As I write this post, it’s early July and incredibly warm—not a fan of 39 degree days! I have no idea where we’ll be by the end of July when this blog is scheduled to be posted. My hope is that we will be farther along in opening back up, as more of us are fully vaccinated, case numbers are down and fewer of our loved ones are in the hospital battling Covid.
No matter what your temperature :-), here are the interesting ideas links for this month.
The pandemic has changed the way that we hold funeral services (or even if we do) and how we celebrate our loved ones who have died. This Guardian article tells the poignant story of one woman’s 150-mile walking journey along the Thames River from London to Oxford to visit her brother’s grave and the realizations that she had along the way.
The following two items; an article from the Atlantic and a post from the blog Food52, help us to maneuver as we work our way through post-pandemic social norms around what is now considered to be polite when interacting with others and how to host gatherings. What is the expectations around physical contact? Distancing? How do you have explicit conversations about who is being invited and what the ground rules will be? I especially like the use of compassion in these areas as everyone is at a different place in their re-entry journey. Being around others can bring both a profound sense of relief and its own emotional hurdles and compassion can help us navigate it.
Life continues to be interesting. Depending on where you live, and the status of your vaccination schedule, your life may be seeing signs of returning to some sort of pre-pandemic normalcy. While many of us have been craving and dreaming of being out in the world, now that the reality is getting closer, many of us are also feeling anxious about what this may actually look like.
Many people I have spoken to, both personally and professionally, are concerned about social anxiety, loss of confidence and fear of leaving their homes after almost 15 months of being stuck at home. On one hand, we want to be out and about, yet on the other, our Covid routines are safe and predictable. In March 2020, our world ground to a screeching halt, and we adjusted. And, it is reopening at a slower rate, giving us time to re-enter with awareness.
The following three interesting articles speak to this return to society. This commentary from the Guardian suggests ways to re-approach friends that have fallen to the wayside during the pandemic.
Many introverts have actually enjoyed the forced time at home, and according to the Washington Post author, Roxanne Roberts, are not completely happy about a return to “normal”
Finally, a guest post by Angel Chernoff of Marc and Angel Life Hack (as appeared in Becoming Minimalist) provides solid tools to cope with stepping out into the potential chaos as life opens up.
Enjoy, take care, and stay safe…
I’m not sure where another month has gone, and yet we’re at the end of April. Here in Ontario, as we work our way through the ‘groundhog days’ of another pandemic stay-at-home order, here are a few “interesting ideas” articles that may help to pass the time.
Take care and stay safe.
Where’s My Self-Control?
Do you find yourself with less self-control as the pandemic drags on? If so, you’re not alone. According to this article in The Guardian, our ‘moral muscles’ are getting flabby! So what’s the ‘fitness’ plan? Take a look!
A Useful Grief Resource
Some of the best articles I receive are from the people I work with. The following two articles are examples. The first, this article from the website What’s Your Grief is a poignant list of what we have lost when ‘our person’ dies.
If you are grieving, this is a great resource to share with friends who may not understand the depth and extent of your loss.
Here’s a podcast link if you would rather listen to it.
Let’s Talk About “Languishing”
If you’re having trouble putting a description to your mood…not depressed, but not happy either…this second article, from the New York Times talks about the concept of “languishing”. I appreciate this article, not only for its background information but also because it provides tools.
Time for March’s edition of Interesting Ideas. Depending on where you live, you are at some place in the ‘third wave’. Whether you are watching it approach, starting the ride or balancing on the peak; like most of us you’re probably tired of ‘surfing’.
Here are three interesting ideas that can help.
The Fear of Failure
As we’ve spent more time online over the past year, it’s clear that so much of what we do is seen by so many. With the increased visibility, our fear of failure (and the resulting judgement) can increase to the point that we become afraid to try anything new. This Atlantic article encourages us to ‘go ahead and fail’ along with ways to build the courage to do so.
“I have to see people in-person again?!!!”
At some point in the future, we’ll be able to socialize with large groups of people. However, for many of us, this is a source of anxiety–and not just for individuals who experienced social anxiety before the pandemic. This article in The Guardian lets you know that you’re not alone, and provides coping strategies to ease yourself back into the outside world.
While pet ownership has increased over the past year, dog walking or cat litter cleaning isn’t for everyone. An alternative? According to this Washington Post article, you can hug a cow! Even if you don’t read the article, the pictures are adorable!
Until next time…take care and stay safe.
Welcome back for February “Interesting Ideas”. I hope this continues to be interesting and intriguing to you.
I hope you found the February interesting ideas round to be interesting and that the articles inspired some reflection. If you have articles you think would be interesting to share, please let me know.
I am very fortunate to have friends that send me interesting ideas, articles, videos, or book suggestions on a regular basis. While I use some as inspirations for blog posts or my work with clients, others are not blog or reference material…and they are too interesting not to share.
So, this is the first month of the “Interesting Ideas” post. My hope is that this will become a monthly feature. While not every suggestion will appeal to everyone, ideally something will pique your curiosity.
Here’s the selection for January…Enjoy!
From The Atlantic: What Moving House Can Do For You
From BBC News: Lockdown mental health: Tips for Helping Your Child
From The Guardian: Why Your Most Important Relationship is With Your Inner Voice