COVID19 life Reading


September 22, 2021

Such thoughtful comments on yesterday‘s post!

I am not finished with my wellness presentation, unfortunately. It will be given Sept 30th in whatever state it is in, but how meta that it is totally stressing me out. The presentation is being given to hospital administrators (not to physicans) and I really want it to help them understand some of the current stressors and what helps. Yet even with a dedicated lit search things seem really murky.

I hit a roadblock that the affiliate medical school library that I usually use to obtain articles started using a new system, and then had to only look at free full text publications.

(Hopefully library issue will get fixed soon.)

I think that in addition to sharing actual data/conclusions from the studies out there, I will include a few anonymous vignettes of colleagues and myself (!) on how the pandemic increased stressors that were already present (ie: childcare uncertainty, worries about job stability, infections especially pre-vaccine). That will take up some time, won’t be boring, and will bring a personal aspect to the talk . . .

Other things:

1- The new Powersheets are coming out soon! I am super into this launch for some reason. I think because I plan on using Hobonichi next year and they have no specific goal-setting content, though of course you can add your own elements.

2- Amor Towles’ new book is out: The Lincoln Highway. I loved A Gentleman In Moscow so now have another one to add to my list.

3- My Anne Bogel Reading Journal came! It’s such a cute little book. It has room for 100 entries so for me that is ~2 years. I am going to wait until 2022 to start filling in titles.

4- As of tomorrow there are 100 days left in the year (!). Fun/interesting to think about . . .


  • Reply Gillian September 22, 2021 at 7:10 am

    If you haven’t, definitely read Rules of Civility, Towles’ first book. I liked it better than A Gentleman in Moscow.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 22, 2021 at 7:56 am

      Wow! I loved Moscow. Maybe I will do a Towles deep dive …

    • Reply Ashley G. September 22, 2021 at 8:32 am

      Agree. I was so excited to read A Gentleman in Moscow but it didn’t hold a candle to Rules of Civility.

    • Reply Elisabeth September 22, 2021 at 5:09 pm

      Haha! I was the exact opposite. I devoured A Gentleman in Moscow – one of my favourite reads over the last few years – and actually skimmed parts of Rules of Civility because I just couldn’t get into it. Might have been a timing issue (maybe I was too rushed or spent too long comparing it to A Gentleman in Moscow), because I know lots of other readers who loved them both…

  • Reply M September 22, 2021 at 8:44 am

    I attended a parenting during the pandemic webinar several months ago for healthcare providers. There was an MD and 2 counselors that presented. To me, the most helpful part of the talk came when the presenters were asked personally how each were coping. At that point it came out that people were drinking way more coffee, getting less sleep, having to patch together childcare, seeing their kids less than they would like, facing extra financial challenges, etc. One presenter didn’t have any children at home-which made me reflex in a different way on her presentation. It was so helpful to have the speakers share their current experiences. Love that you will be including anonymous personal examples. Think it’s important to share what is proven to be helpful (sleep, eating well, getting time away, meditating etc), but being honest about what goes on “behind the curtain” in our lives is so helpful also. It normalizes our experience. This was tremendously helpful as I work in a department where 80% of my coworkers do not have children under 18 at home. Good luck!

  • Reply vanessa September 22, 2021 at 9:39 am

    HI Sarah- I love your blog and don’t usually comment. But just an FYI- for free PDFs of articles if your hospital library site isn’t working try sci-hub. You simply put in the pubmed ID or the DOI and get the article. Life changing. Good luck with your presentation!

  • Reply Courtney September 22, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    The Greater Good Science Center might have some articles that you can refer to in your presentation on proven strategies for self-care:

  • Reply Elizabeth Wine September 22, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    I got an early release copy of Powersheets and they arrived yesterday! Also got some of the gold and cream washi and that was my budget right now!

    I am a clinical social worker and I teach a grad school class on trauma, you might look up the book Trauma a Stewardship, they have a full website too with some resources. I was able to get a free digital desk copy of it.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns September 23, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    I also pre-ordered the book journal and plan on starting it in 2022 as well. My reading has really increased in the last couple of years – this will be my 2nd year in a row of exceeding 100 books. Which is bananas. So it will last almost a year for me. But I hope I like it. I mostly use the library now whereas in the past I bought tons of books. So I am looking forward to having some way to memorialize what I read, besides Goodreads! And I think it will push me to be a more thoughtful reader.

  • Reply Hope September 26, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    I never was able to get into using my Powersheets but I love her pads especially Break It Down and maybe could get into some of her new decks. I am using Amplify planner which has some goal setting so the Break It Down pads should work well with the Amplify goal setting section. (Sometimes the whole planner system is overkill, but the accessories or pads fit in nicely with the system you are using in almost all cases ).

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