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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.

3 Science-Backed Reasons You Like Rewatching TV Shows

Blair Perkins, a 23-year-old based in Fostoria, Ohio, who works as a housekeeper, loves rewatching Friends. Sometimes they binge watch the show during a stressful period of time, or play a few episodes after work – and sometimes they rewatch it just because. Why?

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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.

Walking in nature decreases negative feelings among those diagnosed with major depressive disorder

A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders investigated the relationship between walking in nature and emotional affect in those with major depressive disorder (MDD). Compared to urban settings, walking in nature successfully lowered levels of negative affect in those diagnosed with MDD.

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Holiday Stress? Here are some expert tips:

The holidays can been notoriously stressful for people. Here’s a video of a clinical psychologist giving tips for the holidays.

Ask an Expert: Dealing with holiday stress | Watch News Videos Online

The holidays are a joyous time of the year, but it can also bring anxiety in people’s lives. Dr. Jaleh Shahin, a clinical psychologist, joined Jennifer Palma on Global News Morning with some ways on how you can best deal with the stress of this time of the year.

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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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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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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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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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Psychotherapy is Evidence-Based Self-Care

Therapy Isn’t Self-Indulgent-It’s Evidence-Based Self-Care

If you’re struggling right now but still on the fence about therapy -assuming that it’s for people with more serious problems, symptoms, or mental health conditions than you’re dealing with-I’d like to challenge you to throw out that assumption.

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Overcoming Phone Addiction

If you have difficulty putting your phone down sometimes, you are not alone. This is an interesting article about recommendations from psychologists about how to develop a healthier relationship with devices.