How the pandemic has affected mental health internet searches

Did America's collective mental health get worse (and then better) after the first COVID-19 lockdown?

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  • According to a new study, there was an influx of internet searches for mental health symptoms during the beginning of the pandemic, and this has slowly trended downwards.
  • Researchers looked at whether mitigation policies correlated with Google searches for terms associated with depression and anxiety between January and June of 2020. Additionally, they monitored search terms for in-home activities.
  • While searches for antidepressants and suicide did rise when social distancing measures were being implemented, research shows the search terms exercise and cooking also rose.
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A philosophical approach to routines can illuminate who we really are

What can 'behaviorism' teach us about ourselves?

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There are hundreds of things we do – repeatedly, routinely – every day. We wake up, check our phones, eat our meals, brush our teeth, do our jobs, satisfy our addictions.
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Which COVID-19 personality are you?

New research identifies 16 different COVID-19 personality types and the lessons we can learn from this global pandemic.

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  • New research by Mimi E. Lam at the University of Bergen explores the different "personality types" that have emerged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • According to Lam, recognizing various COVID-19 identities can refine forecasts of SARS-CoV-2 transmission and impact.
  • Global Solutions Initiative, Population Matters, and AME explore how the world (and society) has changed due to COVID-19.
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The lost art of rest: How to relax

In her book The Art of Rest, one researcher conducted a thorough analysis of the top 10 activities we find most restful.

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Even though our bodies and minds are begging for a break, modern culture has turned rest into a sin. So how can we catch a breath?

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On acceptance: Clichés vs. viscosity

Should we all be "taking life as it comes"?

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It's good to be able to accept what there is. And although one does not need to apply this skill always or without moderation, it is one of the most important exercises for the human spirit.

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