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All in-person USC events at the University Religious Center have been postponed until May 2020.

The University of Southern California’s Office of Religious & Spiritual Life sponsors a variety of opportunities for exploring the spiritual dimensions of your life and learning. We can help you find a religious home base or form a new group, handle an ethical dilemma or research a paper topic. The Office sponsors campus programs with a moral, religious or spiritual focus. It co-sponsors events with other university units and partnerships of student religious groups. And we are there for the entire USC community in times of celebration and loss, to offer benedictions at university convocations and to help organize memorial services as needed.

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Feeling lonely? Cat Moore, USC’s director of belonging explains how to to make friends and feel better.

“Cat Moore, director of belonging at USC, spent 24 years battling loneliness — and has some tips for all of us.

The coronavirus has forced many of us into an indefinite state of social isolation. No more family gatherings, brunches, dinners, and so on, until it’s safe to be closer than six feet apart from each other again. While physical distancing is critical to protect our physical health, there are certainly repercussions for our mental health. As the weeks drag on, many humans are apt to feel lonely even if we aren’t sheltering-in-place alone…”

Head over to Salon.com to read the full article by Nicole Karlis.

Is a Good Night’s Sleep the Most Elusive Wellness Commodity?

Vogue

BY Marcia Desanctis

February 10, 2020

Deranged. Dysfunctional. Unwell. The words tumble out of my mouth like some haiku for the miserable as I sit in the Connecticut office of Andrew Tucker, Ph.D., for the first time. A clinical psychologist specializing in sleep disorders, Tucker knows an insomniac when he sees one: I am ashen and shadowed, like a real-life manifestation of an Egon Schiele painting.

I had problems long before online shopping and Succession marathons conspired to compromise my precious evening unwind time. But lately, due to ceaseless travel and an uptick in anxiety, shut-eye all but eluded me. I had rotated through a rogue’s pharmacy of antihistamines, cannabinoids, sleeping pills, and teas; I even tried meditation apps, desperate to be knocked out for the night. Nothing worked. “This is science,” Tucker reassures me. “No sleep issue is insurmountable, including yours.”

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“Sleep is the most valued commodity there is, and you can’t buy it,” confirms Sara Ivanhoe, M.A., the director of yoga programs at the University of Southern California, where she teaches a course on sleep.

“If it evades you, it is impossible to enjoy almost anything.”

Read the full article on Vogue.

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