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Resilience

June 9th, 2020

This newsletter is a 2-minute read.

It has been a few months since our lives have been turned upside down by a global pandemic. Like most, I felt the chaos and upheaval in everyday life. Despite the uncertainty, people dug deep to find resilience and to express kindness and gratitude to strangers. Many reported increased creativity, shared empathy, and a focus on mental health. It seemed that the best of humanity was emerging.  

Then, in an epic display of cruelty and ugly prejudice, a police officer, whose job it is to serve and protect, snuffed out the life of George Floyd while 3 other police officers stood by. The begging from the victim and the crowd fell on deaf ears.  But the world was paying attention and the protests began.

Reverend Al Sharpton noted a difference in the protests. This time, protestors were from all walks of life and across the globe. People are rising together in protest, finding a way to support the black community. RIP George Floyd, you will not be forgotten.

The Story Behind The Mural At The George Floyd Memorial, Getty Images

As we consider re-entering the workplace, people feel uncertainty and concern for their health. In a recent poll, less than 10% of people are comfortable returning to the office.

People report that remote work has increased productivity. As social beings, we crave the personal connection afforded by our workplace culture. To many, the office represents a place to shine, learn from one another, share ideas, and celebrate our differences.

The amazing Dr. Esther Sternberg, (M.D., professor, author, and Research Director of the Andrew Weill Centre for Integrative Medicine) confirmed in a recent webinar, that stress has long been proven to lower our immune function. In addition to mindfulness, Dr. Sternberg's way of coping with stress is to use her expertise to help others. She says it can do as much for managing stress as the seven domains of Integrative Health: Nutrition, Sleep, Spirituality, Relationships, Movement/Exercise, Resilience, and Environment. When life throws curveballs, help others.  

Our team has been knee-deep in research and strategy, learning from each other, and experts across diverse domains. We formulated our own educated strategy to support people's safety, security, and well-being.

Beyond the distinct physical changes to the workplace, our team explores the emotional drivers that support people’s return to the office. It is our conviction that everything starts with a deep commitment to mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

If you share this vision, please reach out. We would love to be part of your community, supporting and collaborating with you to create environments people thrive in.

P.S.  I am both proud of and grateful to Prime Minister Trudeau for helping us feel secure and cared for, prioritizing health and standing/kneeling for what matters.

P.P.S. Some activities that have lifted my spirits and some of the emotional drivers behind each activity.

 

My first sourdough bread - exploring, creativity, tradition, comfort

 

Planting flowers reminding me of my grandparents' garden - connection to nature, nostalgia, beauty, hope

Punch Needle kit - creativity, novelty, texture, and colour, comfort  

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