|Life was joyous at the beginning of summer as we anticipated traveling, dining out, attending concerts and returning to offices in the fall. Then the Delta variant hit, and we realized that the pandemic was far from over. Nor would it be simple to defeat. Yet many of us managed to socialize (mostly) outside, attend concerts (masked) and get out of town in July and August.
But now as September speeds by and colder weather looms ahead, we must deal with some of the same issues we faced last winter—and more! Many of us are back at work in the office or have children attending school in person, escalating emotional challenges. The angst, dismay and anxiety this can cause us is palpable. So much so that experts say we have a second pandemic on our hands—a mental health pandemic. Many Americans are stressed and experiencing an elevated risk of pandemic-fueled PTSD, Total Brain’s 2021 Mental Health Index released in August showed.
All this makes it even more important to consciously take care of ourselves—something I’ve always advocated as a wellness consultant. We know all the basics; get enough sleep, avoid substance abuse, exercise and limit your exposure to stressful activities like watching the news (especially before bed); it can raise cortisol levels, cause sleep issues, raise blood pressure and elevate anxiety (who knew!).
If you’re serious about staving off detrimental pandemic-fueled issues, think about building an “arsenal” of mental health-boosting tactics to try when you need them. You can start with a self-checkup using my complimentary “Audit Your Wellness” survey, which assesses your wellness and offers you tips and ideas you can use for personal transformation and growth. Other approaches can help too, so I’ve filled this newsletter with simple strategies to help you stay centered, happy and healthy to get through the next few months and beyond (especially with the holidays coming).
I hope you find as much sustenance and joy in these practices as I do!