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Self Care Tips to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

With 2020 behind us and a new year filled with new goals and optimism in full swing, the reality of winter and its short days, paired with the bitter cold, is sinking in. And for millions of Americans—particularly more women more than men—winter brings with it a dose of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This winter, I'm switching up my self-care rituals to combat the symptoms of SAD I often experience. The following are areas I'm focusing on and adjusting—might I suggest you do the same?

Year-End Self-Reflection Questions to Ask Yourself

As the end of 2020 quickly approaches, finals get wrapped up, and the holidays sit on the horizon, year-end is the perfect time to stop and reflect on what's behind us. An end-of-year reflection supports a healthy self-care practice by allowing you to become more self-aware and interact with your thoughts. This year has undoubtedly been one many of us will never forget, and it's essential to take with us the lessons we've learned as we move forward and look ahead.

Dear Frontline Workers

"The coronavirus pandemic has permanently changed all of our lives, but certainly none more than yours. We are living through a grueling period in history. Since the moment the pandemic entered our lives, you accepted the challenge to support the collective whole. You have made countless sacrifices to commit to your duties, and gracefully displayed your servant’s heart in the process. None of us saw this coming. I imagine you had no idea you would serve during a global pandemic."

How Michelle Poler is Keeping Me Optimistic

"In this historic period of uncertainty, daily disruption, anxiety, and chaos, I remind myself that I can face the unknown bravely. I’ve learned from Michelle’s work that I can deal with the unknown, embrace change, and redefine fears surrounding the novel coronavirus as obstacles that can become opportunities. On any given day, millions of people worldwide are understandably fearful as a result of coronavirus and the implications it has physically, economically, mentally. And even though these are not hand-chosen fears we’ve chosen to pursue voluntarily, there is something to be said about how much braver we will be when we get to the other side of this."

How Sudden Loss and Grief Helped Me Build Resilience

"Before this time in my life, I had always strived to be in control of as much as possible. But when I found myself crying hysterically on the couch in my grief counselor’s office as I began to work through my feelings, I realized that change is inevitable. It wouldn’t be a matter of if something unexpected happens again, but when. Even though I felt like I had grappled with being in control up until this point, I learned to accept that life is unexpected, and I won’t always have control over what happens."

Giving from Afar: Combating Loneliness Virtually

"We’ve used our skills, knowledge, and resources to act upon an idea and identified a way to give from afar. Even though she’s no longer my professor, I continue to learn as her student. Our lessons were once textbook focused and pre-determined by educational requirements, but today I’m learning life lessons on thinking outside of the box, being brave enough to run with an idea, and how to spread generosity and kindness in a world that feels clouded by chaos."
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