American mental health was already dicey before COVID-19 walloped our hearts and minds, and medical and mental health experts warn that we should be prepared for more to come long after life settles into whatever the post-pandemic “normal” will be. Before the pandemic, 1 in 5 Americans (47 million) already had a diagnosable mental illness, more than 11 million of them serious, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In 2020, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported a huge jump in the percentage of U.S. adults—from 32 percent, when COVID-19 came to full public awareness in March, to 52 percent in August—who said that worry and stress over the coronavirus had negatively impacted their mental health. From 1 in 10 Americans reporting symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder before the pandemic, the number climbed to 1 in 3. Self-care is more important than ever during, and after, COVID-19. It helps keep the parts … [Read more...] about How to Stay Mentally Resilient During and After the Pandemic
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Source: Image by Sam Osherson Since I live rather rurally, I take long walks most every day, meandering along the dirt roads that pass by and through old growth forests near my house. The part of NH where I live is pretty hilly, so I even have my “aerobic walk” to replace the gym I don’t visit these pandemic days. Recently, I interrupted a day busy with Zoom meetings and work at my computer with one of my favorite walks. I was gone an hour, on a glorious snowy day, the woods draped in white, the air crisp with the feel and scent of winter. At least I think that’s what I encountered. I can’t be sure because when I walked back into my house I realized that I had been so deep in thought that I hadn’t looked at the scenery or felt what was around me at all. I was busy thinking about the last meeting I’d come out of, the next one coming, an article I am working on, and would I get to see my granddaughter over Christmas? My attention was so focused on my thoughts that I’d … [Read more...] about How Well Do You Know the World You Live In?
Source: Pixabay Free Image This post is meant to complement my earlier one commemorating Valentine's Day. Entitled "Love Quotes: The Wisest, Wittiest . . . and Most Cynical," it presented what I thought were the most entertaining-- and thought-provoking--quotes available on the topic. Here I attempt to achieve the same thing with the always controversial, ever-intriguing subject of sex . To me, our culture takes the crucial matter of sex much too seriously. Which reminds me of the humorous (and richly paradoxical) quote from Oscar Wilde: "Life is much too important ever to be taken seriously." So, too, I think it is with sex--obviously of the greatest significance, yet (whether "executed" solo or with a partner) great fun as well. Even when predominantly in the service of lust, it's still a form of pleasure, of play. As such, it's both a welcome and necessary diversion from our everyday chores and obligations. This is why witty sex quotes--especially those that … [Read more...] about Wittiest Sex Quotes Ever