It’s best to offload those sinking moods or debilitating worries before any mental or hopeful fix suddenly feels beyond our reach. Has it happened to you? The fact is, our brains take on a dangerous stress chemical, called cortisol, much like a badly listing sailboat takes on water. The lower… Read more »
Research shows loneliness as the best predictor of people who will end up in hospital. The problem has grown to such enormous heights that a Minister of Loneliness was hired in Great Britain. Loneliness that was more prevalent among the elderly, has now become more commonplace among the young. Movements… Read more »
Where’s grace when you’re so far down you have to look up to see bottom? Have you ever felt deeply loved and experienced deep depression at the same moment. There’s a neural related reason these two cannot co-exist. Opposite emotions cannot co-exist in your amygdala – since love is fueled… Read more »
The problem with stress is that it masks as winner – so you miss its killer qualities and fail to spot danger signs before it strikes.
Have you ever felt a grief over loss so invasive that it tends to topple any upbeat move you attempt to escape it’s throbbing ache? Jamie Anderson said it best, “Grief is just love. It’s all the love you want to give but cannot. All that love gathers up in… Read more »
Why suffer burned out brains – when a few tools can help you to burn strong while you await summer fun or other cool breaks? Here are a few tips to leapfrog your brain from burning out to burning strong! Yes, even on a busy day or just before a… Read more »
Trey Pennington is gone, and will be sadly missed by an entire world. But is your brain headed toward depression today?
One three-pound brain, consistency of raw egg, continually rewires for or against stress and depression on a daily basis. But did you know your brain can fight back? Medicines increasingly improve in ways that raise serotonin’s well being and reduce cortisol’s toxic attacks. The key is to become aware of depressions stalking persistence. Rather than lose hope – reach out to trusted others who crack you up or who may be stronger at the moment you slip into mental toxins that work against your brain’s strengths.
During my two years on Baffin Island, up near Greenland, while teaching for McGill University, I both slept more and ate more during dark months where we saw no sunlight at all. Likely your shifts from light to dark are less extreme, but nevertheless, the brain’s reactions to daytime darkness… Read more »