Do we really want to cancel 2020?
Earlier this week, a friend of mine shared an Instagram post with me. It wasn’t the usual cheeky meme about quarantine-inspired day drinking or how dogs are the best things ever.
It was a post written by Leslie David, a writer and designer and the co-founder of Strand Social, a digital marketing and design agency based in California.
I’m not going to wax poetic on how this was just the message I needed to read. I’m just going to leave it here in case it’s just the message you need, too.
What if 2020 isn’t cancelled?
What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for?
A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw — that it finally forces us to grow.
A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber.
A year we finally accept the need for change.
Declare change. Work for change. Become the change. A year we finally band together, instead of
pushing each other further apart.
2020 isn’t cancelled, but rather
the most important year of them all.
Onward with this week’s Psychology Around the Net!
Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Cope Right Now: Says Jameta Nicole Barlow, a community health psychologist who is black, “Radical self-care is required to live and survive in this world as a Black person. Overdosing on radical self-care is essential in this moment.” Barlow and the National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) provided Mashable with a list of mental health resources for black people. (Additionally, NAMI published a statement and a collection of resources.)
Toxic Childhood? 6 Signs that You’re Beginning to Heal: When you start better managing your emotions, voicing your own opinions and thoughts, and seeing yourself more clearly, you’re probably starting to heal.
When Leaders Model Openness About Their Mental Health: Would you know if the reason your boss took time off work was to recover from burnout? Buffer CEO Joel Gascoigne’s did. Does your mayor encourage your neighborhood to meditate and practice yoga? Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams does. Morra Aarons-Mele talks with these leaders about the benefits of leaders being transparent with their teams about their own mental health.
Self-Compassionate Phrases for Stressful Times: I am doing the best I can under these difficult circumstances. I made a mistake and I can make it right. I am learning every day. Psych Central’s Margarita Tartakovsky is so good at writing articles that feel like a warm, cozy blanket just begging to be wrapped around your shoulders.
Senators Say Military Children Shouldn’t Be Penalized for Seeking Mental Health Care: Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. have introduced legislation to end the “undue discrimination” against both military dependents who have prior mental health conditions and want to enter the military. “Children who face the stress of parents being deployed, moving frequently and other sacrifices should never be penalized for seeking mental health care,” says Blumenthal.
Over 55? Study Finds Games Are Great For Your Mental Health: Award-winning mobile games developer surveyed a group of folks aged 55 or older and found that more than half (56%) report that gaming helps distract them from current events (only 36% of gamers aged 18 to 24 years old said the same) and 42% said gaming has helped them deal with the coronavirus quarantine. Additionally, a whopping two-thirds (66%) believe gaming has a steadily positive affect on their mental health.