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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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Bethenny Frankel Apologizes For Trashing Meghan Markle: She Must’ve Felt ‘Powerless’

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Bethenny Frankel Apologizes For Trashing Meghan Markle: She Must’ve Felt ‘Powerless’


After watching Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s tell-all interview on March 7, Bethenny Frankel back-tracked on previous comments she made about Meghan, specifically. Read her public apology.

Bethenny Frankel changed her tune about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry after seeing the couple’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday night. During the emotional sit-down — which took place in Montecito, CA, where Meghan and Harry are neighbors with the host — the expectant parents unveiled bombshell details about their life inside the palace walls. In the hours before the the interview aired, Bethenny tweeted, “Cry me a river,” in response to a fan tweet that included headlines about the Meghan and Harry’s estranged relationship with the Royal family. After facing major backlash for her comments, Bethenny tweeted an apology, following the broadcast.

“I watched M & H sit down. Emotional distress & racism must feel suffocating & powerless,” she wrote, explaining, “I’m a polarizing, unfiltered (often to a fault) flawed person w a voice. When I heard of the interview, during a pandemic, it felt like a surprising choice. I’m sorry if it hurt or offended you,” she concluded.

Just hours earlier, the former Real Housewives of New York City star was whistling a much different tune. When one fan tweeted that the Royal staff hadn’t been “respectful” of Meghan, Bethenny replied with: “Cry me a river…the plight of being a game show host, fairly unknown actress, to suffering in a palace, [with] tiaras & 7 figure weddings for TWO WHOLE YEARS to being a household name [with] @Oprah on speed dial, fetching 7 [million] for interviews, hundreds of millions in media deals,” she tweeted, adding a thinking face emoji and the hashtag “Marry” for their names. HollywoodLife reached out to representatives for Harry and Meghan for comment at the time.

In a separate tweet, Bethenny continued: “If you hate me for saying it here don’t listen to my podcast #justbwithbethenny it’s littered with my opinion…I chose reality tv, to work towards making $, to be scrutinized & criticized.I took the trappings & the beatings along with it. It’s a rose [with] petals & thorns. People beg to enter the often toxic institution I signed up for. That WAS the life I chose. You can’t play stupid & smart.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview marked their first time speaking out since officially stepping down from their royal duties and moving from the U.K. to Montecito, California. In wake of the drama, Meghan’s close friends, including former Suits co-stars Patrick J. Adams and Abigail Spencer, as well as friend Jessica Mulroney, have stepped up to defend the actress.



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8 Most Shocking ‘Bachelor’ Endings Of All-Time: Peter’s Change Of Heart & MOre

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As this season of ‘The Bachelor’ winds down, we’re taking a look back at some of the show’s endings that didn’t quite go as planned!

The Bachelor has become a lot less cut and dry from the simple days of meeting a group of women, narrowing them down and choosing one to propose to! Through the years, several seasons did not end in a proposal, and many seasons had finales that totally shocked viewers, as things did not go as expected. Previews for the final two episodes of the show’s current season show star Matt James getting quite emotional as things dwindle down. Could it end just as shocking as some of these other Bachelor finales?!

Peter Weber — Season 24

Peter Weber and Hannah Ann Sluss on ‘The Bachelor’. (ABC)

Season 24 of The Bachelor starred Peter Weber. He narrowed his group of women down to two final choices, Madison Prewett and Hannah Ann Sluss. In the weeks leading up to the final rose ceremony, Madison started to have doubts about her relationship with Peter due to their difference in values. He urged her to stick around, but on their final date, she broke up with him and left the show. Peter went on to propose to Hannah Ann at the final rose ceremony, and they got engaged.

However, as the show was airing, Peter realized he still had feelings for Madison, and he and Hannah Ann ended their relationship. At the live After The Final Rose ceremony, Peter and Madison agreed to give their relationships another shot. It didn’t last long though, and they announced their breakup just days later. Weeks after filming, Peter re-connected with another contestant from his season, Kelley Flanagan, and they started dating during the spring of 2020. That relationship ended before the end of the year, although they sparked reconciliation rumors when they were spotted hanging out at the Super Bowl together.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. — Season 22

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Arie Luyendk Jr. out and about with Lauren Burnham. (MEGA)

Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season of The Bachelor may have had an even crazier ending! Arie proposed to Becca Kufrin at the final rose ceremony, but weeks later, as the season was airing, he realized he still had feelings for his runner-up, Lauren Burnham. Cameras were there when Arie and Becca met up for a “getaway weekend”, and they captured the pair’s emotional conversation as Arie revealed his true feelings. Becca was obviously devastated as they broke up.

Arie won Lauren back and wound up proposing to her on After the Final Rose. They tied the knot in Jan. 2019 and have a daughter together. In 2020, they also announced that they’re expecting twins, due in summer 2021! Meanwhile, Becca went on to star on The Bachelorette, where she got engaged to Garrett Yrigoyen, but they broke up in 2020.

Colton Underwood — Season 23

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Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph at the People’s Choice Awards. (MEGA)

Season 23, Colton Underwood’s season, also had a crazy finish. Cassie Randolph made the decision to leave the show during her fantasy suite date, after she found out that her dad didn’t give Colton his blessing to propose. Colton knew he wanted to choose Cassie, so he sent the other remaining women, Tayshia Adams and Hannah Godwin, home on the spot. Then, he fought to win Cassie back, and they left the show as a couple, but without getting engaged. They stayed together for more than a year before breaking up in 2020.

There were even more wild finishes where these came from, though! Click through the gallery above to check out the most shocking endings on The Bachelor over the years!

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Ariana Grande & 17 More Stars Pairing Oversized Shirts With Thigh-High Boots — Pics

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Who needs pants when you can pair your oversized shirt with a pair of thigh-high boots?! Stars like Ariana Grande and more have perfected this trend over the years.

It may be a weird name, but lampshading has become a popular celebrity trend in recent years. The fashion statement involves pairing thigh-high boots with an oversized shirt, sweatshirt or sweater. Ariana Grande is definitely one celebrity who favors the look, but she’s not the only one. We rounded up a bunch of stars who’ve nailed the oversized shirt/no pants look by pairing it with stylish thigh-high boots!

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Ariana Grande in a baggy sweatshirt and boots. (SplashNews)

For the past year or so, Ariana has really stayed out of the public eye. Before that, though, she favored wearing baggy sweatshirts while out and about, and she was often caught by paparazzi in the look. Ari generally dressed up her oversized sweatshirts with a pair of heeled boots, like the cream-colored shoes in the photo above. She also wore her hair long and straight to go with the simplicity of the outfit.

Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez in an oversized button down and boots. (SplashNews)

We’re used to seeing Jennifer Lopez in sexy, skintight outfits, but even she likes to rock a more comfortable, baggy look once in a while. She was photographed in a white, oversized button down shirt, paired with denim boots. Of course, she still made the simple look stylish with a pair of fierce sunglasses and her hair slicked back into the perfect bun.

Olivia Munn

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Olivia Munn in a long shirt and blazer. (SplashNews)

Olivia Munn showed off a dressier way to pair thigh-high boots and a big shirt. She wore her dress shirt with a vest and blazer, paired with sky-high black boots that accentuated her legs. She also rocked hoop earrings and her hair was styled in a half ponytail. Want to see how other stars have taken on the lampshading trend that Ariana and more love so much? Check out the gallery above and scroll through to see all the looks!

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