Wellbeing Corner – October 2020 – 1st edition

Welcome to the Cornerstone Centers for Wellbeing’s “Wellbeing Corner” Blog! We hope to provide you with a monthly opportunity to find your ‘center’ and to stop and take a breath (if for only one minute) amid your very busy day!

2020… no need to say more! We are all gasping for breath under stressors we never could have imagined for this year! We are just regaining our footing from this pandemic quarantine, only to roll right into a very volatile election, and holiday time! 2020 does not seem to hold back any punches. So, what does ‘wellbeing’ mean and look like in the middle of these trying and unprecedented times? Miriam Webster defines ‘wellbeing’ as the following: the state of being happy, healthy, or prosperous. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that ‘well-being includes the presence of positive emotions and moods (e.g., contentment, happiness), the absence of negative emotions (e.g., depression, anxiety), satisfaction with life, fulfillment and positive functioning. In simple terms, well-being can be described as judging life positively and feeling good.’ (https://www.cdc.gov/hrqol/wellbeing.htm#three). I will be the first to say, ‘wellbeing’ is a bit difficult to grasp right now! Anyone else feeling that contentment, happiness and the absence of negative emotions is nowhere to be found in this challenging socio-economic and emotional climate?

Where In this space and time can we find our ‘center for wellbeing’? This answer can be different for each one of us. Finding the moment to recognize the highlights in each day can be the first step in this challenge. It could be providing a special service or word/gesture to someone , connecting with our family and loved ones (virtually or otherwise), reading that book we have wanted to start for so long, finally getting outside our home to take a walk (without a mask). The key point is FINDING it! Find that moment for YOU! ; Giving back to ourselves can be the most difficult to make time for. I just encourage you all to FIND that positive moment for yourselves in each day and make self-care a priority. If you have taken the couple of minutes to read this entire blog… CONGRATULATIONS!! You made the first step in that positive self-care for today! Keep up the great work!

Thank you all for the sacrificial giving you graciously do every day! In the months to come, we will be focusing even more on emotional PPE, holiday time and embracing the New Year. Stay tuned!

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

If your loved ones, friends, or maybe even yourself, are struggling to find your best mental health and self-care, please contact us to schedule an appointment at:

Cornerstone Centers for Wellbeing

Appointment & Information number: 1-866-280-WELL (9355)
All referrals and appointments are strictly confidential.
Be (and remain) Well!

Deidre McLeod, MS LPC