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Mental Health Resources for this hard time, and Pausing Publication

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Thank you all for being a part of this incredible community.  We are living in a difficult time, and we are all in this together.

From our Founder, Helenna Santos:

With everything in our world being so uncertain at the moment, we have decided to pause the publication of articles that would have been going out to you all in March and April.

We’ll return with the wonderful new pieces our contributors have written when things settle down a bit. In the meantime there are over 2,000 incredible articles to read on our site if you are looking for a distraction from the news each day.

Also, I recently talked about the fact that I’m doing my best to handle my OCD at this difficult time. While I know that not everyone lives with anxiety, OCD, etc… this is a hightened, unprecedented time for us all, and I wanted to list some mental health resources that are helping me at this time.


“More Than You See”
– mental health resource site/community –

Ms. In The Biz’s own Deborah Lee Smith is the founder of a site and community called “More Than You See“.

Deborah made the site so we “don’t feel alone. Created as a a tool kit to provide you with resources to help you with your mental heath.”

Right now, during this global pandemic, Deborah is doing daily check-ins via the site’s IGTV/instagram live and at 12:30pm PST each day she is doing dance parties. I’ve been joining in and I’ve got to say that I really look forward to the 5 minutes each day to experience a moment of joy and happiness with others all over the globe.


Free meditations from the “Calm” app

Deborah shared this with me recently and I thought it would be really valuable for us all.

If you are new to meditating and/or looking for meditations for this specific time and these circumstances, the “Calm” app has free meditations available HERE.

 

 


“Staying In with Emily & Kumail
-podcast-

You may know Kumail from the show “Silicon Valley” and/or his film “The Big Sick” which he wrote with his wife Emily, and they now have a podcast specifically for dealing with this time we find ourselves in.

I really loved the first episode.

Here’s the description:
“In this podcast — whose profits go to charities helping those affected by Coronavirus — Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani are uniquely qualified to lead you through this forced quarantine situation. They are both writers who work from home. Emily was a therapist and currently is a chronically sick person (see: The Big Sick) who often has to quarantine herself, and Kumail is her main caretaker. Plus, we both just like being at home. Let us advise you on how to stay calm and avoid cabin fever. Let us give you entertainment recommendations. Let us give you constant updates on the squirrel vs. bird war happening right outside our window. Let us not talk about the C word at all. And most of all, let us take all of the proceeds from this podcast and spread it amongst charities that are helping those who are hit hardest by this quarantine.”

CLICK HERE or find it anywhere you listen to podcasts.


I hope you find these resources helpful.

I may be back soon with more, including a Playlist of songs I’m finding to be helpful at this time, but until then…

… myself and the Ms. In The Biz community send you and your love ones all of the best.  We are truly all in this together. 

xoxoxo Helenna
Founder, Ms. In The Biz

Helenna Santos

About Helenna Santos

Helenna Santos is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Ms. In The Biz. She is also an actor and producer with Mighty Pharaoh Films and can often be found on panels at conventions such as San Diego Comic-Con, and has been interviewed by major press outlets including CNN. Her work as a contributing writer has been featured in MovieMaker Magazine, Backstage Magazine, IndieWire and BUST Magazine. She has produced numerous award winning short films, digital series, and feature films. As an actor, she can be seen in CW's "The Flash," as well as ABC's "A Million Little Things" and "The Good Doctor", and the highly anticipated Netflix limited series "The Baby-Sitters Club". Her latest feature film as producer and actress "The Shasta Triangle" is now available via VOD.