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Online therapy can change your life. But, it is important to first determine if it is the right fit for you.
By taking the time and effort to do research, you can maximize potential success with therapy.
Here is a quick summary of my online therapy tips:
Some examples of “good fits” for online therapy include:
Online counseling platforms use encrypted communication methods, but you need to protectyour privacy onyour end as well.
Talk to your therapist behind closed doors, as you would talk to your therapist in real life. The lack of privacy is not only distracting, but also unsafe.
Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed approach built on the concept of human resilience. PFA aims to reduce stress symptoms and assist in a healthy recovery following a traumatic event, natural disaster, public health emergency, or even a personal crisis.
Police, firemen, paramedics, and other first responders are trained in it, and it was developed for non-mental health professionals to use, so there’s no reason the average person can’t use it, too.
If the Coronavirus Pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that disaster can and will strike at any time. But what do you do when you are the one who has to respond to a crisis?
Psychological First Aid has its merits when it comes to helping our friends and loved ones through the more mundane and routine crises that define us all. It is easy to use, the training is free and readily available, and the practical applications are legion.
Let’s discuss what PFA it isn’t.
Psychological First Aid is designed to help anyone — kids, adults, parents, senior citizens, even entire communities that have suffered a traumatic incident, as well as first responders and volunteers.
It is also, by extension, remarkably effective for friends and family members dealing with every-day crises.
The goal of Psychological First Aid is to tend to these emotional wounds by providing safety, comfort, understanding, and hope.
When it comes to household responsibilities, women perform far more cognitive and emotional labour than men.
Understanding why could help explain why gender equality has not only stalled, but is going backwards, despite being more discussed than ever. And a broader understanding of this behind-the-scenes labour could help couples redistribute the work more equally – something that, while initially difficult, could play a significant role in helping mothers lighten their load.
Experts say that this hidden work comes in three overlapping categories:
There are four clear stages of mental work related to household responsibilities:
Mothers did more in all four stages, her research showed; while parents often made decisions together, mothers did more of the anticipation, planning and research.
In other words, fathers were informed when it came to decisions, but mothers put in the legwork around them.
The fact that mothers end up assuming this mental load has consequences:
Perhaps the best way for women to reduce the mental load is to do less. If the mother stops thinking about what needs to be done and the father does not anticipate these needs, it may initially cause stress or judgement – but that could allow learning for next time.
Over time, doing less could increase our partner’s involvement and, in turn, free up more of our mental energy to focus on ourselves. At first, we might get judged for it, but it could lead to greater happiness later on. We all learn from doing, after all.
Researchers have pondered about how sleep relates to cognitive decline.
Answers have been elusive because it is hard to know if insufficient sleep is a symptom of the brain changes that underlie dementia — or if it can actually help cause those changes.
Now, a large new study reports some of the most persuasive findings yet to suggest that people who don’t get enough sleep in their 50s and 60s may be more likely to develop dementia when they are older.
One theory is that the more people are awake, the longer their neurons are active and the more amyloid (a protein in the brain that clumps into plaques in Alzheimer’s) is produced, Dr. Musiek said.
Another theory is that during sleep, fluid flowing in the brain helps clear out excess proteins, so inadequate sleep means more protein buildup.
Some scientists also think getting sufficient time in certain sleep phases may be important for clearing proteins
Having a regular sleep schedule, avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bedtime and removing phones and computers from the bedroom are among the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “sleep hygiene” guidelines.
Also, sleep experts say:
While even experts haven’t reached a consensus explanation for why we sleep, numerous indicators support the view that it serves an essential biological function.
In adults, a lack of sleep has been associated with a wide range of negative health consequences including cardiovascular problems, a weakened immune system, higher risk of obesity and type II diabetes, impaired thinking and memory, and mental health problems like depression and anxiety.
Stage 4. The most intense dreaming takes place during REM sleep.
The first three stages of sleep fall into the category of non-REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. The fourth stage is REM sleep.
The body regulates sleep with two key drivers: