Wellness Wednesday: Tough times create a stronger YOU

July 15, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

As the second half of 2020 gets underway, let us be reminded of two values, caring and teamwork, that have played such an instrumental role during this tough time.  

During these last few months, faculty and staff have demonstrated exceptional abilities to care for each other while providing world-class care to patients. It’s because of teamwork that our employees have been able to push through this trying pandemic. And while this year has not been easy and many staff members are exhausted, burned out and feeling overwhelmed, it is through caring and teamwork that one can find gratitude.

Remember, we are all truly in this together.

It’s Wellness Wednesday — and here are a few ways you can use the rest of 2020 to boost your mental strength.

Be Kind, Be Well

An overwhelming feeling of stress is a common trend that can be found across the organization. However, practicing gratitude can help ease tensions, re-spark your value to the organization and help others.

“Be Kind, Be Well” is an initiative started by MHealthy to help faculty and staff incorporate gratitude in their day-to-day work and personal lives.

“Research shows that kindness helps improve your mood and enhances your capacity for facing your daily challenges,” according to MHealthy’s information about the initiative. “Kindness and gratitudecan also build trust and strengthen your work team to facilitate creativity, innovation, engagement and collaboration.”

Whether you are working tirelessly on the front lines, irritated with virtual technology issues or having a hard time balancing child care and work, know that there are little positive gems you can find throughout the day via gratitude.

Don’t overthink gratitude. It can be as simple as appreciating your ability to breathe. To find ideas on how you can practice daily gratitude, please click here.

Prioritize meaning

Finding purpose and meaning during a pandemic and economic downturn is not an easy task. Even if you found your purpose years ago, 2020 is sure to make you question the meaning of it all.

Every person within Michigan Medicine has a purpose and is valued. Your individual expertise and talent adds meaning to the work all of us do every single day.

In this moment, do you see the meaning in your life? To help, ask yourself these questions:

  • Are my daily actions a reflection of my values and my known purpose in life?
  • Am I giving my attention to people and activities that align with my purpose?
  • Why is this important to me? (ask this during difficult times in order to see clarity)

While this year has been proven to be tough for businesses, organizations (including Michigan Medicine) and families, there is still meaning to life every day. To learn more about prioritizing meaning, click here.


Having self-compassion is the same as having compassion for others. Having compassion for oneself means comforting and caring for yourself during difficult times, failure or when you notice you don’t like something about yourself. (Click here for a full definition)

As 2020 has shown, things may not always go as you planned, however, having compassion for yourself is accepting your humanness and embracing change. COVID-19 has taken a toll on the world. This is not a normal situation and the entire Michigan Medicine community shares similar feelings. Therefore, showing compassion to yourself is key to protecting and growing your emotional well-being and cam impact your quality of work.

Need a break? Practice self-compassion. Click here to find out how.

Want more resources on well-being? Click here.

Thank you for all that you do — and for protecting your health and the health of everyone around you at Michigan Medicine. 

If you have a wellness tip, let us know by emailing headlines@med.umich.edu