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Arianna Huffington: Why Protecting Our ‘Mental Resilience’ Is The Key To Beating The ‘She-cession’

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Ahead of her appearance at the No7 Unstoppable Together Job Summit, the Thrive Global founder discusses the impact of the COVID-related recession on women’s mental health.

It has been dubbed the “she-cession” because of the disproportionate way the COVID-related economic downturn has affected working women. The figures speak for themselves. Four times more women than men dropped out of the U.S. labor force in September 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Meanwhile 2.5 million women have “lost their jobs” or left the workforce since the pandemic began, according to a Feb. 12 Washington Post op-ed penned by Vice President Kamala Harris, who calls the “mass exodus” a “national emergency.” Even those women blessed to still have jobs are forced to juggle parenting and teaching with the demands of working remotely. If burnout was a problem for working moms before COVID-19 gripped the nation, many believe it has reached worrying levels now.

Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global. (SplashNews)

Arianna Huffington is among them. The importance of mental health is something that the Thrive Global founder and CEO is going to address at the No7 Unstoppable Together Job Summit on Feb. 24. “Mental resilience,” she says, “Has to be a key part of our new normal.” In this Q&A, she tells HollywoodLife why sleep and taking “microsteps” play a big part in doing just that:

HL: Tell us about the No7 Unstoppable Together Job Summit? Why is it crucial to address the she-cession now? 

Arianna: “Women have borne the lion’s share of the economic burdens of the pandemic, which we can see in job losses, women leaving the workforce, and in the disproportionate mental load of running family life at home. Too many women are being forced to choose between being successful in their jobs or being successful in their roles at home. And this she-cession threatens to roll back many of the gains women have made in recent years.

“By giving women the tools, they need to protect their own mental resilience and well-being, we can empower them to navigate the uncertainties that will define our future. For all the challenges of this time, this is also a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a new normal for women that’s a better normal.

“Mental health impacts us all and there are steps women can take in their own lives to be proactive with their health, which is why I’ll be speaking at the No7 Unstoppable Together Job Summit on Feb. 24 with The Female Quotient CEO Shelley Zalis about this very topic of the she-cession and its impact on mental health.”

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The No7 Unstoppable Together Job Summit aims to address the COVID-related she-cession. (Adobe)

HL: What can the government do to help women get back to work? 

Arianna: “The stimulus plan being debated by Congress and the White House right now contains some promising proposals that could help struggling women, like extending unemployment insurance and paid leave. The plan also includes money to help reopen schools and bail-out child care providers. The Marshall Plan for Moms shows that the conversation is changing. What’s encouraging is that the conversation is changing to account for the scale of the problem. But while we wait for urgently needed changes and agenda-setting that only the government can exert, we also need to do what we can at the individual and company levels as well.”

HL: You’re a big believer in the value of sleep. Many people who have lost their jobs, or are facing economic and health challenges, may be struggling to sleep right now. What is your top tip to soothe their mind to help them to get to sleep during stressful situations?

Arianna: “Sleep is always essential to every aspect of our physical and mental well-being. But in times of crisis, getting the sleep we need is more important than ever. Sleep is vital to our immunity as well as to helping us manage stress and anxiety. My favorite tip is to charge your phone outside of your bedroom at night. Our phones are repositories of our anxieties and fears, especially in times of crisis. So, disconnecting from our phones at night helps us disconnect from a stressful day and get the sleep we need to be recharged and better able to take on the challenges of the next day.”

HL: Please explain your concept of microsteps and why you think they’re essential to improving well-being and avoiding burnout. 

Arianna: “Microsteps are the heart of our behavior change system. They’re small, science-backed steps we can start immediately incorporating into our daily lives. We are, as the saying goes, creatures of habit. According to a study from Duke University, around 45 percent of our everyday actions are made up of habits. But as most of us have learned, unlearning bad habits and learning new ones are not so easy. Even the most generous estimates show that half of us fail to keep our New Year’s resolutions. That’s because most of us start off too big. We decide to launch into a whole new lifestyle all at once. That’s where microsteps come in – they’re too small to fail!”

HL: Can you give examples of microsteps that worked for you? 

 Arianna: “At Thrive we have hundreds of microsteps but here are three of my favorites to help us manage the challenges of the current moment:

  • When you wake up, don’t start your day by looking at your phone. Take one minute to focus on your intentions for the day or take some conscious breaths.
  • Practice box breathing in moments of stress. This technique, practiced by the Navy SEALS, is a powerful stress reliever that works by activating our parasympathetic nervous system, which can lower our stress. Just inhale for a count of four, hold the air in your lungs full for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four.
  • Set a news cut-off time at the end of the day. While being informed can help us feel more prepared amid a public health crisis, setting healthy limits to our media consumption can help us have a recharging night’s sleep and put stressful news into perspective.”

HL: Last year had a revolutionary impact on the way people work, with more employees working remotely. Which positive changes do you wish to see continue once we come out of the pandemic? 

Arianna: “We were already in an epidemic of stress and burnout before the coronavirus pandemic, and now the conversation around well-being and mental resilience has been brought to the front burner.

“Companies increasingly see well-being as essential to every aspect of their business. So, I hope we’ll continue to see companies take action to nurture the health and well-being of their employees, whether they’re working remotely or in the office. Mental resilience has to be a key part of our new normal.”

Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, a company devoted to ending stress and burnout. She will be a guest speaker at the No7 Unstoppable Together Job Summit on Feb. 24.

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‘Zombieland 3’: Release Date, Story Details & More You Need To Know

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Will the ‘Zombieland’ crew slay zombies again in a third film? When it comes to a possible ‘Zombieland 3,’ here are the latest updates you need to know.

There’s just something about a zombie apocalypse. It’s been less than two years since we last saw Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock in Zombieland: Double Tap, but fans are already looking ahead to a potential Zombieland 3.

Nothing has been made official just yet, but there have been more than enough teases about a third Zombieland movie. From what went down in the first Zombieland sequel to a possible plotline, HollywoodLife has rounded up the key information we know so far about Zombieland 3.

Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Jesse Eisenberg in the sequel. (Everett Collection)

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Recap

Zombieland: Double Tap picks up 10 years after the events of the first film. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are still alive and fighting zombies. They are still living in the White House, and Columbus is ready to propose to Wichita using the Hope Diamond. Now that’s one heck of a rock. However, Tallahassee and Columbus’ lives are turned upside down when Wichita and Little Rock suddenly disappear.

Columbus crosses paths with the ditzy Madison (Zoey Deutch), who managed to survive Zombieland by camping out in the freezer of a Pinkberry store. They went back to the White House and sleep together. Wichita returns and finds out about Columbus and Madison’s hookup. She comes back to reveal that Little Rock took off for Graceland with a man named Berkeley (Avan Jogia), and “super zombies” are on the loose. The crew heads to Graceland to find Little Rock.

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Woody Harrelson and Rosario Dawson in the sequel. (Everett Collection)

The group arrives at Graceland and finds Tallahassee’s coveted vehicle “the Beast” at a nearby Elvis-themed motel that’s run by Nevada (Rosario Dawson). Tallahassee and Nevada hit it off bonding over the Elvis Presley. The group takes a trek to Babylon, a hippie commune, to find Little Rock. They face their biggest zombie horde yet. Just when Tallahassee is about to fall to the zombies, Little Rock saves him.

In the end, the zombies are defeated once again and the core four survives. Little Rock and Tallahassee make up, while Wichita and Columbus get engaged. The four of them depart Babylon with Nevada along for the ride. Little Rock breaks up with Berkeley, who winds up with Madison. The movie doesn’t end on a definitive note, so there are countless possibilities for how a third film could begin.

There is a mid-credits scene that features Bill Murray at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse in 2009 when he was promoting the fake movie Garfield 3: Flabby Tabby. TODAY weatherman Al Roker turns into a zombie in the middle of the interview. Bill kills the zombie versions of Grace Randolph and Lili Estefan before escaping. The post-credits scene is a hilarious outtake of Bill making the other actors break character when he coughs up a hairball.

Zombieland: Double Tap had a budget of $45 million. The movie was released on Oct. 18, 2019, and made nearly triple that at the box office with over $122 million. The sequel has a 69% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer. The audience score is much higher at 88%. The sequel was deemed a success like the first movie. The first Zombieland made $102.4 million at the box office and has an 89% rating on the Tomatometer and 86% audience score.

Estimated Release Date

Since Zombieland 3 hasn’t been confirmed yet, there is no official release date. Zombieland: Double Tap was released in 2019, a full decade after the first Zombieland in 2009.

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Emma Stone in the first ‘Zombieland.’ (Everett Collection)

The idea of a third film has been tossed around, and director Ruben Fleischer revealed that Emma pitched the idea of Zombieland 3’s timeline. “We’d be really lucky to get to return to Zombieland,” Ruben told EW. “Although, I will say, Emma said, she thought it would be fun if we did one of these every 10 years. Knowing that Woody’s just the healthiest guy there is, he’s going to outlive all of us, and so we can just keep doing them every 10 years, ‘til the end of time.”

So if Zombieland 3 follows the lead of the first sequel, fans shouldn’t expect to see it until 2029. That’s a long time. Ruben also added, “I can’t imagine a better way to look forward to my future than knowing that every 10 years I get to hang out with those guys and make a movie with them again.” It all comes down to figuring out a good story to tell.

‘Zombieland 3’ Plot Line

Obviously, plot details have not been revealed just yet. However, Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick do have an idea of where the third movie could be set, and it’s all thanks to Woody. “We were in Atlanta shooting and it was cold and Woody [Harrelson] was like, we should do the next one on an island,” Paul told TheWrap in 2019. “Everyone was like, I love that idea. Standing in the cold in the middle of the night, somehow, island life sounded much better. But I was like, creatively, that’s not the best choice, but as of right now, that sounds like a pretty great idea.” Rhett added, “I think I got it: I think the cure to the zombie illness has to be Fiji water, so they have to go to Fiji!” Honestly, not a bad idea.

Ahead of the sequel’s release, Paul also said that Woody has expressed a desire to make more Zombieland movies. Woody’s down to make a whopping 10 more Zombieland movies. “I don’t know if 10 is in the cards, but maybe one,” Paul revealed to TheWrap. “We’re not thinking about it though, we’re just bracing ourselves for this weekend and keeping our fingers and toes crossed that it does well.”

Speculated New & Returning Cast

Woody, Jesse, Emma, and Abigail all returned for Zombieland: Double Tap. If we’re thinking about a third Zombieland movie, it wouldn’t make sense to do it without the core four reprising their roles as Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock. Since Nevada ended up joining the crew at the end of Zombieland: Double Tap, a third movie could feature Rosario’s return as well. As for Avan and Zoey coming back as Berkeley and Madison… anything is possible. 

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Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg as Tallahassee and Columbus. (Everett Collection)

HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Avan about his role in Zombieland: Double Tap. The role of Berkeley reunited Avan with producer Gavin Polone, who produced the ABC Family series Twisted that Avan starred in years ago. Avan opened up about embracing comedy in playing Berkeley. “It was really cool to work with them and riff off them,” Avan said. “I love comedy. Comedy is great. It’s very hard, though. It’s either funny or not funny, but I do like the environment of riffing with people and trying to create an environment for humor to come out of.”

Tallahassee and Columbus both meet their doppelgangers in Zombieland: Double Tap. They are played by Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch. When discussing the film for an Entertainment Weekly roundtable, Emma wanted to know who her doppelganger would be. Woody offered up Jennifer Lawrence, his co-star in the Hunger Games movies. Emma was totally OK with that. “Oh, yeah. That would be fun. That would be really. She’d be so funny,” Emma said. JLaw in Zombieland 3 would be epic. 

In the years since between the first and second film, the main cast went on to star in some of the biggest films. Jesse starred as Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 critically-acclaimed film The Social Network, which earned him his first Oscar nomination. He also starred in the hit movie Now You See Me and played Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Woody played Haymitch in the Hunger Games movies from 2012 to 2015. He notably starred in the first season of True Detective and earned an Emmy nomination. He received his third Oscar nomination for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in 2017.

Emma had her first leading role a year after Zombieland in Easy A. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. She played Gwen Stacy in two Amazing Spider-Man films. She was nominated for her first Oscar in 2015 and won an Oscar in 2017 for her performance in La La Land. She received a third Oscar nomination for The Favourite in 2018. Abigail was just 12 years old when she starred in Zombieland. Before returning for the sequel, she starred in films like August: Osage County, Ender’s Game, and more. She notably starred in the TV series Scream Queens as well.

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Tom Brady Reveals The Hilarious 1st Thing Gisele Said To Him On The Field After Super Bowl Win

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Gisele Bundchen hinted she was ready for Tom Brady to retire after he won his 7th Super Bowl. He revealed exactly what she said to him following the win in a new interview.

Tom Brady dished about life in the off-season in his first interview since winning the Super Bowl in February. While chatting with James Corden on The Late Late Show, Tom shared some behind-the-scenes tidbits about his celebration on the field after winning the big game with his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “It’s a big moment, obviously, and a culmination of a lot of months of everyone working hard,” Tom explained. “I’m looking for my family and I see my oldest son run over to me, I give him a big hug. I saw my two little ones. Then, all of a sudden, I saw my wife [Gisele Bundchen], and I gave her a big hug and just as I did it, she says, ‘What else do you have to prove?’”

Gisele, of course, was referring to the fact that Tom was able to win his SEVENTH Super Bowl at 43 years old. On top of that, he did it in his first season with a brand new team after previously playing with the New England Patriots for 20 years. Fans have been wondering for years if Tom was going to be ready to retire soon, and it seems like even Gisele is on-board with that possibility.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen celebrating after his Super Bowl win. (Mark Humphrey/AP/Shutterstock)

However, Tom isn’t going anywhere. After the Super Bowl, he confirmed that he’d be returning for another season, and he told James how he avoided the discussion about retirement with his wife. “I just gave her a big hug,” he laughed. “I was trying to figure out a way to change the subject really quick. I think I moved onto something else really quickly.”

At the end of the day, though, Gisele has been nothing but supportive of her husband. “She’s the best supporter, she’s been amazing,” Tom gushed. “I think, for me, it’s a whole different life [after football season]. There’s in-season mode of being up early, playing football. Then, all of a sudden, that literally stops. So I’m getting reacquainted with the dishwasher and where the broom is [now]!”

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Gisele greets Tom Brady on the field after his Super Bowl win. (Steve Luciano/AP/Shutterstock)

Tom also joked about the Bucs’ victory boat parade, where he famously threw the (very expensive) Lombardi Trophy across the water to one of his teammates. “I was not thinking at that moment,” Tom joked. “I was just…this seems really fun to do! When you get your hands on one of those trophies, there are a lot of really sharp edges on the bottom. I found out later that, had that been an incomplete pass, that would’ve went down, like, 80 feet.” Luckily, the trophy was caught successfully!

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Demi Lovato Reveals ‘Accidental’ Weight Loss After Ditching ‘Diet Culture’: ‘I Feel Full’ – Watch

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After years of suffering with an eating disorder, Demi Lovato has found happiness — and it came when she decided to change her relationship with food and exercise.

Demi Lovato unexpectedly lost weight after letting go of her obsession with counting calories and exercising. The singer showed off her weight loss in a new Instagram video, where she revealed how her pants are now too big on her. She pulled the waistband away from her stomach to show how loosely it fit, and admitted, “I’m full of peace, serenity, joy and love today.”

Along with the weight loss video, Demi revealed how she dropped the pounds accidentally. “Accidentally lost weight,” she wrote. “I don’t count calories anymore. I don’t over exercise anymore. I don’t restrict or purge. And especially I don’t live my life according to the diet culture…and I’ve actually lost a lot of weight. This is a different experience but I still feel full. Not of food. But of divine wisdom and cosmic guidance. Peace. Serenity. Joy. And love.”

The past year was full of ups and downs for Demi. She kicked off 2020 with an incredible performance of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, as well as an emotional performance at the Grammy Awards. It was meant to kick off her big comeback after she nearly died of a drug overdose during the summer of 2018. However, the coronavirus halted her career plans.

Demi Lovato at the People’s Choice Awards in Nov. 2020. (Rob Latour/Shutterstock)

Instead, she focused on her personal life, and fell in love with actor Max Ehrich. They got engaged in July, after just a few months of dating, but split weeks later in September. Now that she’s single again, Demi’s priority has been herself, and she truly seems happier and healthier than ever.

Demi has been open about her struggles with an eating disorder and body image for years. However, in December 2020, she revealed that she was officially in recovery for her eating disorder for the first time. “I’m so grateful that I can honestly say for the first time in my life – my dietitian looked at me and said, ‘This is what eating disorder recovery looks like,’” Demi shared with fans, along with a photo of her stretch marks. She also urged fans who have had the same struggles as her not to “give up” on their own journeys.



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