Treating Insomnia Can Ease Depression And Paranoia, Study Finds

 

In a large trial published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, researchers at Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute also found that successfully treating sleep disruption eased psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and paranoia.

“Sleep problems are very common in people with mental health disorders, but for too long insomnia has been trivialized as merely a symptom, rather than a cause, of psychological difficulties,” said Daniel Freeman, a professor of clinical psychology who led the work.

“This study turns that old idea on its head, showing that insomnia may actually be a contributory cause of mental health problems.” Continue reading “Treating Insomnia Can Ease Depression And Paranoia, Study Finds”

Why You Feel So Stressed Out After A Vacation

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You’ve just returned home from vacation — sun-kissed and blissed out — but the moment you open your inbox or spot the pile of mail that accumulated in your absence, you’re hit with a crippling sense of anxiety.

If this scenario sounds familiar, you’re not alone. According to Dr. Josh Klapow, a clinical psychologist and co-host of radio show “The Web,” it’s normal to experience some degree of stress or disorientation when you’re coming down from the high of vacation. Continue reading “Why You Feel So Stressed Out After A Vacation”

6 Ways To Survive Summer Travel With A Chronic Illness

Two summers ago, I planned the family road trip of a lifetime. I bought an inexpensive and used camping trailer, loaded it up with everything from toiletries to food, and set out on a 21-day road trip through six western states. I planned our route meticulously, lining up activities and stops along the way, but what got lost in the shuffle was my own chronic health needs.

I assumed I would be able to stretch out my regular medical infusions to allow for my travel or refill my prescriptions on-the-go, but I quickly learned how wrong I was. I spent way too much of my vacation tackling my medical challenges instead of enjoying the sites, and I returned home worse for the wear.

That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to plan ahead for your health-related travel needs. Since my trip, I’ve learned how to better prepare for travel, and the trips I’ve taken since then have gone smoothly. Chronic diseases like neurological and gastrointestinal disorders, asthma or diabetes can require extensive monitoring and preparation. These tips from medical professionals, people with chronic diseases and their caregivers will help you safely navigate your next summer trip. Continue reading “6 Ways To Survive Summer Travel With A Chronic Illness”

5 Simple Habits Of The Most Energetic People

We all know someone with seemingly boundless energy. You know, that person who wakes up with the sun, who actually goes to the gym before 8 a.m., who is always up for an after-work adventure or weekend-long excursion. But chances are, you are not one of those people.

According to a 2015 survey from YouGov, only one in seven Americans wake up feeling fresh and rested every day. The rest of us slog through life exhausted, getting by with the help of extra-large coffees and the promise of a comfortable couch to collapse on at the end of the day.

Tired of being tired? We partnered with Sleep Number to talk to some of those mythical, extra-energetic people and get some tips even the sleepiest among us can follow. Here’s what they had to say.

Eat a filling, balanced breakfast.

 

Feeling sluggish? Check your diet! If you’re consuming mostly processed foods full of sugar, or if you’re skipping major meals like breakfast in an attempt to lose weight, you’ve found your culprit.

“You should always have a balanced breakfast that will provide you with energy and promote stable blood sugar levels,” says Alyssa Cohen, a registered dietitian and food blogger.

“Blood sugar is often elevated in the morning, partly due to the release of hormones like cortisol, which spikes around the time people wake up,” says Cohen. “In order to prevent a large spike in energy, which will be followed by a crash, it’s best to eat a breakfast heavy in good carbohydrates, like whole grains, starchy vegetables and fruit, and pair those with some protein and fat. This will manage blood sugar levels and prevent energy crashes.” Continue reading “5 Simple Habits Of The Most Energetic People”

Anxiety: The Monster I Cannot See

Make no mistake: anxiety stinks.

Lately I have been anxious: unbearably anxious.

Maybe it is all of the impending changes in my life. Maybe it is the current state of our nation, the insecurity I now feel in the country I call home. Or maybe it is just my damn anxiety disorder, but whatever it is I find myself on edge. My heart has been racing and my mind has been chasing after random thoughts and barely formulated ideas.

I am afraid of a monster I cannot see, of a future I cannot predict, and of matters in which I have no control. And earlier today, my anxiety came to a head. I found myself shaking on the toilet, and in tears. I found myself unable to articulate anything. My thoughts, my feelings, everything was just too big. Continue reading “Anxiety: The Monster I Cannot See”

How To Stay Motivated And Energized When Working Long Hours

In today’s world, it has become normal for many people to work after hours and not get enough sleep as a result. While most people would tell you to simply stop working overtime and go to sleep at a reasonable hour, that is not always feasible. If you are tired of feeling drained, there are a few things you can do to combat this feeling.

Take some “me” time.

With a busy schedule, it can be hard to take time for yourself. It is important to establish this as a priority. During these sessions, you need to focus on what helps you relax. You may want to try some meditation or yoga to help relieve the stress. Make an effort to call a friend or family member on your way home. Even something this small can give you a small energy boost. Continue reading “How To Stay Motivated And Energized When Working Long Hours”

What To Know If You Love Someone With High-Functioning Anxiety

When someone you love has high-functioning anxiety, it isn’t always obvious. And success in life ― whether recognition at work or, say, being particularly sparkly at a party ― doesn’t mean he or she isn’t dealing with something internally.

While those living with the condition are dealing with debilitating side effects, they hide it well ― even from their loved ones or significant others. People who struggle with the disorder often experience excessive worry and panic, headaches and more.

As with any mental health condition, the more people know about it, the better. Education is critical when it comes to erasing stigma ― and less stigma could mean more people with disorders will reach out for help. Research shows negative stereotypes often prevent people with mental health issues from seeking treatment.

We asked our Facebook communities to share what they want their partners and families to know about high-functioning anxiety as a way to shine a light on the condition. Below are some things to keep in mind if you love someone who is dealing with it:

1. Routine tasks can feel impossible.

“Some daily activities that may seem easy for them are not for me. Shopping, going to the post office, school, etc. It’s not easy and sometimes there are days that I can’t fake it and pretend that my anxiety isn’t out of control.” ―Sabrina Campbell Continue reading “What To Know If You Love Someone With High-Functioning Anxiety”

12 Tricks To Rest, Restore And Grow Your Brain On Vacation

It may come as no surprise that travel is also associated with mental health and happiness: While the wrong type of trip can leave you more stressed and frazzled than before, the right kind has the potential to grow your brain, help you find more meaning in life and provide memories that will give you happiness boosts for years to come.

Here’s how to take (and return from!) a trip that delivers the most mental bang for your buck.

1. Plan early and often. 

Research shows travel’s biggest happiness boost comes not from trips themselves, but from the excitement of planning beforehand. However, one small study confirmed that some people feel more stressed than usual the week before vacation, due to mounting strain at work and home before they leave. Continue reading “12 Tricks To Rest, Restore And Grow Your Brain On Vacation”

7 Ways To Lead A More Confident Life

It is never too late to go after your dreams and do all the things you want to do.

When you are confident in your body, mind and soul it allows you to create a life that feels good from the inside out.

When you have confidence, it allows you to go after what you really want and helps you turn your dreams into realities.

If you want to feel more confident about life, if you want to have the courage to go after your wildest dreams, here are seven things that can help.

1.) Learn to trust your inner voice.

Under the copious thoughts that swim around in your mind is your voice of inner wisdom. This is the voice of your instincts and intuition, and it is always guiding you. The trick is learning to silence your mind so you can hear what your inner voice is trying to say. This voice is always positive and helps you to feel strong because it knows your true potential and what you are truly capable of. The mind, on the other hand, can fill you with fear and doubt. When you have to make decisions in life, try your best to take guidance from your inner voice. Continue reading “7 Ways To Lead A More Confident Life”

16 Ways to Create Your Own Happiness

Let’s face it, happiness and work do not tend to go hand in hand. A 2013 Gallup study, which reported data from more than 180 million people, found that just 13% of us consider ourselves to be “happily engaged at work.”

Those who do rate themselves as happy are 36% more motivated, six times more energized, and twice as productive as their unhappy counterparts.

The good news is that just 50% of happiness is influenced by genetics—the rest is up to you.

When it comes to making yourself happy, you need to learn what works for you. Once you discover this, everything else tends to fall into place. And making yourself happy doesn’t just improve your performance; it’s also good for your health.

A critical skill set that happy people tend to have in common is emotional intelligence (EQ). At TalentSmart, we’ve tested the EQs of more than a million people and know what makes high EQ people tick. So, we went digging until we found 16 great ways that emotionally intelligent people create their own happiness at work.

1. Remember That You Are In Charge of Your Own Happiness

You have two choices in any dead-end job: find another one or make the most of the one you’re stuck with. Either way, your happiness is up to you and no one else. Remind yourself of this anytime you’re feeling stuck. Continue reading “16 Ways to Create Your Own Happiness”