Psychological Health Challenge, Day 5

On Monday, a new workweek begins, and I’m suggesting we adopt a new routine to start our days. I’ve always wanted to do this but I can’t get myself together enough for it. This time, though, I’m definitely going to make the change.

Monday’s challenge is to start the day with a 5-minute writing exercise. Let’s take 5 minutes out of the morning Facebook or newsfeed scrolling and dedicate them to writing by hand. The goal is to dump all of our mental clutter on a page and not let it rattle around in our heads all day.

This isn’t writing for an audience so it doesn’t have to be pretty. Scrawl down everything you want to get out and leave it behind. If you have no idea what to write, choose from the following suggestions whichever sounds more attractive:

  1. I’m annoyed because
  2. I’m exhausted because
  3. I wonder why
  4. I really wish

Don’t Be Like Bernie

Honestly, I’d much rather Bernie gave himself a month or six weeks to rest instead of trying to power through the campaign like nothing happened. No good will be served by him winning the primary and then losing the general because he’s exhausted.

Also, I greatly dislike this idea that a heart attack and major surgery in anybody – let alone a 78-year-old man – is no big deal, and everybody should just get over it, get back, and go straight back to work.

I decided to ignore the huge pile of grading and instead spend Sunday afternoon snuggling in bed and reading and then later take a walk in the park. This is the option that wins almost every Sunday, and guess what? The grading always gets done even though I don’t slaughter myself with work on weekends.

As much as I like Bernie, for our psychological health challenge I suggest we don’t follow this particular example that he sets.

NYTimes: High Schools to TikTok: We’re Catching Feelings

This is what public schools have turned into. Disgusting weapons of surveillance capitalism feedings kids into the jaws of the engine that will ground a humanity out of them.