Traumatic childhood stress can lead to brain changes in adulthood

New findings an important step toward developing potential new treatments for mental health disorders

Traumatic childhood stress can lead to brain changes in adulthoodA groundbreaking new study has shown that traumatic or stressful events in childhood may lead to tiny changes in key brain structures that can now be identified decades later. The study is the first to show that trauma or maltreatment during a child’s early years – a well-known risk factor for developing mental health conditions such as…

Financial strain top source of worry in COVID-19 mental health crisis

Researcher studies tools for recovery from tax clinics to guaranteed basic income

Financial strain top source of worry in COVID-19 mental health crisisFinancial strain is affecting Canadians’ mental and physical health and addressing it will be key to the country’s post-COVID-19 social and economic recovery, according to public health professor Candace Nykiforuk. Nykiforuk and her team received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study ways to address the health impacts of the pandemic related to…

Three things you can do to accomplish more in less time

Life’s too short to occupy most of it with frustration and busyness. Tackle the stress by prioritizing, delegating and meditating

Three things you can do to accomplish more in less timeMany of us feel crunched for time. We have a variety of activities and tasks that seem to need our attention on a regular basis. Whether it’s getting kids to school, managing family activities, preparing meals, as well as getting our jobs done, sitting in on video meetings, or dealing with an ever-growing stream of…

Are you suffering compassion fatigue?

In the midst of the pandemic, a great deal of pressure has fallen on managers. Here are some tips to help deal with the increased stress

Are you suffering compassion fatigue?Lucy is a manager who oversees a large team of sales reps. Like many other organizations, hers quickly made the transition to work-from-home. It was a new experience for a team used to working from their downtown office. Lucy used to be able to monitor her team with regular walk-arounds and check-ins. She had a…

The dangers of over-extending yourself

There is good stress and there is bad stress. Can you recognize the difference?

The dangers of over-extending yourselfThere is good stress and there is bad stress. Pleasant events can be stressful in a positive way. And bad events can be stressful in a negative way. They can even make you physically ill. The trick is recognizing the early symptoms of negative stress so you can do something about it. The more competitive…

What are you avoiding today?

The worst outcome in many cases is much better than not dealing with what we’re avoiding

What are you avoiding today?I caught myself trying to avoid work last week. Part of my job is to make phone calls to prospective clients. As it came closer to the time I had blocked out to make the calls, I found myself getting distracted. I went through my emails, clicked on links, looked at social media and even…

Eight proven ways walking improves your brain

Lower your risk of depression, improve cognitive function, reduce fatigue, spark creativity, drive blood flow, among other things

Eight proven ways walking improves your brainIt might surprise you to hear that something as simple as walking can improve your brainpower. It doesn’t even have to be full-on power walking. Even a 20- or 30-minute walk during your lunch break can have a positive impact on your brain. Walking also reduces your stress and improves your overall sense of well-being.…

Five ways to experience personal growth during an upheaval

Embrace adversity, become more adept at challenges and seeing opportunity, cultivate positivity, develop more empathy

Five ways to experience personal growth during an upheavalWhen you’re in upheaval, you tend to hit survival mode pretty quickly. Your life becomes focused on just getting through the day. Beyond that? You don’t have the time or energy to care. But now more than ever, you need to take advantage of what time you have for personal growth. When we’re challenged is…

Use 30 minutes a day to control your worries

When you become accustomed to worrying, you have a constant stream of negative feedback and information in your brain

Use 30 minutes a day to control your worriesWorry can derail an entire day if you let it. But you have the power to stop it in just 30 minutes, freeing up the rest of the day to really live. The strategy is more straightforward than you might think. When you become accustomed to worrying, you have a constant stream of negative feedback…

How to handle digital overload

Being online all the time can be exhausting, say U of A experts who offer tips for anyone working or learning from home

How to handle digital overloadIt didn’t take long for Rylee Sargeant to start feeling tired and headachy after she, like everyone else, was forced to work remotely when the pandemic struck in March. “Lethargic is how I’d describe it,” said the 21-year-old University of Alberta kinesiology student. She’s taking courses now and working an online summer job, and that…