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Finding Gratitude During COVID-19

Nov. 24, 2020

COVID-19, economic uncertainty, racial injustice, political turmoil, and natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires have taken tolls on our stress and anxiety levels. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has limited some of the regular variety in our lives. This article talks about the importance of gratitude to combat stress and the monotony of pandemic conditions. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/what_are_we_grateful_for_during_covid_19

Staying Productive and Happy During Prolonged Crisis

Nov. 19, 2020

“The prospect of an enduring crisis is frightening.” Dr. Aisha S. Ahmad, an international security professor at the University of Toronto who has lived and worked in disaster conditions, wrote those words in April and they may still ring true for you. In this article, Dr. Ahmad provides tips to help us adapt and protect our mental health and emotional resilience as we continue to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis.

Prevent Online Meeting Exhaustion and “Zoom Fatigue”

Nov. 17, 2020

With more people working remotely due to COVID-19, more meetings, trainings and networking events have shifted online. Staring at the multiple faces on the screen is similar to intensive multitasking, which takes our brain lots of energy, hence “Zoom fatigue.” This article provides 5 ways to combat virtual meeting overload.

https://insights.dice.com/2020/09/22/5-ways-combat-zoom-fatigue-online-meeting-overload/

Holding Space and Turning Toward Black Grief

Nov. 12, 2020

With racially motivated shootings, healthcare disparities, and historic and systemic racism, the collective mental health of the Black community needs support. Dr. John Gottman, psychological researcher and clinician, developed the ATTUNE method to help build trust in relationships. If you have a Black partner or friend, this article provides details of how the process of awareness, turning toward, tolerance, understanding, non-defensiveness, and empathy, can help build trust and help your loved one process grief.

Parenting While Working From Home

Nov. 10, 2020

The worlds of parenting, school and work have collided for some families because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This collection of videos from LinkedIn Learning provide practical suggestions to deal with the demands on your time, set boundaries, establish quiet time, maintain relationships with children and partners, and boost productivity.

Shine for Inclusive Self-Care Tools

Nov. 5, 2020

There are a variety of meditation and guided self-care apps available, including Headspace, Calm, Insight Timer, 10% Happier, and more. There is also an app called Shine that is focused on inclusive self-care tools.

Building Grit and Hope

Nov. 3, 2020

The concepts of grit and hope may sound abstract, but there are tangible ways to them. In addition, having more grittiness and hopefulness can increase productivity in work and satisfaction in one’s personal life. This interview focuses on defining grit and hope according to positive psychology and providing ways to increase these two characteristics. The podcast episode is targeted for college students, but provides practical techniques and resources that are useful beyond the college classroom.

A Mental Health Crisis for Parents

Oct. 29, 2020

Research shows that the coronavirus pandemic has impacted mental health in all demographics, however parents with children under the age of 18 years living at home are more stressed than others. This article points out that high levels of emotional support can mitigate stress levels.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/09/parenting/mental-health-parents-coronavirus.html

Getting More Sleep

Oct. 27, 2020

Developing a sleep routine that works for you can help you prepare for bedtime and receive a more restful sleep. During this time, we may be spending more time in front of devices and have disrupted routines that likely have impacts on our sleep.

Adapting the Way We Communicate Due to COVID

Oct. 22, 2020

Whether through a mask or a video screen, the pandemic has changed how we communicate. More than 90% of communication is nonverbal, yet we have lost lots of our nonverbal communication cues. This article discusses what cues we might be missing and how we can adapt to the changes posed by social distancing and mask wearing, like explicitly sharing that you are smiling under your mask, removing physical distractions during video meetings, and more.