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7 Websites Every Psychologist Should Bookmark

7 Websites Every Psychologist Should Bookmark

The life of a psychologist is filled with research studies, academic journals, online sources, and books. Catching up on all the latest psychology news used to be a hassle, but thanks to the internet, things are changing. While there are plenty of psychology websites around, the following seven are shaping up the way we receive our psychology news.

1. PsycPORT

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    The American Psychological Association (APA) launched a newswire to keep curious mental health readers in the know about recent studies. The site offers headline stories with some of the most trusted sources from around the world. News topics published on this site include social psychology, mental health, behavior, stress management, and more.

    It’s a simple, basic website, although you should never underestimate it, as PsycPORT is one of the most respected psychology news sites on the internet.

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    2. WebMD Health

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      WebMD is one of the most popular medical websites on the web. It houses endless pages of pharmaceutical drugs, therapy treatment, diagnosis, and of course, mental disorders. The site also contains an eye-watering amount of published content by their MD contributors who are experts in their specialization, which includes psychiatry.

      WebMD offers its readers the opportunity to catch up on all the latest health news. One of the biggest features of WebMD is its powerful Symptom Checker. Used by millions, this feature allows the public to self-diagnose any condition or illness using a symptom knowledge base. You can also use the Symptom Checker for mental disorders; it’s reportedly the most reliable on the internet.

      3. Psychology Today

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        Psychology Today, although only publishes print every two months, is the most popular psychology magazine in the world. With a total circulation of 250,000, this magazine has informed the general public on the important news of mental health since 1967. However, in modern days, Psychology Today is mostly known for its directory database which helps locate therapists or psychologists in your area.

        Their blog, run by hundreds of expert contributors and journalists, include areas in psychiatry, sociology, anthropology, and parenting.

        4. The New York Times’ Well

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          The New York Times, the most trusted news outlet in the US, has a health blog section Well. In this section, readers can find the latest health news, including stories about psychology and ‘the mind.’ Award-winning authors, psychiatrists, and bloggers roam this part of the New York Times and publish some of the greatest pieces on the web.

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          There isn’t much else to say; it’s the NYTimes for god sake. The content speaks for itself.

          5. PsychCentral

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            Dr. John Grohol, an expert in online psychology and behavior, launched the site in 1995, headquartered in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Today, over 230 support groups are active on the site, in addition to its over 383,000 community members. PsychCentral offers the latest news on psychology and mental disorders, while also featuring its very own testing and screening quizzes.

            Moreover, the site also has a massive knowledge database of all types of mental disorders and treatment plans. Over 3 million unique visitors a month are estimates, based on Google webmaster statistics.

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            6. Mental Daily

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              Mental Daily is one of the newer websites on this list. Founded in 2016, the psychology e-zine, or online magazine, has reported news on mental health, neuroscience, and sociology. It even became the first magazine to report on the emerging field of cyberpsychology. Notable stories include Mental Daily slamming India’s mental health system and the cybernetic study on misogyny against women by women on Twitter.

              Aside from the news articles, Mental Daily’s site also features an online encyclopedia where you can find just about every psychopharmacological drug, and mental disorder, based on the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Mental Daily is like a mix of WebMD with Psychology Today.

              7. The r/psychology/Subreddit

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                The subreddit section of psychology is home to numerous viral stories. If it went viral, chances are it came from a Reddit subpage. In r/psychology/, lies all the latest news from psychology outlets like Psychology Today, NYTimes, The Atlantic, and others. Here, you will be able to join in on any debate regarding the latest psychology news headlines, and most times, it gets heated. This subpage of Reddit contains over 220,000 readers and continues to grow on the daily.

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                Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                1. Exercise Daily

                It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                The basic nutritional advice includes:

                • Eat unprocessed foods
                • Eat more veggies
                • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                  5. Watch Out for Travel

                  Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                  This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                  If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                  6. Start Slow

                  Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                  If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                  7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                  Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                  My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                  If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                  I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                  Final Thoughts

                  Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                  Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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