Procrastination, meditation, and your amygdala

“The science behind procrastination and how to overcome it”

By Study International Staff | September 27, 2018 | www.studyinternational.com

This article talks about research that suggests scientists may have identified a neurological component to procrastination. According to the article, a larger than average amygdala may contribute to higher anxiety and therefore hesitation. Another region (the dorsal interior cingulate cortex) usually helps us block out competing emotions, but the connections between this region and the amygdala were found to be poorer than with non-procrastinators. I.e., our brains get “overwhelmed with conflicting emotions and struggling to prioritize the task at hand.”Tim Pychyl, a researcher and expert on procrastination, says in the article that mindfulness meditation may be part of the answer because “research has already shown that mindfulness meditation is related to amygdala shrinkage, expansion of the prefrontal cortex, and a weakening of the connection between these 2 areas.”

Read the full article here.

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U.S. Army’s tactic to fall asleep in two minutes

What happened when I tried the U.S. Army’s tactic to fall asleep in two minutes
Posted on FastCompany.com, article by Michael Grothaus

Insomnia can be a coexisting condition for many, if not all, of the conditions I treat. ADHD, depression, and anxiety can all lead to sleepless nights. While there is a lot of research behind consistently using good “sleep hygiene,” the approach in this article is reportedly effective as well. As long as you give yourself 6 weeks of time to practice every night.

Think a few sleepless nights isn’t a big deal?
This article cites studies saying that “the average worker loses the equivalent of 11 days of productivity every year due to sleep issues” and “poor sleep cost US businesses a staggering $411 billion in lost productivity every year.”

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Is Screen Time Causing ADHD?

Is Screen Time Causing ADHD?
To Your Health, by Editorial Staff
July, 2018 (Vol. 12, Issue 07)

This is a brief article about a study looking at ADHD and screen time. Spoiler alert: it does not prove screen time is causing ADHD. At least that’s not what this article says. There is a correlation between their sample and symptoms of ADHD. However, 1) as they mention, showing symptoms of ADHD is not the same as being diagnosed. And 2) correlation is not the same as causation. For example, it could be that children with ADHD-like symptoms sought out more screen time as opposed to the screen time causing their symptoms.

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Regular exercise can reduce risk for depression

Regular exercise can reduce risk for depression
By HealthDay News, April 26, 2018

Here’s one more reason to go biking, hiking, or whatever form of exercise you engage in. This article is about “the first global meta-analysis to establish that engaging in physical activities beneficial for protecting the general population from developing depression.” It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter where you live. Just get out there.

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Not Talking About Mental Health Is Literally Killing Men

“Not Talking About Mental Health Is Literally Killing Men”

by Sean Evans, MensHealth.com, 5/2/18.

An interesting article about mental health stigma among men. The articles states, “Male suicide is rising at such an alarming rate that it’s been classified as a “silent epidemic.” It’s the seventh leading cause of death for males. That’s a staggering statistic…This macho attitude of stuffing your feelings down, or ignoring them, is antiquated and downright dangerous.” Read the full article here.

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