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Surviving the Looming Mental Health Crisis | Mark Manson
For the past two weeks, my sense of time and agency has completely gone out the window. Work usually gets done... later rather than sooner, and sometimes never. My life now possesses a background ambiance of anxiety, whispering that somewhere, something important needs doing, yet when I open my calendar, almost everything is canceled, abandoned, or indefinitely postponed.

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Pandemic and depression

While trying to survive a pandemic, you should pay extra attention to your feelings. Having to stay isolated at home, for many weeks, can have an extremely harmful effect and lead to depression. An...

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Developing a routine

Developing a routine

When in quarantine, make sure to develop a routine and stick to it. This will enable you not only to get things done and meet your deadlines but also to survive this period of isolation way easier:...

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Relationships and pandemics

As we are all self-isolated at present, we might as well take this opportunity to try and work on our relationships. 

This could actually be the most appropriate moment to build meani...

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Take care of yourself

Dealing with a pandemic is not at all an easy task. The most important thing to be taken into account is that things have the tendency to get difficult emotionally and mentally, which is pretty dan...

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Fighting the same battle

Fighting the same battle

When a pandemic emerges, people have the tendency to feel extremely lonely; they have the impression that nobody perceives the experience as they do. However, in this specific case, this mentali...

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