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Ring and Nextdoor: The good, the bad, and the gossip associated with neighborhood watch platforms 

Our mind’s eye often depicts suburban life as dreamy and picturesque—the epitome of the American dream.  While the ‘burbs have their perks, they also have their shortcomings: Many community issues are aired on neighborhood watch apps like Ring’s “Neighbors” and Nextdoor.  These platforms provide a virtual way for neighbors to…

The connection between smartwatches and health anxiety: Does this technology actually make us more stressed out?

Smartwatches have exploded in popularity, especially among Millennials and younger Gen-Xers: Companies like Garmin, Apple, and Fitbit all offer wearables that come loaded with features. Heavily marketed features of smartwatches include heart rate and stress monitoring, as well as blood O2 readings.  While vital sign readings can be useful from…

Anxious parents and resilient kids: A guide for stopping the cycle of parental anxiety

The mental health of parents can influence their children environmentally as well as genetically.  When kids are feeling anxious, it may be time to look at what fearful, overcautious parents are teaching children about themselves.  Anxiety is a natural part of life, but anxious parents can model healthy coping strategies…

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