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Acknowledging Surge Capacity

Most of us are weary of navigating the fall out and disruptions of this pandemic. Even those who are doing decently - at staying connected, maintaining some satisfying routine, accessing optimism, cultivating gratitude or finding purpose - continue to be surprised by how much they are impacted by the challenges we face.

Tara Haelle, a science journalist and public speaker, helps us to understand how real this struggle is, despite our best efforts. In her recent article, “Your Surge Capacity is Depleted, It’s Why You Feel So Bad,” she explains what we are experiencing, individually and collectively:

Surge capacity is a collection of adaptive systems — mental and physical — that humans draw on for short-term survival in acutely stressful situations, such as natural disasters. But natural disasters occur over a short period, even if recovery is long. Pandemics are different — the disaster itself stretches out indefinitely.”

Take a few minutes to read her article. It will help you understand, and feel better, about how you are managing.


And my next post, I promise, will have nothing to do with this pandemic, the new normal, or these unprecedented times (2020 phrases that get way too much air time). Shifting instead to something I am persistently and unconditionally grateful for.

Thank you to Bronwyn Saglimbeni, Podcaster and Communications Coach Extraordinaire, for sharing this article. Check her out @