Let’s Talk About … Social Media With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S

Let’s Talk About … Social Media With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S Recently in Body Image group we finished our discussion on social media. In group we discussed a study by Meler and Gray, where college women were divided into 2 groups. One group researched the Ocelot, a rainforest cat. The other group of college women…

Let’s Talk About … Resilience With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S

Let’s Talk About … Resilience With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S Why is resilience so important, and how do you know if you’re resilient enough? Resilience is typically defined as the capacity to recover from difficult life events. “It’s your ability to withstand adversity and bounce back and grow despite life’s downturns,” says Amit Sood, MD,…

Let’s Talk About … Pursuing Your Passions With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S

Let’s Talk About … Pursuing Your Passions With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S What do you love to do? In a research study by Zawadzki et al. published in “The Annals of Behavioral Medicine”, they found that pursuing your passion both lowers stress and contributes to greater happiness over all. Researchers found that participants who engaged…

Let’s Talk About … Body Acceptance With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S

Let’s Talk About … Body Acceptance With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S We are all aware that we live in an appearance obsessed culture where there is often too much emphasis placed on how we look. We are told to lose weight, brighten our teeth, erase wrinkles, and tone up. Unfortunately, the constant toxic messages can…

Let’s Talk About … Brain Chemistry

Let’s Talk About … Brain Chemistry With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S Researchers have long known that affirmations can decrease stress, increase well being and improve academic performance. We now know that affirmations can also change our brain! Christopher Cascio and colleagues from University of Pennsylvania used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and found that self-affirmations…

Let’s Talk About … Social Media & Body Image

  Let’s Talk About … Social Media & Body Image With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S Recently in body image group we examined some research on social media and the impact on body image and eating disorders. Furguson et al. found that increased social media use by adolescent girls was the strongest predictor of lower life…

Let’s Talk About … Suicide Prevention Day

Let’s Talk About … Suicide Prevention Day With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S Today is Suicide Prevention Day. According to the CDC, one in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have considered suicide in the past month due to the pandemic. 40% of surveyed Americans have reported an increase in anxiety and…

Let’s Talk About … Self-Worth

Let’s Talk About … Self-Worth With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S How often do you look in the mirror and say “If I could just lose ten pounds, then I would be happy”? Unfortunately, the majority of American women and girls are dissatisfied with their bodies, and many take extreme measures in an attempt to change…