Articles about Mental Health

Office Life

4 ways to enjoy the first day of summer – even if you’re not on vacation

If your weather has been anything like ours in New York City lately, you know that summer is well on its way: In fact, the first day of summer is this week. As nice as it would be to have off that day, here's how to enjoy it — even if you're not relaxing at the beach on vacation somewhere.

News

Why this story of a faked rejection letter is everyone’s worst career nightmare

Our partners can have a hold on us — they can use it to advance or hold back our careers. At worst, you have what happened to Eric Abramovitz.

Mental Health

How to be yourself in a world that wants to change you

How you can be yourself in a world that may possibly want to change you. Because, truthfully, the only person you should be seeking reassurance from is you and you alone. So let’s do this.

The Whole Human

6 ways volunteering benefits your health

Volunteering has definitely taken a backseat. There’s only so much time in a day, right? Well, reprioritizing a chunk of that time for others could work wonders for your health.

The Whole Human

Why we need another version of Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’

The heartbreaking news of Bourdain’s suicide came as such a shock. We’ll never know the private battles that drove him to this tragic decision, but in our natural urge to make some sense of his story, we can use what happened as a chance to stop and reflect on our own stories.

Mental Health

Why predicting suicide is a difficult and complex challenge

As a scientist who has focused on this question for the past decade, I should have a pretty good idea of who is and isn’t going to die by suicide. But the sad truth is, I don’t. The sadder truth is, neither do any other suicide experts, psychiatrists or physicians.

wellness

How to keep your mental health in check at the office

As I’ve grown in my professional career, I’ve learned the hard way that if you don’t set boundaries, people will take as much as they absolutely can from you. Here are some ways I guard my time and stay sane in the startup world.

News

It only takes one sexual harassment claim to ruin your company’s reputation

When we hear about a single sexual harassment case at a company, it's enough to tank our perception about the company as a whole, according to new UCLA research highlighted in Harvard Business Review.

News

This is why not taking that job we wanted haunts us

When you look back over your career regrets, you're more likely to be haunted by the job you did not take than the work mistakes you actually did make. Why? A new paper published in the journal Emotion has looked into why inaction stings longer than other failures.

The Whole Human

How to avoid jealousy and envy from poisoning your life

Do you see what you have? Or simply pay attention to what other people have, achieve or the recognition they get? That’s how envy and jealousy get into your life — rather than appreciating the water around you; they bring out the worst in you.

Health

Your stressful office is making you hangry

Now, new research published Monday in the journal Emotion has found that it isn't just physiology that is making you hangry, but it is actually the emotional tone of the environment you are in. "You don't just become hungry and start lashing out at the universe," said the study's co-author, assistant professor Dr. Kristen Lindquist. "We find that feeling hangry happens when you feel unpleasantness due to hunger but interpret those feelings as strong emotions about other people or the situation you're in."

The Whole Human

9 signs you’re dealing with an emotional manipulator

We all know what it feels like to be emotionally manipulated. It can be extremely effective, which is why some unscrupulous individuals do it so much. Fortunately, emotional manipulators are easy enough to spot if you know what to look for.

News

Study: People who don’t drink tend to take more sick days

Having a hangover at work is the worst. You think to yourself, why did I do this? A new study finds that people who abstain from drinking tend to take more sick days than moderate drinkers.

Health

This is why you may be feeling a little blue even though it is summer

Summer is usually one of the best times of the year. Most of us have finally gotten over the harshness and challenges of winter (and often spring) and are just so excited for the warmer temperatures and sunlight. However, many people are actually feeling a bit depressed right now and there is a good reason for it. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects 1% of the population during the summer season. 

Leadership

‘Describe your worst people nightmare. Describe what it cost you.’

What blindsides most leaders, brings down their teams and organizations, gets them fired, and keeps them up at night are those complicated, unpredictable, and emotional people who they lead, follow, and otherwise are responsible for influencing, inspiring, and sometimes, discouraging and defeating.

Mental Health

Exercise can help you feel less depressed according to a new study

Working out has been proven to be very beneficial to those of us with anxiety and work stress. But now a new study finds that certain kinds of exercise can also help with depression.

Leadership

Why do abusive bosses act nice after being mean

One day your boss is berating you in public, and the next day they are buttering you up. What gives? Their mercurial personality changes now have a name – "moral cleansing," a theory that Michigan State University researchers named for why jerk bosses change their tune after being abusive.

Productivity

7 ways to start improving your productivity at the office

Of course, productivity is a complicated issue that can be affected by anything from lack of investment in staff to underfunding training and equipment. But if you’re interested in improving productivity in your office, here are seven great ways to get started.

Technology

Smartphone separation anxiety: The science behind the panic

Although taking the time to reduce your dependency on your smartphone might be worthwhile, if you should ever be unfortunate to lose your phone, your separation anxiety will be much more manageable if it doesn’t feel like you have just lost one of your limbs.

The commute

Here are 5 commutes that are much stranger than yours

No matter if you buckle up and drive, grin-and-bear-it on public transport or hop on your bike to battle traffic on two wheels — the commute is a necessary evil for nearly professional. Let these true stories of wacky commutes propel you to reconsider on you’ll get to work tomorrow

The Whole Human

How to live and lead a life in high-fidelity

In my experience, humans are very much creatures of habit and comfort. There’s a sense of safety in a one-track, mono approach. But the problem is, if we stay on one track, we are depriving ourselves of all that’s to be experienced and learned along the roads less traveled. It’s only when we leave our comfort zones that we have the opportunity to gain new perspective, experience new vantage points and approach our most stubborn obstacles from a new angle.

The Whole Human

This is why everyone steals office supplies from work – including you

In a recent anonymous survey by Papermate as part of the launch of a new pen, 100% of office workers admitted to have stolen a pen at work. Other academic researchers have reported that up to 75% of employees admitted to stealing office supplies in the past year.

The Commute

The long commute: How long is too long and why

So how long is too long to get to work? The answer, research suggests, depends on factors besides length.

The Whole Human

The Ivy Lee Method: A 100-year old, 15-minute routine for stress-free productivity

The Ivy Lee Method is a simple, powerful strategy for stress-free productivity that highlights the importance of doing the most important thing first each day. It’s a reminder that fewer priorities lead to better work and performance. A reminder that simplicity helps to guide complex plans, behaviors and actions.

The Whole Human

Americans are becoming more socially isolated, but they’re not feeling lonelier

A recent survey found that younger Americans were lonelier than older Americans. But while doing research for my upcoming book on empathy and social relationships, I found that the story is a bit more complicated than this.