The tail-end of the pandemic has stretched out much longer than any of us had imagined and we are all in different phases of re-emergence. As we check in with each of our clients, we are noticing a common theme of depletion, a sense of lassitude, and a dragging weariness that we are all striving to overcome.
Luckily, we have found inspiration over the summer, and now into the fall, in the recently published book, Everyday Vitality by Samantha Boardman, MD.
Everyday Vitality is based on the premise that, contrary to popular belief, happiness is not the opposite of depression. Vitality is. What exactly is vitality? It’s that positive feeling of aliveness and energy that lies at the core of well-being. It allows us to bend rather than break and, importantly, to spring back. Although the book was written in advance of the pandemic, the premise is perfectly timed to give us a much-needed boost.
In her book, Dr. Boardman shows us how to find strength within our stress and how to transform full days into more fulfilling ones. Drawing from scientific research and her own clinical experience, she shares strategies for cultivating vitality. That’s what we love about this book. It’s full of practical actions that seem do-able. Her approach is refreshing because she encourages us to go beyond self-reflection and self-care and engage outwardly with our surroundings, our community, and our passions.
Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Think Again has this to say:
“An insightful, uplifting read about how to bring more liveliness into our lives. Whereas most psychiatrists focus on alleviating mental illness, Samantha Boardman cares deeply about promoting mental health too. She combines an impressive command of science with deep empathy for her patients. If you’re depressed, burned out, or languishing, this book is brimming with practical ideas—and even if you’re flourishing, it’s full of valuable reminders for sustaining energy and well-being.”
If you want to learn more, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the book or to visit Dr. Boardman’s website that is filled with interesting perspectives and some fun quizzes.
And here’s a “preview of coming attractions”: In November we’ll be hosting two virtual conversation circles to explore some of the ideas in her book. We’re especially excited to talk about her concrete strategies for each of the three components of vitality: connection, challenge and community. Keep an eye on your inbox for our invitation in the next week or so. We’d love to have you join us!