Internet highlights – w/c 6th September 2020

12 09 2020

Examples of where Gender Reveal parties have probably gone too far.

More things that were normal in the 90s or so.

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"You’re over-reacting, it’s just a few people!" Me: 🙄 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ EDIT: I’m bad at words and ravishing should be ravaging on the last slide! 🤦🏻‍♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you're feeling incredibly gaslit by friends/family/coworkers/the government about COVID-19, a reminder that you are not over-reacting: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Letting it slide once" with a small gathering quickly grows into a chain reaction of risk as soon as one person in that group lets it slide again with someone else, who lets it slide with someone else, and so on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's easy to look at percentages and brush them off, but the problem is that these are people, not numbers. 865K people have died worldwide, with 185K of those being in the US – the loss of life is tremendous. (Retracting comments on comparing tragedy as this does detract from the topic at hand and should not be needed to take this issue seriously.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A few reminders ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ COVID-19 is real, deadly, and ravaging our most vulnerable communities (especially those of BIPOCs) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Protecting your community is more important than a night out with friends. Always. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do not feel bad for saying no to plans. Your concerns are valid and you are not over-reacting. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There is no "returning to a normal" that puts our most vulnerable at risk, they are ABSOLUTELY worth the sacrifice of personal outings.

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ok science!! (@noahgarfinkel)

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Be easy on everyone right now. We’re all human!!!!

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what a flex

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yes please! 😷

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I initially saw this jam jar analogy a few years ago in a documentary with @campbellclaret (who also has a new book out which looks great). I’d wanted to draw it since then. I was so pleased that Dr Jehannine Austen, who’s concept it was, gave us permission to use my adaptation, (including Neil the cheerleader chutney) in my book. In the programme the vulnerability factors were considered as genetic factors, but as a psychologist I would consider vulnerabilities to be more wider ranging than this, including experiences, cognitive factors etc. Everybody’s vulnerabilities (strawberries) will be at different levels. We can increase the space in our jar by learning or using helpful coping strategies, such as supportive chutney jars, I.e. friends, good sleep, exercise and other helpful ways to look after our mental health. The raspberries are the stressors in your life and with too much stressors your jar gets full at which point your mental health can suffer. I find this a useful concept to understand mental health. Firstly it shows that everyone has mental health and limited capacity. Second that anyone’s mental health can suffer depending on what’s going on in their life (which is what the evidence tells us). Thirdly it also considers background factors which can help explain why some people are more vulnerable than others to mental health difficulties. But what I probably like most about it is that it is a hopeful model as it shows that we have the ability to increase our resilience to mental health through reducing stressors in our environment (if possible) and by looking after our mind by using helpful coping strategies. My book focuses on raspberries and increasing jar space. Who’d have thought a jam jar filled with strawberries and raspberries could convey so much meaning! This is just one of the many drawings in my book out this Thursday which aims to help you making looking after you mind an essential and integral part of your life. You can preorder it now via the link in my bio or via any bookshop so you can have it in your hands on release day (and I’ve heard that one or two have already dropped on doorsteps to some early bird orderers!!)

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louder for the people in the back! 🗣

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