Today is World Mental Health Day, an event run by the World Health Organization with the aim of breaking down the stigma of mental health and draw attention to resources and organizations available to help people cope.
Today, the Harvard Business Review published an article outlining five practical strategies to help combat the constant feeling of being overwhelmed.
Rebecca Zucker, writing for HBR (paywall) »
In their book, Immunity to Change, Harvard professors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey discuss how the increase in complexity associated with modern life has left many of us feeling “in over our heads.” When this is the case, the complexity of our world has surpassed our “complexity of mind” or our ability to handle that level of complexity and be effective. This has nothing to do with how smart we are, but with how we make sense of the world and how we operate in it.
Our typical response to ever-growing workloads is to work harder and put in longer hours, rather than to step back and examine what makes us do this and find a new way of operating.
The author proposes some strategies that help »
- Pinpoint the primary source of overwhelm.
- Set boundaries on your time and workload.
- Challenge your perfectionism.
- Outsource or delegate
- Challenge your assumptions.
For a more detailed look at these, read the article at HBR »
Juul is suspending all print, broadcast, and digital advertising of it’s popular e-cigarettes in the USA after coming under increase pressure from legislators and the public after a large number of deaths have reportedly been connected to the ‘safer’ smoking alternative.
However, the company is not offering the same consideration to Canadians. It’s business as usual and there does not appear to be any plans to change strategies.
Pete Evans at the CBC News writes »
“Juul Labs is a global company, and this announcement impacts the U.S. only,” a spokesperson for the company told CBC News on Wednesday.
The company advertises in Canada through various means, and has employed lobbyists to meet with politicians to try to influence policy numerous times in the past year, according to the federal registry of officially recognized lobbyists.
The company did not immediately reply to a request for comment from CBC News as to why it saw fit to change the way it does business in the U.S., but not in Canada. The company did say, however, that it complies with all “Canadian regulations, and the company is intentionally conservative in its flavour selection, expansion and naming, to avoid the risk of youth appeal.”
Read more at the CBC »
U.S. News and World Report has released it’s annual Best Country Rankings.
The overall rankings are made up of nine subrankings:
- Cultural Influence
- Open for Business
- Quality of Life
These are the top 10 overall:
1. 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Overall score 10.0
2. 🇯🇵 Japan – 9.8
3. 🇨🇦 Canada – 9.7
4. 🇩🇪 Germany – 9.6
5. 🇬🇧 United Kingdom – 9.4
6. 🇸🇪 Sweden – 9.3
7. 🇦🇺 Australia – 9.3
8. 🇺🇸 United States – 9.2
9. 🇳🇴 Norway – 8.8
10. 🇫🇷 France – 8.7
11. 🇳🇱 Netherlands – 8.5
12. 🇳🇿 New Zealand – 8.3
13. 🇩🇰 Denmark – 8.2
14. 🇫🇮 Finland – 8.1
15. 🇸🇬 Singapore – 7.7
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