Message from the Executive Director

Monday, January 30, 2017

Welcome to the first Strides Newsletter of 2017. Although we are a month into this new year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families health and happiness in 2017. I hope that the first month has treated you well and that you have made some “strides” towards your goals for 2017.

If you read our first blog of 2017, you might notice that we deviated away from the typical New Year’s resolution goal setting blog post, in favour of a piece on bravery. Some people mistakenly believe those who experience anxiety somehow lack the courage to make necessary changes when in fact they can and do face their fears. When we feel empowered and supported, we are more likely to make changes. 

Now going back to New Year’s Resolutions, did you know that 92% of resolutions people make actually fail? That’s right, only 8% of us meet our resolutions that we set out at the beginning of the year. So, with that stat in mind, I personally decided that I would forgo resolutions per se, but work on anxiety management on a daily basis. To start with, I am more mindful of what is happening around me, at home, work, and in public. Sounds easy but does require practice.  I am incorporating exercise into my weekly routine by going the gym, walking, and running on weekends. And lastly, winding down earlier at night using relaxation strategies, so I am more prepared to fall asleep at a regular time.

As we often say “Small steps can lead to big change.” And if there is someone who you think can benefit from AnxietyBC’s resources, suggest that s/he follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

-       Judith