I was on a webinar this week that asked participants, “How have you been feeling during the pandemic?” The four choices were:
- Very good: Not experiencing much stress and feel mentally healthy
- Somewhat good: I am struggling to manage stress but have good days, too
- Not very good: I’ve been struggling to manage stress most days
- Not good: I have been struggling with mental health a lot in recent months
This made me stop and think about how I am really doing, and whether I’m being completely honest about my feelings or just pushing through to survive.
In doing your own personal wellness check around the pandemic, how are you holding up and feeling right now? I honestly don’t know many people, if any, who aren’t struggling at least a little with general anxiety, worry about certain issues, or an overall sense of worry.
These are hard times for all of us. And when you combine the pandemic with world and personal life events, sometimes it just feels like too much, or that better times are out of reach. These are times when our WRAP comes in very handy, and additions to it may be needed. I treated myself to lettering books and have been practicing. It’s fun, takes my mind off other things, and sometimes my son, Sam, wants to do it with me. So, we both grab brush pens and practice together, which is really nice.
What about you? Have you made any changes to your WRAP? Perhaps your new ideas or tools could help others in our WRAP community. We’d love if you’d share some of your thoughts! Think about these questions:
- What are some new things you’ve worked into your WRAP that have helped you recently?
- Have there been specific areas of WRAP that have helped you during this time?
- Have you taken up a new hobby?
- Are you getting outside more?
- How do you reduce stress?
If you’d like to share your ideas, please add them to the WRAP Facebook page!
Also, if you haven’t downloaded our free Wellness Guide to Isolation During COVID-19: Being Connected, Staying Connected, and Choosing Connection, you can do it now. You are welcome to share this with others and to post the link on your social media accounts. It was created simply to help others during these trying times!
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!