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How I’m dealing with emotional whiplash

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This past Sunday was one of the best days I’ve had in a very long time. This Monday was one of the worst.

On Sunday, I conquered one of my major adulthood fears: learning to drive again. I have my driver’s license, but after living in cities without a car for about a decade, I had stopped moving entirely. So this Sunday, I signed up for a driving lesson, and with the help of a professional, I drove for two hours without incident. I’ve rarely been so proud of myself.

After that, my husband and I went to our vaccinated friends’ apartment for a game night and dinner. We came home with that kind of elated exhaustion that comes from good food, good friends, and laughing way too much.

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On Monday morning, returning to work, and more specifically, returning to the news of the chaos in Afghanistan, the devastation of the earthquake in Haiti, and the continued spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, was a slap to the face. I found myself depressed by the tragedies around the world, donating to causes as much as I could, but otherwise feeling helpless.

I know I’m not alone in these feelings, especially after posting on social media about them. It helped to know that others were struggling. It also helped when I gave myself permission to take a break from the news (a hard thing to do, considering my job), go to sleep early and focus on the things I can control. I’m still sad, but I am less overwhelmed by despair and more ready to pitch in to help wherever I can.

If you are looking for ways to help, we’ve rounded up resources here and here.

Today’s back-to-school question: Is it time to give up on homework?

It’s no secret that kids hate homework. And as students grapple with an ongoing pandemic that has had a wide range of mental health impacts, is it time schools start listening to their pleas over workloads?

Mental health experts agree heavy workloads can do more harm than good for students, especially when taking into account the impacts of the pandemic. But they also say the answer may not be to eliminate homework altogether. 

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