I come across way more cool wellbeing-related content than I can possibly cover here on the blog, so I’m doing the occasional ‘linkfest’ of stuff I’ve come across. In today’s collection are articles on languishing, distraction, hard truths, social norms, imposter syndrome, hidden disabilities and neat/fun digital tools.
This article is about how to overcome languishing, a state of low positive and negative feelings. It offers four types of connection as strategies to boost one’s mood: connecting with the situation, with others, with oneself, and with a desired future. It also discusses the causes and consequences of languishing, and when to seek professional help.
A yoga studio explores the topic of people bringing their phones to classes and uses this as a jumping off point to discuss how hard it can be to not be distracted by our phones.
One of my favourite writers in the area of learning, Scott Young, takes on a few difficult truths.
This article is about the concept of anomie, which is the feeling of not belonging to any social group or norm. The author uses the examples of a yellow car in a village, widows and widowers, and working from home to illustrate how anomie can lead to depression and loneliness. The author suggests that we should embrace social norms instead of rejecting them, as they are essential for our well-being.
A blog post from the Struggling Scientists Podcast that provides a lived experience account of Imposter Syndrome and how they managed it during their PhD.
This article is about the hidden disability sunflower, which is a symbol that people with invisible disabilities can wear to indicate they may need help or understanding from others. The article explains the origin, purpose, and meaning of the sunflower, and how it can benefit people with disabilities that are not immediately apparent. The article also provides some examples of how to offer support to someone displaying the sunflower.
goblin.tools is a collection of small, simple, single-task tools, mostly designed to help neurodivergent people with tasks they find overwhelming or difficult.