Tag: Anxiety

Do weighted blankets actually alleviate anxiety and sleep issues?

I adore weighted blankets. These blankets, filled with pellets or beads and weighing anything from two kilograms to upwards of eight kilograms, are widely believed to improve sleep, reduce anxiety and boost concentration. I love the thousands of beads of sensory goodness that descend over me, neutralising my nerves into submission. Perhaps I’m particularly drawn

Social media stress can lead to social media addiction

Social network users risk becoming more and more addicted to social media platforms even as they experience stress from their use. Social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook and Instagram are known to cause stress in users, known as technostress from social media. However, when faced with such stress, instead of switching off or using

The Word "Nevertheless" Could Be Key To Relieving Anxiety

Anxiety is an issue that affects many more people than you might think. In fact, Beyond Blue reports that 45 per cent of Australians will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives. Beyond Blue also reports that 2 million Australian per year suffer from anxiety. It’s a serious mental health condition that can

Celebs Who Have Opened Up About Their Struggles With Anxiety

Anxiety. You know the feeling. And as it turns out, so do many celebrities. More and more frequently, brave stars like Anne Hathaway, Kendall Jenner and Stephen Colbert are opening up about one of the biggest mental health struggles of our time — whether they have anxiety disorder, social anxiety, suffer panic attacks or just

How to deal with post-bank holiday anxiety

‘It might be social, it might be that you just love your work, it might be that you have your routine back. Connect to what it is you are looking forward to and focus on the fact that you get to do that again – turn the anxiety into excitement.’ But if you don’t love

'Postnatal anxiety convinced me my baby was going to die'

The residual pain and uncertainty caused by losing so many pregnancies lodged itself in Hannah’s heart – ready to reemerge as pure fear right at the moment when she was meant to be at her happiest. ‘It was a struggle to have Finley,’ explains Hannah. ‘The miscarriages meant I had to have lots of investigations,

Can a guinea pig really ease your anxiety?

Can a guinea pig really ease your anxiety? Thousands of Britons are turning to ‘panic pets’ to help ease depression and other mental health issues Tammy Lovell, 42, going through a tough divorce and became a single mother  She turned to looking at her daughter’s guinea pigs playing to calm her down  She carves out at

Blocking toxic-protein production in ALS

Patients with ALS frequently have a string of repeated DNA code in the cells of their brain, carrying hundreds to thousands of copies within the gene C9orf72. New research looks at what triggers these repeated sequences to eventually produce the toxic proteins that are associated with ALS, frontotemporal dementia, and other neurodegenerative diseases in patients

Helping anxious students excel on science exams: A 10-minute mental exercise helps improve lower-income students’ STEM exam scores

A new study reveals that helping lower-income high school freshman to regulate their test-taking anxiety can cut their biology course failure rates in half. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and conducted by Barnard College President Sian Leah Beilock and her research team found that brief pre-exam de-stressing strategies could

The importins of anxiety

According to some estimates, up to one in three people around the world may experience severe anxiety in their lifetime. In a study described today in Cell Reports, researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science have revealed a previously unknown mechanism underlying anxiety. Targeting this biochemical pathway may help develop new therapies for alleviating the