Tweens, Teens, and Technology

It’s no secret to anyone that technology has infiltrated almost every aspect of our society. And perhaps no part of the population has embraced our ever-changing technology as much as tweens and teens. In fact, “embrace” might be the incorrect word as the youth among us seem to absorb technology – seemingly without even trying or being conscious of the process.

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New Year’s Resolutions in the Digital Age-More Than Apps

Good news for New Year’s resolutions! You can now get help from mobile apps that send you reminders, keep you organized, keep track of what you eat, drink, smoke or spend, and monitor your exercise. There are thousands of apps for whatever lifestyle or health behavior you want to improve. See lists of some popular apps here and here. Sticking to New Year’s resolutions is easier than ever … or is it? Like that treadmill gathering dust in the dark corner, mobile apps “work” only if you do. Technology does make certain tasks easier and more convenient. But no app…

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Poverty and Mental Health: What Is Not Understood Can Hurt

Researchers had college students watch different videos of the same fourth grade girl taking an oral achievement test. The only differences in the videos were subtle cues about her social class. Viewers who were led to believe she came from a low-income household assumed that her test performance would be substantially lower than those who believed her to be of a higher socioeconomic status (Darley and Gross, 1983). What does this say about our societal biases about socioeconomic status? Plenty…. Perceptions often influence us more than we think. The World Health Organization has described poverty as the greatest cause of…

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Best Foot Massagers 2019 | Our Top Picks and Buyer’s Guide

In this article, we reveal (and review) the best foot massagers. We’ve scoured the market in search of top rated massagers and carefully analyzed what makes them really special. We sought the help of certified therapists to makes sure that this write-up is as helpful and factual as possible. And, it doesn’t matter whether you stand on your feet all day at work or are ailing from plantar fasciitis, the models in our collection will soothe your soles and soul (no pun intended). Our reviews include both high-end models as well as affordable massagers. We’ve sampled fully automated models too….

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Best Inversion Table 2019 | Our Top Picks and Buyer’s Guide

Today, we tell you which the best inversion table 2019 is, the most-sought-after models, the features that make them tick and what choosing one model over the other means for your money. The truth is, inversion tables are a significant form of investment. Put differently; you will spend a little bit more on an inversion table than you would on most fitness equipment so you’d better have the correct info from the beginning. The point is, it is essential that you conduct some due diligence before spending your cash on a particular model. Why? Well, because you want to get…

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Best Massage Chair 2019 | Our Top Picks and Buyer’s Guide

In this article, we will help you pinpoint the best massage chair. And, we’ve done enough research to back up that claim. All the chairs in our collection come with super-thoughtful features to give your body an invigorating muscle rub-down after a long day of work. Chiropractors recommend them for aligning the spine and reducing the intensity of pressure on your nerves. With these in your home, you’ll never have to complain about back pain or aching joints. Plus, you’ll have a convenient place to relieve stress right in the comfort of your living space. And, we didn’t choose any…

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When You Can’t Stop Worrying – Tips for the Ruminator

You can see how rumination can create a cycle that seems impossible to break out of. But there is some good news. While rumination can cause clinical symptoms, it’s also a behavior that can be changed—with the right help. It’s not enough to just talk about your problems. You need to learn techniques to halt the ruminating thoughts. That’s how long-term change can take place. Here are some tips for ruminators –and you know who you are–gleaned from Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema and my own experience in helping those who seem to let their worries control them. Worry the right way Who…

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Why the Flu Can Make You Feel Blue

This flu season has arrived with a vengeance and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already declared it an epidemic in at least 41 states. If you are suffering from this nasty strain, you know that flu symptoms can include intense ache, painful joints, fevers, loss of energy and no appetite. But did you know that the flu might also be responsible for a cranky mood? Researchers at Vanderbilt University now believe depression may be triggered by our bodies’ immune system as it attempts to fight off the flu. The immune system releases chemicals called cytokines to help…

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Many Reasons Why Young Adults are Stressed

The American Psychological Association recently released its annual Stress in America survey. The findings are chock full of interesting information about how Americans feel stress, manage stress, and are affected by stress. Some of the data is even broken down by gender, region and generation. This year’s findings suggest that Millennials (these are folks aged 18-33) are the most stressed of any generation surveyed. APA also reports that these young adults haven’t found much success in relieving their stress. In digging through APA’s reports and the data within it, I started wondering why this might be. I didn’t have to…

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A Kid’s Guide to Surviving Sleepovers

We all know that most kids love a good sleepover or slumber party. But what we don’t always remember is that they can be stressful too. I have heard kids complain that sleepovers “always end in drama” or that they are “never as fun” as they had hoped. I have even seen a few kids swear off slumber parties after having a few bad experiences! I wrote an article earlier this week about how parents can prepare themselves for a successful sleepover. This time, I am focusing on what kids themselves can do to ensure a happy, drama-free event. Be…

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