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Reframing Thoughts

Drowning, Man, Sea, Hands, Drowning Man
Summer 2021 Struggles
Mental Health Check 

As our society tries to step out from the shadow of the last year, people all around us have been dealing with different stressors. These are all normal things that happen in life sometimes, but what's abnormal is why they've happened and how often they've happened:
  • Someone got really sick - maybe it was them.
  • Someone died.
  • Some lost their job.
  • Some lost their business.
  • Some worked a lot more hours.
  • Some missed something significant - like being able to be with others to celebrate, mourn or participate in something important.
People also lost norms, systems and routines that were foundational to the fabric of their lives. The simple rhythms of life changed.
  • Haircuts
  • Medical care 
  • Date nights for adults and play dates for kids
  • Dinners out and friends in
  • Sports, clubs, and social activities
  • Church
  • Kids that left home for school
  • Parents that left home for work
Then we added new things as part of dealing with this last year that became unique and different types of burdens:
  • Masks - wear them, don't wear them, argue about them
  • Washing hands more
  • Enhanced cleaning 
  • Social distancing
  • Social media 
  • Zoom/Teams/online - meetings, school, work, family, friends
  • Focus on news, race relations, politics, science, and a search for truth
“Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but, importantly, YOU ARE NOT THE RAIN.” — Matt Haig

I know you know this. You could have written these lists, and you probably could add even more to them right now. The point is that even if you did pretty well physically, financially, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally over the last year, you and the people around you are still experiencing something unusual, even as things start to "open up".

Whether you got hit hard by several things or just one thing, you are most likely still recovering. If you didn't get pushed over in one way or another, you still exerted a lot of energy to cope, adjust, and stay upright.

Think of it like this. If you just finished running a marathon, and I asked you to run a 400 meter dash, it would be hard to pull it all together and show up at your best. That's why this year isn't "normal" either. For example, I know 3 people who lost a parent in the last 10 days. I know 3 people who have quit or been fired from a job in the last 30 days. They are experiencing a 400 meter dash (or more) after a marathon. 


“Mental health affects every aspect of your life. It’s not just this neat little issue you can put into a box.” — Shannon Purser

This article isn't about fixing a leadership issue. It's about recognizing one. The best leaders are connected to and aware of factors impacting the pulse of their team. Many stressors, including mental health stressors, just might take a bigger toll right now - for you, your peers, your supervisors, your team members, your family members. Be aware. Be intentional. Be kind. 

Trudy Menke - Reframing Leadership 

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