All right, numbers are coming in, it is becoming more interesting and more defined. Not that we did not understand what was going on before...
A review of 29 different studies with total of almost 81 thousand participants indicated that pandemic has made a significant impact on children and adolescent well-being. Number of cases with significant depression and anxiety symptoms has increased twice, to 25 and 20 percent. Not really surprising, because a constant flow of negative information, a lot of unknowns along with sense of helplessness, a lot of limitations along with lack of wish - and sometimes ability - to choose alternatives - all of that is a very fertile soil for both depression and anxiety to flourish.
👆 main tactic to deal with depressive moods is balancing your daily reality with positive things (that happen anyway but usually do not make it into our field of attention). That means limiting the flow on negative information, choosing carefully what to watch and listen to, and intentionally focus and dedicate time for the activities that generate positive feelings. Start with simple walks, plenty of light, healthy diet and sufficient sleep.
👆 main tactic to deal with anxious moods is to focus your time and efforts on the things we CAN do - and transfer your focus to them from the things that we cannot do or influence. If we don't know what tomorrow will bring - focus on what you will do today. Start with planning your daily routine, pleasant hobbies, tidy home, diary with lists of things done, meditation or other form of calm and rhythmical breating. Walk will be very beneficial as well.
Situation is not good, but it really is not hopeless. Only if we keep our chin up.
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Participants in this qualitative study were practitioners of minimalism. They stated that they enjoy an improved wellbeing due to increased autonomy, competence, mental space, awareness and positive emotions. Previous research also identifies themes of simplicity, pro-ecological behaviors and control on materialism.
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Does minimalism, besides being nice source of content for social media, have any other benefits, for example, psychological? Apparently, it does.
The research outlines four behaviors related to minimalism: clutter removal, cautious shopping, longevity (of the purchased items, I assume) and self-sufficiency.
The research also found that minimalism significantly increases feeling of flourishing (nice choice of the term!) and alleviates depression.
👆 I _always_ said, that tidying is a great form of meditation, that it is also a series of calm, repetitive motions (and leads to relaxation), besides, the result is always visually pleasing!
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