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Writing in his journal, nine year old Abeer speaks of his frustrations
with having to always prove himself at school and at home, never being
allowed to be himself. His heartfelt and eye-opening words remind us
that each child really is unique and should be cherished as such. The
poignant message is, "Don't look at who your child could be, but who
your child is." As Abeer points out, if children truly are the best
gift, "you're not supposed to fix the best gift."
As anxiety around COVID-19 skyrockets, it’s important to know how to rein in our worrying so it's helpful but not debilitating.
Excessive worry about COVID-19 is becoming a mental health pandemic unto itself. Fears and questions about the future can keep us up at night, distract us during the day, and make it hard to find the motivation and energy to take care of ourselves and our loved ones.
But anxiety can also be useful, explains UC Berkeley professor Sonia Bishop. Negative emotions like fear are a natural response to what’s going on in our environment. The key is to channel those emotions to help us act appropriately, rather than getting stuck in cycles of rumination.
Below, Bishop talked to Berkeley News about how to manage anxiety amid the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and achieve a measure of peace and quality of life in the coming weeks and months.
Berkeley News: What use is anxiety in today’s world?
Sonia Bishop: Fear and anxiety helped our early ancestors sur…
How do we achieve even our loftiest goals? At 19 years old, Dave Jacka was left with only 6% of his physical function after a motorcycle accident. 25 years later, he became the first pilot with quadriplegia to fly around Australia solo! The story of how he got there has insights for us all!
What’s your loftiest goal in life? For Dave Jacka, after losing 94% of his physical function, his lofty goal was simply to get himself into bed unassisted. 25 years later, he became the first person with quadriplegia to fly solo around Australia. Dave’s story as a boundary breaker can help each of us attain our biggest goals, whether that’s landing our dream job, growing our retirement fund, or being accepted into the right school!
Cynthia Li MD is a gifted physician and author who has had experience
with battling an autoimmune disorder and recognizing both the power and
limits of conventional medicine. "In the current pandemic, the strength
of your immune system is the critical difference between milder and more
severe illness caused by the COVID-19 virus. In a gift e-booklet, 'How
to Shield Yourself Against COVID-19,' Li offers key science-based
strategies, beyond physical distancing and hygiene measures, for
building up what she calls your "inner shield.""A copy of this vital
booklet is linked to at the end of the following piece. Read and share
it with your community.
Paul Atkins, coauthor of Prosocial, explains what will help us work together in the face of disaster.
Right now, our society is being tested on our ability to cooperate. To fight the novel coronavirus pandemic, we need to be able to act as one body and do what we can to stop the virus’s spread and prevent sick patients from overwhelming our health care systems.
But how can we overcome our own self-interests enough to do what it takes to work together—in families, states, and nations? Is the current pandemic leading us toward a world of greater global cooperation—or greater isolationism?
"I have heard it all my life. A voice calling a name I recognized as my own. Sometimes it comes as a soft-bellied whisper.Sometimes it holds an edge
of urgency. But always it says: Wake up, my love. You are walking
asleep. There's no safety in that! Remember what you are, and let a deeper
knowing color the shape of your humanness. There is nowhere to go. What
you are looking for is right here." Oriah Mountain Dreamer shares more
in this beautiful poem.
Whether you’re just starting out on your journey or you’ve become a master of your craft, you can be a part of a cycle that goes back millennia. What is this ancient cycle and how can it apply to our lives today? Let’s head to the hills of Colorado and find out!
We invest years of our lives figuring out what we actually enjoy doing; dedicating countless hours to hone our skills and learn the ins and outs of our craft from our teachers in an effort to inch closer to mastery. But when we feel that we’ve gotten there… what’s next? Well, why not keep that teaching cycle going!
"India has been criticized for its poor record of testing people in the
battle against coronavirus. That, however, is set to change, thanks in
large part to the efforts of one virologist, who delivered on a working
test kit, just hours before delivering her baby .On Thursday, the first
made-in-India coronavirus testing kits reached the market, raising hopes
of an increase in screening of patients with flu symptoms to confirm or
rule out the Covid-19 infection."
Researchers and media experts weigh in on how to stay informed about coronavirus while protecting your mental health.
My inbox is flooded with news about the coronavirus outbreak. Every hour, I’m hearing about how many people are infected and dying, how woefully unprepared we are for this pandemic, and how the economy is tanking. It’s enough to make my head explode with panic and dread.
Of course, I want to stay informed, and it’s important to know what I can do to help prevent the spread of the infection. How can I do that without feeling overwhelmed? Is there a better way to consume the news?
It turns out that there is, according to media experts and researchers. Taking in a constant stream of alarming news increases your stress and anxiety—and has long-term consequences for your physical health, too. The key is to balance your media diet with news stories that are more inspiring or offer solutions, and then share them with friends and family. Taking those steps will help…
"To be human is to be a miracle of evolution conscious of its own
miraculousness -- a consciousness beautiful and bittersweet, for we have
paid for it with a parallel awareness not only of our fundamental
improbability but of our staggering fragility, of how physiologically
precarious our survival is and how psychologically vulnerable our
sanity. To make that awareness bearable, we have evolved a singular
faculty that might just be the crowning miracle of our consciousness:
What’s your favorite old movie? Chances are there’s one character that connects all of our beloved old films, they are always there, we just never noticed. Any guesses who it is?
Ahhh the magic of old Hollywood; the glamour, the stars, the classics. Ask your grandma about her favorite movie and she’ll probably give you a wistful answer about her favorite actor, and maybe a lovely anecdote about the time she saw it with a long-forgotten boyfriend. But in all of our nostalgia for the old cinema, one very important character often gets left behind. A character that truly transports movies to other worlds!
"A couple of years ago I started sometimes asking, at the end of my
conversations: What makes you despair, and where are you finding hope?
It turns out that answers to the two parts of that question are more
often conjoined than oppositional. The puzzle of us, the contradictions
alive in each one of us and in this moment we inhabit --these are the
crucible of my hope." Krista Tippett shares more.