Recommended Listening and Reading

For those of us who are health care professionals, it’s challenging to understand — let alone influence — those who remain vaccine hesitant. I sometimes wonder if it’s worth the effort.

This podcast, featuring Dr. Daniel Lewis of Greenville, Tennessee, with two of his patients, provided great examples of how to address concerns, giving me optimism and energy to continue to try!

On the same topic, this interactive article is based on the principles of motivational interviewing, a research-backed approach for encouraging people to get vaccinated. It’s used by health care professionals to harness people’s innate drive for change.

Recommended Reading: Unwinding Anxiety

I am a huge fan of Ezra Klein and his podcasts. In this recent one, “That Anxiety You’re Feeling? It’s a Habit You Can Unlearn,” he interviews Jud Brewer, an associate professor of psychiatry at Brown University and the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center. His new book, “Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind,” applies that research to anxiety, which he understands as a kind of addiction. As with any addiction, you must understand its rewards in order to begin addressing it.

Recommended Reading: Remaining diligent

#justdontgetit

Please, please, remain diligent, even as you obtain your vaccinations for COVID-19. We still don’t know what the impact of the multitude of variants will be. Reading thisshould remind you that youth and good health do not always prevent severe illness and death.


Long-Covid is real and can have a devastating impact on younger individuals, as this article highlights.


Under the Affordable Care Act and as of 1/1/2021, women and girls over 13 can now be screened for anxiety as part of a routine checkup. Read more here.

“It legitimizes the fact that anxiety is a very serious condition that needs treatment and has huge consequences for people, and for women’s lives particularly. It’s not that it’s only in women. It’s just that it’s twice as prevalent in women.”

Recommended Reading / Watching

Every Sunday morning, my phone displays a report of my screen time for the previous week. I am often astonished at how high the number is!

Yes, I read three newspapers online, which certainly adds to the total. But the truth is, I also spend countless minutes doing mindless things such as scrolling on Facebook and Twitter.

After watching this documentary and reading this article (admittedly, both on a screen), I was frightened on many levels, especially knowing how much more time my grandchildren spend on their phones during the pandemic. I think you will find these eye-opening too.