Weekly Wrap-Up
October 30, 2020


How to Deal With Election Stress

There's a lot going on in the world right now, so it's no wonder the tension feels crippling.
It's a really freaking stressful time to be alive right now. Everywhere you turn, the news feels overwhelming-a continuing global pandemic, wildfires across parts of the west, and, of course, an upcoming election. A recent survey conducted on behalf of the American Psychological Association (APA) found that 68% of U.S. adults consider the 2020 presidential election to be a significant source of stress in their lives.

Common Says Mental Health Is 'Essential' to 
Social Change and Racial Justice

"Part of getting the world better is getting you better."
During the coronavirus pandemic, Common, the Oscar-winning songwriter, rapper, and activist was watching the news and he didn't like what he saw: fear-based conversations and divisiveness. Meanwhile, he was working hard to renew himself and stay in a good mental space.

Request for Information (RFI): Fostering Innovative Research to Improve Mental Health Outcomes Among Minority and Health Disparities Populations
The National Institute of Mental Health seeks time-sensitive input from all interested parties on the most innovative research and research priorities to improve mental health outcomes among racial/ethnic minority and health disparities populations.
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Seasonal Affective Disorder
Many people go through short periods of time where they feel sad or not like their usual selves. Sometimes, these mood changes begin and end when the seasons change. People may start to feel "down" when the days get shorter in the fall and winter (also called "winter blues") and begin to feel better in the spring, with longer daylight hours.
In some cases, these mood changes are more serious and can affect how a person feels, thinks, and handles daily activities. If you have noticed significant changes in your mood and behavior whenever the seasons change, you may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression.

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4 Highly Effective Ways to Deal with Anxiety

There's a lot to be stressed out about these days. These techniques-ranked from easiest to hardest-can help.
Chances are you're experiencing some stress and anxiety right now. Between the pandemic, politics, and the economic downturn, there are plenty of potential calamities out there.
But what is actually happening in your body? When you notice a threat, you engage your avoidance motivational system, which gives you energy to engage in activities that will help you to evade that threat. Research pioneered by Tory Higgins and his colleagues finds that when you are trying to avoid a particular threat, it also makes you more sensitive to other threats in the environment

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