The Local Optimist Digest #44

The mental health consequences of daylight saving time, why some personality types feel more tired than others, and the effects of second-hand stress.

Welcome to The Local Optimist Digest, your crib sheet for the latest news in mental health. Whether you want to know how the government is (or is not) investing in our well-being, discover the latest research on how the mind impacts the body, or find out which celebrities are helping continue the conversation by opening up about their own mental health struggles, we’ll be covering it all here every week. This week, we’re looking at tips to help you fall asleep faster, why some personality types feel more tired than others, and the effects of second-hand stress.

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Understanding Second-Hand Stress And Its Effects

Have you ever felt stressed by other people’s problems or outward energy? You might be experiencing “secondhand stress,” which is defined as the consequence of being exhausted from taking on the suffering of others or being a resource for them. Experts explain that this type of stress can be contagious and has the ability to manifest in physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle tension, and fatigue. Professionals are exploring all sorts of strategies to manage secondhand stress and highlight why it is so important to address its presence once you recognize its existence. READ.

Daylight Saving Time And Its Impacts On Our Mental Health

Daylight saving time (DST) began on March 12th, bringing the promise of longer and brighter days with it. However, getting an extra hour of light towards the end of the day is not all sunshine and rainbows. For individuals with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that typically hits during the colder, darker months of fall and winter, DST can trigger a range of unpleasant symptoms by upsetting the body's natural internal clock. Experts discuss the link between DST and SAD, emphasizing the importance of taking precautions during the adjustment period. With ongoing debates surrounding DST and its impact on mental health, many are calling for further research to fully understand its effects. READ.

NBA Star Giannis Antetokounmpo And Antidote Health Commit $1 Million For Free Mental Health Telehealth Services

Exciting news in the world of telehealth as Antidote Health partners with the Charles Antetokounmpo Family Foundation (CAFF), founded by the NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo's family, to launch the "Leave No One Behind" program. The initiative seeks to provide mental health services to underserved communities that have been disproportionately affected by poverty, social injustice, and racial discrimination in the US. Offering telehealth counseling, therapy, and other mental health services, the partnership aims to help unlock the potential of the Milwaukee community. Giannis notes, "I believe that by investing in others, we unlock their true potential, regardless of their origin, race, color, or faith." READ.

5 Steps To Help You Fall Asleep Faster

  1. Regulate your body temperature. Take a warm bath or shower before bedtime and sleep in a cool, comfortable environment to facilitate faster sleep onset.

  2. Create a to-do list. Writing down your tasks for the next day can alleviate worries and give your mind a chance to unwind.

  3. Stick to a sleep schedule. Determine the optimal duration of sleep for your body and establish a regular sleep and wake-up time to ensure sufficient rest.

  4. Avoid using alcohol as a sleep aid. Alcohol can disrupt your sleep and cause frequent awakenings, so refrain from drinking at least two to three hours before bedtime.

  5. Don't dwell on your inability to sleep. Refrain from obsessing over your inability to sleep and avoid checking the clock. Instead, practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques to ease your mind and body into a peaceful state.

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Why Some Personality Types Feel More Fatigued Than Others 

If you're someone who constantly feels tired, it might not just be due to a lack of sleep. According to a recent study conducted by the University of Helsinki, there are five personality types that are more likely to experience exhaustion and fatigue, including those who exhibit neurotic, introverted, and anxious traits. The study surveyed over 1,400 participants and found that people who are considered a supporter, mood depleter, futuristic, overthinker, or captive have a higher likelihood of experiencing feelings of tiredness. Although we can't change our personality types, experts share their advice on how to manage fatigue and boost energy levels. READ.

CARE International: Combatting All Forms Of Discrimination Against Women

This week, we're excited to spotlight CARE International, a global confederation with a 75-year track record of fighting poverty and social injustice in the world. With a specific focus on the empowerment of women and girls, CARE works closely with communities to identify the underlying causes of poverty and develop innovative, locally-led solutions. CARE's programs include educational, social, and economic empowerment initiatives aimed at reducing gender-based violence and fostering resilience among vulnerable communities. To learn more about CARE and how you can support their mission, head HERE.

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