2. Trapped in Toxic Bonds
It often takes a long time to get away from a toxic relationship—let alone to be able to realize the signs that you’re stuck in unhealthy territory. According to scientists at the UCLA School of Medicine, long term, negative social interactions are linked to inflammation, which can develop into cardiovascular disease, cancer, and hypertension. Harmful partner bonds, coworker bonds, family, and friend bonds can also result in low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. If you think you’re wrapped up in toxic relations, seek help from an unbiased professional or ask the help of a supportive friend or family member.
3. You’re Sleep Deprived
Researchers at Bastyr University consider sleep the foundation for, well, everything, particularly when you consider that during slumber our bodies use this time to reboot all systems—including organ function, central nervous system, brain function, and digestion. If you’re blue, chances are you’re sleep deprived. Learn to power off electronic devices at least 3 hours prior to sleep and create a comforting environment by drinking herbal tea, turning down the lights, and having a warm bath before bed.
4. Digital Record Taking
We’ve all been to concerts where spectators watched through a smartphone camera…and totally missed the real action. A study conducted by health psychologists at Washinton’s Bastyr University, revealed that the more pictures and video taken at an event; the more difficult it was to remember the actual goings on, which is why stronger mental memories result from taking part rather than purely recording an event.