TheVoiceOfJoyce The Mighty. All about preserving your mental health during these stressful times. Scroll through, the information may apply to you or a loved one! The heart and pulse of “we the People “.

Have you been able to watch movies and TV shows about the pandemic?

Is COVID-related entertainment comforting or a little too on the nose? Brittany and Sarah discuss. Plus, we have a story for anyone triggered by last week’s news, and one that will hopefully make you feel better if you’re the “flaky” friend.

What we’re thinking about today:

BRITTANY MCCOYASSOCIATE EDITOR, THE MIGHTYI have such a love-hate relationship with reality TV that mentions COVID-19. It’s cool to see all the changes made, but I use reality TV to escape from reality. It’s bizarre how quickly the media has shifted.

SARAH SCHUSTEREDITORIAL DIRECTOR, THE MIGHTYI thought maybe I was ready to watch things about the pandemic, but I’m not at all. Whenever I see someone wearing a mask, I’m like, nope, too real. Going to watch “The Office” again

BRITTANYIt’s hard to feel like we’re all in this together when you see celebrities on “Say Yes to The Dress” and “Real Housewives” continuing on with their lives and events, just with a mask. My comfort shows no longer bring comfort.

SARAHMaybe someone needs to tell Hollywood it’s too soon. We watch the news to stay informed, but we all need some distractions too.

What we’re reading today:Made us think:
Triggered by the Insurrection? You’re Not Alone. – As a Black American, the insurrection wasn’t just a bad day. It was traumatic in its own right. I haven’t spoken to many people about my feelings, so seeing this article and that someone feels the same way makes me feel less alone.

Super relatable:
To the Friend Who’s Flaky Because of Their Mental Health – I used to take flaking personally, until I was the one who had to do the flaking. 2020 was hard and 2021 is a lot so far. Sometimes excursions and friends don’t help. We just need to stay at home and nap.

Helpful info:
10 Ways to Track Everything You Should Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines – While vaccine news is typically good news (is that a light at the end of the tunnel I see?) there’s still a lot of misinformation out there. This piece will help you get your facts straight.

What we’re going to today:📌 “Maintaining Self-Care While Seeing Harmful New Year’s Resolutions”
Today @ 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET

Join professional chef and mental advocate Monika Sudakov as she discusses with NEDA’s Communication Manager, Chelsea Kronengold how to maintain self-care while seeing the harmful weight and food-related rhetoric as people share their New Year’s “resolutions.”

Watch on our Mental Health Facebook Page.

📌“Setting Social Media Boundaries”
Today @  2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET

With political times so fraught, learning how to set boundaries on the often-triggering content on social media is essential for self-care. Join Mighty Community Leader & Contributor Leslie A. Zukor as she unpacks why social media can be so addicting and what to do about it.

RSVP here to join this event.

📌“Chronic Illness Support Group”
Today @  4:30 p.m. PT7:30 p.m. ET

If you are someone who has a chronic illness/health condition, this is the group for you. Here you can connect with others who have gone through or are currently facing daily challenges due to a chronic condition. You can share what’s going on in your life, listen to others, and ask for support as well as advice. Led by Stella Russotti.

RSVP here to join this event.

What our community is talking about today:Brag time! We want to know about your proudest accomplishments, and feel free to hype up other Mighties in the comments, too.

👉Join the conversation here.

What we’re trying today:I’m preparing for the busiest two months of my life. In preparation for it, I’m being honest with myself. I too often put too much pressure on myself to be independent, but it’s simply impossible to do it all by myself. I’m looking at my strengths and areas of opportunity, seeing what I won’t realistically be able to do (cooking, primarily) and trying to find solutions. By being honest with myself, I’m setting myself (and others) up for success way more than I was before when I was trying to do it all.

How can you set yourself up for success more?
👉Post a thought with the hashtag #TheMightyLife or answer Brittany directly here.

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