The Effect of Social Media on Mental Health in the Era of COVID-19

Why Taking a Break From Social Media Is Important for Your Mental Health Is your mental health suffering in a time of COVID? You’re certainly not alone. The digital landscape seems hopelessly negative and combative these days, to the point that even a few minutes online can prompt feelings of hopelessness or despair. The Value of Social Media Breaks: What the Research Says A growing body of research supports the value of unplugging. Perhaps most notable: a 2016 study published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. This one-week experiment involving over 1,000 participants found that those who successfully…

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Coping with the Stress and Uncertainty of COVID-19 Lockdown

How to Deal with the Long-Term Stresses and Future Uncertainty of COVID Lockdowns Diagnoses for depression and anxiety are skyrocketing in the time of COVID. Preliminary data from a Kaiser Family Foundation poll suggests that nearly half of Americans have suffered worse than usual mental health during the pandemic. Unfortunately, such issues are far from over, especially as we deal with an uncertain future in which another surge or lockdown could occur at any point. The sooner we acknowledge this new reality, the more effectively we can handle the mental health implications. If uncertainty has you feeling stressed, give these…

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Mental Health Tips And Resources For Those Stressed During the COVID Era

  Mental health problems were common prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but they’re even more prevalent now that COVID has taken over. According to the Healthline Mental Health Index, 45 percent of the U.S. population currently lies outside of the “normal” range on a common depression and anxiety survey known as the Patient Health Questionnaire-4 (PHQ-4). While this secondary epidemic may not be overcome until we find a cure for COVID, several measures can ease our anxiety during this difficult time, as highlighted below: Make the Most of Digital Resources Videoconferencing applications and other digital tools make even the strictest…

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The Physical Risks of Economic Stressors: Part I

  Social distancing and quarantine efforts may be crucial to flattening the curve of the current pandemic, but these strategies hold real implications for the physical health of those asked to remain home. The economic impact cannot be understated as unemployment rates and small business closures skyrocket, but these concerns affect more than just our bank accounts. Extensive research indicates that financial stressors also harm our physical health. We explore these concerning findings below: The Interplay Between Poverty, Mental Health, and Physical Health It’s no secret that economic uncertainty impacts mental health. A review of over 100 studies published in…

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February Is National Heart Month: Tips For Achieving a Healthy Heart Now And Year-Round

The Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day may be your February high points, but there’s far more to this month than chocolate and chicken wings. It’s also National Heart Month — a key opportunity to raise awareness of the concerning role heart disease plays in modern society. Think of this as your second shot at a New Year’s resolution: the chance to reassess your habits and commit to a healthier lifestyle. Incorporate the following practices into your daily routine to protect your heart this month and throughout the year: Eat More Fruits And Veggies Eating healthy can feel like a struggle…

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