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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.

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What Causes Zoom Fatigue

Nonverbal Overload: A Theoretical Argument for the Causes of Zoom Fatigue · Volume 2, Issue 1

For decades, scholars have predicted that videoconference technology will disrupt the practice of commuting daily to and from work and will change the way people socialize. In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic forced a drastic increase in the number of videoconference meetings, and Zoom became the leading software package because it was free, robust, and easy to use.

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Conversion Therapy Now Illegal in Canada

Yesterday it became illegal in Canada to conduct conversion therapy, which aims at changing an individual’s sexual orientation. There is ample research that conversion therapy has done irreparable harm, so this is most welcoming news.

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Coping with Uncertainty

The great unknown: 10 tips for dealing with the stress of uncertainty

Findings from the APA Stress in America Survey highlight common ways that uncertainty stresses us out.