Structure in times of chaos

Human suffering is often about freedom and constraint. We rebel against too much containment (“I need space!”) or if we have too much freedom, we feel lost in space. Fearful. (“Where did you go?”)

The global pandemic disrupted our social structures. Some structures create a connection - at work, the gym or the coffee shop - and others create distance - saying goodbye to our partners and kids in the morning, It is normal to react when our old structures are broken, but we have the opportunity to create our own.

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Community is a form of medicine. We need to feel seen, heard, and understood and extend the same in return.

It won't just happen. You're going to need to schedule it. Listen and offer your support with generosity. Invite others to do the same.

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Our bodies need to stretch, reach, twist, bend, step, and sweat. It's not about staying in shape. It's about your immune health and mental health.

Build movement in your structure. Try for at least 20 minutes per day.

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We need to pause long enough to let our nervous system come back to baseline after prolonged activation.

Experiment with what works for you, be it guided relaxation or watching a TV show.

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You don't have to ban small treats. However, it is essential to set up a daily structure that fills you with nourishing healthy foods.

Make a dietary change, learn to meal prep, or teach your kids to cook.

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Hardwiring for Personal Connection

As human beings, we crave love and connection with others. As scientific research shows, social connection and relationships are essential human needs that improve our physical health and mental and emotional well-being.

We feel personal connection when we have shared experiences, relatable feelings, or similar beliefs or opinions. It is when there is a sense of “oneness” and belonging to something greater than ourselves.

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Hardwiring for Personal Connection: Use this Neuroscientist’s 5 Steps to Change Your Brain

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Self-Care Is Not One-Size Fits All

You have to start giving up most of your vices in order to truly dedicate yourself to self-care and to larger causes. But there are healthy indulgences we can enjoy.

These are defined by small actions we can take that help us restore balance in our lives, and bring us joy and happiness. 

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  • The new virus has forced the entire world in an unprecedented lockdown.
  • In these times of a looming unknown future, existential fear and separation from friends and family, millions are resorting to online help to deal with their anxieties. 
  • Demand for apps for managing stress has skyrocketed, with many App makers making their premium content free.
  • There are changes in regulation and relaxation of the constraints that earlier made it impossible to meet digitally with a mental health doctor. 
  • Telehealth and online mental health services are seeing a transition due to a large spike in counseling requests.

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The 2020 pandemic is a game changer for mental health care

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