A large study called a meta-analysis (a study of many studies) from 2004 looked at over 300 different research articles conducted over 30 years on the subject of immunity. Each paper evaluated the amount of stress people had, and how well their immune system worked. The results were clear, as study after study showed the same thing: short term stress would temporarily increase the ability of the immune system to fight, but chronic long-term stress suppressed the immune system. Even more, it showed that those people with the most chronic stress had the most immunity loss. The authors of this paper mentioned that losing a job, or becoming a caregiver for a sick family member were up there with the most immune-stopping life events. … [Read more...] about Immunity and the Mind: 7 Steps
Announce at 12 or 13 weeks
Alerted to the gaffe, the broadcaster quickly pulled the stories and issued an embarrassed apology. But the damage had already been done. It created a funny (funny weird, not funny ha ha) existential moment for the people who’d been named. For a few hours, they’d been wiped from the ledger of the living. This is not an experience many of us get to have. It’d be like hearing the crowd talking about you at your funeral through the lid of the casket. … [Read more...] about Death and Thanksgiving
So, how to combat this? Start by deciding on a consistent time you can get up each morning (including weekends, with no more than an hour’s wiggle room to sleep in) and set an alarm for that time. Get up with the alarm even if you didn’t sleep well that night, and go to bed in the evening when you’re feeling sleepy. After a few days or weeks of staying consistent with your wake-up time, your body will adjust and make you feel ready for bed at around the same time every night. … [Read more...] about Why Sleep Paralysis Happens (and How to Prevent It)
1. Digital or self-guided online cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) improves insomnia just as well as therapist-guided CBT-I. One of the reasons CBT-I is underutilized is because there are not many therapists certified in CBT-I and, as a result, it may be difficult to find a therapist specifically trained in offering CBT-I. However, there are several CBT-I online programs and apps available online (some are paid subscriptions). Research has found that digital CBT-I that is internet-based, online, or app-based CBT-I can be equally effective and these programs are often more accessible and affordable. For example, the VA Hospital system offers a CBT-I app called CBT-iCoach. … [Read more...] about Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Improve Sleep
A long-standing debate in the field of psychology has been whether moving to a new location makes people happier. One school of thought says yes. In fact, it may be exactly the type of "fresh start" people need to re-calibrate their happiness. Another suggests that while a move might provide us with a temporary lift in mood, it is most common for our happiness to return to its baseline, pre-move level. … [Read more...] about Would Moving to a New City or Country Make You Happier?