Mental Health trends of 2024: Do they actually work?

Mental Health trends of 2024: Do they actually work?

by Berglind Bjornsdottir, intern Every year we see new trends and a list of new things to try for a better mental health and 2024 is no exception. My question is: do they actually work? And if so, why do people and mostly influencers endorse these trends so much? To answer my question, I explored three of the top mental health trends in 2024 and the mechanisms behind them. These trends include 1) Winter bathing/Saunagus, 2) Hot Girl Walk, and…

The interaction between asthma and anxiety: a first-hand experience
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The interaction between asthma and anxiety: a first-hand experience

One year ago I was diagnosed with asthma. To say I was relieved is an understatement. The diagnosis came after a long period of countless doctors’ visits and tests due to an uncontrollable dry cough that kept me up at night and took all my energy. The diagnosis felt comforting as it confirmed that I had an issue, and it was something that could be better controlled with the help of medications.

Lion’s Mane – The Fungus That Alters the Brain

Lion’s Mane – The Fungus That Alters the Brain

by Joanna Maja Niemczycka, MP, FMP Psychedelic mushrooms are making a comeback, we’re seeing more mushroom varieties in grocery stores, young people are returning to forge mushrooms in the forests, and mushroom superfoods are exploding. We can surely agree that mushrooms are having a moment.  Today we will focus on one of the fungi in particular, known as Lion’s Mane. Scientifically known as Hericium erinaceus. It is not a psychedelic mushroom, but it seemed pretty magical to me. Lion’s Mane…

Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming

It is said that we spend about a third of our lives sleeping. Though we are well aware of the importance of a good night’s sleep, in today’s day and age it is easy to think that it is time wasted. You have so much to attend to in your waking hours that it can be daunting to think about the recommended eight hours a night you’ll spend on dreams you may not even want to have. However, as it turns out there is indeed a way to choose the contents of your dreams: Lucid dreaming.

The benefits of single-tasking

The benefits of single-tasking

by Inga Tomasdottir When was the last time you paid full attention to what you were doing? In the hustle and bustle of today’s society it can be difficult to pay full attention to one thing at a time. There are countless stimuli competing for our attention; emails, phone calls, notifications on smartphones… the list goes on and on. In order to keep up with everything that is going on, we turn to multitasking. Calling a friend while driving home,…

Summer Reading Anyone?

Summer Reading Anyone?

Intern Christine Serritslev explores the mental health benefits of reading Imagine this: It’s raining, and you can hear the wind howling outside. You’re snuggled up in your favorite comfy chair wrapped in a blanket with a freshly brewed cup of tea at your side, ready to turn the first page of the newest crime book, you’ve been wanting to read for ages. Add a few candles and it’s as close as you can get to the almost notorious concept of…

Three reasons why therapy might be beneficial to anyone

Three reasons why therapy might be beneficial to anyone

by Jeanette Galan Mogensen, intern, The Little White House Psychotherapy is a relatively new practice that has only really been around as a scientific discipline for the last century. That’s not a long time, when you consider how long the practice of medicine has been around (some 40 centuries). A common way of perceiving psychotherapy is as a means of symptom alleviation; if one feels sad, one takes the talking cure to “get fixed”—the same way, one sees a doctor…

Vaccine Envy – When Is It My Turn?

Vaccine Envy – When Is It My Turn?

By our intern Thea Haldorsen The Framework Agreement Plan for Reopening of Denmark was introduced to the public on April 15th [1]. For the first time since the pandemic broke out we can see light at the end of the tunnel. In just a few months we will be able to hug, have big dinner parties, and stand way too closely to strangers on the dance floor. That is, if the vaccination roll-out goes according to plan. It has been…

I’m in isolation.  Now what?

I’m in isolation. Now what?

A former Little White House intern writes about his experience in isolation due to COVID exposure by Eivind Hamarheim Johnsen By the first 2-3 weeks of March this year, the sars-CoV-2 virus (coronavirus) developed into a pandemic and caused the majority of countries worldwide to a lockdown. The societal effects of the lockdown were enormous and will most likely affect the world economy long-term additionally to short-term, as already widely known.[1] The pandemic outbreak has additionally exposed and exacerbated weaknesses…

Eat, pray, love

Eat, pray, love

by Alex Shrimpton You are what you eat and what you eat matters! We hear that all the time but what effect our eating choices have on our mental health can be somewhat misleading as it is difficult to consider a universally healthy diet taking into account cultural factors, historical trends and a wide variety of research and different beliefs on the matter. Several systematic reviews have shown that a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and…

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