Tag: Anxiety and Stress

The Year of American Disappointment

So we face the specter of a world where the illness is endemic on a scale that isn’t disastrous but also isn’t great, with a spike in the air-conditioned states every summer and a flu-Covid double whammy every winter: a new normal that makes everybody’s life a little more stressful, that drags modestly but meaningfully […]

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Try These Brain Foods to Improve Your Mood

“Our brains evolved to eat almost anything to survive, but increasingly we know there’s a way to fuel it to improve overall mental health,” said Dr. Ramsey, author of the book “Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety.” “We know if you eat a bunch of garbage, you feel like garbage, but the idea that it […]

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These Mothers Were Exhausted, So They Met on a Field to Scream

In Boston, many mothers were exhausted. The pandemic had been so draining that they wanted to scream. But they had to hold it in because they had children to raise, careers to build and chores to finish. For nearly two years, they have been trapped. But on a night this month, about 20 mothers ditched […]

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The Mental Health Toll of Trump-Era Politics

But I’m also interested the role politics plays in the disastrous state of American mental health, which is one of the overarching stories in the country right now. For all our division, there’s a pretty broad consensus that the country is, psychologically, in an awful place. According to a recent USA Today/Suffolk University poll, almost […]

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How Anxiety Can Benefit Us

Here’s why. The right amount of anxiety can improve performance. Anxiety is an uncomfortable emotion, often fueled by uncertainty. It can create intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear, not just about stressful events but also about everyday situations. There are usually physical symptoms too, like fast heart rate, muscle tension, rapid breathing, sweating and […]

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Best Foods for Better Sleep

The researchers discovered that eating more saturated fat and less fiber from foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains led to reductions in slow-wave sleep, which is the deep, restorative kind. In general, clinical trials have also found that carbohydrates have a significant impact on sleep: People tend to fall asleep much faster at night […]

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Catching Waves for Well-Being

A qualitative study of 22 youths participating in The Wave Project, published in June in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, noted that surf therapy may work through offering a safe physical and emotional space, peer mentoring and positive reinforcement. Similarly, in 2017 a British study looked at the effectiveness of a […]

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