Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Well. This is the day when the last page of my archive is closed, and I will start from the beginning, again. This was my first ever post :) I published this entry for the first time in January 2017. Since then I got through quite a lot of studying, met several hundreds of clients for thousands of sessions, created the coziest office for the sessions, started sharing my posts not only in text, but also in video and audio formats - the only things that remained the same is a never diminishing curiosity and wish to know more, MORE of the psychology. On this occasion, I will explain/remind, once more, why spoon, and why reason (Lithuanian version, which is my native, is Šaukštas Proto). I am studying cognitive behavioral therapy which focuses mostly on the thought analysis and restructuring. I am also a sworn supported of the academic method, scientific research and evidence based ways - that's why Reason. Cognitive therapy also relies on small but systematic changes - that's why Spoonful. I laos like eating and food related psychology a lot, another reason for Spoonful :) That's it, let's do this again :) 1: Why. And how. The first entry should probably explain why am I doing what I am about to do. First of all, because regardless of internet, all the technical advancement and ever more intelligent humankind (well, at least that is the perception, 1) the main source about the nutrition is magazines and advertising. This is why people count calories, are fasting or under-eating – even though body needs not calories but nutritional elements, and 2000 kilocalories in pure sugar is clearly a wrong diet!. People waste their time and energy running and buy compressing clothing. Even though it is not the first year that we, humankind, know what we should do with our food, we still do not change our behavior, and keep being ill (2). We talk about the food with most focus on the quality of the food, and completely ignore the fact that we also need a good quality sleep (3) and peace of mind if we cannot avoid anxiety (4) and stress. We look for easy solutions, and we do something that is not effective even in the slightest manner. Pity. Therefore – psychology (5), nutrition, critical thinking, a pinch of statistics and medical facts is a recipe for your daily Spoonful of Reason. Use sparingly, no need to keep away from the children. Some points for the very beginning: · Frequently, in small amounts (one spoon at a time) and very specifically. Use with your eyes open and with your mind open. So you can use (and eat) everything you learn by yourself. · I will not feed you with fantasies and illusions. Everything that I will post will be based not only by my own opinion, but by science as well, and mostly by it. Links at the end of the post will be places to the full sources whenever possible – a book, an article, a blog or a movie. Do not worry, it is not necessary to study the whole text, unless you are an academic person – otherwise you can jump straight ahead to the results section. But then you will clearly what is the source of your knowledge and will not base your opinion on the rumors. I will quote the results anyway. My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to ask more about psychology, eating, mindfulness and other health questions! #spoonfulofreason #psychology --------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Flynn effect: intelligence tests need to be constantly updated and “normal” level is constantly increased. Without these changes it would seem that people are getting smarter. This effect is explained by the improved efficiency and increased amount of studying, longer life in the information dense environment, decreased level of infectious diseases and, as a matter of fact, improved nutrition when compared to the previous generations. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flynn_effect 2. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2016 Update: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIR.0000000000000350 3. A great article, explains in a simple way how lack of sleep causes obesity in more than one way: Short sleep duration and weight gain: a systematic review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18239586 4. Stress activates both brain reward mechanism as well as hunger hormones: Stress, eating and the reward system https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17543357 5. Masters degree in Health psychology, as a formal basis, and continual research in the area.
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Minimalism is a way of life focused on owning as few things as possible (or only as many as necessary). Besides obvious financial or time-saved-for-tidying advantages, switching to minimalism as minimalism itself has noticeable psychological benefits. Participants in this qualitative study were practitioners of minimalism. They stated that they enjoy an improved wellbeing due to increased autonomy, competence, mental space, awareness and positive emotions. Previous research also identifies themes of simplicity, pro-ecological behaviors and control on materialism. How many thing s do you own that you do not really need? And how about that mental space?... My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to discuss minimalism and psychology! Article: https://roomtothink.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Lloyd_et_al-2020-International_Journal_of_Applied_Positive_Psychology-2.pdf Photo: Sofie Zbořilová from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #minimalism #order #ecology #mentalspace
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Does minimalism, besides being nice source of content for social media, have any other benefits, for example, psychological? Apparently, it does. The research outlines four behaviors related to minimalism: clutter removal, cautious shopping, longevity (of the purchased items, I assume) and self-sufficiency. The research also found that minimalism significantly increases feeling of flourishing (nice choice of the term!) and alleviates depression. 👆 I _always_ said, that tidying is a great form of meditation, that it is also a series of calm, repetitive motions (and leads to relaxation), besides, the result is always visually pleasing! My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to know more about psychology of cleaning! Study: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2352550921000397 Photo: Scott Webb from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #minimalism #tidying #flourishing #depression

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