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You have a responsibility to help correct bad information. “When the misinformation can literally damage people’s health, I do think we all have a responsibility,” one source noted. “You don’t want people to be doing things that are bad for them or bad for society.”

It isn’t easy to correct close family or friends especially . These are relationships we care about, and want to maintain their good opinion about us. But while it can be uncomfortable in the moment, it’s our way of looking out for each other, and hopefully in the long-run speaking up will do more good than harm.

Garrett Graff, who recently published an oral history of 9/11, is working on a week-by-week “Covid Spring” oral history for WIRED. The first two installments are out now. Graff explained how he was struck by “the number of people” who took Trump seriously when the president was “downplaying this threat for the first chunk of this year.” Even now, he said, some people “still think this is a media hoax that is playing out…”

“The first step is to have a sense of empathy,” BuzzFeed reporter Craig Silverman, who has reported on false news for years, told me. Silverman noted that people are sharing information because they care and are either trying to help or feel like they are part of a larger conversation. “People, especially family and friends in group chats,” he noted, “they are not trying to be malicious.”

What can we do, what can we say? Start with acknowledging them and their effort to feel safe and to help us be safe as well. Because you know they care about you and others. Then communicate your Feeling: I feel upset/conflicted because the CDC is saying this is a matter of life and death for many many people, and our first responders, and this virus is airborne. What I’d really like is for you to take a look at the materials on the CDC website, and not worry too much about who did what. We’re all in this together, and I love you.

Well, we all need deep restful sleep to help our bodies repair, grow, heal, and be well. If you drink alcohol before bed, it can actually stimulate your nervous system, so sleep is disturbed. Mint tea or warm milk are better choices. Then in order to insure deeper more relaxing sleep and lucid dreams, a 20 minute session of meditation or Empath Stretches does wonders. (In addition to the morning 20 minute sessions), so the body can release tension and stress, while fully oxygenating.

  • When you lie down, lie on your side, and do three slow and deep belly breaths, holding after the exhale.
  • Let go of any leftover tightness as you exhale, checking the body from jaw to toes.
  • Remember it’s not necessary for you to actually fall asleep right away. You can simply allow the body be in a resting state, and the mind will follow.
  • Using mobile phones, computers or television before bedtime over-stimulates and interrupts restful states and dreams. Better to read a book in bed until you feel like sleeping.
  • I know, we all hate being told what to do: a story is so much better. Stories hook our empathy so we can crawl inside a different state of mind, and open ourselves to new possibilities of being so much more easily. But tonight I just want to pillow fight with you, and then because it was fun, tell you the story about it tomorrow.

– Good Night!

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