Sharing – We’re Increasingly Disconnected and That Has Consequences

Sharing – We’re Increasingly Disconnected and That Has Consequences

The rest of the article talks about the detrimental impacts of less connection to the people in our lives, our communities, etc., and some ways to help build those back. Things like reaching out, doing more than doom, scrolling your social media feeds, leaving thoughtful comments, interacting with your friends and family, etc.

It’s worth a read. Connectivity is an essential part of maintaining our physical and mental health.

Shared Links (weekly) Aug. 28, 2022

Shared Links (weekly) Aug. 28, 2022

Youth Mental Health – A Crisis, but Ending Pandemic Rules Won’t End the Crisis

Youth Mental Health – A Crisis, but Ending Pandemic Rules Won’t End the Crisis

There’s been a lot of talk about youth mental health during the pandemic, including a number of prominent voices raising the alarm about this crisis. There have been almost as many voices suggesting that ending things like lockdowns, mask and vaccine mandates, and just getting “back to normal” will fix this mental health crisis.

I am not one of those voices.

Now let me be clear, I’m not saying that the pandemic hasn’t played a number on mental health for all of us, it clearly has. But, the crisis in mental health for everyone, but especially young people, existed long before COVID-19.

Study Shows That Limiting Your Life to Only “Positive” Friends May Be Hurting You
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Study Shows That Limiting Your Life to Only “Positive” Friends May Be Hurting You

As it turns out, tuning out people who might need some compassion is simply an act of isolation, and isolation is almost never good for our own mental health. By cutting out the people who don’t always offer up those positive vibes, we wind up disconnected and lonely. Which, of course, we can’t share with the people left around us, because we are all living in the nothing negative bubble, so you are now living a very isolated life, which leads to much MORE anxiety, stress, and depression. 

Sharing – Our Brains Were Not Built for This Much Uncertainty

Sharing – Our Brains Were Not Built for This Much Uncertainty

I guess I feel a little bit better knowing this at least:

“To stay motivated as we encounter unprecedented levels of uncertainty in every aspect of our lives, we should understand that the human brain simply was not built for this. Knowing what your brain does well — and what it does surprisingly poorly — can give you a much clearer sense of the strategies you need to not just endure, but to thrive.”

On the other hand, it’s not like the uncertainty is just going to go away and I can get back to the levels my brain is OK with. So, what do we do?