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Today’s Solutions: June 22, 2024

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Irish town's Smartphone ban offers blueprint for digital balance and kid's mental health

The daily quandary of when to introduce smartphones to tweens resonates with parents worldwide. Greystones, County Wicklow, in Ireland, however, didn't just grapple with this challenge individually but united to create a town-wide ‘no-smartphone code.’ The collaborative endeavor aims to Read More...

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Protecting ourselves and our children from overexposure to images of war and violence

At a time when our media feeds are rife with distressing images and heartbreaking news, it is critical to learn how to shield ourselves and our children from the overwhelming emotional toll. Dr. Arash Javanbakht, a renowned trauma psychiatrist and researcher, has dedicated his career to assisting Read More...

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Thrills and chills: how horror films can improve your mental health

The mere mention of legendary horror films such as "The Exorcist" and "Silent Night, Deadly Night" conjures up images of terror and revulsion. But did you know that, despite making spectators squirm and cringe, some films may be beneficial to their mental health? In this investigation, we look into Read More...

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On the road to mental health: 3 tips for men who have no idea how to start therapy

When it comes to entering the world of therapy, guys are frequently lost, unsure of where to begin. They may have the desire to become persons who openly disclose their deepest ideas and begin investigating the complexities of human behavior, but they lack the tools and guidance to take the first Read More...

Gardening

New study shows gardening alleviates depression and anxiety

In a new study from the University of Florida, researchers proved that gardening can improve the mental well-being of even healthy people.  “Past studies have shown that gardening can help improve the mental health of people who have existing medical conditions or challenges. Our study shows Read More...

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Why keeping your space tidy is great for your well-being

Even if you have little motivation to clean up the space around you, there is every reason to make your environment, both at home and at work, as tidy as possible. Why? Based on a wealth of research, there are four key benefits that come with keeping a clean environment. Let’s check them Read More...

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8 strategies to handle back-to-office stress and anxiety

After having endured two years of pandemic restrictions and finally getting accustomed to working from home (which of course, has its own set of challenges), transitioning back to the office may be harder than anticipated. This study by McKinsey reveals that as many as one in three employees Read More...

The dog is hiding under the sofa and afraid to go out.

This study brings us one step closer to conquering fear

Humans experience many powerful emotions: love, anger, excitement, and fear. The question is why do fearful memories stay with us so strongly when others become increasingly difficult to remember? Collaborating teams of researchers from Tulane University and Tufts University have been Read More...

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5 easy strategies to break your interrupting habit

Conversational dynamics can be powerful, and how you use them can change the whole feeling and outcome of a conversation. They have a complex structure and unsaid rules that need to be followed to ensure everyone is heard, feels respected, and the talk is productive. One of these rules is that Read More...

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8 Ways to manage social anxiety and feelings of shyness

As we enter summer in what feels like a "post-pandemic" era, we may find ourselves out of practice when it comes to socializing and interacting with others who are outside our bubble. This may lead to feeling shyer than you would normally, or feelings of social anxiety. Though social anxiety and Read More...