Posts by Sophie Dixon

Academic Burnout

Whether you’ve experienced it personally or not, the mention of burnout usually brings out a sense of dread. Those who have yet to start their careers may be less familiar with the concept or feeling, even if they recognize the term. Burnout is classically considered an occupational phenomenon by the World Health Organization, which means…

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A Study in FOMO

If you haven’t heard of FOMO, you’ve been missing out (pun intended). FOMO has been widely experienced (and even researched!) and refers to the Fear Of Missing Out. It can affect anyone for multiple reasons, but the phenomenon is largely due to social media use: seeing pictures of our peers doing fun things makes us…

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It’s Time to Revisit Your Boundaries

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many of us had to decide what our boundaries were for ourselves (and our households) to social distance while continuing to run errands and maintain a social life. With half of the country being vaccinated and the recent guidelines from the CDC, now is a good time to reassess…

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This is Your Brain (Walking) on Sunlight

Sunlight is good for us. Maybe we don’t photosynthesize, but like plants, we need some amount of sunlight in order to grow healthy. When we’re exposed to the sun, we experience better physical and mental health. Sunlight exposure gives our brains serotonin—the hormone responsible for balancing mood and leaving us feeling calm, rested, and focused.…

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This is Your Brain on Meditation

When you look at a list of benefits of meditative practice, it almost sounds too good to be true. If you hear the word “meditation” and think “that’s not for me,” “I can never get my thoughts to quiet down,” or “I don’t have time for that,” you are far from alone. You might picture…

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Laziness is a MYTH

“Stop being lazy!”  This is a sentiment used all too often, whether it comes from a parent, peer, or ourselves. While it often comes from a place of trying to inspire motivation, it actually does more damage than we think. If you think about it, nobody who gets called “lazy” ever says: “You know what,…

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Positive Psychology

Why You Shouldn’t Totally Write Off 2020 Each one of us has at some point acknowledged that 2020 was really a dumpster fire of a year. There is no getting around the fact that the pandemic affected us all, among other global and national challenges that need no repeating for the millionth time here. But…

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Limit or Permit?: A Parents’ Guide for Monitoring Social Media

The existence of the Internet has only complicated things. As Internet usage continues to prevail in our everyday lives, every parent struggles to determine what is appropriate for their kids. Many question when to give their kids privacy and when to intervene. It’s impossible to predict when social media use is going to be helpful…

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Be Informed in a Healthy Way

Would You Like to Hear the Bad News or Bad News First? Everyone likes to be informed. It keeps us aware of what’s happening in the world and lets us discuss current issues with others. However, just as the old proverb assures us, sometimes having no news is good for us. But we have to…

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