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



Arianna Huffington

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.


Drake & Michael B. Jordan Reunite At A Basketball Game After Grabbing Dinner Together



Drake & Michael B. Jordan Reunite At A Basketball Game After Grabbing Dinner Together

The best bromance in basketball is back on! Nearly a month after Drake and Michael B. Jordan hung out at a Lakers game, the two reunited to watch LeBron James’ son, Bronny, in action.

Are Drake and Michael B. Jordan going to be the new Bill Murray, in that you never know where they’re going to show up next? Weeks after Drake, 34, and Michael, 34, sat courtside at an NBA playoff game, the two were spotted taking in a Sierra Canyon Varsity basketball game on Thursday (June 17) in Chatsworth, California. The two weren’t just there because they had nothing to do – they were on hand to support Bronny James, the 16-year-old son of their mutual friend, LeBron James – as he and the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers took on the Etiwanda Eagles in a regional semi-final game.

Drake and Michael B. Jordan at the June 17 Sierra Canyon basketball game (ShotbyNYP / BACKGRID)

Unfortunately, it was a valiant but unsuccessful effort. The Trailblazers lost, 82-76, bringing their season to a close. This wasn’t the first time that Drake took in a Sierra Canyon game. On June 11, the “God’s Plan” rapper, JR Smith, and Jared Dudley all showed up to watch LeBron’s son play, per TMZ. This was Bronny’s first game of the season after missing it with a torn meniscus. Apparently, Drake had so much fun, he decided to bring his basketball BFF, Michael B. Jordan, to Thursday’s game.

The world got its first glimpse of this bromance in May. First, Michael B. and Drake had dinner together on May 15. Then, a few days later, they reunited to watch LeBron, 36, and the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors in a play-in game for the NBA Playoffs. The two sat courtside for the game and freaked out when LeBron nailed the game-winning 3-pointer, securing the Lakers a spot in the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Lakers Nation, the team’s run didn’t last long. The Phoenix Suns eliminated the Lakers, 4-2, in the first round. With LeBron gone, it seems that Drake and Michael B. moved on to rooting for the younger James (and not for the LA Clippers.)

Drake and son Adonis Graham at the June 11 Sierra Canyon game. (Cassy Athena/London Entertainment/Shutterstock)

Less than a week after the Black Panther star hung out with Drake, Michael B. and Lori Harvey were spotted holding hands as they left Drake’s Billboard Music Awards after-party. Drake was named the Artist of the Decade at the 2021 BBMAs and threw an elaborate bash to celebrate. When the party was winding down, Michael – dressed in a sleek black ensemble – and Lori, wearing a floral print top and animal print pants – made their way to the exit while clutching each other’s hands.

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Brielle Biermann, 24, Is ‘Vacation Ready’ In Colorful Bikini Top & Skirt Set — Pics



Brielle Biermann

Brielle Biermann looked super cute in her latest summer look, rocking a rainbow, striped two-piece with matching bikini top and skirt! Check out her latest post to Instagram to see the whole look!

Brielle Biermann is ready for summer! The stunning Don’t Be Tardy star, 24, took to Instagram on June 16 to show off her latest bikini look that’s perfect for a day at the beach or lounging by the pool. In the two photos, the reality TV star posed up perfectly, showing off her glowing tan and two-piece, which you can see below!

Brielle worked a bandeau-style bikini top, which featured horizontal stripes of aquamarine, orange, pink and more across the fabric. The top also featured a string halter strap. Brielle’s high-waisted mini-skirt perfectly matched the top, featuring the same horizontal colors running across the fabric.

Along with her cute little two-piece, Brielle also fashioned a pair of sunglasses and strappy sandals to show off her pedicure. She wore fierce sunglasses and her hair cascaded down her shoulders. Brielle truly looked like the picture of summer perfection with her whole ensemble!

“Vacation Ready in my new [Shein] look!” Brielle captioned her photos, adding a palm tree emoji after her words. There’s no doubt about it, Brielle has truly shown her fans that she is ready for some summer fun. This isn’t even the first bikini snap that Brielle has posted! Indeed, she’s been sharing a slew of photos featuring her favorite two-piece styles for quite some time.

Prior to this latest post, Brielle posted a photo of herself rocking a black string bikini in a mirror selfie she shared to Instagram on June 2. Brielle looked great, donning her hair up in a messy bun and sporting a pair of sunglasses. Regardless of what type of swimsuit she is wearing, Brielle looks so confident in any style she works. With summer getting into full swing, fans cannot wait to see what Brielle shares with her fans on Instagram in the weeks ahead!

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‘Jersey Shore’ Preview: Snooki Gets The Scoop On Angelina’s Marriage Drama After Returning




Snooki is back on the June 17 episode of ‘Jersey Shore,’ and The Situation has a lot to fill her in on — including what’s been going down with Angelina and her husband, Chris Larangeira!

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino has a one-on-one chat with Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi in this EXCLUSIVE sneak peek at the June 17 episode of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation. After Snooki surprised Mike at his five-year sober anniversary party, he pulls her aside to thank her for coming. “It’s unbelievable,” Mike gushes. “It’s such a surprise. It’s so good to see you back, it really is.” Of her decision to return to the show after taking a season off, Snooki says, “Same. I missed you. I think it was just me thinking of all the things I would miss — like the baby shower and meeting your child for the first time. I can’t miss those things.”

Then, Mike fills Nicole in on some things she’s missed over the last few months. “I think [Ronnie Ortiz-Magro] is coming across some big moments in his life,” Mike admits. “I think he might be getting engaged soon.” Ronnie recently introduced his girlfriend, Saffire Matos, on the show, but she has yet to meet all of the roommates. “Oh my God,” Nicole replies. “We have to approve!”

Snooki on the June 17 episode of ‘Jersey Shore’. (MTV)

Of course, there’s also a lot going on with Angelina Pivarnick and her husband, Chris Larangeira, this season. “Angelina is in the middle of getting a divorce right now,” Mike reveals. “She said she filed in January, but she didn’t serve him yet.” The divorce news came just over one year after Angelina and Chris’s wedding, which was the event that caused Snooki to leave Jersey Shore in the first place. Angelina got pissed at the speech Snooki, JWoww and Deena Cortese made at her wedding, and major drama ensued.

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The cast of Jersey Shore at a charity event. (Shutterstock)

“The speech drama was for nothing, damn it!” Snooki rants now. Mike adds, “She even said it! She said all the speech stuff was for nothing.” During the first half of this season, Mike and the rest of the guys were able to mend fences between Angelina and JWoww/Deena, but with Snooki not filming, she never cleared the air with Angelina. We’ll have to wait and see if the ladies get a chance to do that now that Snooki’s back part-time!

“Everybody’s my best friend, but Mike’s always texting me, like, ‘You good? You ready to come back? We got you,’” Snooki says in the preview. “I know I haven’t been here for awhile, but you have friends for your life and you don’t seem them for a while, and then you see them and it’s not awkward or weird because you feel like you know them. That’s our roomies. That’s us.” Jersey Shore: Family Vacation airs Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. on MTV.

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