Did you know that social isolation has the immense ability to cause a higher rate of anxiety and depression in those that live with mental illness and/or mental health disorders? Isolation can even increase the risk of suicide. And in addition, the stress, whether good stress or unhealthy stress during the holidays can increase anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation.

I learned early in my own recovery that getting outdoors, staying connected to friends and family, and working in the field of mental health to serve others, in addition to my prayer and meditation practice, are my greatest self care tools.

I have observed that when I begin to feel sad, or even a bit depressed, or facing extenuating circumstances where my thoughts begin to race around in my mind, I sometimes begin to feel overwhelmed, and my anxiety heightens. I feel it all throughout my body physically. I begin to feel unwell. And if I allow it to fester, I can sometimes find myself in a severe state of panic.

Further, did you know…

that our mental health and physical health are directly connected to each other?

Think about the last time that you experienced anxiety. Where did you “feel it” in your body? How did you manage it?

For more information on the body/mind connection, and of the importance of connection for everyone, most especially those of us living with mental health challenges, email me at wendyblanchard044@gmail.com to see how I can support you.

You can also sign up for my upcoming Whole Person Wellness:An Integrative Approach to Recovery workshop on January 11, 2022. Click here: https://harmonioushealth4life.com/whole-person-wellness/

“Self care is the actions that we take to achieve wellness, and wellness is where we stand in our power.”

Love and blessings,


Wendy Blanchard