From the Editor

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“For everyone, well-being is a journey. The secret is committing to that journey and taking the first steps with hope and belief in yourself.”

—Deepak Chopra

Over the past couple of years, I’ve referenced the increased building of stressors that many of us experience, particularly within an age of a 24/7 news cycle in a volatile political environment. It doesn’t matter your political affiliation, we’re all affected. Conflict in government on a state or national level and the inability to focus on the best interest of the people rather than the politics varies in impact for each individual, but every one of us confronts immediate and lasting effects, whether through avoidance or direct interactions.

Many of us are working more hours, and who doesn’t have some type of stress at work? Deadlines, dealing with a difficult customer, or whatever the case, we experience stress in some form.

We’re caregivers. It’s quite rare these days to only be responsible for yourself. Whether it’s for a spouse, partner, child, parent, sibling, friend, or pet, we’re caring for others as much as, or in many cases more than, ourselves.

This is why attending to our own well-being is so important. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the negative, to become inundated with work and home, and to completely lose track of how we’re doing. We need reminders to take care of ourselves.

At Madison Essentials, we hope to remind you a bit in each issue, and more pointedly in our Well-Being issue, to take care of yourself. We recognize you have many needs: physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, and more. And because most of us are caretakers in one way or another, it’s also good to get tips on how we might care for others in a way that’s not only better for them, but also for ourselves.

I hope you’ll find something in this issue you need today and every day.

Amy Johnson