Your closet isn’t the only thing that undergoes a transition from summer to fall—so does your body. And we’re not talking about the effects of all those pumpkin spice lattes you’ve been pounding back. There’s a whole host of scientific research that shows how our physical and mental health is affected by the decreasing temps and increasing time spent indoors. Knowing exactly what to expect and how to prepare will help keep your body in tip-top shape for the fall—and far beyond.

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20 Ways To Be A Happier Person In 2020, According To Therapists

Looking to make 2020 your happiest, most fulfilling year yet?

If your mental and emotional wellness took a backseat in 2019, there’s no better time than right now to prioritize it. (If anything, it’ll make the election year just mildly more bearable.) Your mood affects everything in your life ― your relationships, your work, your self-care ― so improving it should be at the top of your goal list.

That might feel like a huge and lofty task, but small, actionable habits can help you get there, according to experts. Below are the most common happiness tips therapists recommend. Maybe they’ll sound challenging or unrealistic (more on that later), but maybe they just might change your life.

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10 Best Sleep Apps to Help You Get Some Shuteye

If you find yourself rolling around in bed for hours, unable to fall asleep, it’s safe to say your sleep schedule is a little f*cked up. And when you’re missing precious sleep time, your health, happiness, and productivity levels plummet over time.

While research indicates that having your phone in bed can disrupt sleep, there are certain sleep-tracking apps that can actually be beneficial to you building healthier habits. These 6 apps provide helpful feedback so you can make lifestyle adjustments to enhance your total sleep time.

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The best TV shows to binge watch over Thanksgiving, according to psychologists

“Planet Earth”

Watch time: Around 12 hours (2 seasons, 17 episodes at around 45 minutes each)

Where to watch: Netflix

Why it’s good: It’s the series that put nature documentaries on the map and it’ll have you fully immersed the moment you tune in. “Research and experience both find one of the most effective ways to manage stress or stressful events continues to be distraction, preferably healthy distraction,” says clinical psychologist Kevin Gilliland. “If you can’t get to nature, bring it to your TV room; soak in awe, wonder, laughter, and who knows, plan your next vacation.”

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4 Ways To Be A Good Listener To Our Peers

Being able to have someone who is able to listen is important. In her book “Is There No Place For Me?”, Kate Richards provides an example of how we can approach the conversation:

“Do you want to tell me about it? We can sit and talk. We can just sit. I’ll sit here with you and hold you in this space and I’ll listen because I care and I won’t let go of you until you’re ready to walk in the world again on your own.”

How can we be attentive? We should not be on our phones as our friend is sharing about a tough week they had. We should only pursue the conversation further only if they are comfortable talking about it. Non-verbal language such as nodding can assure our friend that we are following the story they are telling. If we are comfortable, they too would be comfortable to share. If we were fidgety and acting uninterested in the conversation, this would be discouraging for people to open up and talk.

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Depression and Anxiety Are on the Rise in Young People, but Is Social Media to Blame?

If screens and social media are this central to the lives of millennial women, you can imagine the hold they must have on Generation Z, the first to come of age in this era. Americans spend an average of 11 hours each day interacting with some form of media, with those ages 18 to 34 spending nearly a third of that time on their phones. At the same time, adolescents and young adults are suffering from mood disorders and suicidal thoughts in greater numbers than any previous generation — a trend experts believe may have something to do with the way they relate to the world around them.

Still, some doctors — including Kevin Gilliland, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist and executive director of Innovation360 — feel that the effects of screens and social media are highly individual. POPSUGAR asked Dr. Gilliland how to reclaim control and even find what he believes we’re all searching for: authentic connection.

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Dr. Kevin Gilliland and Mens Health

Dr. Gilliland visited Men’s Health to talk the importance of mental health to physical health.

‘We Need To Monitor Social Media Consumption Same Way We Monitor Nutrition,’ Warns Mental Health Expert Dr. Kevin Gilliland

(CBS DFW)- Mental health has become a much larger and more accepted topic of conversation in today’s digitally-connected and interconnected world. As celebrities and athletes have begun to open up about their own battles, it seems that society has begun to do the same. There’s a willingness to have more discussion about mental health and its attending factors. People struggling with addiction, anxiety or depression are no longer ostracized as they once were, but there is still plenty of growth to be had in the way we think about mental wellness in general.

Part of the problem that many people struggling with these conditions have is finding a treatment center that can work within their day-to-day lives. Dr. Kevin Gilliland, executive director of Innovation 360, has looked to build just that. The treatment centers, located in Dallas and Austin, Texas help people that are struggling with various mental health issues by providing a more flexible and individualized treatment program. What stands out is that Innovation 360 isn’t strictly an in-patient treatment facility that requires people to remove themselves from their daily routine. There isn’t one set catch-all plan, rather each case and person is given a specific plan to treat and manage their mental health issues designed for their needs.

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“I Stay Curious About Everything In Life, Especially Myself.” With Bianca L. Rodriguez And Kevin Gilliland

As a part of my series about “Mental Health Champions” helping to normalize the focus on mental wellness, I had the pleasure to interview Kevin Gilliland, PsyD is a clinical psycholgist, mental health expert and Executive Director of Innovation360.

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Mariah Carey Just Revealed She’s Bipolar: What Is Bipolar II Disorder?

Bipolar I disorder is known for its manic periods that typically last for about a week, and may require hospitalization due to their severity. “In manic episodes, people may change their appearance and be more sexually suggestive, they may quit a successful career to start a new career in a field they are not qualified in or spend a significant amount of money they don’t have,” says Kevin Gilliland, Psy.D., clinical psychologist, author of Struggle Well, Live Well, and executive director of Innovation 360. “They often have very limited insight and judgment into how they are acting and being perceived by others.” This mania is followed by bouts of severe depression, Gilliland says.

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