URLs of wisdom – resilience and self-care edition – August 2017

URLs of wisdom is a round-up of interesting links about topics at the intersection of people, science and technology. This week is a special instalment of the URLS of wisdom in which I round up some links that explore self-care and the challenges of maintaining resilience in our online interactions.

From social in silico 

It’s been a few weeks since the last URLs of wisdom. Here’s what’s new on the blog since then.


Themed URLs of wisdom

Anxiety, being “always on” and resilience

  • Constant anxiety won’t save the world – on the down-sides of being ever-vigilant of current affairs on social media: “Ultimately, your personal anxiety has no effect on the world around you. Worry is not action, and knowledge, while important, is not action either.”
  • The disease of being busy – One coping strategy when we’re stressed can be to throw ourselves into work, play, or both so that we avoid sitting still. The author asks “When did we forget that we are human beings, not human doings?” and makes a suggestion for how we greet one another to re-connect with how we’re really feeling.
  • The dark side of resilience – While we think resilience is a good trait – too much of it can be detrimental – to ourselves and our relationships. One perspective about its role in the workplace.

Offline self-care

  • Ingratitude lists – Writing gratitude journals have become a popular way to encourage us to look on the bright side and note the abundance in our daily lives. But what about when what we really need is to acknowledge that some things aren’t ok?
  • Reflective self-care – Self-care has become synonymous with long, candlelit bubble baths and manicures – but what if self-care can also be reflective? Plus 4 other tips.

Online behaviour

And a couple of bigger bytes…

  • I’ve started checking out season two of Creating our Own Lives from OnBeing studios. The theme this season is humour as a tool for coping. Where do we find laughter in our lives and what roles does it play?
  • The Berkman Center has just published a series of essays about Perspectives on Harmful Speech Online.

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