Chronic Pain

Embracing Discomfort for Chronic Pain Relief

Chronic pain affects over 50 million Americans and many people struggle to find relief. Chronic pain isn’t just a physical ailment – it’s a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and environmental factors. Let’s dive into the connection between your brain, the fight-or-flight response, and how embracing discomfort can bring relief to chronic pain. Understanding the Brain’s Role in Chronic Pain

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Anxiety

The Ultimate Guide to Climate Change Anxiety and Mental Wellness

Climate change is an unfortunate reality that triggers many people’s anxiety, sadness, anger, or guilt. This is called climate-related anxiety, and it is becoming more and more prevalent. Thankfully, there are ways to cope and take action!  Let’s look at why negative news stories make us anxious, five ways to manage your anxiety, and how science, education, and activism can

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Anxiety

5 Effective Strategies to Manage Seasonal Affective Disorder

The transition between seasons can bring excitement and challenges, often affecting our mental well-being. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that can be triggered by these seasonal shifts, particularly in the fall and winter when daylight hours decrease.  Understanding the Roots of SAD Although not entirely understood, SAD is believed to be closely related to sunlight exposure.

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Insomnia

Navigating Night Owl Life

Are you the kind of person who feels alive and more alert once the sun sets? Do you find yourself more productive and focused during the stillness of the night? If so, you might be a night owl—a person whose feels more awake at night and tends to stay up later in the evening. This trait comes with its own

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Insomnia

Seasonal Changes That Affect Sleep Patterns

Have you ever wondered why the arrival of autumn affects how you sleep? The answer lies in the interconnectivity between our bodies, the changing environment, and the science of sleep regulation. As summer fades into fall, you might notice the temperature and air changing, along with your daily routines. The lazy days of summer often allow us to have a

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Insomnia

Understanding Sleep Inertia

Have you ever felt that dizzy, disoriented feeling when you wake up? You can almost feel your body wishing for a few more minutes of sleep. That’s exactly what sleep inertia is—a momentary feeling of grogginess, fogginess, and a strong urge to crawl back under the covers. Let’s dive into the depths of sleep inertia, exploring its causes, duration, and

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Chronic Pain

Procrastination And Chronic Pain

Procrastination is something that we all do from time to time, but for some this habit is more than just a nuisance. Studies show that up to 20% of people report having chronic procrastination, which means they’re struggling with the constant cycle of avoidance and delayed action.  What does this have to do with chronic pain? Let’s examine the connection

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Anxiety

Neuroplasticity and the Vicious Cycle: How Anxiety Rewires the Brain to Fuel Chronic Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain and anxiety, then you know how these conditions can impact your quality of life. The complex relationship between these two diseases has been heavily researched, often finding that neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to rewire based on certain stimuli) plays a role in how they coexist. In this article, we’ll investigate how worry alters brain

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Insomnia

Hereditary Sleep Patterns: Genetics & Sleep Habits

Sleep is essential to our general health and well-being. Research indicates that sleep habits and patterns may be inherited, suggesting that your genetic makeup may impact your sleep patterns. By better understanding the genetic factors associated with advanced, delayed, and short sleep periods, we can establish methods for enhancing them. Advanced Sleep Phase Disorder  Advanced Sleep Phase (ASPD) is a

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Insomnia

Managing After A Poor Night’s Sleep

We’ve all been there—tossing and turning, counting down the hours until the alarm goes off after a night of restless sleep. It’s no secret that quality sleep is essential for our overall well-being, but occasionally life throws us a curveball, leaving us with a less-than-ideal night’s rest. You might wonder, “What can I do to bounce back after such a

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