Ostracism Hurts All

We often think that the people who are ostracized in social relationships hurt the most. The pain felt by being excluded by those you thought were your friends or loved ones can be agonizing, and can lead  to anger, jealousy, and possible depression. 

Ostracism actually physically hurts the victim because emotional pain is triggered via the same neural pathways as physical pain. The pain felt by ostracism is so similar to actual pain that a study has shown that taking Tylenol can actually help relieve the symptoms of the emotional pain of ostracism. 

What is less considered is that the people doing the ostracizing also suffer, albeit of their own volition. The very act of ostracizing someone can hurt almost as much as being ostracized. This is a very interesting article that highlights why ostracism hurts all. It also shows why practicing loving kindness as much as possible is not only the right thing to do, but is the best thing for your physical and emotional health: 

Those Who Exclude Also Hurt

5 Tips to Avoid Media Burnout by Supatra Hanna

Are you overcome by the onslaught of disturbing news, fake news, alternative facts, rise in hate crimes, and general political divisiveness that is our toxic post-election atmosphere? Here are a few tips to protect your mental health and avoid media burnout.

  1. Get off Facebook, Twitter, and other social media as much as possible. If you engage, try to avoid chiming in on political conversations, and focus on the good news over the bad news.
  2. Hide people in your news feed who cause you anger, worry, or hurt. It isn’t worth the fight or the angst.
  3. Turn off your notifications on your phone. Especially your news feed.
  4. Watch one hour of news per day and try to get some news from outside US sources. BBC World News and other international news have a good blend of world news and tend not to focus on the Donald 100% of the time.
  5. Spend time with your loved ones and pets, away from the television, away from the news headlines, away from it all. Focus on what really matters, and recharge with those you love.

Here is a link to a great article with more helpful advice: Fatigued by the News?

Mindfulness in Teens

I love how schools and researchers are trying to incorporate mindfulness into helping children and teens. I really wish I had had access to programs like this as a teenager. Check this out:

How Self-Compassion Can Help Teens De-stress


Photo courtesy of mindful.org

Your Body on a Diet

This article gives some really interesting new information about what happens to your resting metabolic rate while on a diet and experiencing a sedentary lifestyle.  The key is in your calves! Check it out!

Your Body on a Diet

Mindfulness-based Interventions for Post-Bariatric Surgery Eating Disorders by Supatra Hanna

I presented this oral presentation at the 96th Annual Southwestern Social Science Association Meeting in Las Vegas, NV in March of 2016. Bariatric surgery is very hard on the body, both physiologically and emotionally. However, there are some effective treatments for disordered eating post-surgery. If you or someone you love is thinking about this surgery, prepare your mind and heart before surgery to enhance the best outcomes.

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Post-bariatric Surgery Eating Disorders WPA Conference Poster by Supatra Hanna

I presented this poster at the 2016  Western Psychological Conference in Long Beach, CA. It highlights some aspects of my dissertation on Post-bariatric Surgery Eating Disorders. Bariatric surgery is a very dangerous and life-altering procedure that tends to have dangerous medical and health complications if the person seeking the surgery does not follow a strict diet and attend to his or her mental health. More awareness of these complications before and after surgery is needed so that we can better help as clinicians.


The Consequences of Weightism

I recently presented this poster at the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Annual Conference in Culver City, CA October 15, 2016. Weightism carries serious psychological and physical health consequences and it is up to us as health practitioners and good citizens to put an end to this insidious form of discrimination and bias. Check it out!