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5 Ways the Internet Is Helping You Fight Against Anxiety

5 Ways the Internet Is Helping You Fight Against Anxiety

If you often feel anxious and tend to worry about one thing after another, we’ve got good news. Recent studies suggest the Internet can be a useful tool for those combating anxiety and depression. Now, instead of feeling guilty for the time you spend in cyberspace, you can feel reassured there are actually benefits that come with some of you online activities.

Benefits for Seniors and Teens

Recent research has discovered that seniors in particular can benefit from going online. The series of studies, conducted between 2002 and 2008, found that “16 percent of people who didn’t use the Internet reported suffering from depression, while only nine percent of those who did stated the same.”

For isolated populations, like seniors, being able to reach out and connect with other people without having to drive or even leave the house, is a godsend.

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Another group found to benefit from time spent online is teenagers. Research conducted by a team at the University of Sydney showed that adolescents benefit more from anxiety and depression treatment that is a combination of online self-help tools and in-person counselling.

How the Internet Can Help

Before you quit your current anti-anxiety regimen and jump therapeutically online, it’s important to understand exactly how your time online may help you fight your anxious ways.

1. Access to Support Regardless of Mobility

One of the biggest ways the Internet makes a positive impact on anxiety and depression is by offering an easily accessible way for people with mobility challenges to interact with the world. For those who have trouble getting around, can’t drive, or live far from friends and family, the Internet provides a chance to stay in touch and even cultivate new relationships that would be impossible otherwise.

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2. Online Support Groups

If you’re facing a specific challenge, it’s likely there’s an online support group full of others who understand what you’re going through. Online support groups are a great resource for people to share struggles, receive encouragement, and offer support to others. In a world where it’s so easy to feel alone, an online support group can provide community and comfort.

You can find groups through forums specifically designed to be a safe place for people suffering from anxiety, depression, or even physical maladies. Look for discussions and groups that focus on the positive and celebrate the successes of the members.

3. Social Networks

Facebook isn’t just for bragging about your grand-kids or keeping up with high school classmates. It can also be a great place to find support and encouragement when you’re feeling down. Although some have reported feeling worse about their life after looking at all the awesome things happening in other people’s lives, social networks, like Facebook or Twitter, are also known for garnering huge, positive responses to people in need.

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In fact, there’s a new social network underway that will cater to people fighting depression and anxiety. The site will give users a way to work through their issues using cognitive behavioral therapy principles to help turn negative patterns of thinking into more productive ways of viewing the world.

4. There’s an App for That

Believe it or not, there are several apps that target anxiety and depression—and the best part is you can use them on the go. Worry Watch is an app that helps you manage anxiety through journaling. Users write down their worries and then review them later to see what the actual outcome was. The practice helps put worries in perspective and minimize their frequency.

Mindfulness and meditation have been shown to help with anxiety. Apps like Headspace and Calm provide guided meditations and reminders that help users slow down, take a deep breath, and relax.

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5. Anonymity

Other than the cost, one of the biggest reasons people don’t seek help for anxiety and depression is because they are embarrassed. It’s hard to admit we need help and even harder to ask for it. Online tools and resources that offer self-assessments, self-help tools, and therapeutic exercises can be a less intimidating way to get the help you need. For people who feel uncomfortable reaching out in person, the more anonymous online setting can be the perfect way to find help.

It’s nice to know there are new unexpected ways to deal with bouts of anxious feelings—in addition to any doctor prescribed medications, of course. And the ease, accessibility, and 24/7 availability of online help is a great way to stop worrying and start enjoying more of your life.

Featured photo credit: Rob via flickr.com

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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