By Molly Pereira, CDA Associate Executive Director
From the Winter 2020 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association
Happy New Year!
The fact that we’re starting a new decade blows my mind—especially because I feel like it was just 2002 a couple years ago. Never mind the fact that I taught my 7-year-old what a cassette tape was last week, and I’m pretty sure she doesn’t believe that this plastic rectangle with rolled up brown tinsel could play music.
The one good thing about getting older is that small stuff doesn’t bother me like it used to. Another flurry of lice hitting the kids’ school? Good thing we own tea tree oil for prevention and hair clippers if the oil fails. A notorious forgetful friend not paying me back for a joint gift? Let it go—it takes more energy to remember the $20 owed to me and I’m sure it’ll work out in the long run. Starbucks giving me somebody else’s order and me not noticing until it’s too late? As long as it’s not pumpkin spice flavored, I’ll probably live (and still be caffeinated).
For the most part, I really try to not sweat the small stuff and to get over what I can’t control. It’s a work in progress but it has allowed me to spend more time being appreciative of what I have and realize that I can control important things like my mental health, priorities, nutrition, happiness and relationships with others. I’m by no means a Yoda of wellbeing but I am passionate about wellness, living outside ego, being an example for my kids and being grateful for many things.
The fall issue of the Journal was dedicated to the eight pillars of wellness to show the many sides of wellness from stress management, to financial comfort, to physical health in a profession with many demands. It also promised a new member benefit for 2020: a 12-month wellness program for YOU and your team. Each month we’ll conquer a new topic and offer free articles, videos, webinars and more to inspire you to implement small changes in your everyday to better manage your worries, workload and intentions. I hope you’ll tune-in during this year for the CDA’s 12-month lineup of 2020 wellness.
CDA 2020 Wellness Program Calendar