This week’s Psychology Around the Net addresses how to handle that dreadful job interview anxiety, why stress is necessary for a rich life, dealing with the holiday blues, why depression hits men harder than women in deprived areas, and more.
A Psychologist’s Guide to Managing Your Anxiety Before, During, and Even After a Job Interview: It’s normal to struggle with anxiety right before a job interview or when starting a new job. But how do you turn down the jitters volume so you can give your best performance? Dr. Sherry Benton, founder and chief science officer of Tao Connect, says, “To enter the optimal mental state for peak performance, you need to analyze your thoughts, determine how you’re feeling, and figure out what you need to do to get to a mental state of balanced arousal. Essentially, do you need to calm yourself down or do you need to pump yourself up?” She goes on to give specific tips on how to tweak your thinking to achieve either state.
Why Stress is One of the Best Predictors of High Life Satisfaction: Most of us would gladly choose to avoid any stress or problems throughout our lives. But not only is this an impossible feat — it’s unhealthy to even think that way. Rather, when we begin to see life’s obstacles as necessary for a rich life, we can experience significant growth, develop resilience and gain new meaning. In this article, an accomplished professor who struggles with a stuttering condition shares his story of finding deep meaning in adversity.
Holiday Blues: What Experts Recommend to Help With Holiday Depression: For many people, the holidays bring more stress and depression than joy and comfort. Financial strain and the pressure to have a “perfect” holiday can be one of the biggest stressors this season. So how can we deal with this? Is it helpful to tell your family you don’t have much money to spend this year?
Depression: Men Far More at Risk Than Women in Deprived Areas: Most research on depression has focused on personal risk factors, such as whether a person has a dysfunctional family or is living with a chronic illness, such as diabetes. In a new study, published in the journal BMJ Open, researchers explored risk factors beyond the individual, and discovered that the community in which one lives has a profound effect on mental wellbeing — but mostly in men. So why do men feel this burden more acutely?
Yoga Poses Can Help You Center Your Harried Life, Improve Your Mental Well-Being: When you’re feeling stressed and mentally frazzled, it’s important to take a moment to ground yourself. In this article, a certified yoga instructor shares two easy-to-do yoga poses that can help you feel more stable and relaxed.
Large Waist in Normal-Weight Elderly Tied to Higher Dementia Risk: Researchers have long looked for links between obesity and dementia, but how should doctors measure excess fat in the elderly? A new study, published in the journal Obesity suggests that, in older people, waist circumference is a much better measure of extra weight than BMI. In fact, they found that normal-weight participants with high levels of abdominal fat had a much greater risk of dementia.