Easing the mental load on women: You don’t have to do it all
With demands at an all-time high, it’s a bigger mental load that is taking a toll. “Women are often told to do it all and be it all and I, as a therapist, am here to say you don’t have to do it all. “What we call the mental load is the invisible responsibility that women often have for making sure that life gets done. Are there any days off coming up?’ So all of the mental load is the invisible pressure on women, as well as the physical, and many times that’s heavier than the physical burden,” she said. AdResearch from Michigan State University shows nearly 68% of women say they’re stressed out right now because of the mental load they’re carrying as opposed to 58% of men who were surveyed.
U-M Mott Children’s poll: Nearly 50% of parents say pandemic negatively impacted their teens’ mental health
Mental health experts say that isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic exacerbates depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts for at-risk teens. He said that the pandemic created new mental health issues for some, but for others exacerbated existing issues. According to the poll, parents said changes in social interactions over the past year seemed to hit their children the hardest. Giving them space for some quiet time, creative time or music time can be helpful to their mental health. Almost one in four parents in the Mott Poll say their teens were experiencing negative changes in their sleep since the pandemic started.
Annual U-M Depression on College Campuses Conference goes virtual
ANN ARBOR – This year’s Depression on College Campuses Conference at the University of Michigan will take place virtually on March 9 and 10. With the theme Addressing the Dual Pandemic: The Impact of COVID-19 and Racial Injustice on College Student Mental Health, the event focused on mental health on college campuses aims to highlight challenges students currently face. AdThe conference will present new research findings, programs and and policies that focus on the mental health of college students in the context of current event. Each year, attendees consist of a diverse group, including students, psychiatrists and psychologists, parents, academic advisors, counselors, health educators and more. Certified or Master Certified Health Education Specialists can receive up to 8.5 Category I contact education hours for attending the event.
U-M: Parent depression, stress caused by pandemic had negative impact on kids’ schooling
Most of the parents said that their children learned online from home, using school-provided electronic resources, educational apps and social media. Roughly 35% of parents reported that their children’s behavior changed since the pandemic began, including feelings of sadness, loneliness and depression. Daily schedule disruptions and a lack of access to free and reduced-price meals from school were significant stressors, parents reported. “Research suggests that, unfortunately, the high levels of stress, anxiety and depression among parents remained high through the summer and early fall. Co-authors on the study are U-M doctoral student in psychology and social work, Kaitlin Ward and U-M undergraduate research assistants Kasey Downing and Olivia Chang.
Metro Detroit woman brings spa treatments to clients amid pandemic
DETROIT – The stress of the coronavirus pandemic has almost everyone looking for ways to relax. That’s why one Metro Detroit woman decided she was going to bring relaxation to her clients in the safest way possible. “I turned to God and He gave it to me.”She purchased an RV and with her partner, they transformed it into a mobile spa. She spent $40,000 putting Spa Land Mobile Spa together -- an idea Ali had been talking about for years. I’m so proud of myself.”If you’d like to book a session or learn more, visit the official Spa Land Mobile Spa website here.
Hospice of Michigan, Arbor Hospice offer support group for young adults during pandemic
ANN ARBOR – Grief of losing a loved one can be exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainties in the months that lie ahead, especially when paired with pre-existing anxiety and depression. Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice have joined forces to help young adults in their 20s and 30s cope with grief through its online support group Living On For Young Adults. Run by trained, experienced grief counselors the program aims to address grief in a time when life during a pandemic can make it difficult to cope. For more information about Hospice of Michigan, click here. For more information about Arbor Hospice, click here.
How to talk to your children about stress, worry
Children know it’s not normal and they can pick up on our stress and worries. The bottom line is that parents should talk with their children because if you’re feeling stress, anxiety, frustration, fear, anger -- they are too. Fran Schumer Chapman has written a series of books to help parents have difficult conversations with their children. Parents shouldn’t make the mistake of assuming their children are unaware of the stress. Chapman said we can’t leave it to our children to figure out a scary world on their own.
U-M psychologist gives tips on managing holiday stress
Losing loved ones, staying at home to protect others from contracting the virus and experiencing unemployment have made people feel less festive this holiday season. These things were designed to contribute to a festive holiday, but they can be exhausting and push us over the limit. Maybe use any extra time off of work to catch up on sleep rather than adding holiday tasks to the list. It’s a good time to rebalance expectations and openly discuss what you most value and can still enjoy this holiday. Overall, we have to remember that, at its core, this is a season for giving and for giving thanks.
How the COVID pandemic is impacting sleep, health
For many people, an unfortunate consequence is the inability to sleep -- and that can have a serious impact on your health. Dr. Gary Trock, a sleep specialist at Beaumont Hospital, said stress can rob you of a good night’s sleep and the benefits sleep offers. And what should you do to get a better night’s sleep? “Healthy sleep for the average adult should be between seven and eight hours a night,” Trock said. We surveyed our Morning Report newsletter subscribers to learn more about sleep habits during the pandemic.
How to cope with an election that leaves many people feeling anxious, uncertain
DETROIT – No matter which candidate you support, this election cliffhanger leaves many people feeling uncertainty, anxiety and doubt. After a bitterly contested election, the results remain unclear. On Wednesday, Americans, no matter who they voted for are in limbo in terms of knowing who the next president will be. Many are anxious, out of their heads anxious. Be the type of person who says, “let’s relax.”Watch the video above for the full report
Politics and COVID-19 stressing you out? Psychologist offers tips to keep calm
She pointed to the American Psychological Association’s October 2020 Stress in American Survey, which showed 68 percent of participants indicated that the presidential election is a significant source of stress. Volpe-Bertram said recent data shows 78 percent of Americans have indicated the pandemic is a significant source of stress in their lives. “Politics are a tenuous point of discussion with families and friends, but this is even more apparent now in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Volpe-Bertram said. “We can do this by finding ways to safely connect with our support systems (follow the distancing guidelines), using our voice (VOTE!! We need to take care of ourselves and our community.”Below, Volpe-Bertram shares some tips for keeping your stress level in check:mlive.com
Does stress have your stomach in knots? Here’s something that may help
For many people, all this extra stress is giving them some digestive distress. Fitness and nutrition expert, Jody Trierweiler,, joined host Jason Carr to tell us how enzymes work. Without enzymes, the food would just sit in your stomach, unable to be used. When an apple is hit, the cells get broken, releasing the natural enzymes, which start digesting the fruit, hence the brown color. For more information on health, nutrition, and fitness, check out Jody’s FitLife on Facebook and Instagram.
‘Focus on the present’ -- New tools to help overwhelmed parents handle back-to-school from home
DETROIT – The COVID-19 pandemic has shown everyone how easy it can be to feel overwhelmed, and that is especially true for parents. We hear so much about self care these days, but what do parents really need to get through this back to school season heading into fall? “One of the things I heard this summer again in preparation for fall was to on focus on the next 20 feet,” Hay said. If I’m having a bad day, then only think about that day. “Sometimes people will say pick one or two activities per child, but I’m really following the take one or two activities per family,” Hay said.
Shock hair loss: Stress-related hair loss increases during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
DETROIT Doctors around the world are reporting an increase in cases of stress-related hair loss, showing just how deeply the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting people emotionally. Shock hair loss is a condition that causes some people to shed large amounts of hair after a stressful event. Doctors believe theyre seeing more hair loss complaints now because its been a few months since the start of the pandemic. Shock hair loss is not uncommon. If the hair doesnt grow back, over-the-counter hair loss drugs such as minoxidil are an option for some.
How keeping a journal can benefit children, teens during COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT Keeping a journal is an activity that can have multiple benefits, not just for adults -- it can really help children and teens too. Its an easy thing you can build into a daily routine that experts say will help children cope with stress. Now, its a useful tool to help children cope with what theyre feeling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She saw how well it worked and and knew it could help children deal with their emotions too. There are numerous benefits to journaling for children and that includes physical benefits mental benefits.
How to speak to your children about ‘unknowns'
And if parents are feeling stressed, the children probably are too. More than half of all parents in a recent survey said their children are feeling anxious or depressed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trust in the world and trust in our parents,” Rockwell said. “As adults we’re afraid and so how can our children do anything but absorb that feeling and also feel afraid?” Rockwell asked. So we’re exercising this muscle, the brain and we can’t do it without making friends with our brain when we’re very anxious,” Rockwell said.
Creative ways to relieve stress virtually
Stress is something we all experience at one point or another, especially during this current health crisis. Many people have turned to creative outlets like crafts, baking and puzzles to help them cope but sometimes that just is not enough. There is a local art studio that wants to help you use the creative process to relieve stress with an extra boostShazia Sidiqui is the licensed art therapist and counselor behind the studio Lets Art About It in Clawson. She is offering virtual art therapy classes designed to help people use art to channel their stress with professional help. Shazia gave an example of how she uses art to help people cope with their stress and anxiety.
Coronavirus stress leads to rise in broken heart syndrome
A new study finds cases of broken heart syndrome have increased during the coronavirus pandemic. RELATED: Why youre having weird, vivid dreams during coronavirus quarantineBroken heart syndrome has symptoms similar to a heart attack, like shortness of break or chest pains. However, people with broken heart syndrome dont usually have blocked arteries. Instead, stress changes the shape of the heart, which affects its ability to pump blood effectively. Hospitals are taking strict precautions to protect patients from the coronavirus and are urging people to seek care quickly for heart symptoms and any other emergencies.
Kids are suffering from coronavirus stress: Here are the signs
The coronavirus pandemic is causing stress, and kids are feeling it, too. While some children are able to talk about their concerns, research finds that parents also need to watch out for physical signs of stress from their kids. That stress can continue into the summer with normal routines broken and major uncertainties about what to expect in the fall. The signs of stress can vary by age. In toddlers, a lack of emotion or toilet training regression are signs of stress or anxiety.