“We’re all in this together”
By Mike Higgins, HLAA-TC Vice President
(Originally published in our May 2020 newsletter)
The article “How to Stop Feeling So Helpless During Quarantine” from the UC Berkeley Science Center provides some advice on reducing stress, depression, and anxiety associated with our current situation. The study referenced in the article focused on college students, but the advice is universal. Patricia Frazier, Ph.D., Associate Chair of the Stress and Trauma Lab at the University of Minnesota contributed to this article.
We don’t know what we don’t know
How long is this going to last?
Helplessness and Control
Wisdom is in knowing the difference.
What we can’t control, without just giving up.
How to find a few ounces of control.
The article “Being Lazy? That’s Good! The Rationale for Doing Nothing” by Bija Bennett in the Ageist online magazine is about workplace stress. I found many of this author’s observations also pertinent when “we’re all in this together”. “Are we lazy and wasting time when you’re simply just being there? Burnout, anxiety disorders, and stress-related diseases are on the rise.”
Burnout is everywhere
Instead, the solution is clear. We need to do nothing.
Creativity Comes From a Mind at Rest
When our attention is at rest and flows during bouts of laziness, our minds can wander to fascinating places. Creative insights strike.
The Lost Art of Doing Nothing
Being lazy, choosing to truly do nothing — is a lost art.
Let’s Reframe Being Lazy
If you embrace the mind’s meanderings a little bit every day, the possibilities for responding to your life broadens immensely.
Blog Note: We will be publishing a few of the articles from our May 2020 newsletter (like this one) in upcoming blogs. As always, if you have something you would like to see featured in an upcoming blog, please comment on this blog post or connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn. Stay safe. Stay healthy. And stay informed.