Routine is Key for Mental Health in Limited Social Contact, Self-Isolation or Quarantine

Routine… it has such a bad rap, whether it’s something you “have to” do, or whether it’s the supposed blandness of your life. However, in times of limited social contact, self-isolation, or quarantine for this COVID-19 pandemic, routine is essential to keeping your sanity! It allows you to have something predictable when so much is changing around you, something to look forward to, and especially something to control when so much is outside your control these days.

Obviously, you can’t be having your same routine from before all the changes to minimize Coronavirus spread, like going out, getting a coffee, meeting in large groups, maybe even just sitting down at restaurant with a friend or two. However, what you can do, is create new routines at home. What are you going to do when you get up? How will you cook, or some meal plan? How’s about morning, afternoon, or evening routines? Get some regular practice in for something you didn’t have time for, or as much time for, as now?

If you’re stuck on ideas, experiment! That could be the funnest part of this process. Set some default routine, then try it. Refine it as you go to find the exact details that work for you, then evolve it as you go, so as not to let something settle in long enough to be, well, routine, in that boring sense of the word.

So if you don’t have a routine set in your life already under the new, extenuating circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, or have a routine consciously set, make one! Then share it and see what you can learn from others, and what they could use from yours, to make everyone’s routines better. Maybe even have a little competition to see who can make their routines the most interesting!

Good luck, and stay safe and healthy!

Facebook Newsfeed Needs a Key Words Filter

Facebook Newsfeed allows you to control some content that appear there. Primarily, it allows you to remove or minimize content by a person and/or a source that one or more people on your Newsfeed might share a lot of. However, I’m not finding that enough. Few of my Facebook friends share so much annoying stuff I have Unfollowed them. As for sources of links shared, there are so many few appear often enough for me to do something about it. What I’m finding is that neither serves to suit my needs to just remove stuff I absolutely don’t care to be seeing, like Donald Trump.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the Facebook Newsfeed allowed you to remove content that had certain key words in the title or any text that gets shared? That might not be the main body of an article, as it’s a link that’s shared, with some summary text, not a whole article usually. It also wouldn’t be fair to expect Facebook to know what’s in the article and what’s not by screening text on the other end of the link. I’m just talking about text shared like statuses, text with links, tags, embedded tags like in pictures, etc.

Word screening could be full words, but that would eventually work against the user, I think. It’d have to be some combination like “Donald+Trump” as a rule, not just “Donald” or “Trump”. If just either one, you could eliminate a whole bunch of content you might want to see. That accidental screening would be the main deterrent to people using the key word filter, or Facebook to administer it. I get that. However, let people use it at their own risk. It’s search engine results for stuff people aren’t even looking for! It’s not like guns and alcohol and cigarettes that carry a lot more risk which people are allowed to use all the time!

Man, what I wouldn’t give to screen out content on my Newsfeed like “Donald Trump” and the “Film Tax” given all the nonsense involved in it that appear on my Newsfeed!

C’mon man! Whaddaya say, Facebook?

Alice in Wonderland Animals and Backgrounds iPad Wallpapers

Below are some Alice in Wonderland movie wallpapers for the iPad, . These only include the animals, though, to keep galleries manageable for the small screen iPad.

Please click here for the Alice in Wonderland iPad wallpapers with human characters.

Please click here for other Alice in Wonderland wallpapers for desktop and laptop monitors, along with other themes on this site.

Please click here for some free printable Alice in Wonderland pictures, postcards and posters on this site.

I hope you enjoy these iPad wallpapers!

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Embrace the Improv Mantra for a Better World

The best improvisation (improv) actors and actresses, like Canadian Mike Myers, but especially those in theater games, will tell you that it’s simple in a philosophical sense. You only had one rule and that rule was also the key to success.

You can’t deny another person’s reality, you can only build on it.

Mike Myers

Mike Myers

That is, whatever someone said or did, you have to accept it and build on it, not contradict it because it stops everything in its tracks. However, I would be willing to bet main reason most people have trouble doing improv is that it’s more natural for them to contradict than to accept. Most times we don’t get something, we stop to clarify if we say anything at all. Most times we don’t agree, we stop to assert ourselves if we say anything at all, which you have to in improv to avoid one person dominating the act. It’s just hard for a lot of us to obey that rule because contradiction is done so commonly these days that it is second nature to us, if not always but maybe not ever to the same extent today given people are given voice on so many medium. You have to act to act right, basically, and that acting to be something rather than believing it it so you do it second nature will give you away as a fraud or bad actor to an audience.

Not being well versed in improv theatre, when I heard Mike Mayers say the improv mantra on the Bravo channel a few Sundays ago during an episode of Inside the Actor’s Studio, I was blown away and thought wouldn’t that be a nice thing to embrace more often?

I didn’t think it was something to do all the time like the mantra. I love debate, but I also believe in giving things a chance and opening one’s mind, and this definitely allows that if I only would embrace it more often… as well as others around me.

Emily Levine

Emily Levine

Coincidentally, four days later, on TED.com, my favourite learning source these days, the video below was put up. It was of humorist, writer and trickster Emily Levine talking about a lot of things in her Theory of Everything, “intelligent comedy” format style. In this superbly philosophical and hilarious talk, she philosophized a thought similar to mine of said improv mantra being a great ethic for a society.

How these things played into my mind, I don’t know, but last week, I came up with the idea to try acting classes as my new thing to try this year. I looked up local acting classes and found one, Intro to Theatre Acting, which is improv style stuff, not scripted acting like on film.  Fortunately for me, it started yesterday so I didn’t have to wait long to get into things before my enthusiasm might have faded.

Then I came home and saw that WordPress.com came out with a great announcement of how to embed TED videos into your post easily. Thanks, WordPress folks, and keep up the phenomenal work! This TED news to WP was the trifecta of the perfect storm for me to create this post and share this very thought provoking and gut choking talk so I hope you will have a look, listen and enjoy.

Be warned, though! I’ve told you. This is intelligent humour! If you don’t think it’s funny, either check your intelligence, anatomy for a humour bone or both!

Check the TED.com category on my blog for other posts where I’ve shared my favourite TED videos with some blog material. Otherwise, see my full collection of TED videos I liked enough to share on my Vodspot vlog. Or just see what I’ve viewed recently (and others through this blog) via the Vodspot plugin WordPress allows at right.

Can you tell I LOVE TED? 🙂