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Sleep Difficulty Questions and Answers

So many people struggle with sleep. Here is an interesting article that answers some interesting questions.

Your questions about how to sleep well, answered

Recently, we asked our readers what was keeping them up. Turns out, it is a whole bunch of things, from insomnia, to late-night bathroom visits, to racing minds that won’t shut off. We collected your most pressing questions and put them to sleep experts, who recommend we all start making sleep a bigger priority in our busy lives.

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Coping with Unwanted Thoughts

Most of us have uncomfortable or unwanted thoughts sometimes. We know from research that trying to control or suppress them typically makes them worse. Think of the “don’t think of the pink elephant” phenomenon. Here’s an interesting article of a recent study that sheds more light on this and what to do.

Can we control unwanted thoughts? New research says, yes

Most people experience unwanted thoughts from time to time. Some, known as intrusive thoughts, can be linked to psychiatric disorders. A new study has found that most people use reactive thought control to deal with unwanted thoughts once they have occurred.

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The Importance of Reaching Out

The issue about who reaches out to who among one’s friends and relatives is of course a bit of a “thing.” Here is an interesting article about the importance of reaching out to others and how we tend to underestimate the positive impact this can have on others.

Friends enjoy being reached out to more than we think

Washington – People consistently underestimate how much others in their social circle might appreciate an unexpected phone call, text or email just to say hello, and the more surprising the connection, the greater the appreciation, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

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Relieving Workplace Stress

We know that making gratitude and appreciation explicit in long-term relationships has significant positive effects on the partners, but here is an article about research that suggests that same is true in work relationships.

Here’s an easy way to improve workplace stress – and anyone can do it.

A study from the University of California San Diego’s Rady School of Management finds teammates who thanked each other before performing a high-stress task had a better cardiovascular response compared to teams who did not express gratitude. The enhanced cardiovascular response leads to increased concentration, more confidence, allowing individuals to give their peak performance.

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Social Media Breaks Boost Mental Health

A recent study suggests that staying off social media, even for a week, can boost mental health. Here is an article summarizing the findings.

Time off social media boosts mental health, study suggests

It’s no secret that too much social media can be bad for one’s mental health. Now, research suggests that taking even a brief break from TikTok, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. Staying off social media for a week meant, for some study participants, gaining about nine hours of free time, which improved their well-being, British researchers report.

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Struggling with Self-Doubt?

So many people struggle with feelings of self-doubt or thoughts like “I don’t really know what I am doing” or “People will find out that I am not that great at…” Here is a great article about these kinds of ideas and feelings, which may be part of Impostor Syndrome.

Do you have ‘impostor syndrome’? Look for these signs

The past two years thrust many of us into new roles. Some of us were, or still are, full-time remote workers, some of us became stewards of virtual education, some of us are unemployed, some of us are Zoom aficionados (some of us are not) – and a lot of us are questioning whether we’re doing a good enough job “keeping up” with the new normal.

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Friends and COVID

If you think that friends and their behaviour may protect you from COVID, be careful! As much as you love your friends and they may love you, research suggests that it pays to stick to safety precautions.

People wrongly believe their friends will protect them from COVID-19

Washington-People may feel less vulnerable and take fewer safety precautions about covid-19 when they are with, or even just think about, their friends instead of acquaintances or strangers, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

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COVID “Reopening Anxiety”

Reopening anxiety ‘quite common’ as COVID-19 restrictions lift, B.C. psychologist says

Feelings of anxiety are perfectly normal as British Columbians adjust to life without some of the province’s longstanding COVID-19 restrictions, according to one expert.

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Counterintuitive Methods for Stress-Busting

Mental health experts debunk 10 stress myths

Mental-health experts Stephanie Cook and Teresa Leyro debunk 10 myths about stress. They explain why everyone needs stress, including children, and why vacations can’t cure burnout. They also talk about different coping methods, such as alcohol use, nail biting, and stress eating – as well as healthier alternatives to avoid their long-term effects.

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Sick and tired of the pandemic? Here are some tips for coping

Feeling pandemic fatigue? Here’s how to cope according to psychologists | News

Last summer, it felt like we could see the light at the end of the tunnel. People were getting vaccinated, we could hang out with our double-dosed friends (even indoors!), and COVID-19 cases were below a thousand in most provinces. Then a new variant decided to rear its ugly head.