Here is what we’ve been reading this week in mental health!
This week: A fun family-bonding activity, digital hoarding, purpose as the key to longevity, and finding connection in common struggles.
- Looking for a fun activity to do with the family? Take this 8-minute quiz, and discuss the results. The “16 personalities” are based on the Meyers Briggs Personality Inventory and include information about your strengths and “growth points”, communication style, career advice and the overarching way you interact with others (16personalities.com)
- A study in 2017 found that people took an estimated 4.7 trillion photos on our smartphones. “There’s growing speculation in psychological research circles that our collective digital hoarding of countless pics, video clips and emails may produce some of the same negative effects as the real-world hoarding of old newspapers, expired cans of food, and cats.” Digital Hoarding Could Be Harmful to Your Mental Health (howstuffworks)
- It can be easy to start relying on the same old coping strategies for managing stress. If you’ve found that they’re losing their effectiveness or you want to shake things up a bit, check out this article from Psychology Today to step outside of your defaults when feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Four Ways to Cope with Stress You Likely Haven’t Thought Of. (Psychology Today)
- Do you feel like people don’t relate to your struggles with anxiety? Check out the “Anxiety Chronicles” by The Lily, as shared by the Washington Post. (The Washington Post)
- Feelings of having a purpose in life may decrease your risk of dying early, according to a study published in JAMA (a leading medical journal). The association was found to be more important for decreasing risk of death than drinking, smoking or exercising regularly. (NPR News)