How Political Instability Can Impact Us Emotionally And Physically: What Can We Do to Protect Ourselves?

  From election drama to Black Lives Matter protests and debates about the merits of various COVID interventions, political instability is the name of the game in 2021. While it’s important to remain informed and engaged, our emotional and physical health matters too — and both have been negatively impacted by the political difficulties of the past several months. Keep reading to discover why our health is at stake and what we can do to address the problem: How Political Instability Harms Our Health Political problems manifest in poor health due to both the poor execution of public policies, and…

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The Physical Dangers of Lockdown Isolation — And What We Can Do About It

  Isolation and loneliness represented huge societal problems long before COVID forced us into quarantine. More people than ever live alone, and worse, many lack the friendships or close family relationships needed to support their mental health. It’s no secret that loneliness can give rise to issues like depression and anxiety, but its physical manifestations are also alarming. We are beginning to see this play out after months of lockdown. While nothing will replace traditional, in-person interactions, we can still make an effort to preserve our mental and physical health. These suggestions may help: Take Advantage of Digital Solutions Video…

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Seasonal Depression Meets COVID-19 Depression

Seasonal depression, the “winter blues,” and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) all have one thing in common: timing. As winter approaches and the amount of daylight decreases, energy levels and moods begin to diminish for many people. Now, when adding the psychological effects of COVID-19 and being locked-down, experts are worried about what this could mean. According to Yale Medicine, symptoms of seasonal depression include but are not limited to “poor mood, low energy, excessive sleepiness during the day, craving carbohydrates, over-eating and gaining weight, and social withdrawal”. Although only 15% of the population are assumed to be affected,  more may…

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