Reviews Elsewhere – Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World

Reviews Elsewhere – Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World

Kevin Eikenberry, who blogs on leadership, has a quick write up of this book, obviously written from the perspective of being a leader and helping identify loneliness in your own life, and the lives of those who follow you in the workplace. That being said, I thought the subject really applied to us when it…

Shared Links (weekly) Dec. 27, 2020

Shared Links (weekly) Dec. 27, 2020

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Sharing – Love thy neighbor, improve your mental health, says BYU study

Sharing – Love thy neighbor, improve your mental health, says BYU study

I’ve seen numerous comments like this from social scientists this year, and I have to say, there’s definitely something to it.

““I get tons of people asking me what we can do during the pandemic to try to stay connected and stave off loneliness,” said BYU psychology professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad, who co-led the project. “Conducting this experiment during pandemic conditions—which we didn’t originally plan—we found that people can experience significant reductions in loneliness even in tough times just by doing things that are easy, free and require no training to help the people around them.””

Sharing – State Lines Shouldn’t Keep Americans From Getting The Mental Health Help They Need

Sharing – State Lines Shouldn’t Keep Americans From Getting The Mental Health Help They Need

That last bit, to me, is really the important part. I’m not saying no one needs proper credentials, and licensing, to offer therapy, but what I am saying is that if the physical location is limiting the ability of people to get care, when we have so many technological tools available to bridge that gap, then something will need to change. 

Sharing – Saying these words when someone is upset is the best thing you can do
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Sharing – Saying these words when someone is upset is the best thing you can do

This seems like the should be obvious, but it’s not: When someone is upset about something, validating and understanding their feelings isn’t going to necessarily make them suddenly forget why they’re angry. That person will still be upset, but validation helps them maintain some self-worth and optimism. So often, when we talk about our mental…

Shared Links (weekly) Dec 20, 2020

Shared Links (weekly) Dec 20, 2020

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Sharing – Mental health first aid kit: 10 essential items that will help when life gets tough

Sharing – Mental health first aid kit: 10 essential items that will help when life gets tough

I may not necessarily agree with everything on Dr. Zoe’s list, but I am on-board with the idea of knowing ahead of time what kinds of activities, people, etc. will help take care of your mental health when you need it. You and I may not have a current mental health diagnosis right now, but we all are having low days, struggle days. Doing something about those, might just help us avoid spiraling into a situation where we do end up with something more serious.