Article Roundup

Welcome back to another weekend! As usual, this roundup is full of articles I’ve come across throughout the week and thought they’d be interesting to share with everyone. Some are old, some are new. All of them are interesting. This week, I’ve remembered to include a bunch of youtube videos I’ve been rounding up as well!


A Genetic study has found genes associated with feelings of loneliness and social leanings. The researchers do caution that having these genes don’t doom you to a life of loneliness, or introversion/extroversion, but they do seem to play a role in your natural inclinations.


Turns out that Anticipating stress messes up your memory and your day. And not in a bracing, stoic “Crazy things are going down but I got this,” kind of way. In that gnawing, horrible, “Oh god, today is going to suuuuuck because of x, y, and z” way. They found that not only does anticipating stress seem to short circuit your working memory- leading to mistakes, but it can also lead you to feel stressed even if there’s nothing to be stressed about. Your mind is a powerful thing indeed.


Neuroscience explains how caffeine and nicotine increase anxiety. I’ve talked about this before, but this article breaks down in a simple way how these two substances influence our little neurons.


The difference between necessity and self-care. Do you really need that new outfit? Or your fourth chai latte this week? There’s a bit of a discrepancy between doing things one needs to take care of yourself, and doing things that produce momentary good feelings (the dopamine rush) that we associate with self-care. (And those questions are personal. I’ve fallen into this trap myself.)


Working out at home is a bit difficult, especially when you’re not sure what you’re doing. If you can’t get a personal trainer, or attend workout classes at this time, here are some of the Top workout apps for home (at least according to Business Insider.)


Autoimmune disease strikes again, this time with a link between autoimmune diseases and psychosis. As always, having an autoimmune disease doesn’t doom you to a psychotic episode, and you don’t need an autoimmune disease to have a psychotic episode. But the correlation is there. People suffering from an autoimmune disorder also have a high risk of developing a depressive disorder at some point in their life. And, to complete the triangle of terrible, some 20% of patients with major depression suffer from Depressive Psychosis. Yes, it is what it sounds like. While not all intrinsically or highly correlationally linked, I think these things are good to know.


The University of Utah has found a link between high altitudes, and depression and suicidal thoughts. I believe I’ve posted this before, but I like this article’s take on the subject. They look at the issue that high altitude (they found that altitudes over 2,000-3,000 feet is where the difference became quite stark) also decreases traditional medications like SSRI’s and how supplements like Tryptophan and 5-HTP may help where medications fail. (I’m quite partial to the 5-HTP, as I take it myself. 5-HTP is the next step in the body when converting Tryptophan into serotonin.)


If you read my blog, or just about anything related to health and wellness, you’ve read by now how exercise produces a host of benefits. But the question remains, how much of each work out do you need to do to see benefits? Many people start in on a new routine and quickly become frustrated that they don’t see or feel the results right away. (Spoiler alert; long-term effort and consistency are key. But many exercises do show quick benefits.)


And the YouTube Section. I love youtube. (Not the company, really… But I love the platform and the service it provides.) You can learn so much if you ignore all the vloggers… ( Don’t have anything inherently against vloggers… but many of them I think do more harm than good by generally being idiots for entertainment sake and influencing others to be just as dumb.)

Judson Brewer shares with us how to break habits in his TedTalk. Spoiler alert, he talks about positive and negative reinforcement.

Ajahn Brahm, of the Australian Buddhist Society, shares with us how to deal with sickness. I’ve been a fan of his talks for quite some time, and I encourage you all to check out the rest of their videos, even if you don’t subscribe to the Buddhist religion. He presents his teachings often in a secular way (because at its heart, Buddhism is secular.) My favorite take away from this particular talk is that he points out that there are different kinds of suffering, and once we relieve one, we come across another, so why worry about it? It’s a long talk, so go ahead and play it as you do the dishes or something.

Success Insider shares 5 Habits that damage your brain. So stahp.

Heather Heying (a lovely and brilliant woman) shares with Dave Rubin her thoughts on Consciousness, how technology attacks our Consciousness, and the utility of learning to deal with danger and stress. Basically, developing self-sufficiency (This video is part two of a longer interview.)

If ever you’re feeling a bit down, or want a boost, here’s an hour-long compilation of the inspiring bits of talks and lectures Dr. Peterson has given over the years. I absolutely feel like I can face my dragons and win after listening to these clips.

Tech Insider shares some of the things that happen to your body once you exercise regularly.


Enjoy your coming week!

“I hate being ignorant. For me, a question unanswered is like a thorn in my side that pains me every time I move until I can pluck it out.”

“You have my sympathy… Because if that is so, you must spend every waking hour in mortal agony, for life is full of unaswerable questions.”

Christopher Paolini, Brisingr

As always, I am not affiliated with any links I provide, I merely use the information they contain. I am not a professional, and this blog should not be the sole source of information for treatment or diagnosis. 

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