxiety, Exercise, Icebreaker, Anxiety And Panic, Children And Teens, Psychology Around The Net


Should Mental Health Determine Pain Treatment Options?

Patients with a mental health condition might have a hard time accessing opioids for pain relief, while patients with unexplained pain are often referred to psychiatric care, which does little to alleviate their symptoms. Finding treatment can be frustrating and humiliating. Four years ago, Dez Nelson’s pain management clinic demanded that she complete a visit with a psychologist. Nelson was surprised, since she had no history of mental illness, but she didn’t feel that she could push back on...
Tags: Psychology, Disorders, Treatment, Substance Abuse, Addiction, Stigma, Nelson, Publishers, Chronic Pain, Pain Management, Mental Health And Wellness, Medications, Health-related, Elizabeth, Pain Relief, Opioids


Loneliness in Seniors

It’s no surprise to most of us that loneliness has become an epidemic. In fact, those with mental health issues experience loneliness at an alarming rate. The one group most affected, however, appears to be the elderly , with millions of older adults across the Unites States feeling lonely. Major health risks such as heart disease and dementia often come along with this loneliness. In October 2018, the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging asked a national sam...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Friends, Aging, Happiness, Research, Health-related, Unites States, Preeti Malani, Haiken, University of Michigan Retrieved


6 Good Reasons to Laugh More

It’s been 40 years since Norman Cousins published his classic An Anatomy of an Illness, in which he documents curing himself with a high dose of vitamin C and a continuous stream of humorous films. Since then research has further established the medicinal benefits of laughter, helping everything from Alzheimer’s disease and allergies to backaches and muscle cramping. Following one of his studies on the benefits of laughter, Dr. Michael Miller said he envisioned a time when physicians might rec...
Tags: Psychology, General, South Park, Time, Happiness, Research, Stress, Fun, Humor, Time Magazine, University of Oxford, Baltimore, Mental Health And Wellness, Health-related, Laughter, University of Maryland School of Medicine


Why Therapy Is Actually Cool

When we start going to the gym, start taking a replenishing yoga class, start drinking more water, start taking a multivitamin, start going to an acupuncturist or a massage therapist, we can’t wait to shout it from the rooftops. In other words, when we do something for our physical health, we’re proud, excited, inspired and empowered. We feel great about our decision, and we want to tell everyone. But how often do we beam with pride or happily shout that we’re going to therapy? How many ...
Tags: Psychology, General, Happiness, Psychotherapy, Stigma, Mental Health And Wellness, Inspiration & Hope, Health-related, Walnut Creek Calif, Iglesia, Christina Iglesia Psy


Empower Your Inner Peacekeeper

Inner peace is the centerpiece of your soul. Stress is  a constant, a fact of life, a silent killer. These catchphrases grab our attention because, yep, they sound pretty stressful   —    as though we’d better put on our protective gear, grab our weapons, and prepare for combat… or else . No doubt, our daily exposure to the stress factor can make us feel like we’re in the trenches and quickly losing the war. And when stress eventually retreats, there we stand  –   bloodied and bruis...
Tags: Psychology, Stress, Mindfulness, Self-help, Tai Chi, Mental Health And Wellness, Health-related, Breathing Exercise, Overstimulation, Peace of Mind, Inner peace, Qigong, Zumba Boot Camp


Psychology Around the Net: March 9, 2019

Happy Saturday (or whatever day you’re reading this) sweet readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers a personal account of how running helped one author’s anxiety and fear, how green spaces work to boost your well-being and social connections, why “hip” office settings aren’t benefiting employees the way employers would like them to, and more. Enjoy! Moving the Body, Boosting the Mind: Running Your Way to Better Mental Health: Bella Mackie, author of Jog On: How Running Saved My L...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Research, Depression, Anxiety, Running, Detachment, ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder, Green Spaces, Self-compassion, Anxiety And Panic, Motivation And Inspiration, Psychology Around The Net, Health-related, Industrial And Workplace


6 Mindfulness-Based Techniques to Help You Fall Asleep

You’re all-too familiar with the cracks and indentations of your bedroom ceiling. Because you’ve spent one-too-many sleepless nights staring at it. And staring. And staring. And staring some more. You likely don’t struggle with insomnia or another sleep disorder, but on some nights, it’s simply tough to fall asleep–and stay that way. Psychotherapist Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT, noted that it’s tough to slow ourselves down when our minds and nervous systems have been going, going, going...
Tags: Psychology, General, Sleep, New York City, Habits, Stress, Mindfulness, Self-help, San Francisco Bay, Thompson, Mental Health And Wellness, Health-related, Yoga Journal, Williamson, Tate, Denver Colo


Psychology Around the Net: March 2, 2019

This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers the latest on green spaces and mental health in children, our complex relationships with money, why we’re drawn to conspiracy theories, and more. Enjoy! Does Exposure to Green Spaces in Childhood Lead to Better Mental Health? While growing up in urban areas provides a lot of advantages for kids such as easier access to healthcare, education, and amenities, it also could provide some disadvantages — especially in the form of mental health perks, or ...
Tags: Psychology, Childhood, Kids, Money, Study, Urban, Research, Finances, Alcohol Abuse, Conspiracy Theories, Green Spaces, Brain And Behavior, Children And Teens, Money And Financial, Psychology Around The Net, Health-related


Exercise: Don’t Forget to Make Amends to Your Body

In a world where nothing is in my control and living with a head that constantly tells me I’m not doing enough, exercising every day makes me feel like I’ve checked a box. Last year, my mom fell and broke her hip. During the surgery, she had a mild heart attack and a pulmonary embolism. Since that fall, she’s become wheelchair bound and has started showing the signs of early dementia. She’s now in assisted living, being bathed by caretakers. On the other hand, my father has a girlfriend, writes...
Tags: Psychology, Maryland, Fitness, La, Addiction, Exercise, Recovery, Skype, Publishers, Health-related, Amy, Doug, Exercise & Fitness, The Fix, Healthy Coping Mechanisms, Doug Bopst


How Journaling Can Teach You to Love Your Body

Journaling can transform not only my physical health, but also emotional and spiritual health. I didn’t always love my body. In fact, for years, I hardly thought about it at all. My body was a machine that I worked relentlessly and neglected constantly. It was simply a tool that my brain used to get where it needed to go. I paid no mind to aching muscles, searing headaches and other signs of stress and exhaustion. I ignored my body’s needs until a major health challenge forced me to stop and rec...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Personal, Mindfulness, Self-help, Body Image, Body, Self-esteem, Emotional Health, University Of Arizona, Journaling, Publishers, Health-related, Spirituality & Health, Physical Health, Exercise & Fitness


5 Things to Know Before You Start Losing Weight

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha I struggled to maintain a healthy weight for a large part of my life. Had I known these five things before my weight-loss journey, I would have had a much easier time shedding the pounds and would have realized that weight loss isn’t a magic fix-all solution to my issues. If you’re trying to lose weight, perhaps some of my lessons will be helpful to you. Here we go… 1. This Has to Be for You,...
Tags: Psychology, Diet, Fitness, Friends, Goals, Personal, Weight Loss, Self-esteem, Self-talk, Well-being, Publishers, Healthy Lifestyle, Health-related, Lose Weight, Tiny Buddha, Buddha


Psychology Around the Net: January 12, 2019

Are you ready to learn about simple, no frills self-care tips we can all follow? Why incompetent people have more confidence than you’d think they should? How men and women experience chronic pain differently? Well, good news! This week’s Psychology Around the Net has all that and more. The Free Self-Care You Should Be Doing Right Now: Setting realistic exercise schedules. Tackling one cleaning or organizing project at a time. Getting enough sleep. Extremely basic but extremely helpful self-c...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Women, Memory, Values, Research, Disorders, Stress, Self-help, Confidence, Anxiety, Yoga, Men, Women's Issues, Chronic Pain, Men's Issues


Addicted to Sugar: The Other White Powder

In that first meeting I went to for my sugar addiction, I heard others admit to doing the same things I did. Sneaking. Lying. Throwing food in the bin to halt a binge only to come back later and fish it out to eat. It was right in front of my face, but I couldn’t see it for what it was for years. Addiction is a wayward beast. God knows you can’t see much when you’re laid flat on your back, pinned down by invisible yet ferocious forces. The narrative was just so unfamiliar that I doubted it w...
Tags: Psychology, Personal, Eating Disorders, Addiction, Sugar, Las Vegas, Brian Eno, Ewan McGregor, Binge Eating, Publishers, Health-related, ALICIA, The Fix, Food Addiction, Addicted To Sugar


The Mind-Gut Connection — and Salt?

We have long been told to eat less salt as a high salt diet can lead to high blood pressure, which in turn is a risk factor for a host of health problems including heart disease and stroke. But did you know that, more recently, a high salt diet has been linked to stroke and overall brain health, regardless of the presence of high blood pressure? It is now widely accepted that there is a connection between our minds and our guts and problems with communication between the two contribute t...
Tags: Psychology, Research, Health-related, IBS, Grinstein, Jonathan D Grinstein, Faraco G Brea, Garcia Bonilla, Wang G Racchumi G Chang H Buendia


I Learned How to Let Go of Pain — You Can, Too

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” – Joseph Campbell I am certainly not unique in my experience of pain. Like physical scars — of which I have plenty — pain of any kind tends to hang around doing its dirty work until the one suffering takes appropriate action to help dispel it. Granted, some physical pain can only be ameliorated, not eradicated. That’s good enough in some instances, although not ideal. Having gone through numerous instances where I’ve s...
Tags: Psychology, Personal, Mindfulness, Self-help, Healing, Surgery, National Institutes of Health, Chronic Pain, Health-related, Emotional Pain, Harvard Medical School, Joseph Campbell, Peer Support


A New Look at Grief Beyond Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s Five Stages

A few weeks ago, I said goodbye to a long time, dear friend who had become a sister of choice, a traveling companion, a ‘kvetch and moan’ sounding board, as well as a compassionate confidant who didn’t hesitate to call me on my stuff when needed. She died after a nearly two-year encounter with cancer. I hesitate to call it a battle as many do when given the diagnosis that she was. She was more a reluctant dance partner with the disease, attempting to improvise her way through the steps and t...
Tags: Psychology, Grief, Family, Relationships, Friends, Personal, Loss, Bereavement, Grieving, Grief And Loss, Michael, Inspiration & Hope, Health-related, Coping, Buddhist, Elisabeth Kübler Ross


6 Life Lessons I Learned Last Year

Danish philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard once wrote, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” The beginning of a new year is an appropriate time to look back over the lessons learned from the mistakes and experiences of previous months. In 2018, I wrote two letters of resignation, grieved the ending of two significant relationships, and spent several weeks on a hospital waiting list for severe depression and weight loss. I fumbled, got lost, and confront...
Tags: Psychology, Suicide, Work Life Balance, Communication, Stress, Personal, Self-help, Depression, Self-esteem, Psychotherapy, Perfectionism, New Year's, Self-compassion, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Marriage And Divorce


RAD Tips for a Mindful Year

At the beginning of a new year, many of us start thinking about or have already planned several new year resolutions. These resolutions can be anything from exercising more, eating healthier, working less, more social time, or more time with loved ones. How have these resolutions worked out for you? What resolutions did you make at the beginning of 2018? Were you able to follow through with them? What did you learn about yourself while working toward accomplishing these resolutions? When we...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Happiness, Mindfulness, Self-help, Self-esteem, New Year's, Personal Growth, Health-related, Success & Achievement, Life Change


Thrive in the New Year: How to Set Intentions Not Resolutions

Each new year we are encouraged by society to set New Year’s Resolutions. It’s a time that’s supposed to be filled with new hope of making things different in the coming year. However, if you’re like most people you aren’t a fan of setting New Year’s resolutions. In theory, it’s a good idea, but it leaves many people feeling like they’ve failed by the time February 1st rolls around. That’s why I’m going to encourage you to set intentions for 2019 instead of resolutions. What are New Year’s res...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Failure, Habits, Happiness, New Year's, Personal Growth, Holiday Coping, Health-related, Success & Achievement, New Year's Resolution, Life Changes


Stressed Out? 4 Ways Stress Affects Your Health

We all know the feeling of being late to work, losing a job, or even worrying about finances. No matter your situation, stress is a feeling that people experience every day. Stress causes a lot of physical reactions in the body. Although the correlation needs to be studied more, an overabundance of stress can be linked to issues such as heart disease. It’s important to know how to reduce stress and the ways it can harm your body. Here are ways that stress affects your overall hea...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Stress, Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Yoga, Stress Reduction, Mental Health And Wellness, Health-related, Chronic Stress, IBS, American Heart Association, Inflammation, Wei, Brain-gut Connection, Ways Stress Affects Your Health


Psychology Around the Net: December 22, 2018

Happy Holidays, sweet readers! Regardless of which holiday you celebrate — or even if you celebrate one at all — you’ve no doubt felt a mix of pleasant and not-so-pleasant emotions this month (why does this read like a horoscope?) — especially if you celebrate Christmas as you now only have a few days to go! Take a look at this week’s Psychology Around the Net to learn more about how to handle the holidays when they aren’t the most wonderful time of the year for you, ways to navigate the season...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Kids, Smoking, Holidays, Children, Obesity, Relationships, Study, Happiness, Christmas, Research, Intelligence, Stress, Depression, Heart Disease


OCD and Multiple Sclerosis

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a complicated illness, and the cause, or causes, remain unknown. Research has shown that OCD is seen more frequently than usual in those with various physical disorders, such as muscular dystrophy. An October 2018 study published in Frontiers in Immunology highlights a connection between OCD and another disease — multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating autoimmune disorder, where the body’s immune system goes haywire and attac...
Tags: Psychology, Research, Multiple Sclerosis, OCD, Obsessions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Health-related, Compulsions, Kant, Avadhesha Surolia


How the Opioid Epidemic Affects Chronic Pain Patients

“It is borderline genocide,” said DeLuca, 37. “You are allowing [chronic pain patients] to go home and essentially suffer until they kill themselves.” Last year, Lauren DeLuca went to the emergency room in the middle of the night, violently ill and in pain with a pancreatic attack. Despite the fact that she was passing out and vomiting profusely, DeLuca said that she received little help. “I was essentially turned away,” she told The Fix. “Everywhere [I went] I was being accused of lying, acc...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Cdc, Washington, Massachusetts, America, Disorders, Substance Abuse, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Publishers, Chronic Pain, Medications, Health-related, Webster, Deluca, Opioids


4 Reasons Why Appearance Matters in Relationships

Talking about appearance is a touchy subject. No one wants to be judged solely by the way they look, nor should they. Attractiveness is defined by many things that go beyond the superficial. That being said, there are certain things about appearance that are quite important. No matter how shallow it sounds, looks do matter, but not in the way you may be thinking. No one is suggesting that you need to be a Size 2 or have biceps like the Hulk. And even if you are nearly the perfect physical...
Tags: Psychology, Marriage, Relationships, Dating, Sexual Attraction, Marriage And Divorce, Health-related, Ken


Therapists Share Their Favorite Meaningful Self-Care Tips

Self-care has many different definitions. It simply depends on who you ask. But what usually doesn’t differ is that self-care is about nourishing ourselves—and it’s absolutely vital. As psychotherapist Emily Griffiths, LPC, said, “The opposite of self-care is self-neglect.” And “neglecting our emotional and physical health leads to increased anxiety, depression, and physical illness.” She noted that self-care is about knowing our limits and not depleting our nervous system. “When we lose sight...
Tags: Psychology, General, Relationships, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Self-help, Creativity, Oakland, Thorn, Personal Growth, Self-compassion, Mental Health And Wellness, Health-related, Self Care, Ashley Thorn