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5 Mental Health Boosters to Combat Winter Sadness

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Winter sadness (or “seasonal affective disorder”) is a very common psychological phenomenon where people feel more depressed and unmotivated during winter months of the year.

In fact, one recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that mental health searches on Google tend to increase during winter months and decrease during summer months – showing that mental health issues can often fluctuate with the seasons.

Common symptoms of winter sadness include: increased stress and anxiety, loss of motivation, oversleeping, lack of concentration, and social withdrawal.

If you find yourself more sad and depressed during the winter months, consider these “mental health boosters” to help even yourself out during this time of the year.

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The Best Ways to Stay Updated on Psychology Research

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Psychology research plays a major role in my self improvement journey.

I like to learn as much as possible about our minds and how they work, so over the years I’ve come up with some really easy ways to make sure I don’t miss anything new and important that comes out.

This article describes the key things you can do to improve your own psychology research. This is essentially how I find almost every new study I write about – so I believe there’s a lot of value in doing this on your own.

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The “What the Hell” Effect: Don’t Let a Couple Mistakes Distract You From Progress

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It’s very easy to get frustrated on the path of self improvement – almost too easy. We try to make a positive change, we slip up and make a mistake, and we quickly think “screw it” and give up.

Take for example, someone who is trying to quit smoking. They try to quit cold turkey – they successfully go a few days without a cigarette – then they cave in and smoke one while out socializing one night.

We often look back at an experience like this and consider it a failure. When we cave in to a bad habit even once, we begin to think “what the hell” and just give up entirely.

Psychologists are starting to call this the “what the hell” effect.

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5 Reasons to Watch More Documentaries

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Learning never ends – and I take that idea very seriously. I’m always searching for new articles, books, videos, and lectures on the internet to expand my understanding of the world and how it works.

Knowledge is valuable, and I take pride and joy in learning new things. I try not to limit myself to any one source of information, and documentaries have been my latest passion to indulge in.

Just the past 2 weeks I’ve tried to watch at least one documentary a day. I considered it a “personal challenge” in self improvement and it’s provided me with a lot of useful knowledge so far – the experiment has been a massive success.

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Why You Should Think Out Loud To Yourself

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The next time you find yourself thinking really hard about a problem in your life, try to think out loud to yourself instead of just keeping it in your mind.

This is because often when you say something out loud, it can sound very different than when you’re just playing with thoughts inside your head.

When you keep your thoughts inside, they can quickly become muddled, blurry, and disorganized. We often jump from one thought to the next, with very little connection between them.

However, when you think out loud to yourself, it forces you to be more logical and reasonable with your thoughts.

Just like when you have a conversation with someone, when you talk to yourself you have to draw a line from one thought to another in a coherent way. They can’t just be random – you have to explain yourself each step of the way.

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