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Drinking Surged During the Pandemic. Know the Signs of Addiction

Retail alcohol sales jumped by 55% nationally during the third week of March, when many stay-at-home orders were put in place, according to Nielsen data, and online sales skyrocketed. Many of these trends remained for weeks. Nielsen also notes that the selling of to-go alcohol has helped sustain businesses. But the consumption of all this alcohol can be problematic for individuals, even those who haven’t had trouble with drinking in the past. Read more »

Disordered Eating in a Disordered Time

Roughly one in 10 Americans struggle with disordered eating, and the pandemic has created new hurdles for those managing difficult relationships with food. Working from home means spending the day next to a fully stocked refrigerator. Grocery trips are less frequent, creating a pressure to load up. Social meals are out of the question. And many individuals feel an enhanced degree of uncertainty and angst, which can exacerbate existing mental health challenges. Read more »

Not Sure What You’re Feeling? Journaling Can Help

Expressive writing is associated with improvements in physical health, improvements in markers of mental health, and improvements in immune function. It’s also been shown to improve working memory in college students, says James Pennebaker, a professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Read more »

Showing Up For Yourself

Prioritizing your needs is important, Rachel Wilkerson Miller says, but it’s often easier said than done. “Most people think that is true for everybody who is not them. And they sort of think that they’re the exception to the rule.”

Miller is the author of The Art of Showing Up: How to Be There for Yourself and Your People, a new book in which she stresses that you can’t fully show up for the people in your life until you know how to do the same for yourself. Read more »

How Solitude Can Help You Regulate Your Mood

This year has given many of us a whole new understanding of solitude — whether we wanted it or not.

Being alone has been on our minds — and on the minds of experimental psychologists, too. Over the past few years, researchers have devoted significant study to the concept of solitude — its potential benefits, its role in our lives, even its basic definition.

So, here are a few takeaways from their recent work — with an eye toward how you can make solitude a healthy practice in your life. Read more »

How to Stay Physically, but Not Emotionally, Distant with Kindergarten and Pre-K Students

Early childhood classrooms are going to look different this year, even if school buildings are open – no desk clusters with kids sharing materials, no cozy circles on the rug, no holding hands on the way to the bathroom. CDC guidelines recommend social distancing, keeping students in one classroom throughout the day, and masks for adults. (In many schools, young children will be encouraged but not required to wear masks.)

These measures are necessary to protect everyone’s physical health, but what will be the effects on young children’s social and emotional health? Read more »

Can Online Learning Be Better This Fall? These Educators Think So

A group of public and charter school leaders launched an online pilot this summer called the National Summer School Initiative. Co-founder Ian Rowe, who leads Public Prep charter schools in New York City, says they are working right now with about 12,000 students in more than 50 locations. Rowe and his co-founders want to know: “Could we, over a five-week summer program, start to really isolate certain best practice principles that could then survive into the fall?” Read more »

How Being Kind to Others Make You Feel Better

You know that being kind to others is good for the recipient (obviously), but did you know that it’s also good for the giver, too? Yep, that’s right. Being kind to others will improve your mental, emotional and physical well-being. Read more »

The Future of Therapy?

Written by Ramsey Khasho, PsyD

I’ve lost count of the number of days we’ve been sheltering-in-place. I can barely keep track of what month it is. All I know is that this feels LONG. And isolating. And seemingly never-ending. Read more »

A Leader’s Guide to Talking About Bias

Traditionally, racism is often represented as a binary — you’re either a racist or you’re not. Coauthors Sarah Fiarman and Tracey Benson observe in their book, Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism, that this typically means well-intentioned white educators “spend all their effort ducking and dodging the racist label and they miss opportunities to reduce the effects of racism on their students.” Read more »

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