Online Therapy Sessions: The Age Of Technology

To get the most from online therapy sessions, one has to do their part towards getting better. These are some ideas below that will come in handy.

For most people who have never attended therapy sessions, the only way they imagine their work is from what they watch in movies and TV shows. This often involves a therapist seated on a chair at one end of the room while the patient lies in a sofa bed and lets out all their emotions. The therapist takes notes in a notebook as they focus. After the patient is through, the therapist tells them their interpretation of the session and gives them advice on how to handle their difficulties. This goes on for a while until the patient gets better. This is depicted similarly in almost all films, and it is thus safe to assume it is true.

The sessions last for several minutes and in advanced stages, it might take hours. Recent technological advancements have seen therapy sessions being conducted online, and what comes to mind is how does the session happen?

How Do Online Therapy Sessions Work?

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Given that the patient and the therapist don’t meet, the conventional idea of a therapy session doesn’t apply. Online therapy has recently become preferred because of the convenience and anonymity they offer. The patient can communicate through asynchronous messaging and the option for a video conference is only set up when they agree and are ready. This has enabled the patient to open up more and thus they recover even faster.

1. Choose your therapist carefully.

Before taking part in an online session, it is vital to seek therapists that are familiar with your problem. This will save you long sessions of discovery and hours of therapy. It is also important to confirm their license and ensure it is someone you can open up to easily.

2. Ensure your sessions are well scheduled.

Online sessions ensure convenience to patients. It is important to ensure that your sessions are planned in a way that is most convenient for you, at a time where your mind is free and able to talk. You should never schedule a session in the middle of a work day as this might cause a negative effect than that intended.

3. Therapies are a safe space for you. Always remember that.

Therapy sessions are protected by the law and everything you say is between you and your therapist. This is no different in online sessions. Always be sure to speak your heart and let it all out. Unless the patient will to hurt themselves or others, the therapist may not tell a patient’s details to an outsider. The more you let out, the better your therapist can treat you and the sooner you get better. Let it go!

4. Put in the work!

Just like a school course, therapy too requires the patient to savor the steps achieved. It is vital for the patient to strive to get better and enjoy the steps towards recovery.

Online Therapy Sessions have become part of the ‘new normal’ and Thank God for that.

Personality Development is a life long process

Personal development, covers activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance the quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.

Making that commitment to personal development is the first step on the path to personal fulfillment. 

“Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.” ―Morihei Ueshiba 

Before you embark on personal development, you need to ask yourself where you are now and where you want to be in the future.

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Personal development planning involves taking the answers to questions like these and using the answers to decide where you want to go and how you will get there.

That journey is one on which you will reflect at specific points to make sure that you are going in the right direction and to decide whether you need to make any changes in what you are doing or how you are doing it, according to the University of Leicester.

Grow and embrace change in your life, keep moving forward and life will become a joyful experience. Personal Development creates a win-win situation for you and your entourage.

Some benefits of personal development:

Self Awareness – Focus and Effectiveness – Motivation – Happy Life

Improved Relationships – Adapt to Change – New Opportunities

Likely to Reach Goals – Inspire Others – Greater Resilience – Creative 

Positive Attitude – Innovation – Risk-Taking – And many more.

How to craft your best Call to Action in UX Writing?

I’m a rule-follower.
We’re talking didn’t-really-have-fun-in-my-teens level of obedience.
So it seems contradictory that I have so much trouble with being told what to do. If you tell me to do something, I’ll do the opposite. Go figure.

Say, me and my friend Drishti go out to a Cafe, she casually mentions “Let’s sit by the window.”
It’s as if my legs suddenly have a mind of their own, propelling me toward the table wedged between the toilet door and kitchen.

Where you can tell me what to do?
These tricky little things called “call-to-actions” or “CTAs”.

What are CTAs?

Just like it says on the label, call-to-actions are the devices that move people from one place on the Internet to another. These powerful words usually appear on buttons or as a hyperlink directing people to take action.
When the user selects a CTA, they proceed to the next step.

Why are they important?

I’m just going to say it. These are the most critical words on your website, app, podcast, or any other digital product.
You only have a few characters to persuade users to move onto the next step in their journey.
People generally experience anxiety around clicking a button.
So it’s super important that the words you use reassure or even excite.

Ineffective CTAs are:

Unclear: This is not the place to be playful at the cost of clarity. If users don’t know where they’re going, they won’t click.

Long-winded: Keep it short for people who are looking to take decisive action. They should be able to “get it” in a nanosecond.

Deceptive: There’s nothing that’ll turn your customers away faster than being disappointed after they click on a CTA that promises the world.

Generic: It’s hard not to fall into the “Learn more” trap, but you can do better.

About you: Don’t tell them what you’ll get out of it, that doesn’t motivate people.

Stand-alone: So often, I see CTAs thrown in as an afterthought. They don’t work within the rest of the copy. Remember, these are the most important words. They deserve thoughtful consideration.

Reused: If you’re already working as a UX writer, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s a relatively common practice for designers and developers to pull a copy from other places on the website. The problem with this is

A. They’re not consulting the word wizard in the organization (that’s you).

B. If that copy has been translated, you have no idea if it still works in other languages. (Hint, it doesn’t.)

The best CTAs are:

1. Specific: Think about what happens when the user clicks the button and reflect that experience. For example, rather than just having “buy” for every button in the purchasing process, you might have “Add to cart”, “Checkout” and then “Make payment”.

2. Short: Use words with max 2 syllables and skip articles like “a” or “the”. For example, “Make a payment”.

3. Emotional: This is especially important when you’re closer to the top of the funnel, and there is less intent from the user. For example, in a blog post or landing page, you’ll have to trigger emotions to convince them to click through.

4. Original: This is not to be confused with overly creative, but don’t just chuck in “learn more”. Take the time to consider every CTA you write.

5. Purposeful: Think about where the user is on their journey. Longer (more conversational) CTAs might be appropriate in a blog post, for example, whereas during a checkout users are in action mode and expect short directions.

– Verb-lead: It makes sense that if you want someone to take action, you start with an action word.

– About them: Write CTAs from the perspective of the users. What are they going to get out of it?

– Contextual: Powerful CTAs go beyond the words on the button. It’s best practice to include reassurance in the form of social proof or authority around the CTA. For example, you’ll often see how many people have already subscribed to an opt-in form. If you’re about to make a credit card payment, you expect to see something written about security.

My not-so-secret weapon

I’ve always had tremendous success using the word “get” at the start of CTAs (also works a treat with headings and subject lines). Like extra-thousands-of-dollars-a-month kind of success.
It immediately tantalizes the user and makes them think “oh goodie, something for me!”

7 Ways a Freelance Content Writer can help your Law Firm during COVID-19

Times are tough, and your gut reaction might be to pull back on marketing. But is that the right move?

Like all tough times, this will eventually end. The optimistic view is that by the end of the year, businesses will reopen, and people will get back to work. Everyone who is waiting to call a lawyer might start picking up their phones.

Making sure those potential clients call you instead of another law firm means moving forward with a content marketing strategy even during the coronavirus crisis. A writer and content strategist can help you do that in several ways.

1. Revise law firm website copy

When was the last time you took a close look at your website copy? If you have the same practice area pages as you did three-to-five years ago, it might be time for an upgrade.

By revising your website content, you:

  • Give readers fresh content
  • Update your keywords (or fix old keyword stuffing tactics)
  • Revise old statistics
  • Correct pesky typos and spelling errors

There’s no guarantee that updating your existing website content will help you rank better, though it could. The more important factor is that your potential clients deserve informative content.

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2. Update target keywords

Take a moment to consider your keyword strategy. Maybe you’re on top of it—you know which keywords you’re targeting and why. But maybe you don’t.

If you’ve been relying on basic keywords and old school keyword strategies, consider working with a writer who can help you step up your keyword game.

3. Pinpoint missing evergreen content

You’re busy focusing on your cases, not your content marketing. But that can mean you’re trying to draw in clients with a bare-bones website.

A writer can generate helpful static pages based on your clients’ needs, important keywords, and what your competitors are doing.

4. Revive old blogs

Do you know what’s hiding on your blog from three years ago? Five years ago? Probably not.

There’s a wealth of information on your blog that you want readers to find. An audit of your blog might uncover posts that would benefit from an update because the law has changed, there are newer statistics, or there are typos. Or, the topic might be so important, you should mention it again.  

5. Plan new blog topics

When potential clients start looking for a law firm, you don’t want them to stumble on a blog you haven’t updated in months. You want to show them you’ve been working all along.

An experienced freelance writer can come up with topics that are relevant right now and will bring in clients in the future.

For personal injury lawyers, it might be time to talk more about statutes of limitations. Clients who can’t call right now should know what deadlines apply to their matters. Or, your content might explain how to gather documentation and evidence for a claim a few months down the road. 

6. Address COVID-19 directly

No matter what type of law you practice, you can’t ignore the coronavirus. It’s impacting everyone, including your firm and potential clients. Your law firm might not need a lot of content involving COVID-19, but it should have some.

Talk with your clients about how you’re handling remote work. Answer their questions. Are you offering phone or video call consultations? If you’ve moved to virtual meetings, how are you maintaining attorney-client privilege? (Check out this blog on the issues with Zoom.)

7. Develop brand and editorial guidelines

If you aren’t sure whether your firm follows AP or another style guide, whether or not it uses the Oxford comma, or whether a blog’s title should be in title or sentence case, your firm’s content might have inconsistencies.

A writer can help you solidify guidelines for your website content, blog, and other marketing materials that everyone can follow. They’ll also update your existing content to meet those guidelines.

There’s a way to market during the coronavirus

It’s going to take time for everyone to get through the COVID-19 pandemic and for the economy to recover. A lot of time. But now and in the future, people and businesses will need good lawyers.

Pursuing a content marketing strategy during COVID-19 doesn’t have to be insensitive or impractical. Work with a writer and content strategist to become a legal educator and thought leader during these months of uncertainty. It might gain your firm attention, loyalty, and eventually, new clients.

Six Books & Six Moods: Novels to Escape Lockdown Realities

As we barrel through another week of remote work, layoffs, social isolation, and a purporting feeling of wandering into the unfamiliar, books prove to be an exceedingly pleasant respite from the dizzying and disheartening news cycle. COVID-19 continues its steady spread across the globe, with confirmed cases and deaths in new cities each day and the ever so shortage of hand sanitizers looming, one might find it inadvisable to dig into a few hundred fictional pages on the very horror we’re experiencing.

Many people are using the current lockdown situation to curl up on the sofa at home, or in gardens while it’s sunny, and lose themselves in fiction.

Online book sales have rapidly increased. Waterstones reported a 400 percent raise at the end of March, as readers discover they have more time on their hands to finally get through their “to read” list. And book clubs have transformed into online reading groups, with readers discussing novels on Zoom instead of face-to-face.

But while publishers around the world have reported a surge in sales of titles like Albert Camus’s The Plague and Stephen King’s The Stand, many of us are choosing to immerse ourselves in feel-good, comforting fiction that reminds us of happier times.

I’ve picked some of the most uplifting and heart-warming books, from the story of a grandma and granddaughter who come up with an insane life-saving scheme to the tale of a teenage amputee who sets itself five challenges in life – from courageous public transit to learning to dance again.

My choices are solely judged on their originality, readability, and how they reminded us that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Six books and six moods for this world book day recommendation. Some of the books are not that upbeat all the way through, but reading them definitely shall help lift your spirits.

1.For the Vampiric thriller:

The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

When a plane lands at John F. Kennedy Airport shuttling in the nearly dead carriers of a vampire virus, it’s Ephraim Goodweather of the Centers for Disease Control to the rescue! However, the vampires—less Transylvania and more Walking Dead—are not keen to behave in ways conducive to the scientific method.

2. For Alternate realistic:

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Ursula Todd dies all kinds of untimely deaths in Kate Atkinson’s innovative Life After Life, which imagines numerous paths for the protagonist. Four of her demises are from the Spanish flu of 1918, which comes for eight-year-old Ursula again and again until, triumphantly (and with a little help from her so-called deja vu), she outsmarts it.

3. For the extraterrestrial enthusiast:

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Published just two months before man first stepped foot on the moon, Michael Crichton’s 1969 thriller finds the world in unearthly crisis: an unmanned spaceship has made a successful terrestrial landing in Piedmont, Arizona, only to unleash a deadly microorganism that leaves everyone in the area dead, save for a baby and an old Sterno addict. Crichton, a Harvard med student at the time of writing, revels in the scientific and political implications of such an outbreak, and the conclusion of the central mystery—why the old man and the baby, seemingly opposites, survived the outbreak—is one of those taut, satisfying aha! moments that Hollywood lives for (and pays for—including a quarter of a million dollars to Crichton for the movie rights).

4. For the Moral Philosopher:

The Plague by Albert Camus

It isn’t a canary in a coal mine but thousands of dead rats in the streets of the French Algerian town of Oran that signal the torments to come in Albert Camus’ 1947 classic, The Plague, a humanist allegory for the trapped desolation of Nazi-occupied Europe, and the alternate cowardice and bravery in the face of a rampant death machine.

5. For the tender-hearted:

Nemesis by Philip Roth

Like Pale Horse, Pale Rider, Philip Roth’s heart-wrenching story of a polio outbreak in 1944 Newark, New Jersey, unfurls against the backdrop of a world war. Because of poor eyesight, 23-year-old Bucky Cantor is spared the horror of fighting in World War II; his position as a summer playground supervisor seems like a lucky break until his community is hit with an outbreak of the paralyzing disease that spreads among the neighborhood kids. In typical Roth fashion, there is more than a whiff of Greek tragedy infusing the narrative—and the portrait of New Jersey parents mourning their dead children is a poignant display of a specific sorrow invoking a universal one.

6. For the apocalyptic romantic:

The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley wasn’t yet 30 years old when she published The Last Man, a futuristic science fiction inspired heavily by tragic events in her own life: the loss of three of her four children (one in infancy, and two while traveling in Italy, of dysentery and malaria) and then her husband (by shipwreck). Over the course of the novel, which takes place between the 2070s and 2100, political turbulence in Europe gives way to a sweeping plague, doomsday cults, and the eventual deaths (by sickness or drowning) of all but one of the main characters—one might read this last man, Lionel, as Shelley herself, and some of the others as stand-ins for her husband and their friend Lord Byron. The book skews more meditative than violent, and in the profound sadness of Lionel’s loss is the understanding that it is all the more tragic because the beauty of the world, his friends and life and loves, had been so vast—there is so much to miss.

Fun fact: I will not earn anything through these amazon retail links. You might just end up readings some good books to cherish and recommend further.

Note for children: Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger, and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’. My top recommendation for you is to get a hold on to the Harry Potter Series JK Rowling.

Stay Home, Stay Safe.

Happy Reading, readers! ❤

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(IN)VISIBLE OCD: The lines are getting blurred

The coronavirus outbreak has turned many of us into nervous germophobes, trying to shield ourselves from contamination by methodically and constantly our hands, preventing inappropriate contact with so-called high touch surfaces, and methodically sanitizing packages, our homes, and our bodies.

For people diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder or O.C.D., the worry created by the threat of coronavirus has the potential for more intense and longer-lasting implications.

What is OCD?

OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, is a common condition that affects around 1.2 percent of the population. 1 in 40 adults and 1 in 100 children have OCD in the USA. According to the World Health Organization, OCD is the sixth most disabling psychiatric disorder. Recent studies have reported that even subjects reporting subthreshold OCD suffer from a significant disability.

People with OCD usually experience two things:

  1. Obsessive Thoughts: An obsession is a repetitive, unwanted, distressing and intrusive thought, image or urge which causes disgust or unease;
  2. Compulsive Behaviours: While a compulsion is a repetitive behavior or mental act (silently repeating ‘special’ words, images, or numbers) which someone with OCD feels they must do to relieve the distress caused by the obsessive thought.

A common portrayal of OCD is someone who obsessively cleans or who repeatedly washes their hands. Do you recall the iconic character, Monica Geller, from the show FRIENDS? Monica Geller’s exceptionally tidy apartment in Greenwich Village serves a focal point for the series. As the show progresses, her obsession with cleanliness and discipline is comically exaggerated. Monica engages in several strange, elaborate rituals such as eating Tic Tac candies only in even numbers. She compulsively makes her bed so that the duvet tag always faces the bottom right, folds towels and paper napkins (including toilet paper) in a particular fashion, and sets her clocks in each room to a specific time.

She also labels and maintains a strict inventory of all her household items. For example, she has eleven specific towel categories including “everyday use,” “fancy,” “guest,” and “fancy guest” (Season 4, Episode 6)

Many people without OCD may experience obsessions and compulsions, but the feature which separates OCD from isolated symptoms is the intrusiveness of the obsession and the impact of the compulsion. Obsessions will differ from person to person, but common themes include the fear of causing harm and the fear of contamination.

Monica’s character is consistently depicted as quirky and amusing. The other characters in the show never treat her obsessive-compulsiveness as abnormal. They either ignore it or accommodate her peculiarities by finding humor in them. This in itself has encouraged the audience to follow their lead and focus on the comedic value in Monica’s odd behavior. 

The lines between O.C.D. and avoiding dangerous germs today

About one-third of people with O.C.D. are afflicted by contamination O.C.D. The new reality of a pandemic that requires acute attention to the transmission of germs creates additional peril for these people.

The guideline laid as a preventive measure for Coronavirus spread is: Hand washing, wearing a mask when sick, not touching your face and disinfecting your face.

Did you wash your hands? Washing Hands is a preventive measure againt COVID19.

Friends and neighbors are now engaging in O.C.D.-type behaviors, and it’s making people in treatment with O.C.D. wonder: ‘How does one not let this get out of hand, and what is out of hand anymore?

For many people already suffering from OCD, not washing their hands is a part of their treatment. A situation like this becomes more challenging for them as they have to mandatorily practice hand-wash which can trigger their OCD very well.

For others too taking preventive measures is necessary, but if you find yourself getting anxious about not washing your hands, then it is trouble for you. Washing your hands every time you come from outside is essential, but you need not wash your hand every hour if you are at your home.

The worsening outbreak affects people with OCD in other ways, too. Chiefly, the spike in anxiety about the virus can fuel existing obsessive fears of contamination and trigger destructive compulsive actions. For some people with OCD, coronavirus can become all they think about. As anyone with the condition will know, of course, OCD is challenging all the time. Often portrayed as a behavioral quirk, OCD is in fact a syndrome defined by recurring irrational thoughts. The compulsive actions – often the most visible feature of the illness – are usually only a response to those intrusive thoughts.

One must educate self enough from reliable sources or doctors on the preventive measures and how many times you should wash your hands. It is recommended that you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after coming from outside or before eating anything. You must also wash your hands if you touch anything at public places or items touched by many.

Disinfecting objects!?

Similar to washing hands is people impulsively disinfecting objects. The habit has turned worse if you find yourself disinfecting already disinfected objects. Your household items might not need daily disinfecting, once in a while cleaning them with alcohol-based cleaners is more than enough. The fear of contracting the disease has led people to practice a lot of impulsive things that are not even needed to prevent the COVID-19 infection.

The most optimum way to keep the infection at bay is to practice hand hygiene. Instead of panicking make sure you follow the preventive measure diligently. Work from home if possible and avoid crowded public places at any cost. Wash your hands thoroughly and sanitize them whenever needed. Wear a mask if you are sick and avoid it if you are perfectly healthy.

Contact your doctor if you feel sick and try keeping a distance from the elders of your family as they are the most susceptible to COVID-19.

Stay Home, Stay Safe!

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Embracing the Uncertainties

We find ourselves in a dual crisis of physical and mental health. Yet there are ways to fend off the breakdowns.

Much of the emerging adult life, I suffered from fear and depression. Although I have never felt alone with these ordinary afflictions, everyone shares this family horror — now I find I have more fellow sufferers than I might ever have expected.

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Two weeks into self-isolation, I have come to realize this family horror or familiar symptom of mental illness is a universal reality. Nearly, everyone I know has been thrusting in varying degrees of grief, pain, hopelessness and paralyzing fear.

Many people have lost family, members and are dealing with trauma of that.And dealing with family members and loved ones who are sick, but their daigonosis has not yet been confirmed. That's a HEAVY, HEAVY BURDEN.

Responses to a simple, “I can’t sleep,” can lead to secondary crisis unfolding alongside the more obvious one. An escalation in both short-term and long-term clinical mental illness that may endure for decades after the pandemic recedes.

While both central and state governments have responded to the spread of the coronavirus in critical ways, acknowledgment of the mental illness vulnerabilities has been hasty. The government has launched a toll-free helpline number – 08046110007— for people who may face any mental health issue due to the ongoing countrywide(India) lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.

  1. World of work is suffering an “absolutely extraordinary fall.”

According to a Canadian-based organization, the Institute for Work and Health, mental wellbeing is favorably associated with economic development in a region. Unemployment affects mental health, and mental health problems can make it harder for a person to obtain and/or hold a job, it says, warning that this could even lead to a vicious cycle.

Here’s a quick solution to many who are unemployed during the self-isolation and self-care days, even an unemployed person is good and skilled in their niches like creating and singing music, video editing, digital marketing, network marketing, writing, etc, all these and many more activities can be seasoned during this lockdown. One can monetize their skills and be employed, happy and stress-free.

  • For people wanting to pursue more in the field of digital marketing, google provides a free 40 hours digital marketing unlocked course. Yes, with a google certification.
  • For content market and writers, Hubspot provides a few free certification courses with renewal service.
  • Udemy has various free tutorials and videos to learn from about designing, video editing, social media marketing and various other courses ranging from web development, IT and skill, business and personal development.

As previously quoted in the series blog of this article, “be kind to yourself.”

2. Crisis and the contingent social isolation

There are roughly four responses to COVID-19 and isolation:

  • Some people take it all in stride and rely on a foundation of unshakable psychic stability.
  • Others constitute the worried well, who need only a bit of psychological first aid.
  • A third group who have not previously experienced these disorders are being catapulted into them.
  • Last, many who were already suffering from major depressive disorder have had their condition exacerbated, developing what clinicians call “double depression,” in which a persistent depressive disorder is overlaid with an episode of unbearable pain.
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It’s fair to assume that things are not Good; the assumption that it will ever be OK again tends to suggest a psychiatric disorder. The correct course is a slow adjustment to our new normal; the impression that this is gradually intolerable each day is a psychological one. There is the thinnest of membranes between sensible and unreasonable, spiraling anxiety.

Simple solutions or remedies to isolation is to spend more and more time with your family members. Just like as adults we take care of our children, now is the time for the adult in us to take care of the family members by bonding over simple games and conversations.

  • The board game Ludo has made a comeback through the virtual setup in the name of LudoKing. Let’s make time and play Ludo, scrabble, word wars, Uno, etc with our family members too.
  • For the traveler in you, NASA is coming out with NASA at home– Virtual Tours and Apps. A 360-Degree Virtual tour. What else can one ask for?
  • What better way for cricket lovers to get through this lockdown! A game for both amateurs as well as advanced players, it comes with a practice mode that gives you 65 batting shots, which can help both considerably. Download World cricket championship 2 for the cricket lover in you.
  • Not everyone would have Amazon Kindle, but if you are a reader and want to read as much as possible in this summertime sadness, here are few readers I can suggest
  1. Project Gutenberg: The smell of free brews here. Over 60,000+ free books to satisfy your book urge.
  2. Nook: Read forever for less.
  3. Oodles: Another discovery platform, Oodles boasts 50,000+ reads and more than 10 languages. So, learn Russian, why not.
  4. Kobo: Try a new book, risk-FREE.

3. Are you as my readers open about their mental health?

Ask yourself. Are you open about your mental health? This pandemic is still causing “invisible stress” — a pervasive, ever-shifting, hard-to-define anxiety. Many people are experiencing shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, exhaustion. It’s not just the virus but as the disinfection of our own minds.

I’m reminded that this is a time to practice aggressive friendship with each other — to be the one who seeks out the lonely and the troubled. It’s also true that character is formed in times like this. People see deeper into themselves, bravely learn what their pain is teaching them, and become wiser and softer as a result.

Be kind to yourself. Stay Home, Stay Safe!

Is Corona making something magical?

In a matter of a few weeks, the global pandemic has transformed the lives and relationships, dating, and sex. Weddings have been postponed, while divorce rates have reportedly soared in China as the crisis has eased. While many lovers and family members are suffering aching separations as borders have closed. Everyday choices, like whether to send a child on a play date, or whether to meet a potential suitor, have become matters of life and death.

The internet has emerged as a lifeline to millions of single people, enabling many to go on virtual yoga dates, attending the digital drag queen karaoke parties or just celebrating one’s birthday by blowing out the candles through a simple WhatsApp video call with your dear and near ones.

Pets have become a source of solace in this summertime sadness. Walking a dog once a day is one handful of permissible reasons to go out along with seeking medical help or just grocery shopping.

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The pandemic has spawned another modern revelation or created intense new words for the history. Where once there were “blackout babies,” ow we can expect a wave of “coronababies” and a whole new generation of “quaranteens” by 2033. Couples whose marriages are fraying under the pressures of this lockup and self- isolation could be heading for a “covidivorce.”

On Valentine’s Day in Hong Kong, couples sent each other bouquets of masks and alcohol wipes, while flower sales in the city dropped 90 percent. @Bitcoinmemehub on 13th February shared images of bouquet the coronavirus style.

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All you need is love, love is what you need, sang The Beatles in the 1960s, and that could be the motto in these stressful coronavirus times for young and not so young people confined to their houses, away from the workplace, parties, and other disruptions of this nature.

In India, veering between social distancing and close cohabitation, many thousands of couples are rediscovering each other as cities and towns across the country go into lockdown. With this increased intimacy, many pharmacies, as well as e-commerce sites, are reporting rising sales of condoms and contraceptive pills.

In Wuhan, the epicenter of the Pandemic in China, Tian Fangfang, a young female nurse, photographed in her hazmat suit holding a handwritten request: “After the epidemic is over, I hope the government will assign me a boyfriend.” Later, in a video, she specified her preference that he be tall. Let’s hope she finds her Mr. Right!

Getting away with affairs has also become tougher. When a man from a small town in Argentine’s Santiago Del Estero province bragged friends by telling them about his intimate moments with his former lover coming back from Spain, the friends reported him to the authorities. On 14th March, the entire town was shut down. The man later grew into the province’s first coronavirus patient.

The pandemic is transforming perceptions of culture and public environments, with crowds from around the world meeting on balconies every day to cheer emergency staff, play music and even run marathons( Elisha Nochomovitz, a 32-year-old furloughed restaurant worker, ran the length of a marathon (26.2 miles)–on his 23-foot long balcony.); lighting a candle or diya for the sick in Italy and India.

With commutes to work for many people now consisting of traveling from bedroom to dining room table, psychologists say that lockdowns were engendering a new togetherness for some while amplifying friction and conflict for others. “Is corona making something magic with all of this? Maybe this is the corona story that will die with the disease. Whatever happens, it was a beautiful moment.”

Is there anything people can do to cope with the emotional fallout of this confusing and challenging time?

“Be kind to yourself, ” Illustration by Karla Alcazar

The coronavirus pandemic has not only affected millions of people’s physical health but has also caused havoc on people’s social and behavioral well-being around the world. Feelings of fear, helplessness, and sorrow are growing as people confront an increasingly unpredictable future — and suffering has affected almost all.

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Is there anything people can do to cope with the emotional fallout of this confusing and challenging time? Change can be difficult to deal with even its for the better.

1. Coming to terms with the “new normal”. At first, it will be slow and one might just be reluctant to cope with this new normal but its an essential part of the change. Search and emphasize the positive aspects of the change we are all facing.

2. Be patient, coming to terms with the new normal is a gradual process.

3. Increase social, professional, and political awareness of advancements in and around you. The new media is surely keeping you on the top with all the current affairs.

4. During this changing period of our lives, let us eat healthier and exercise. Change our patterns into healthy practices. #healthylifestyles #selfcare

Exercising at home can be as simple as some nice YouTube yoga session (Surya namaskars) with some meditation. This is recommended for all age groups.

If you wish to follow some cardio routine, your garden and terrace is always free to use as long as you maintain a distance of two meters. Running, jogging on the spot or skipping can be included in your daily activities.

Note: The only exception is the people who are being shielded because they have the highest risk of severe complications. They should not leave their house at all.

5. Writing down your thoughts and feeling can help in offloading your worries and fears. It’s important to keep oneself busy. We can engage in plenty of activities during this coronavirus lockdown at home, some include crafting, painting, cooking or baking.

Finally, be kind to yourself. if you don’t feel up to doing anything, though, that’s fine. It’s important to be kind to oneself and recognize when you need that break. Try to relax and focus on positive things, knowing that every effort is being made globally to bring this situation to a close, but it will take time.

Stay home, stay safe!

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