The real reason lockdown is exhausting
The lack of natural communication and face-to-face interaction along with making most of the decisions in isolation has resulted in us being less empathetic or compassionate.
We need to identify small positives in the sea of problems around us and find meaning in life through unpleasant experiences. Example: Losing a job also means more time with family and loved ones.
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While kids and teens get to learn about a lot of stuff, most families and schools do not teach them how to manage their money. In some families, it is considered a taboo subject and many friends a...
Most of us know how much we make, but we need to pay close attention to how much money is actually coming in post-tax, and how much is going out.
You can start by writing down your Starbucks, Uber, Amazon, and take-out expenses, along with your car insurance, utility bills, subscriptions and memberships. Slowly we can realize that many of these small expenses add up to huge figures.
By noting down all your expenses on pen and paper, or on the PC excel sheet, you can start to review and analyse your spendings on a weekly or monthly basis. This will make you find innovative ways to save money, catching hold of ‘runaway spending’ that went unnoticed before.
Example: You could find that the $5 Smoothie that you had every day, could cost much less if you made it at home.
Transition, even the completely voluntary, can be a source of intense suffering because it involves adapting to new situations and changing your self-conception.
Transition is also called liminality by psychologists - a state where you are neither in the state you left nor entirely in your new state. This in-between state creates an identity crisis, even in good transitions.
But they are really a predictable and integral part of life and happen regularly. Author Bruce Feiler interviewed hundreds of people and found that a major life change happens, on average, every 12 to 18 months. Even huge collective transitions such as the pandemic occur with regularity.
In hindsight, even the unwanted transitions are usually seen to have been a success.
Research shows that we tend to see past events as net positives over time. Even the most challenging transitions have some positive fruit. It may just take some time to see it.
These are essential for a healthy and happy life.
Humans need close connections to be healthy, no matter the form they take: friendship, marriage, or family.
Meditation improves your quality of life and boosts your immune system.
Research showed that meditation decreases anger and improves sleep, even among prison inmates.
People with strong faith release control of their struggles and worries to a higher power, which helps to relieve anxiety and stress.
Religious groups also offer a strong source of community and friendships, which is critical for health and happiness.