Have you hit the wall? (You’re not alone).


Today I’m sharing the reassuring guidance of Dr. Aisha Ahmad of the University of Toronto about the wall we can expect to hit, like clockwork, at about the six-month mark of a sustained crisis. 

If you’ve hit the wall, and you’re wondering ‘What’s wrong with me?’ or ‘How do I get through it?’,
take heart in her counsel.

It’s real, you’re not alone and you have what it takes to keep going.


Dr. Aisha Ahmad’s message about hitting ‘the wall’:






“This time, our crisis is global and there is nowhere to run. That’s OK. I’ve had to power through that six-month hump before and there is life on the other side. Right now, it feels like we are looking ahead at a long, dark wintery tunnel. But it’s not going to be like that. /3

Rather, this is our next major adaptation phase. We’ve already re-learned how to do groceries, host meetings, and even teach classes. And we have found new ways to be happy and have fun. But as the days get shorter and colder, we need to be ready to innovate again. /4

This is my first pandemic, but not my first six-month wall. So, what can I share to help you?  First, the wall is real and normal. And frankly, it’s not productive to try to ram your head through it. It will break naturally in about four to six weeks if you ride it out.” /5


“Don’t expect to be happy or creative in the middle of your wall… Also, don’t be afraid that your happiness & creativity are gone.”




“In my experience, this six-month wall both arrives and dissipates like clockwork. So I don’t fight it anymore. I don’t beat myself up over it. I just know that it will happen & trust that the dip will pass. In the meantime, I try to support my mental & emotional health. /9  Take heart. We have navigated a harrowing global disaster for six months, with resourcefulness & courage. We have already found new ways to live, love, and be happy under these rough conditions. A miracle & a marvel. This is hard proof that we have what it takes to keep going. /10



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