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seasonal affective disorder: how your circadian rhythm can dictate your wellbeing

seasonal affective disorder: how your circadian rhythm can dictate your wellbeing

As the nights get longer and the days darker, one of London’s top doctors explains how to deal with SAD. The transition between the seasons can leave one in 20 of us with ‘winter blues’, 10 per...

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why we enjoy fear: the science of a good scare

why we enjoy fear: the science of a good scare

The thrill of a frightening film can feel euphoric – and mild horror, say researchers, can also help foster lasting psychological resilience. Palms sweat, heartbeat quickens, muscles tense.

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six easy ways to train your mind to relax

six easy ways to train your mind to relax

Just relax. Chill out. Take it easy. Easier said than done, right? Being able to handle stress and relax your mind is a skill that needs practice. It’s a habit, and like any habit, it’s one that...

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how to live in the present moment

how to live in the present moment

‘Live in the moment’ has become a bit of a buzz-term. We’re told that living in the past is a path to regrets, and worrying about the future is a waste of time. That’s all well and good, but how...

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Britain’s tourette’s mystery review – is Tik Tok really causing the boom in tics?

Britain’s tourette’s mystery review – is Tik Tok really causing the boom in tics?

Doctors who once saw four or five cases in teens a year now see that many per week. Scarlett Moffatt – who had a tic as a child – is the perfect person to investigate the phenomenon’s link to...

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research shows grumpy moods can actually be useful

research shows grumpy moods can actually be useful

Don’t fear emotions such as regret, anger or worry. As psychiatry, which uses medical and biological methods to treat mental disorders, has largely overtaken psychotherapy, which relies on...

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how to make the baggage of your past easier to carry

how to make the baggage of your past easier to carry

Rewriting the stories you tell about yourself can make for a better future. When people consider making big changes in life—moving cities, changing careers, leaving relationships, quitting jobs...

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why the secrets you keep are hurting you

why the secrets you keep are hurting you

It hurts to keep secrets. Secrecy is associated with lower well-being, worse health, and less satisfying relationships. Research has linked secrecy to increased anxiety, depression, symptoms of...

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how to tell if you’re a people pleaser

how to tell if you’re a people pleaser

How to tell if you’re a people pleaser: The 8 signs you’re too nice and why it’s impacting your wellbeing. Yes, there is such a thing as being “too nice”, according to a psychologist. When it...

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the truth about social media and anxiety

the truth about social media and anxiety

‘Phones are like a scab we know we shouldn’t pick’: the truth about social media and anxiety. Although connecting with friends online has positive benefits for mental health, overdoing screen time...

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how to use food to help your mood

how to use food to help your mood

Depression and low mood are not separate from the rest of your bodily health: the right diet can help reduce your risk. A lovely cup of tea. Anyone who grew up watching British television in the...

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wondering if you have ADHD because of TikTok?

wondering if you have ADHD because of TikTok?

The hashtag #adhd has more than 11 billion views on TikTok. Kind of a big deal. This social-media embrace of ADHD has upsides. One of them: It’s destigmatized a condition that’s long been...

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