‘Find a balance’: Mental health, social connections cited in debate over playing prep sports | High School Sports

Pertzborn, also active on social media advocating for students in athletics, has been frustrated how prep athletics decisions have unfolded in Dane County and the state this year.

“Anytime we get to a decision, the goalpost gets moved and we can’t get near it,” he said, imploring people to work together.

He said the situation has been difficult on everyone, particularly seniors. Middleton is scheduled to play football in the alternative fall season in the spring.

He said the students will need to make good choices if they want to play.

“I’m glad we are trying to move forward to see if it is doable (in a safe manner),” said Pertzborn, whose daughter, Sierra, is a sophomore volleyball, basketball and track and field athlete at Middleton. “We will give it our best effort. It will take discipline, sacrifice and commitment not only from the coaches but from the athletes.”


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Being authentic on Facebook is better for your mental health, researchers say | Health

Exotic vacation pics. Shots of healthy meals. Flattering selfies.

Whether you’re on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or TikTok, many people make huge efforts to curate the best version of themselves online.

But it might be better for your mental health not to craft an idealized view of yourself when using social media, according to a new study published Tuesday in Nature Communications.

There are psychological benefits associated with being authentic when it comes to Facebook posts and likes, a team of US researchers at New York’s Columbia Business School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago found.

“Being prompted to post in an authentic way was associated with more positive mood and affect, and less negative mood within participants,” the study said.

“Our findings suggest that all individuals regardless of personality traits could benefit from being authentic on social media.”

To reach this conclusion, the researchers did two things.

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Should You Take a Mental Health Day?

A mental health day is a day taken off from work for the purpose of de-stressing or recovering from burnout. While you may wonder whether it’s appropriate to schedule time out of the office if you aren’t physically ill, it’s important to recognize when you’ve reached your limit mentally and emotionally.

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A well-timed day off for self-care can help improve your mental health and your work. Taking a break from your workplace stressors can help you rebalance to avoid bigger mental health problems such as anxiety or depression. What’s more, a mental health day off can be the “stitch in time that saves nine” in terms of your physical health too, since failing to address chronic stress can lead to a wide range of ailments, from weight gain to high blood pressure or even a heart attack.

Signs You Should Take a Mental Health Day

The first step

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How To Look After Your Physical And Mental Health

Staying physically and mentally fit is essential for all small business owners, none more so than today as the pandemic continues. With small and, micro-business owners often working alone, paying attention to the warning signs their health could be deteriorating is vital.

As a small or micro business owner, your fitness is of paramount importance. It’s a simple equation: If you can’t work, your business isn’t profitable. As the pandemic has changed perhaps forever how companies operate, what does this mean for the mental and physical health of all small business owners?

I have been running my business for the past three decades. During that time, mental and physical health has played a massive role in the success of my company. As a business of one, I have had to rely upon

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Insurers pledge to support mental health sufferers with clearer language in policies

Insurance companies have unveiled plans to revamp their approach to customers suffering with mental health problems.  

This follows concerns that insurers were incentivising customers to omit mental health conditions from applications by charging much higher premiums to customers declaring everyday stress. There were also fears that online application processes were too complicated for many to understand.

The Association of British Insurers, a trade body, admitted that the sector needed to do more to support customers with mental health issues. 

New industry standards, developed in association with the Mental Health UK charity and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, will standardise the language used on application forms and in other communications to make it simpler for customers to understand. 

During the application process, customers will be told why certain questions are being asked and technical terms will be better explained.

Applicants will also be given the choice of how they want their

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Budget-Friendly Ways To Get Support For Your Mental Health

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, so now, more than ever, it’s important to talk about mental health. In our society, it is still seen to many as taboo to talk about mental health and that can make it difficult to find the help that is truly needed. Plus, our healthcare system is still broken, so many people cannot afford to get the help that they need, even if they want to seek it out. That’s why it’s so important to talk about the more budget-friendly options that exist out there right now. If you are uninsured, or if your healthcare plan doesn’t include mental healthcare coverage, here are some other options to look for.

Online Therapy

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, there were an increasing amount of online options for mental health support and therapy. Now, online therapy is even more accessible than it was before. But

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Ex-BuzzFeed star Kelsey Darragh shared her mental health journey online. Now, she wants to be a resource.

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  • Kelsey Darragh is a former video producer and development partner at BuzzFeed. She currently is a cast member on the E! show “Dating: No Filter.”

  • Her videos for BuzzFeed have received over 160 million views, averaging over 14 million views per video.

  • Darragh has dealt with mental illness and panic attacks for much of her life, leading her to write an upcoming book, “Don’t F*cking Panic: The Sh*t They Don’t Tell You in Therapy About Anxiety Disorders, Panic Attacks & Depression.”

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Kelsey Darragh is a comedian, video producer, podcaster, and now: author. She is best known for her numerous videos at BuzzFeed where she rose to the role of development partner. 

While she built up a following and fanbase for her playfulness and on-camera exuberance, Darragh was quietly dealing with major depressive disorder, panic attacks, and chronic pain. After opening

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How to manage your mental health during lockdown

The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25 per cent increase in calls since lockdown began (Getty)
The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25 per cent increase in calls since lockdown began (Getty)

On 23 March prime minister Boris Johnson implemented a nationwide UK lockdown, which saw people confined to their homes.

Only able to leave the house for a number of essential reasons: getting food or medicine, once-daily exercise or travelling to work as a key worker.

Although the restrictions are now starting to ease in England, many people will have spent weeks at home – and are still unable to meet friends and family.

A long period of isolation may well have been a necessary measure to protect public health against Covid-19 but it has been acknowledged that it could also have a detrimental impact on people’s mental health.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) released a mental health guide for people who are self-isolating saying: “This time of crisis is generating stress in

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How your company can support employees’ physical and mental wellbeing

Did you know Alison Hadden, the author of this piece, is speaking at TNW2020 this year? Their session will explore how using tech can help us navigate our newfound death anxiety.

As a busy executive who seeks to keep my own personal health and wellness a top priority, especially since my cancer diagnosis last year, working for a company that supports these goals makes it so much easier to maintain this kind of lifestyle. And if you’re lucky enough to work in the wellness industry as I do for MINDBODY, well, you’ve hit the jackpot.

In today’s job market, top companies are in a tight race competing for top talent. During my six years at Glassdoor, I talked to hundreds of HR and Recruiting leaders about their challenges. What I learned is that smart employers recognize that in order to recruit the best candidates, they’ve got to create a workplace

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The Mental Health Trauma of the Black Maternal Mortality Crisis

Inequality is rampant throughout the health care system: Women of color are more likely to die of breast cancer, heart disease, and COVID-19, and more likely to report chronic, severe anxiety. There are many reasons—gaps in biomedical research, deliberate discrimination and racism, lack of resources, lack of empathy—all of which come to a head when a Black woman gets pregnant. Black women in the United States are three to five times more likely to die from pregnancy or postpartum issues than white women, a maternal mortality crisis that cannot be ignored. In Glamour’s Black Maternal Health series, we’re sharing these stories—and solutions.

Freedom Smith was scared to scream during childbirth. She was a 21-year-old single mother-to-be with no insurance, no family support, and no stable prenatal care, and the words of the staff in the maternity ward had weighed heavily on her mind. “I had a

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