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A TikTok famous burnout coach reveals 1 essential strategy for recovery

"Tiny betrayals of purpose" eventually lead to burnout.

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A psychologist explains why one unexpected upside of worry is perfect for 2020

Why a feeling with a bad reputation is actually “useful in small amounts."

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Covid-19: What Americans can do to protect their lungs, according to a top expert

Should you wear a mask? The chief medical officer of the American Lung Association explains.

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Psychologists answer 4 important questions for couples self-quarantining

"Don’t feel obligated to do everything together."

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As people socially distance, an emotional support app sees a boost in listeners

Meet HearMe.

Mind and Body

How to deal with COVID-19 anxiety, according to a psychologist

"Perception of uncertainty can lead to productive problem-solving."

Retrain your brain

Anxiety from the news: A psychologist explains how to cope with it in 2020

Coping with stress caused by the news cycle is manageable if we know how to address it.

Mind and Body

Cherry Rose Tan: Why she's fighting for mental health in the tech industry

"One of the most frequent topics that comes up is loneliness."

Mind and Body

Meet the coloring book-creating psychiatrist serving the under-and-uninsured

It's all about the "Pursuit of Capyness."

Mind and Body

The difference between SAD and the winter blues comes down to 1 factor

As of now, three treatment options are the best for SAD.

Mind and Body

2 tips for easing anxiety from the "Lisa Frank" of mental health art

Kate Allan combines whimsy with keeping it real.

Mind and Body

A therapist explains why gardening can be a tool for stronger mental health

"I’ve always wanted to make gardening a prescribed therapy."

Mind and Body

How Teachers Can Achieve a Work-Life Balance and Why It's Essential They Do

New York's "Teacher of the Year" shares what he's learned.

Mind and Body

This Hotline Is Designed to Help Farmers Not Just Make a Living, but Live Well

"Midway through the season, I started to wonder how farmers managed to keep going, day after day, season after season."

Mind and Body

How to Talk to a Grieving Person, According to a Funeral Director

"We need a new generation of funeral professionals."

Mind and Body

A Composer Explains How to Use Music and Nature to Beat Stress and Anxiety

“I turn to music to heal because music is a language.”

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Why a 'normal part of depression' is an incorrect assumption

“The beauty of this is everybody can do it."

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What causes anxiety? 10 scientific facts you need to know

One year later

Use these handy coping mechanisms to help you return to normal life

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Relieve Zoom stress with 1 easy change to your routine

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Brain study reveals what happens when fears take hold

New research suggests early interventions can help prevent fear from progressing into anxiety.

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Scientists reveal a fascinating link between the immune system and anxiety

The immune system affects the mind and body.

Mind and Body

Coronavirus masks have an unintended effect on socially anxious people

For some, coronavirus masks are surprisingly helpful for curbing social anxiety. Experts, however, share some warnings.

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Can stress cause fever? The perplexing science of your internal state

Why stress can be linked to a change in body temperature.

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Scientists explain why stress can age you on a cellular level

A telomere study exemplifies why mental health is simply health.

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To manage coronavirus stress, experiment with a tried-and-true strategy

Expressive writing can benefit both physical and mental health.

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Psychologists recommend combining 2 strategies to combat daily stress

The key is to balance "plans for the future with living in the moment.”

Mind and Body

One easy choice can help anxious people manage their worries -- study

It's time to offload.

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Dating while anxious: How you can protect your heart in a positive way

One of the best ways to achieve self-growth is by choosing to be with others.

Mind and Body

Is there a "Goldilocks Zone" for CBD? What one study showed is promising

When it comes to anxiety and trauma, CBD might help. How much is what's debated.

Mind and Body

If you want to scare the cool teens in your neighborhood, go as rejection

How would you handle your fear if you were forced to confront it?

Mind and Body

Break Your Anxiety Cycle With This "Vigilant" Method

"If we can’t figure out what the problem is, we can become more anxious in the process."

Science

Researchers Prove That What You're Worried About Isn't Likely to Come True

"Worry sucks the joy out of the ‘here and now’ to prevent an unrealistic ‘then and there.’"

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Why the future of treatment-resistant depression is bound to the immune system

An “important molecule of interest” is a bridge between two competing ideas.

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The science of self-care
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4 strategies to combat mental fatigue, supported by science

Here's another reason to have a cup of coffee.

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Brain study explains why only some people want to look into the future

“We're living in a world our brains didn't evolve for.”

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The three feelings that mean you need to learn how to say “no”

Three therapists give Inverse advice on how to establish boundaries.

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5 scientific reasons why being in nature is good for the brain

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Fidgeters, rejoice: Why the vice is actually good for the brain

One unpopular vice is actually helpful for concentration, scientists say.

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2 mental health practices may give the Covid-19 vaccine a boost

Researchers say poor mental health can influence the body’s immunological response.

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Psychologists explain how to spend Thanksgiving alone — and enjoy it

Being alone is very different from being lonely.

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How body image is linked to your 5 senses

Manipulating the senses could pave the way toward better body image.

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Owning a pet during coronavirus has a "buffering" effect on mental health

Pet owners aren't surprised by new research on animal-human bonds and coronavirus lockdowns.

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The 1 step you can take to protect your mental health from politics

The action most critical to the political process is a mental health outlier.

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Daydreaming can help you — if you do it right

The science and benefits of daydreaming explained.

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Why coronavirus is making us angry, and what to do about it

Experts advise on what to do with your Covid-19 anger.

Pride

Powerful mental health tips for LGBTQ individuals and their allies

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to mental health hurdles, mental health professionals can offer some advice.

Mind and Body

3 factors can determine if your tears are a "good cry"

People feel catharsis after crying, but scientists have trouble proving why.

Go with the flow

Take a break from pandemic stress and meditate with the Monterey Bay Aquarium

“The tide still comes and goes, the jellies keep on drifting, and the fish keep swimming.”

Be well

Emotions and the immune system: Why the two are crucially connected

Want to strengthen your immune system? Consider your feelings.

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The three feelings that mean you need to learn how to say “no”

Three therapists give Inverse advice on how to establish boundaries.

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Personality factors
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What nature’s villain can teach us about being better humans

A true understanding of their character is a critical step toward understanding human health.

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Brain implant study explains the neuroscience of patience

Scientists find serotonin influences specific areas of the brain to promote patient behavior.

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Why one popular personality test is "pseudoscientific at best"

What experts in the study of personality say about the enneagram test.

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Brain scans reveal a critical link between binge drinking and empathy

Data shows binge-drinkers need to work harder to feel empathy for other people in pain.

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3 study-backed ways to increase self-compassion and fight FOMO

New research argues FOMO is not necessarily a social media-specific problem or only an issue for young people.

The new normal

An unexpected trait can help certain people adjust to our 'new normal'

Recent research explores the "psychological immune system."

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One advantageous way humans are more like dogs than Neanderthals

In "Survival of the Friendliest" researchers explain why friendliness is the secret to our success.

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Why scientists want you to realize that being sensitive is a good thing

"Society desperately needs people with these skills."

Science

Why Humor Is So Effective as a Coping Strategy After Tragedy

“The things that are bad in our life can also be good fodder for comedy."

Mind and Body

Spotify Wrapped: What your favorite music says about your personality

"Music is a form of language. It’s a part of human evolution, and it’s deeply embedded into our brains.”

Mind and Body

Gratitude is more than a feeling, it's a hack for better physical health

"This small intervention changed his life."

Mind and Body

Perfectionism Is Becoming More Common, but Experts Have Found a Way Out

"By noticing the perfectionism is getting in the way, we weaken the power of perfectionism."

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Why a critical part of the gut may be “the first brain”

The gastrointestinal tract has its own nervous system.

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To build “healthier cities,” we need to reevaluate urban wellness

Before you move to the suburbs, consider this.

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5 ways moms influence our brains, attitudes, and resilience

The science of motherhood explained.

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Say you're sorry with science

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2 critical emotional states are influenced by gut health — study

New research takes the concept of a "gut feeling" to a whole other level.

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Why daylight saving time can make your brain bloom

Scientists examine the effect of sunlight on the brain’s opioid system.

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There are two ways of using social media — and one is actually good for you

This form of usage "elicits positive feedback from others, social interactions, and even social support."

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If an activity does these 2 things, it could help your brain combat quarantine

Tasks that prompt the mental state of flow can sustain well-being, study finds.

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Covid-19: This simple act is the most patriotic thing you can do right now

Experts explain what it will take to convince anti-mask people to cover up.

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Why experts say you should feel good about playing video games in quarantine

Itching to try Animal Crossing? Now is the time to play.

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How to help communities handle COVID-19 beyond social distancing

Despite the need to stay apart, these online resources make it easy to help.

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Super Tuesday: What each leading Dem says about mental health

Compare and contrast the mental health plans of the leading Democratic candidates.

Flatten the curve

Social distancing: What it means and why it’s important to you

Pre-emptive action is necessary to keep COVID-19 cases from increasing.

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It is easier to be "present" if you can master this one cognitive technique

Research indicates practicing to be more present will leave you better off.

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Polarization study points to the 1 technique to use in a political debate

What drives misinformation is also a powerful political tool.

Mind and Body

It's Easier to Regulate Your Emotions With This Type of Self-Talk

“Positive self-talk can be used to encourage or reinforce our daily or long-term behavioral, cognitive, and emotional goals."

Mind and Body

3 ways pets can improve your mental health immediately 

"There is something unique about our relationship with animals."

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Is ketamine the secret to treating depression? Mental health studies reveal its potential

The need for new mental health treatments is obvious — ketamine may be one solution.

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Scientists know why we are so indecisive — and how to get over it

“People are generally quite bad at perceiving and using probability information.”

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Brain signatures tied to appetite could reveal new treatments for depression

The direction of appetite changes matches specific neural alterations.

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Emotional intelligence might make you more resilient, but there’s a catch

Here’s why a better way to measure emotional intelligence could improve relationships.

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Feeling stressed? Here are 7 simple actions to boost your mental health

Build a coping toolbox.

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How to tell if a therapist is right for you: 7 questions you need to ask

Research suggests the relationship between a therapist and their client is perhaps as powerful as the treatment itself.

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Living near one neglected piece of urban eye candy can greatly boost mental health

Blue space regeneration efforts could reduce mental health inequalities.

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Four science-backed methods to feel less tired during the day

You might not like number one.

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The Rehearsal riffs on exposure therapy, but the real deal is powerful

The Rehearsal makes a tantalizing promise to its subjects. But how seriously can we take its premise?

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What are the physical signs of anxiety? Why your body’s cues may throw you off

How we feel about what is going on with our bodies is not always correct.

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How to boost grit: 3 psychology-based habits to strengthen your resolve

Grit is the combination of passion and perseverance, expressed over a long period of time.

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Why one unappealing emotion can make you happier in the long run

Here’s why you should treat anger like thirst.

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Why scientists think these dietary supplements may help treat depression

While probiotics alone aren’t the cure, they could help as an add-on to other treatments.

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This overlooked mental-health "hack" increases your chance of living longer

This intervention could support healthy aging across diverse groups.

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People isolated from society have divergent levels of certain blood molecules

Hikikomori was first thought to be a Japanese-specific sociocultural effect, but experts now say it is a worldwide phenomenon.

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Four science-backed strategies to stop a vicious cycle of self-defeating thoughts

Rumination is associated with a number of mental health issues.