An Easy Way Out

We are all looking for a way out of the stress of the pandemic. Here are strategies to help.

Since March 2020 we have all been forced to change in ways that challenge us. We need tools to help us make these changes and help make our lives better.

It’s not burnout. You still have energy. It’s not depression. You don’t feel hopeless. You just feel somewhat joyless and aimless. It’s called languishing -- a sense of stagnation and emptiness. You feel as if you’re muddling through your days, looking at your life through a foggy windshield. It’s likely the dominant emotion of the pandemic. For many years Gitte and Linda have worked with different aspects of people, their brains, how to thrive and continuously learn. They have used techniques, theories, and methods from a lot of different areas in and outside the tech industry. In this talk they will propose "an easy way out"; something you can try in your own home, on your own schedule: expressive writing. This technique has been thoroughly researched since the mid-1980s testing the effect on the body’s response to adversity. It strengthens your immune system's response to infection. It decreases anxiety, lowers your stress hormones. They will explain simple steps to using this strategy and then, to make things interesting, a bit about ritual. Rituals have been part of human culture for tens of thousands of years. New research shows that even if you don't believe in the efficacy of a ritual, it can help you feel measurably better. Languishing + expressive writing + ritual = an easy way out.