• Joel Brown

    Staff Writer

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    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There is 1 comment on Coping with Being Cooped Up

  1. Hello. I have some problems with this article. My greatest concern comes when this is stated, “Don’t be too hard on yourself if you blow off a workout or break a diet, though.” I agree that compassion, above anything else right now, is needed. However, above all else during this time, we must take care of OURSELVES. We are not robots that can continue to work and work and work without stopping. Never once does this article give room for one to take a break from work and put away their devices. Rather, the article gives an O.K. to let ourselves go and not take care of ourselves to the best of our ability. Right now, we should all be exercising everyday and eating a plentiful amount of fruit and vegetables. Doing these things are much more important to the wellbeing of our society than to continue to work. The importance of work seems to triumph the cost of being “lazy” and “blowing off a workout” or breaking a diet. I am sorry, but this makes me furious. How dare this article instill in people that it is okay to not be conscious of how we are taking care of ourselves. I know you are encouraging people to get out and be in nature, etc, but the root of this article is disturbing and disregards the vulnerability of our physicality; I am not a robot. I am more willing to blow off my school work in order to be healthy and keep myself active in order to stay mentally fit and happy! Then I will do my school work. I am upset and offended. I believe this article should be removed because it is contributing to a spiraling of unconsciousness and lack of consideration for the things that truly make us human, which is comprised of what reside inside of us, not our work output. I am unsettled and upset.

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