Hope springs eternal, but more so in spring
It has been a brutally hard winter for us. The days were dark, and the temperatures were frigid. Coronavirus numbers gradually decreased as we endured our longest lockdown. Christmas plans were diminished or cancelled altogether. And we suffered for it. Mental health appeared as low as I ever remember seeing it. We weren’t sure when life was going to return to normal. On our darkest days, we weren’t sure if it would.
But spring has finally arrived. We’re enjoying unseasonable warmth. Lockdown has been eased. And most importantly, vaccinations are accelerating. As of today, 7.4% of Albertans have received their first dose, which is 80% effective against Coronavirus (Fletcher, 2021).
What these factors have done for us, is boost our hope. And hope is one of the key ingredients in mental health and wellness. When we start to look at the future as potentially better and brighter than today, our mood can lift. Hope can help us endure difficult times, by allowing us to view our troubles as temporary. If we lack hope, despair can start to set in. One of the most challenging emotions, despair can begin to steal from us our belief that we can create a better situation for ourselves.
Fortunately, many of us can now envision a better future. Therefore, our mood and state of mind has improved. As the mental health of our community increases, it can have a positive impact on our own mental health. It’s much easier to be grumpy when everyone else is too.
However, what can you do if you’re stuck feeling hopeless?
Enjoy the Better Weather
If these tips are not especially effective, and you’re still concerned about mental health, please consider reaching out to me or another professional. We’re here to help.
For community/social services information in Alberta, dial 2-1-1.
Article by: Dave Ponak
Fletcher, Robson. Here are the latest COVID-19 statistics for Alberta — and what they mean. CBC News. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-covid-19-data-statistics-numbers-cases-hospitalizations-1.5514947. March 19, 2021.