How Earth Institute Experts De-Stress Under Lockdown
From knitting to yoga and chocolate chip cookies, here’s how some of our team members are taking their minds off the pandemic.
This year, spring arrived a little earlier than usual. Cherry blossom flowers have been blooming with vivid shades of pink and white all over New York. Under normal circumstances, most people would have loved to bask in the warmer weather and admire the mesmerizing beauty of the spring blooms.
Instead, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is weighing on everyone's minds. The news is all doom and gloom. Reading, watching or hearing about the latest case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths is unavoidable. And anxiety-inducing. Being under quarantine and stuck at home makes everything even more stressful.
During these times of increasing uncertainty, economic depression, isolation, and loneliness, it can be challenging to stay sane. So, to learn how researchers and other experts within the Earth Institute at Columbia University have been dealing with the stress and anxiety, we asked them to share their coping mechanisms. In the slideshow below, they explain in their own words what helps them to de-stress and stay positive and productive.
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Slide 1: Paulina Concha Larrauri, senior staff associate, Columbia Water Center
For distraction, I have been playing a lot with my cat, Felipe. Also, learning how to play the ukulele, drawing, attempting to do handstands, and doing on-line ba
Slide 2: Nicole Davi, paleo-climatologist and adjunct senior research scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
During the lockdown and while being under quarantine, it's tough to find the focus and get work done. Writing papers and proposa
Slide 3: Jaishree Beedasy, research project director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness
As far as coping mechanisms go, mine is to do yoga every morning, read books and dabble in haiku writing in the evening. I use technology quite a
Slide 4: Weston Anderson, postdoctoral fellow, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Recently, I've been sculpting and drawing to de-stress during these times.
Slide 5: Robin Bell, polar scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
We live in Upstate New York and have a little cabin. So, during our free time my husband,
Slide 6: Elisabeth Kago Ilboudo NÃ©biÃ©, postdoctoral research scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
The main thing I do during my free time to de-stress is cooking with my baby on my back! I love cooking Wes
Slide 7: Steven Cohen, director of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management, Earth Institute
Iâve replaced my gym time with a stationary bike and free weights at home. My wife and I are starting and ending the day wit
Slide 8: Jully Merino Carela, director of the Women in Energy program, Center on Global Energy Policy
I havenât picked up any new hobbies, but I have been cooking. I made dark chocolate chip cookies from scratch for the first time, and
Slide 9: William Chan, research affiliate, Center for Sustainable Urban Development
One of my hobbies is being a volunteer lifeguard. But during this time, I've been keeping fit, involved in online training and leadership programs, and keepin
Slide 10: Dannie Dinh, program officer, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
I'm very lucky to have my own space. And so, it's pretty manageable to be able to separate my workspace and my creative space. The day goes by sm
Slide 11: Hugh Ducklow, professor of biogeosciences, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Most of what I do from home is sit at my computer and work on data, write proposals and papers, review oth
Slide 12: Benjamin S. Orlove, co-director of Columbia Universityâs Center for Research on Environmental Decisions and senior research scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society
I usually grow flowers in my b