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Coping with COVID-19: Daily Mental Health Tip: Social Distancing Etiquette

We’re all just figuring it out. As the guidance has gone from simple (i.e., stay home) to complex (i.e., proceed with caution), there is more confusion and division about social distancing and how to do it.  While many people are being responsible citizens, and others are being brazenly foolish (this clip is worth watching. Listen to the audio), most of […]

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Coping with COVID-19: Daily Mental Health Tip: Natural Experiments

When life hands you lemons… go get drunk on Slurpees. But seriously, while you are stuck at home, you have an unparalleled opportunity to experiment.  When you have little variety or variability you can use that to your advantage to learn about yourself. If you want to test to see how certain foods or beverages […]

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Coping with COVID-19: Daily Mental Health Tip: Unsolicited Advice

Ready to hear it?  Whatever your views on advice, we all experience it coming at us from time to time. I don’t know about you, but I find myself reaching out even more for advice and counsel with friends, not only to check-in, but to share takes on this week’s version of our constantly changing situation. Kevin […]

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Coping with COVID-19: Daily Mental Health Tip: Photo Collage #2

It’s growing!  And from the look of things, I can see you are in good company and finding inspiring ways to cope. Thank you for sharing these glimpses into your lives. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  Sincerely,Ben P.S. If you know anyone who might be interested in receiving these daily emails, feel free to add them to the mailing list.

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Coping with COVID-19: Daily Mental Health Tip: Good News!

Good News is out there.  We just need to know where to look. If you have not seen any of John Krasinski’s response to our current crisis, Some Good News, I encourage you to do so. His YouTube brainchild is chock full of heartwarming reminders of how our fellow humans step up, connect up and do good […]

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Coping with COVID-19: Daily Mental Health Tip: You and the Haiku

Wow, when you accept a challenge, you do it with aplomb! It is clear that the haiku challenge allowed you to take COVID and use it as your muse. Thank you for sharing your creations and BRAVO! Breathe, air rushes inCan I? Testing…air flows outEach day, gratefullyKaren M. Alone day and nightMeasuring time by the moonI […]

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Coping with COVID-19: Daily Mental Health Tip: Monday Music

Why are there so many songs about Monday? Because it’s a beginning and an end? Because sometimes we long for it and sometimes we dread it?  Monday has inspired some great songs. Hope these help to to get your week rolling in the right direction:  Fleetwood MacT Bone WalkerThe BanglesWilco New RadicalsMississippi John Hurt Death Cab for CutieBoomtown Rats […]

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Coping with COVID-19: Daily Mental Health Tip: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Dr. Seuss had it right. We need some bright placesTo escape our stayingAnd change up our spaceswhere Boom Bands are playing! With this in mind, here’s a curated list of cool places to “get on our way”: Livecams of everything from kittens to manatees to the northern lights.  The jellyfish cam courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium. Sunrise over Electric Peak […]

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Coping with COVID-19: Daily Mental Health Tip: Throwin’ it Down – Half-Way There!

It’s May 15th….half-way to our goal with the Throwin’ it Down challenge!  Why are we doing this? Because it’s good for our physical and mental health… and good for the world.  We have 25 active participants who have taken up the challenge, plus we have two generous newsletter recipients (Alyssa and Anonymous) who are participating in the […]

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Coping with COVID-19: Daily Mental Health Tip: Trade-offs

Life is all about trade-offs.  Increase commute; decrease rent.  Increase speed; decrease accuracy.  Increase fecundity; decrease longevity.  And of course, the trade-off of the day: Increase economy; decrease health.  Yes. Re-opening the economy will yield current economic gain.  But, if we are to believe the experts (which we should), the trade-off for this choice will […]

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