3 Strategies for Maintaining Your Mental Health When You’re Stuck Inside

There was once a time when I dreamed of having the opportunity to stay at home for an extended period of time. In this fantasy, I still planned on working from home, but at least I wouldn’t have to commute or leave my apartment to socialize. Of course that scenario didn’t involve a deadly world pandemic, but here we are. …

Relaxation Induced Anxiety Is Real — Here’s What You Need to Know

For someone with anxiety, being told to “just relax” or “calm down” is infuriating. And — in case you’re wondering — it’s not helpful at all. Now that we’re cooped up at home for the foreseeable future thanks to the coronavirus, people are telling us to take this time as a chance to relax. But that’s easier said than done.  …

How Hope Can Help With Anxiety — Even During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, people are feeling a lot of things right now, like frustration, anger, boredom, anxiety, and fear. In addition to toilet paper, hope is also something currently in short supply. All of the uncertainty about when the pandemic will be over, whether we’ll have enough supplies, and when we might get a treatment or vaccine, is …

Deep Sleep Rewires Your Brain and Could Help Treat Anxiety

After years and years of being reminded about the importance of sleep and the rise of the concept of “sleep hygiene,” it’s been drilled into our heads that sleep is this precious commodity. And while it definitely is, not all sleep is created equal. Now, a study out of the University of California, Berkeley found that non-rapid eye movement (NREM) …

This May Be Why You’re Suffering From Treatment Resistant Depression

Sleep is crucial to our mental health, but for people with mental health disorders, who tend to sleep poorly, it’s especially important because insomnia magnifies perceptions of problems and exacerbates depressive symptoms. Luckily, new research from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University indicates that obstructive sleep apnea may, in part, be responsible for treatment resistant depression, offering sufferers …

Sticking to Your Goals Can Ward Off Depression and Anxiety

We’re all taught about the importance of having goals at any early age. Whether you’re working towards being full potty-trained or learning how to read, when you’re a child, there’s always another developmental milestone. As we grow up, we’re encouraged to continue creating and fulfilling goals: building successful careers, starting families and developing personal interests — and it benefits us …

New Study Finds Vitamin Supplements Don’t Protect Against Depression

Those of us who grew up taking Flintstones vitamins were taught that they would help us grow up to be big and strong, as if they were magical fruit-flavored chalk chunks that could keep us healthy. While vitamin supplements are beneficial in many ways, taking them as a way of treating or warding off depression is ineffective new research from …