Today’s Solutions: October 26, 2021

Mental Health

Here you can read the latest news and research studies covering mental health. This is also the place to find out about different strategies on how you can reduce stress and boost happiness, and many other ways to look after your mental wellbeing.

Belgium considers implementing a 4-day work week

We recently shared the results of the largest ever trial of a four-day working week in Iceland, which researchers hailed as an “overwhelming success." Now, inspired by those findings, Belgium is considering implementing the idea as part of a broader set of labor market reforms. According to Read More...

Here's how to overcome social anxiety and get that conversation going

Are you feeling out of practice when it comes to social situations? You’re not alone. The pandemic has put unique strains on us, and as we learn to adjust to a new normal, we may find that sparking up a conversation is harder than it once was. Here are some tips to get you back into the social Read More...

3 ways content creators can make social media more constructive

According to a recently released Wall Street Journal report, 32 percent of teen girls report that Instagram makes them feel worse when they feel bad about their bodies. Although social media can have detrimental effects on everyone’s self-image, this phenomenon is particularly damaging for young Read More...

How to support a loved one with cancer, according to a cancer survivor

Being diagnosed with cancer is a scary experience. Even though many people develop cancer in their lifetime, it doesn’t make it any easier when you or someone you love is diagnosed for the first time. Unfortunately, there isn’t a definitive “right way” to support your loved ones through Read More...

London’s black cabbies help navigate research into Alzheimer’s disease

What do squirrels and London’s licensed black cabbies have in common? An extraordinarily large hippocampus—the area of the brain that deals with spatial navigation. London’s licensed black cabbies don’t need the modern convenience of GPS devices. Instead, they rely on “the Read More...

5 Reasons why we wake up in the middle of the night (and what to do about it)

According to sleep expert Shelby Harris, PsyD, “everyone wakes up five to seven times per night between finishing complete sleep cycles. Each awakening is extremely brief in nature, and we fall right back asleep with amnesia for it.” However, even though this is how it’s supposed to be, Read More...

Online platform is the first fully virtual treatment option for eating disorders

An estimated 30 million Americans struggle with an eating disorder, yet many patients are reluctant to admit they have an issue and even more hesitant to seek treatment due to stigmas surrounding mental health care. After a spike in eating disorders during the pandemic, psychiatrist Dr. Wendy Read More...

Struggling with climate anxiety? Climate scientists have some tips

As the effects of climate change become more apparent in our day to day lives, increasing numbers of people are experiencing climate anxiety, and the issue is rampant among the planet’s youngest generations. A recent survey of 10,000 young people found that three quarters think the future of the Read More...

Students in Illinois will soon be able to take up to 5 mental health days

Even before the pandemic, instances of mental health crises among teens were on the rise, making classrooms a focal point for addressing mental health challenges. That’s why Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill this summer that allows students to take up to five excused mental health Read More...

Gut Instincts—Health and the microbiome

“Our body teaches us that health lies in balance and harmony, rather than in conflict and fighting.” - Ilchi Lee BY Amelia Buckley Whether choosing a sandwich option for lunch or accepting a new job offer, we’re all familiar with gut instincts. Although the term “gut instinct” only Read More...