Six ways to 'reboot your brain' after a hard year of COVID-19 – according to science

The brain is surprisingly changeable.

Jianfeng Feng, Professor of Science and Technology for Brain-Inspired Intelligence , Fudan University • conversation
Dec. 31, 2020 ~8 min

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Why living in the future, rather than the past, is key to coping with lockdowns – new research

Being nostalgic about the past can lead to a sense of loss in tough times.

Amelia Dennis, PhD Researcher in Psychology, University of Surrey • conversation
Dec. 11, 2020 ~6 min

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Laughing is good for your mind and your body – here's what the research shows

Whether in the form of a discreet titter or a full-on roar, laughter comes with many benefits for physical and mental health.

Janet M. Gibson, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Grinnell College • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~8 min

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Connecting to nature is good for kids – but they may need help coping with a planet in peril

Here are four ways adults can help kids work through their worries about the environment.

Louise Chawla, Professor Emerita of Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Nov. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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Green prescriptions: should your doctor send you for a walk in the park?

Here's how to make sure nature-based prescriptions are actually effective.

Jake M. Robinson, PhD Researcher, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield • conversation
July 24, 2020 ~6 min

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How to make your house and garden more tranquil – tips from an acoustics expert

Whether it's cars passing nearby, a neighbour's blaring music or the constant drone of a lawnmower, the trouble with sound is that – unlike light – it can be hard to block out completely.

Greg Watts, Professor of environmental acoustics, University of Bradford • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

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Lockdown and tech overload – how to escape your screens

Excessive screen use has been linked to addictive behaviours, changes in mood, increased stress and difficulty sleeping - here's how to take a break.

Charmele Ayadurai, Teaching Fellow, Durham University • conversation
May 27, 2020 ~6 min

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Lockdown: how to stay fit at home

Use tins of beans, use a coat, use your kids ... it's all about being creative with the space you've got.

Adam Hawkey, Associate Professor, School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences, Solent University • conversation
March 26, 2020 ~5 min

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Coronavirus: six ways of turning anxiety into positive mental health habits

We can use anxious thoughts as triggers to engage in activities that not only manage anxiety but to help us build positive mental health habits for the future.

Dusana Dorjee, Lecturer, Psychology in Education Research Centre, Department of Education, University of York • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~7 min

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