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To make life a little easier, we are happy to host your website on our servers, so you don't have to hunt down a separate hosting service. If you have updates that need to be applied to your website, we will handle the heavy lifting for you. We even implement security measures to prevent hackers from accessing your data.

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Here's a fact you might not know - Google controls more about 71% of the search engine market. If you want customers to find your business online, you need to show up in Google searches. As part of a comprehensive digital marketing strategy in Cope available from Mr. Marketing, Google Ads can be an excellent wayfor new clients to discover your business both on mobile devices and on desktops. Much like online reviews, however, managing a Google Ads campaign can be burdensome and time consuming for busy entrepreneurs. Our team will work closely with you to figure out the best ways to use Google Ads to your businesses advantage so that you can focus on day-to-day tasks while we grow your presence online.

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Amid high heat, UCLA and USC kick off football season

Thousands of fans will go to the Rose Bowl and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Saturday as UCLA and USC begin their football seasons. Officials at both stadiums are making changes to help attendees cope with the scorching heat wave that has been over the Southland, anticipated to bake both venues.UCLA will kick off its season at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, as the Bruins take on Bowling Green at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. USC's season-opener against Rice is set for 3 p.m. at the Coliseum."As a legacy to my parents, we've held season...

Thousands of fans will go to the Rose Bowl and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Saturday as UCLA and USC begin their football seasons. Officials at both stadiums are making changes to help attendees cope with the scorching heat wave that has been over the Southland, anticipated to bake both venues.

UCLA will kick off its season at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, as the Bruins take on Bowling Green at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. USC's season-opener against Rice is set for 3 p.m. at the Coliseum.

"As a legacy to my parents, we've held season tickets here for 34 years," said Rick, a UCLA fan who got to Pasadena at 3:30 a.m. to set up his tent with his family. "It will be a lot of fun. We have waters and beverages."

Temperatures are likely to be in or near the triple-digits in both venues due to a heat wave expected to linger through the Labor Day weekend.

As a result, fans at both stadiums will be met with relaxed restrictions on water bottles and extra hydration stations.

At the Rose Bowl, fans will be permitted to bring factory-sealed water bottles up to 32 ounces into the stadium. Non-glass, empty beverage containers up to 32 ounces will also be permitted, and they can be filled at "Water Monster" stations near Tunnels 23A, 28A and 11.

Officials noted that water fountains are also located outside concourse restrooms, and misting systems will be operating at all of them. Additional tents with misters, fans and shade will be placed near Tunnels 28A and 23A, and at Gates C and D.

Fans waiting to get into the stadium before the game will be able to visit air-conditioned "cooling buses" located outside Gates B and D beginning at 10 a.m. Once fans enter the stadium, they can access one of the buses by going to the Public Safety Building near Tunnel 28.

Samples of hydrating "liquid I.V." will be available at Gates A and N.

The Bruins stormed to a 45-17 victory over Bowling Green State University.

At the Coliseum, the stadium is lifting its restrictions on water carried into the venue. Fans can bring an unlimited number of clear water bottles up to 20 ounces. Empty refillable water bottles are also permitted. Free water cups will also be offered at all concession stands.

Officials urged fans to drink plenty of water and limit consumption of alcohol, coffee and soft drinks. Fans were also advised to wear light- colored and lightweight clothing, take frequent shade breaks and notify an attendant immediately if they develop any symptoms of heat illness.

"It's too hot out here," said one USC fan bearing the extreme heat, one of the many doing their best to "Fight On" - as the Trojans motto states. "But, we're having fun. Just hydrate; I got a beer right here and a water right here. One and one, you have to."

According to USC, cooling fans will be operating at all entrance gates. A shade tent with seating will be available at First Aid Gate 1, with additional shaded areas at the Heritage Concourse on Level 1, and at Olympic Plaza. Bags of ice will also be available at Gates 1, 11 and 23 and at Concourse 17.

Trojans fans were more than okay with braving the sweltering heat to see the debut of the Lincoln Riley era.

"Lincoln Riley, it's SC - it's a new era!" said another woman more than willing to suffer through the sweltering heat to watch the Trojans. "So you have to come, you can't miss this now. The heat's not stopping us."

USC started their new era with a dominant victory over Rice University, 66-14.

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Helping Ukrainian Children Find a Safe Place

A new mobile game aims to bolster the mental health of children of war.. By Louis Weinstock, M.A., M.Sc.Ukrainian children are living a horrible reality. As I write, the Russo-Ukrainian war that originally began in 2014 is six months into an extreme escalation after Russia’s invasion into Ukraine in February 2022. Most of the nation’s children have been displaced: More than 1.8 million children have become international refugees, and another 2.5 million have been displaced inside Ukraine.M...

A new mobile game aims to bolster the mental health of children of war..

By Louis Weinstock, M.A., M.Sc.

Ukrainian children are living a horrible reality. As I write, the Russo-Ukrainian war that originally began in 2014 is six months into an extreme escalation after Russia’s invasion into Ukraine in February 2022. Most of the nation’s children have been displaced: More than 1.8 million children have become international refugees, and another 2.5 million have been displaced inside Ukraine.

Mental health researchers have found that “Among the consequences of war, the impact on the mental health of the civilian population is one of the most significant.” And researchers have found that this impact may be particularly detrimental to children, both in the acute phase of war and for the rest of their lives. Unicef, in its “State of the World’s Children” report in 2005, stated that repercussions can include isolation and family breakdown as well as vulnerability to malnutrition, illness, sexual violence, and other traumatic events. It notes that “A family life constitutes one of a child’s fundamental rights. War has no respect for this.”

Research such as The Longitudinal Study of War-Affected Youth has investigated the long-term mental health effects of childhood experiences such as war, and the consensus is clear: Children living through a war face both sudden and protracted trauma and, as a result, are more likely to experience mental health disorders (including anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, dissociative disorders, behavioral disorders, and substance abuse) than children who have not. These disorders are, as one report puts it, normal reactions to abnormal events, and can be immediate stress responses but can also persist after the violence has stopped.

A World Vision report released in August 2022 found that the main concern of displaced Ukrainian parents for their children is their mental health. They face challenges accessing in-person mental health services, however. There are not enough services available to meet the scale of this problem, and the nature of displaced people’s lives means that they may not be able to reach resources or to stay in one place for an extended period.

I’m a psychotherapist specialising in the treatment of young people experiencing grief. I’m also a writer, social entrepreneur, and creator of the charity Apart of Me, whose app has been helping children cope with grief for years. Given the unique challenges children experience in war, I sought the help of Larisa Rybyk, president of the Ukraine Psychology Association, to develop an evidence-based digital tool that enables parents and carers to work with children in war to process trauma and strengthen their resilience.

Our research has included interviews with Ukrainian mothers and with adults who grew up in war zones, as well as reviews of psychological and psychosocial studies for evidence of children's most important needs, allowing us formulate a plan to address them. We determined that two factors have the most bearing on successful interventions: the strength of the relationship between the adult and the child and the capacity of the adult to offer the child hope and guidance through the emotionally challenging experience of living through war.

“A Safer Place” is the result: a mobile game for children 5-11 years old and their carers, which will be free for them to download in the Google Play and Apple App Stores. It offers an engaging forest world in which they work together along a narrative and strengthen their relationship, building psychological resources with which to navigate the real world. The game has been tested with our Ukrainian partners.

The design philosophy is based upon the core belief that digital tools work best when they help build more healing relationships in the real world. And so, A Safer Place sets exercises that are done together off-screen; the players report back to see and to be encouraged by their progress.

The tool is not only based on research but facilitates play, which signals safety to the nervous system. It is centered on the proven power of parent-child co-regulation and acknowledgement that humans are social creatures who need other to help regulate the nervous system and feel safe. It also incorporates knowledge that using stories can make it easier to talk about, and work through, difficult issues, especially for children.

I don’t have the power to stop war, or to turn back time—but my goal is to help millions of children and the adults who love them find some light, healing, and hope in troubling times. You can find more information here.

Louis Weinstock, M.A., M.Sc., is a child and family psychotherapist with more than 20 years’ experience. He is the author of How the World Is Making Our Children Mad and What to Do About It, the co-author with his wife of The Inner Beauty Bible: Mindful Rituals to Nourish Your Soul, the founder of charity Apart of Me, and the creator of A Safer Place, a mobile game to help children and their parents and carers who are experiencing trauma and loss during the war in Ukraine.

Gas Prices Fall, But Not Enough to Lure Drivers Back to the Pump

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 8, 2022)—Despite steadily falling gas prices during the peak of the summer driving season, fewer drivers fueled up last week. It’s another sign that, for now, Americans are changing their driving habits to cope with higher pump prices. Meanwhile, the cost of oil has edged lower on fears of economic slowdowns elsewhere around the globe. Because of these factors, the national average for a gallon of gas fell to $4.05.“Oil is the primary ingredient in gasoline, so less expensive oil is helpful i...

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 8, 2022)—Despite steadily falling gas prices during the peak of the summer driving season, fewer drivers fueled up last week. It’s another sign that, for now, Americans are changing their driving habits to cope with higher pump prices. Meanwhile, the cost of oil has edged lower on fears of economic slowdowns elsewhere around the globe. Because of these factors, the national average for a gallon of gas fell to $4.05.

“Oil is the primary ingredient in gasoline, so less expensive oil is helpful in taming pump prices,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. “Couple that with fewer drivers fueling up, and you have a recipe for gas prices to keep easing. It’s possible that the national average will fall below $4 this week.”

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand dropped from 9.25 million b/d to 8.54 million b/d last week. The rate is 1.24 million b/d lower than last year and is in line with the need at the end of July 2020, when COVID-19 restrictions were in place and fewer drivers hit the road. Moreover, according to the EIA, the total domestic gasoline supply rose slightly by 200,000 bbl to 225.3 million bbl. If gas demand remains low and the supply continues to increase alongside falling oil prices, drivers will likely continue to see pump prices drop.

AAA finds that drivers made significant changes to cope with high pump prices. In a new survey, almost two-thirds of U.S. adults have changed their driving habits or lifestyle since March. Drivers’ top two changes to offset high gas prices are driving less and combining errands.

Today’s national average of $4.05 is 67 cents less than a month ago and 87 cents more than a year ago.

Quick Stats

The nation’s top 10 largest weekly decreases: Washington, D.C. (−28 cents), Colorado (−23 cents), Arizona (−21 cents), Illinois (−21 cents), Indiana (−21 cents), Iowa (−20 cents), Ohio (−20 cents), Michigan (−19 cents), Missouri (−18 cents) and Minnesota (−18 cents).

The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets: Texas ($3.55), South Carolina ($3.59), Oklahoma ($3.60), Arkansas ($3.60), Georgia ($3.61), Tennessee ($3.62), Mississippi ($3.62), Alabama ($3.64), Kansas ($3.66) and Iowa ($3.66).

Oil Market Dynamics

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session, WTI increased by 47 cents to settle at $89.01. Although crude prices made slight gains on Friday due to a strong U.S. jobs report for July, they saw significant declines throughout the week as a result of continuing market concern that demand will decline if economic growth stalls or reverses course. Prices have not been this low since mid-February 2022—before Russia invaded Ukraine. Additionally, EIA reported that total domestic crude supply increased by 4.5 million bbl to 426.6 million bbl. The sharp inventory increase, during the usually high-demand summer driving season, signals low demand could continue pushing prices lower. For this week, crude prices could continue to decline if demand concerns persist.

Drivers can find current gas prices along their route using the AAA TripTik Travel planner.

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Media View: Expert insight on Forest

AFC Bournemouth will be hoping to build on their midweek draw against Wolves when they visit Premier League rivals Nottingham Forest on Saturday (3pm kick-off).The Cherries added to their opening-day victory against Aston Villa and ended a run of three successive defeats to make it four points from five games.Forest, promoted via the Championship play-offs last season, have also taken four points from their first five games and are one place above the Cherries in 15th.Goals from Fabian Schar and Callum Wilson ...

AFC Bournemouth will be hoping to build on their midweek draw against Wolves when they visit Premier League rivals Nottingham Forest on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The Cherries added to their opening-day victory against Aston Villa and ended a run of three successive defeats to make it four points from five games.

Forest, promoted via the Championship play-offs last season, have also taken four points from their first five games and are one place above the Cherries in 15th.

Goals from Fabian Schar and Callum Wilson condemned them to a 2-0 defeat at Newcastle before Taiwo Awoniyi’s effort earned them a 1-0 win against West Ham at the City Ground.

Brennan Johnson’s 81st-minute goal looked to have secured them three points at Everton, only for Demarai Gray to level for the Toffees two minutes from time.

Former Cherries striker Sam Surridge netted twice in their Carabao Cup win at Grimsby before Forest suffered back-to-back defeats against Tottenham and Manchester City.

Ahead of Saturday’s clash, afcb.co.uk caught up with Sarah Clapson who covers the fortunes of Forest for the Nottingham Post and Nottinghamshire Live.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST PROFILE

Founded: 1865

Ground: City Ground

Nickname: Forest, Tricky Trees, Reds

Record appearances: Bob McKinlay – 692 games (1951-1969)

Record goalscorer: Grenville Morris – 217 goals in 460 games

Head coach: Steve Cooper (appointed September 2021)

Captain: Joe Worrall (pictured below)

League position: 15th

Leading goalscorer in Premier League: Brennan Johnson and Taiwo Awoniyi (one)

Last game: Manchester City 6-0 Nottingham Forest (Premier League)

afcb.co.uk: Give us a brief summary of Forest’s start to the season?

SC: Overall, most fans and probably the club, are quite happy and positive with the first few games.

There have been a couple of eye-openers. They were caught out a bit in the first game against Newcastle. Tottenham and Manchester City, again a bit of an eye-opener.

But the game against Everton and how they played against Spurs, there’s a lot to be encouraged by and a lot to be positive about.

Forest will really be able to see where they are after the next block of games. I don’t think you can judge too much on the past couple of games.

There has been plenty to build on, plenty to work with and a fair bit to be positive about.

afcb.co.uk: Who’s the pick of their new signings?

SC: A tough one! They have made some really good additions.

Neco Williams (pictured above) has stood out so far and seems to have slotted in well.

He was always going to be filling big boots in terms of Djed Spence who was so good last season and made a really big impact.

So whoever came in had big shoes to fill but he’s more than done that.

He looks a really good addition and looks like he’s been at the club for longer than he has.

He’s made a good impact in games and even against Manchester City he did pretty well considering who he was playing against.

I thought he was the pick of the Forest players. He looks like he can cause problems, he looks like he’s going to get forward and try to make things happen. He’s someone with a lot of potential.

afcb.co.uk: Who is their one to watch?

SC: Morgan Gibbs-White (pictured above).

He came in with a big price tag, a club record deal and there’s a fair bit of expectation on him. He’s done well.

He’s looked like he can be a really good player, someone who will eventually be good value for money.

He doesn’t seem to be fazed by the price tag or any kind of fuss around him.

He’s just got on with the job, he’s looked bright and lively and looks like he can add something different.

Once he gets going, once he gets settled, I think he can be a real threat in games and cause teams problems.

afcb.co.uk: How would you sum up Steve Cooper’s first year in charge?

SC: Excellent. I don’t think you can say enough good things about him.

He’s been terrific and has transformed the club, not just with results and getting them back to the Premier League but the connection between the club as a whole, the players and the fans.

It’s just completely different to where Forest were 12 months ago.

He’s had a massive impact and, whatever happens this season, to be the man who got Forest back into the Premier League after so long, it was just an incredible achievement.

But even the step up to the Premier League, he looks like he’s somebody who can handle and cope with that.

Forest don’t just want to survive at this level, they want to thrive. I know that’s a big ask but he’s really taken to it well.

His man-management is terrific. He’s got to pick up the players after losing 6-0 to Manchester City and that’s one of his strengths.

He gets the best out of the players and brings on young players. He’s been a fantastic choice.

He gets what Forest is all about, he has embraced the history and the challenge. The fans love him and quite rightly so.

afcb.co.uk: Are any key players either injured or suspended against the Cherries?

SC: Moussa Niakhate, Orel Mangala (both hamstring) and Omar Richards (hairline fracture of the leg) are all out injured.

afcb.co.uk: Which Forest player would you recommend for FPL?

SC: Brennan Johnson (pictured above). A player with a bright future and a real up and coming talent.

He’s taken a little while to get going this season but once he gets going, I’m sure he’s going to thrive in the Premier League.

He’s certainly got the talent and ability.

afcb.co.uk: How do you see the game panning out and what’s your score prediction?

SC: Forest are going to want a response after Wednesday.

Having spoken to Steve Cooper after the game, he said they were as motivated as ever.

They want to get back on the pitch straight away and show what they are about and what they can do.

They didn’t show the best version of themselves at the Etihad and they will be eager to do that at home.

They are a real threat and a danger with the crowd behind them.

They like to get on the front foot, they like to get forward and they’ve got so much attacking talent.

I’ll go for a 3-0 win to Forest.

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Therapy and treatments available for PTSD

Greenville, S.C. (WSPA)– According to the National Center for PTSD, about 3 in every 50 Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder at some point in their lives.As part of our “Ask the Expert”, in partnership with Bon Secours St. Francis, 7NEWS Anchor Taylor Murray spoke with a psychiatrist about trauma-focused therapy and treatments that can help relieve symptoms....

Greenville, S.C. (WSPA)– According to the National Center for PTSD, about 3 in every 50 Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder at some point in their lives.

As part of our “Ask the Expert”, in partnership with Bon Secours St. Francis, 7NEWS Anchor Taylor Murray spoke with a psychiatrist about trauma-focused therapy and treatments that can help relieve symptoms.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.

Dr. Carson Felkel, a psychiatrist, says anyone can develop PTSD at any age.

“The trauma can really affect the brain and everyone’s a little bit different.”

Dr. Carson Felkel, Psychiatrist, Bon Secours St. Francis

This includes war veterans, children, and people who have been through abuse, an assault, or any other traumatic event.

“In general people develop a negative mood, maybe irritability or being more withdrawn, and then there’s also a lot of sleep disturbances. People develop nightmares and then, during the day, they may have flashbacks or hyper-vigilance,” Dr. Felkel said.

Therapy is the mainstay of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

“We used to think that PTSD was more of a stressor or an anxiety disorder. It is a trauma based disorder, so you need to have trauma informed therapies to treat it. There’s specific types of psychotherapy that treat it well.”

Dr. Carson Felkel, Psychiatrist, Bon Secours St. Francis

Dr. Felkel says the type of therapy given to someone struggling with PTSD is important in order to effectively control symptoms

“Those types of therapies would be cognitive processing therapy, EMDR, or prolonged exposure therapy,” Dr. Felkel said.

Medications can also be prescribed to treat PTSD.

“We have really good medicines to treat PTSD, but given that it’s a trauma-based injury, you do need specific medicines, sometimes, these are the same medicines that treat depression and anxiety,” Dr. Felkel said.

Dr. Felkel says the goal is to get the patient into remission so they can live a happy and healthy life.

“In order to cope and process memories, you must receive treatment. It is super important to talk to someone about your PTSD symptoms. Please talk to your primary care provider, a therapist, psychiatrist, or a friend about the trauma you’ve experienced,” Dr. Felkel said.

Dr. Felkel says avoiding post-traumatic stress disorder can often lead to alcohol and/or substance abuse.

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Aging for Amateurs: Lu?ng sails and stalled lives miss the dynamic of old age

Soon after I moved to Charleston in 1969, I went in with a Navy pal on a used Sunfish, a basic, spartan sailboat with a single sail.I was a total neophyte but John had grown up sailing on Long Island Sound and he loved the sport. He shared the love and he taught the principles, the techniques and the salty lingo that bonded me to that little Sunfish.One sailing term I haven’t forgotten is “lu?ng.” When the wind dies, or I’m heading directly into the wind, the sail just flaps, limply and uselessly —...

Soon after I moved to Charleston in 1969, I went in with a Navy pal on a used Sunfish, a basic, spartan sailboat with a single sail.

I was a total neophyte but John had grown up sailing on Long Island Sound and he loved the sport. He shared the love and he taught the principles, the techniques and the salty lingo that bonded me to that little Sunfish.

One sailing term I haven’t forgotten is “lu?ng.” When the wind dies, or I’m heading directly into the wind, the sail just flaps, limply and uselessly — “lu?s” — and boat and sailor are dead in the water.

What brings up “lu?ng” in a column about getting old? I think you know already. Where is the older person who hasn’t felt the wind give out, their sail gone limp, he or she left just lu?ng, all momentum gone? Like the old Pete Seeger song, “My get up and go has got up and went.”

Last April a man I’ve respected for years, a short time into retirement, said this: “I just feel sidelined. I ran that business, led in the church, taught courses — now I’m not doing any of that. It’s hard even to get out of bed in the morning.” And in July, a woman made the saddening remark, “I feel like life is passing me by.” When asked “how’s it going?” one older guy replied “Running on fumes, running on fumes.”

Out of gas. The combustion engine’s equivalent to lu?ng.

Malaise? Is that the word? Every word or metaphor we use to describe the feeling touches a di?erent aspect: sidelined, passing me by, out of touch, in the doldrums, just plain stuck in the mud. They all mean we’re lu?ng.

In that surprisingly insightful diagnostic scheme from the Middle Ages known as the “seven deadly sins,” this condition falls square in the dismal sump called “acedia.” The Latin word is hard to translate exactly. Almost any of the words used above could work; the usual English translation is “apathy.” Empty, don’t care any more. Acedia may be the besetting sin of later adulthood.

Sin? Come on, isn’t that a bit harsh? Like blaming the victim? Not at all. If we can get past the common mistake of moralizing “sin,” applying it judgmentally to those naughty or even despicable things people do that break the rules, we might get it that sin is closer to the core than exterior acts.

Sin is whatever I allow to shut me o? from the source of life and love, self-giving and fulfillment — from the power source, as the wind is the power source for a sailboat. Kierkegaard put it this way: “The only real sin is the continued refusal to be our real self.” Acedia (apathy or boredom) causes that to happen — refusal to be our real self, live our real life. And that’s serious.

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A sailor knows that besides the wind falling o?, the other thing that causes the sail to lu? is steering too directly into the wind. Keep to that head-on tack and your sail can’t catch the wind. Which suggests another reason our lives lu?: sometimes the old-age stu? we’re having to deal with is coming at us so directly, so head-on, we feel overwhelmed and paralyzed. We can’t cope so we shut down. The result is the same: our momentum is checked, we’re stuck. The wind is useless to us without a course change.

Acedia or apathy is only one of the personal blockages that separate a person from the power source, but it looms large for people in my age group, including me. The sin of acedia is not a matter of guilt: it is a matter of depletion. The dynamic is not transgression but exhaustion. To change the metaphor, we’re not infracting a rule and drawing a penalty: we’re just failing to get a first down.

There is another reason to think of acedia (apathy, depletion, boredom) as sin. It keeps us from self-pity. Placing our lethargy or depletion under the heading of sin is the opposite of a “there, there” consolation for feeling pitiful: it’s a wake-up call! It nails us, it’s a sharp warning to WAKE UP and make a necessary change before it’s too late. We’ve got a final reach to sail!

Periods of emptiness or exhaustion — acedia — warn us of the danger of self-loss. In fact, they jolt us to attention in our sometimes heroic struggle, as older adults, to survive as persons. When we were younger we may have found ways to cover up, even from ourselves, the shame of self-loss: by fitting in, doing what was expected, projecting a successful appearance. Acedia is not public disgrace but inward hollowness. When the cover of our public life has shrunk in our older age, as it normally does, it’s harder to fool ourselves.

Because the torpor of acedia does in fact signal the danger of self-loss, it’s imperative that we pay attention to ourselves when it descends on us. The resigned sigh of apathy can become like a wasting disease.

The only real antidote to the poison of self-loss is strong love — eros, passion. It takes loving to make a healthy self. The German poet Rilke says why: because love “is a high inducement for the individual to ripen, to become something in himself, to become a world, to become a world in himself for the sake of another, it is a great, demanding claim, something that chooses him and calls him to vast distances.” There’s the wind filling the sail!

If we are going to flourish in old age, we’ve got to find ways to tap into what we love. For some lucky ones who have family close by, it could be grandparenting. For those who live alone or with family far away but who still are drawn to children, there are children around you who need loving, tutoring, mentoring. Adopt a grandchild! Some in our 70s or 80s discover a passion for nature — gardening or wilderness — and wake up to a calling to help save the natural world from careless destruction. For some, painting or photography — or sailing — shows them a new way to relate to the world. Others find the refresh key in their longtime relationship with their partner.

In the “I-thou” relationship of loving, there are many ways to discover the “thou” that enlivens my “I” and puts wind in my sail. The wind is blowing across the water. I will trim my sail to catch it. Instead of lu?ng on the surface, I want to experience life as unfathomable grace.

Greystar Hires Cope Willis as Managing Director, Sustainability

CHARLESTON, S.C., June 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC ("Greystar"), a global leader in the investment, development, and management of high-quality rental housing properties, today announced that Cope Willis has joined the company as Managing Director of Sustainability to support Greystar's sustainability and broader Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) efforts.Willis's 20 years of sustainability and ESG experience includes working with senior leaders to advance business and sustainability ...

CHARLESTON, S.C., June 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC ("Greystar"), a global leader in the investment, development, and management of high-quality rental housing properties, today announced that Cope Willis has joined the company as Managing Director of Sustainability to support Greystar's sustainability and broader Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) efforts.

Willis's 20 years of sustainability and ESG experience includes working with senior leaders to advance business and sustainability goals, managing cross-functional teams, and aligning organizations around sustainability strategies. He will be responsible for leading both the strategy and execution of Greystar's global climate and sustainability efforts with respect to the owned asset portfolio, representing over $50 billion in asset value.

"Sustainability is at the heart of all future-proofed real estate strategies," said Bob Faith, CEO, Greystar. "We are excited to welcome Cope as our new sustainability leader as his extensive industry experience and ability to harmonize business and sustainability goals will continue to help Greystar strive to be a leader in ESG performance. This is in line with Greystar's ongoing commitment to managing a changing climate by implementing robust climate risk mitigation and sustainability programs."

Prior to joining Greystar, Willis was Vice President, Sustainability & Environmental Solutions at Harsco Corporation, where he led the global sustainability program and ESG integration across key corporate and business unit functions. Before that, he was Director of Sustainability Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he advised some of the largest global real estate, private equity, and financial services companies.

"Greystar is a global leader that realizes its impact in the broader industry landscape, and ESG is a top priority for the company," said Willis. "Greystar consistently seeks ways to minimize its environmental impacts and has recognized that ESG is central to all its stakeholders from investors to residents. I am thrilled to bring my experience in building strong sustainability programs and strategies to Greystar and look forward to driving the next phase of the company's leadership and innovation in ESG practices across the industry."

Willis holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Willis is a member of Real Estate Roundtable, Urban Land Institute, U.S. Green Building Council, and American Iron & Steel Institute Sustainability Committee.

About Greystar

Greystar is a leading, fully integrated real estate company offering expertise in investment management, development, and management of rental housing properties globally. Headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, Greystar manages and operates over $221 billion of real estate in 224 markets globally including offices throughout North America, Europe, South America, and the Asia-Pacific region. Greystar is the largest operator of apartments in the United States, manages over 768,000 units/beds, and has a robust institutional investment management platform with more than $58.2 billion of assets under management, including over $24 billion of development assets. Greystar was founded by Bob Faith in 1993 with the intent to become a provider of world-class service in the rental residential real estate business. To learn more, visit www.greystar.com.

SOURCE Greystar

Useful Psychological Tips To Help You Overcome Mental Health Issues

Mental illness is a serious concern in the United States and around the world. This article provides tips for getting additional support which can help those who are finding it hard to cope with mental and emotional issues.Common Types Of Mental IllnessesMental health issues can be difficult to overcome, but there are many helpful psychological tips that can help. Here are some common types of mental illnesses and their symptoms:Different Types Of TreatmentsThere are many different types of treatments that can...

Mental illness is a serious concern in the United States and around the world. This article provides tips for getting additional support which can help those who are finding it hard to cope with mental and emotional issues.

Common Types Of Mental Illnesses

Mental health issues can be difficult to overcome, but there are many helpful psychological tips that can help. Here are some common types of mental illnesses and their symptoms:

Different Types Of Treatments

There are many different types of treatments that can be used to help people overcome mental health issues. Some treatments can be more effective than others, but all of them have their own benefits and drawbacks.

Below is a list of some of the most common treatments for mental health issues:

Mental health clinics and other healthcare services are an important part of the mental health system. Furthermore, mental health clinics provide many different treatments for a range of mental health issues, including psychotherapy and medication. They also offer workshops and counselling to help patients deal with psychological symptoms.

One of the most common types of treatment for mental health issues is therapy. This include psychotherapy, medications, and self-help strategies. Different therapy may be more or less effective for different people, so it is important to speak with a doctor or therapist about which one is best for you.

Meditation has been shown to be helpful for reducing stress and anxiety. It can also improve mood and cognitive function.

Exercise has been shown to be beneficial for reducing stress and improving mood and cognitive function.

Social support is important for helping people with mental health issues feel supported and connected. People who are feeling isolated or stressed are more likely to experience problems with their mental health. It is important to have a strong network of friends and family members who can provide support when needed.

Self-help groups are an important source of support for people with mental illness. These groups can help patients gain new skills and make changes in their lives, such as learning to cope better or improving the way they handle stressful events.

Coping With Mental Illness

Coping with mental illness can be difficult, but there are some psychological tips that can help. Here are a few:

1. Talk about your feelings. It’s important to talk about your feelings with someone you trust. This can help you process them and make progress.

2. Get plenty of exercise. Exercise can help reduce stress and improve moods. It also has a positive effect on mental health, as it releases endorphins, which have calming effects on the brain.

3. Practice mindfulness or meditation. Mindfulness techniques like meditation or yoga can help you focus and calm down. They also have a positive impact on mental health in the long term, as they can teach you how to deal with stress in a healthy way.

4. Seek treatment if needed. If your mental health is causing significant problems in your life, it may be worth seeking treatment from a professional. Treatment options vary, so it’s important to consult with a doctor or therapist to see what is best for you.

When To Seek Help

There is no easy answer when it comes to how long it takes to overcome mental health issues. However, there are some general guidelines that can help you determine when it may be time for professional help.

When experiencing significant distress or impairment in functioning, it may be necessary to seek professional help. This means that if you find that you are unable to function normally at work, home, or school, or if your distress is causing significant problems with your relationships, it is important to seek professional help.

Some factors to consider when determining if professional help is required include the following: whether the distress is constant or intermittent; how much difficulty the person is having functioning in their usual activities; how much the person’s usual activities have been altered as a result of their distress; and whether the person has received treatment for their mental health condition in the past. If you are experiencing persistent mental health issues and find that they are interfering with your everyday life, it may be time to reach out for professional help.

Mental health issues can be incredibly difficult to deal with. But with the right psychological tips, you can overcome them and live a happy and healthy life. In this article, we’ve covered some of the most common mental health issues and provided advice on how to deal with them. By following these simple tips, you can start feeling better about yourself and move on from your Mental Health Issue today!

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