A little FYI for this weekend……
First news about the virus and all the social distancing which is causing many mental problems…like depression and confusion…..
But what is it all about….some say that people worry about missing out…..on what we are not quite sure…..
We begin 2021 still in the midst of a pandemic: still social distancing, still self-isolating, still wearing masks, still feeling as if life is on pause. These restrictions, as necessary as they are, mean that most of us are living in a limited environment with limited activities to occupy ourselves, to satisfy our need for meaningful experiences.
The repeated denial of even the possibility of such experiences results in profound moments of boredom directly related to the pandemic: COVID-boredom.
After almost a year of pandemic restrictions, many of the social and cultural distractions meant to occupy and entertain us are proving inadequate. A number of people I know have confessed they have been unable to fully binge TV programs because it felt pointless.
Even watching the news, which in times of crisis can border on compulsion, has become monotonous. We are presented with the same basic stories, the same series of facts about the virus, the same fears and concerns, repeated over and over with only minor differences. This is why fake news and conspiracy theories have thrived. They have become “more psychologically pleasing and convenient [than reality]” and make “simpler sense than a complex phenomenon.” Having to live the reality of life under COVID-19 is proving baffling.
Personally I am having no problem….since my forced retirement I have become a hermit….do not feel that I am missing anything.
But that is just me.
I am an insomniac and drink at lot of coffee while doing research….some have told me that it could be hazardous to my health….all that caffeine…..
So when I read a recent study on the effects of coffee on health was at least some good news….
… drinking one or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day was associated with decreased long-term risk of heart failure.
Just a few thoughts on health on this weekend.
Be Well…..Be Safe…..
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