City lifestyle combined with a pandemic is a recipe for a mental health disaster.
At first, it seemed like living a quiet life would be easier under lockdown. We were confined to our houses and limited social circles. Some of us stopped commuting to work. Many activities disappeared from our calendars simply because they had to.
If it made our lives seem quieter, it was only for a moment. Soon, we started experiencing more noise than ever. That noise is now more persistent in our minds than on the busy streets.
Pandemic-related stressors, such as job loss, financial hardship, restricted personal freedoms, or isolation are just a few factors that — according to this article published in The New England Journal of Medicine — “undoubtedly will contribute to widespread emotional distress and increased risk for psychiatric illness associated with Covid-19.” To deal with that distress, many people came up with ideas to keep themselves “sane and productive.” …
When trying to win an argument, most people default to the obvious: talking. There are two typical strategies for that.
First, there are the folks who are aggressive with their words. They’ll charge right into their opponent. They’ll throw arguments like bombs. They’ll quote facts, negotiate assumptions and corner you until you’re left speechless, with no other choice but to agree with them.
Other people have a different strategy. They won’t use merit to convince you. …
Burnout and overwhelm.
That’s the experience of the modern world, more intense in 2020 than ever before.
We’re all living through an unprecedented global crisis. But in the middle of the chaos and uncertainty, life goes on. We continue to work, lead, look after our families and pursue goals.
We aren’t giving up on ourselves and our purpose. Not just yet.
At Big Self School, we believe that it’s possible to live a joyful and meaningful life even amidst the pandemic. The way to do it is — and always will be — to live from the inside out.
We want to help people who care to play big without burning out. This requires not just hard work, but tapping into their Big Selves — the embodiment of wisdom, courage and compassion. …