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Is “post-Disney depression” worse than normal vacation withdrawal?

It’s not unusual for vacationers to suffer from depression or withdrawal when they return to their daily routines. The immersive environment at Disney theme parks seems optimized to impart happiness, causing some guests to feel post-Disney depression after their visits. Disney parks use color psychology, UX design, scents, and novelty…

Let’s hear it for the forest state of mind: Nature therapy and forest medicine 

The positive effects of nature on mental and physical health are well-documented. Captain Obvious says that’s because humans evolved outdoors, not indoors, for 99.9% of their time on Earth.  Virtual reality nature lacks the multisensory inputs (like soil, volatile organic compounds, and soundscapes) that people need to get the full…

Screen time to green time: New study informs healthy screen habits as kids go back to school

A new study finds that fewer than two hours of daily screen time can adversely affect a kid’s life satisfaction.   Physical activity is crucial to wellbeing, and sedentary screen time interferes with exercise hours. Screen time guidelines can become more nuanced as children return to in-person learning.  Experts recommend separating…

Human psychology and a burning planet: How to harness your ecological grief and eco-anxiety to fight climate change

News about climate change has a profound psychological impact on humans, but emotional responses can be an obstacle to action. When humans are distressed, their psychological defense mechanisms kick in and their solastalgia, or lived experience of environmental desolation, can turn into avoidance and denial.   There are ways to overcome…

Online Counseling Question: What are the benefits of spending time outdoors during COVID-19? (Video)

Click here to schedule online counseling at Thriveworks. Hi, my name is Nichole Matthews. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Therapist with Thriveworks. And today I’ve been posed the question, “What are some of the benefits of being outdoors during COVID 19?” This is a great question and I’m…

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