How Your Newsfeed May be Secretly Stressing You Out

By Esther Crain Should you disconnect for the sake of your mental health? You know how spending time with stressed or unhappy people can put you in an anxious funk? It’s not just a face-to-face thing. Simply reading negative posts and updates on your newsfeed can drag your mood down, according to research published in…

Can Yoga Make You a Nicer Person?

Your practice may be a form of physical—and mental—therapy. BY  LAURA TEDESCO Yoga doesn’t just stretch you physically—it may encourage you to grow as a person, too. A new study in the Journal of Holistic Nursing suggests that hitting the mat may help you become a kinder, more patient version of yourself. When the researchers surveyed more…

These Are The Best Therapy Apps For Mental Health, According To Therapists

Apps for mood tracking, breathing exercises, and chatting with a professional. BY  KASANDRA BRABAW Ask any therapist, and they’ll tell you that everyone can benefit from therapy. It can help you work through any mental health issues you might be facing, like  anxiety  and  depression, and help you overcome everything from deep-seeded commitment phobia to…

What Happens In Your Brain When You Zone Out, According To Experts

By Carolyn Steber Picture it: you’re sitting at your desk, lots of work in front of you, when suddenly your eyes glaze over. For five minutes (or was it only 20 seconds?) you stare blankly into space, thinking about nothing in particular, or nothing really at all. Then suddenly you snap out of it, and…

What White Noise Does To Your Brain, According To Experts

By JR Thorpe In the popular imagination,white noise usually means television static or the crackling that emerges from white noise machines. It’s actually a pretty complicated noise — and researchers have found that  white noise has a lot of effects on the brain. White noise is a  collection of randomized sounds  from every frequency on the…