How are you feeling?
It’s a year since our lives were tipped upside down by the pandemic.
March 16 is also the anniversary of making “a few quick Live’s”, with tips and observations to navigate the pandemic. This rolled into 9 weeks of mostly daily check-ins, which are now archived on my YouTube channel.
Kind of normal
Last March, few of us could have expected that we’d still be living with uncertainty and at risk of snap lockdowns, travel disruptions and trepidation.
While much of the world is far from back to normal, life in Sydney feels a lot like the pandemic isn’t happening. Until this week NSW had a clear run of 55 days of no community transmission. Politics hog the headlines once more. Though that means that Covid isn’t always the most pressing issue, sadly it’s also because so many other ills in our society.
This week thousands of us rallied around the country, attending the March4Justice. While the solidarity was uplifting, there’s a lot of rage that our lives as women (LGBTQI+, indigenous or basically anyone who is not a privileged white male) is not safe or ‘equal’.
Fatigued and overwhelmed
The media proliferation of high profile sexual abuse cases are at best exhausting, at worst triggering and traumatic, for many women.
On top of this, there seems to be an unusual amount of fatigue for the time of year, occurring in my clients.
Speaking of Zoom
Have you noticed that your Zoom link is automatically generated when you book your naturopathy or mentoring session online? You’ll find the link in your Bookeo confirmation and reminder emails.
There’s a subtle shift in the weather as we head into autumn. I’ve dug out my jeans and ugg boots and added more cooked foods into my diet. The latest recipe in the archives is a salad featuring kale with roasted cauliflower and sweet potato. It’s a quintessential, easy to prepare autumnal dish.
On a personal note
It’s been a big but stimulating month with clinic and my consumer engagements. I attended the Australia/NZ gynaecology oncology conference and continue to be humbled by the dedication of clinicians and researchers who work in this space. This also brings a new level of understanding to my work with gynae oncology clients. I also attended workshops on health economics and quality of life, and am looking forward to the upcoming annual cancer survivorship conference.
While all these events have been online (see my overwhelm article for my pro tip on how I navigate virtual conferences), in recent weeks some actual, in-person meetings have begun to take place again! I’d forgotten how enriching it is to see colleagues in the flesh and bounce ideas off.
Who knows how we will look back on March 2021 but I’m hoping there will be more joy throughout the world.