Mashable: What is brown noise? TikTok suggests it’s better than white noise.

I am linking to this because I have been Team Brown Noise since I knew about different noise colors, and I’m feeling vindicated. Yes, it’s petty. Mashable: What is brown noise? TikTok suggests it’s better than white noise.. “Whereas white noise encompasses sounds from all over the spectrum, including low, mid-range, and high frequency notes, brown noise uses only low frequency and bass-heavy notes. This makes brown noise much deeper in sound than white noise and more ideal for those who find the high frequency notes in white noise uncomfortable.”

Free online course on mental health and journalism: Learn how to take care of yourself and responsibly report on mental health issues (Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas)

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Free online course on mental health and journalism: Learn how to take care of yourself and responsibly report on mental health issues. “In a recent survey of nearly 1,000 Canadian media workers, 69% reported having anxiety and 46% reported suffering from depression. Fifty-three percent have sought out health professionals to deal with work-related stress and mental well-being. In response to this pervasive issue in our global journalism community, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, the Carter Center and The Self-Investigation are offering the free online course, ‘Mental health and journalism: How journalists can responsibly report on it and take care of themselves.’”

MakeUseOf: 15 Relaxing Websites to Help When You Feel Overwhelmed

MakeUseOf: 15 Relaxing Websites to Help When You Feel Overwhelmed. “Life gets overwhelming for us all. Even browsing the internet can be taxing, with the vitriol of social media or the depressing news. Occasionally, we just need to step back, take a deep breath, and relax. What’s the best way to do that? One way to help yourself is to use relaxing websites. We’ve rounded up some of the most relaxing corners of the web; sites designed for nothing more than clearing your mind and being present.”

NBC News: Study finds ‘burnout epidemic’ for working women two years into pandemic

NBC News: Study finds ‘burnout epidemic’ for working women two years into pandemic. “Now, the latest survey of 5,000 women in 10 countries by Deloitte, first reported Tuesday by NBC News, finds a troubling evolution for working women in a ‘burnout epidemic.’ Fifty-three percent of women reported stress levels higher than they were a year ago, with mental health lagging and work-life balance nearly nonexistent. And whereas women were considering leaving their employers last year, the top-cited driver to leave now is burnout.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Instant Calming Apps to Relieve Stress, Beat Anxiety, and Battle Negative Thoughts

MakeUseOf: 5 Instant Calming Apps to Relieve Stress, Beat Anxiety, and Battle Negative Thoughts. “Sometimes, you don’t know why you’re low. Is it stress? Anxiety? Anger? Depression? It could be anyone or all of these, or something entirely different. All you know is that you just want to stop feeling like that right now. These free apps offer instant relief from negative thoughts and feelings. Importantly, none of these apps are claiming to be a substitute for therapy. If you feel such negativity often, it’s best to seek professional medical advice rather than rely on apps. Think of these stress-relievers as a stop-gap measure or a temporary treat, rather than a solution.”

University of California: People turned to gardening for stress relief, food access during pandemic, new survey says

University of California: People turned to gardening for stress relief, food access during pandemic, new survey says. “People who turned to gardening during the COVID-19 pandemic did so to relieve stress, connect with others and grow their own food in hopes of avoiding the virus, according to a survey conducted by researchers at the University of California, Davis, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) and international partners.”

News Medical: New tool could help detect geographical hotspots for mental health problems caused by COVID

News Medical: New tool could help detect geographical hotspots for mental health problems caused by COVID. “A new proof of concept tool that allows the tracking and location of people’s emotions and stresses on social media in real-time has been proposed. The tool incorporates bot detection and community-level geospatial analysis, in order to filter out artificial content, while detecting stress hotspots over time.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Audio-Journaling Apps to Beat Anxiety

MakeUseOf: 5 Audio-Journaling Apps to Beat Anxiety. “Many people keep journals for their mental health benefits. Journaling about your feelings can reduce mental distress and is a highly encouraged practice for people dealing with anxiety. Audio-journaling, one of the recently introduced forms of journaling, has proven to be effective at this. Let’s take a look at the best audio-journaling apps.”

Canadian Press: Dentists see pandemic stress in patients with more grinding, cracked, broken teeth

Canadian Press: <a href=”https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/national-news/dentists-see-pandemic-stress-in-patients-with-more-grinding-cracked-broken-teeth-4878684″>Dentists see pandemic stress in patients with more grinding, cracked, broken teeth</a>. “Stress and anxiety connected to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is revealing itself in people’s mouths, say dentists who report increasing cases of patients with cracked, broken and damaged teeth over the past 20 months.”

Washington Post: The pandemic has caused nearly two years of collective trauma. Many people are near a breaking point.

Washington Post: The pandemic has caused nearly two years of collective trauma. Many people are near a breaking point.. “Nearly two years into a pandemic coexistent with several national crises, many Americans are profoundly tense. They’re snapping at each other more frequently, suffering from physical symptoms of stress and seeking methods of self-care. In the most extreme cases, they’re acting out their anger in public — bringing their internal struggles to bear on interactions with strangers, mental health experts said.”

The pandemic could drive another national health crisis, GAO warns: covid-19 anxiety (Washington Post)

Washington Post: The pandemic could drive another national health crisis, GAO warns: covid-19 anxiety. “As if more than 800,000 deaths and 50 million covid-19 cases in the United States are not bad enough, the virus appears to be spawning a different health calamity. ‘The pandemic is potentially driving another national crisis related to its effects on behavioral health, with people experiencing new or exacerbated behavioral health symptoms or conditions.’ That’s the stark warning in the first paragraph of a letter to Congress in a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.”

CNN: ‘I’m hanging by a thread’

CNN: ‘I’m hanging by a thread’. “The deadly shooting last month at a high school in Oxford, Michigan, is yet another reminder of the many stresses facing America’s educators, who are still struggling with the overwhelming challenges of teaching in a pandemic. Another surge in coronavirus infections — and the looming specter of a return to virtual or hybrid learning — is only adding to teachers’ anxiety.”

HuffPost: This Is Your Body On Pandemic ‘Whiplash’

HuffPost: This Is Your Body On Pandemic ‘Whiplash’. “The relief that came with the rollout of vaccines was followed by news of a more transmissible variant — delta — gaining steam around the world. And just as the delta surge started to settle, scientists identified a new strain called omicron, raising anxiety again. All that back-and-forth has taken a toll on our physical and mental health. Some people have begun to feel numb to the highs and lows, while others have become hypervigilant to every new revelation. Here’s how this kind of whiplash affects our health, and how to cope with it.”