One of the hot topics in psychology right now is the relationship between nutrition and mental health with a flurry of research suggesting that nutrition could be an effective first-line intervention. Several large-scale studies show a clear link between mental health and the Mediterranean Diet, for example.
The Science of Rewatching Shows
Do you have a particular TV show or shows you keep rewatching? If so, 1) you are not a lone and 2) there is some science that may explain why.
Nature Walks Decrease Low Mood
I remember encountering a psychologist while hiking in Iceland and we talked about some of the differences in our conceptions of what leads to people’s suffering. And she said that one of her primary approaches is to send people with mental health challenges into nature. This hot-off-the-press research supports that she was right, especially in terms of decreasing low mood by taking nature walks.
The holidays can been notoriously stressful for people. Here’s a video of a clinical psychologist giving tips for the holidays.
Sleep Difficulty Questions and Answers
So many people struggle with sleep. Here is an interesting article that answers some interesting questions.
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.
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.
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.
A recent study suggests that staying off social media, even for a week, can boost mental health. Here is an article summarizing the findings.
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.