It’s nearly the end of one very unexpected year! As everyone knows, 2020 was filled with challenges and changes throughout the year, and they just keep on coming. As you read in Mary Ellen Copeland’s article last month, 2020 caused her to make changes to her WRAP. I have done the same, making small changes to fit this rollercoaster of a year.
What about you? Did you make changes to your WRAP that you’d like to share with others? Did you start using additional WRAP resources, such as the WRAP App, WRAP On the Go, or Crisis Plan On the Go? Many in our WRAP community could benefit from new ideas and the knowledge that others are struggling but also finding ways to build wellness and hope. Please share your experiences and WRAP ideas on the WRAP Facebook page!
Also, with all the holidays coming up, this season may be difficult. It’s already hard for those who are alone in any year, but with isolation due to COVID-19, most of us will have much smaller holiday celebrations and dinners, and likely none of the usual social gatherings, family or friend parties, or even community activities. This can lead to feelings of loneliness, sadness, grief, anxiety, or many other tough emotions. There are many ways to stay connected with peers, friends, family, and the WRAP community, and many ways to work on wellness on your own.
If you are having a difficult holiday season, we encourage you to get the free download of the Wellness Guide to Overcoming Isolation During COVID-19: Being Connected, Staying Connected, and Choosing Connection—for yourself or to share with others. We are all in this together, at a global level. Many others are out there who share your feelings and can provide emotional support. I hope we can all try our best to reach out to others this month—both for our own wellness and to help others.
I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season and thank you for your part in this incredible community of peers!
Mary Jaffe is WRAP Business Manager at Advocates for Human Potential. She joined the AHP family in October 2017. She has been working in publishing and nonprofit publishing for over 30 years. Reach her at email@example.com with your questions, comments, and ideas!