Getting Back to “Normal”
A multifaceted challenge As we get ready to go back to “Normal” life, we wonder what the future will bring. We conduct business differently, celebrate occasions differently, and manage our relationships differently. Which changes will we keep and which will we reject? COVID has primarily affected us in three broad categories. Professional COVID-19 has overturned our work routines and education modalities. Many continue to be out of school or work and find it difficult to find employment in a difficult economic time. Those who continued working find a totally different landscape: Many are working from home and adapting to a […]Read More
Life ‘On Hold’ or ‘In Full Swing’?
When the pandemic first started, we may have been in the middle of any number of projects, like studying a language we’ve always wanted to learn, gearing up to apply to schools, maneuvering towards a promotion at work, or planning a long-awaited trip. And then the world Stopped. COVID has changed almost every aspect of our lives. Video chats have become our classrooms, and living rooms have become our workspaces. And, if we think about our progress since then, chances are, we aren’t quite where we wanted to be. Our uncertainty has kicked in, and we have told ourselves that […]Read More
Is an Isolating COVID Winter Friend or Foe?
Staying in a state of prolonged aloneness can be a paradoxical beast. On the one hand, it causes us to avoid stressful social situations, and on the other, we still want and need friendships and deep connections with others This is all made more complicated by the looming reality of a COVID winter with almost no social interaction opportunities. COVID quarantine has been hard, but the spring and summer gave us safe options to interact and socialize outdoors. The warm weather invited us to meet others for walks, hikes, picnics, and even concerts, as open spaces lowered the risk of […]Read More
Lonely in a Crowd: Overcoming Social Anxiety
We are social creatures and are hardwired with the need to relate to others. Yet some of us feel isolated despite being surrounded by people. We may struggle to belong even when we are in the company of friendly and familiar faces. This is the world of social anxiety – where a deep sense of discomfort and detachment characterizes almost every social interaction The heart of it: At the heart of social anxiety is an unwillingness to express our emotions. Fears of vulnerability or rejection discourage us from entrusting our feelings to other people. This can be especially true if […]Read More
Driven to Success: a Blessing or Not?
Some people are natural-born leaders. As a result, they see something that needs to be done and seize the chance to head it up. If there is a problem, they point it out and fix it. They often love to work, and their sense of perfectionism renders them unwilling to leave a job half done. They are driven to succeed. Being motivated to succeed is a great attribute. Moreover, the world needs strong and charismatic leaders, problem solvers, and hard workers. They can be a real blessing. Or not… Motivation to succeed becomes unhealthy with the: Belief that worthiness needs […]Read More
Working in bed: Productive by day, sleepless at night
COVID has blended the work and home space. The morning commute is a quick walk across the hall, bedrooms are offices, living rooms are conference rooms and kitchens are the cafeteria or “water cooler” areas. It is tempting to bring our laptops into bed with us, as we spend many hours among blankets and pillows, where we feel most comfortable. These new working arrangements disrupt our routines and affect our psychological balance. Researchers have found that since the onset of COVID the rates of insomnia, generally defined as trouble falling or staying asleep, have greatly risen. What’s so disruptive about […]Read More
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