Never in a million years when I launched my wellbeing campaign on January 1, 2020, could I have imagined what was to come. With COVID-19 ravaging the world, the overdue racial reckoning, record devastation from climate change and perpetual political turmoil, wellbeing became one of the most desired and elusive things in our lives.
I realized that the role I had been playing became how many people saw me as a person. Instead of a critical thinker, I was simply viewed as critical.
I spent some time beating myself up over missed opportunities and blindspots that suddenly became so clear, then I started to learn how to let go.
I have started hugging my computer at the end of video calls with friends and family so I can recreate the feeling of an embrace. Strange? Possibly.
My body has a voice. Learning to listen to it was and is an important part of my emotional wellbeing and my overall mental health.
Support in our time of uncertainty: Initial Thoughts & Feelings
The past three weeks have been playing out like scenes from a movie. I moved from calm to anxiousness, then decided to recenter and take action. As the current landscape evolves, I wonder, “How can I support myself and others right now?”
Jamie shares her challenges with anxiety, how she has developed practices to support herself and how she leads with empathy with others when they may be experiencing overwhelm.
I interviewed my friend Natoshia. She talks about her challenge with mental wellbeing – how she wants to “show up” each day – and how her commitment to herself impacts how she models leadership for students. Natoshia works at an institution of higher education in leadership development.