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Over Summer Break? Fall Back.

Hey Friends,

Summer is almost over, and fall activities are getting started. The road trips, vacation, summer camp, and endless changes in flights are winding down. The kids are back at school while their parents are reorganizing their schedules for their kids’ activities. Soon we’ll be changing the clock and falling back.

Question for you…did you enjoy your summer, or did you breeze right through it?

I enjoyed the summer as I have the entire year. I reminded myself to stay present, embracing each moment. I will admit there were some challenging moments for me this summer. For starters, I expanded my team with three new professionals: a vice president of operations, a new therapist, and a marketing and media expert. 

For four years, I have operated my business as a sole proprietor. Now that we are incorporated, we’ve become a big deal over here at Azz-ert Urself! LLC, and I am proud of my team and our work. One challenge of hiring the team was learning to let go of control.

Free Community Health Event in Virginia Beach, VA

This summer, we held multiple free community events educating people on mental health and wellness. The Lunch and Learn events we are starting this fall are even more exciting. Each month we will host an event and invite a speaker from our local community to share ways that small business owners can expand their businesses. I am a firm believer that community is currency.

Are you building your currency?

If not, here are a few ways you can build your community:

  • Join your local chamber of commerce.
  • Attend local events (I find events through Facebook Events, Meetup, and Eventbrite).
  • Volunteer (Our newest therapist will be volunteering with the American Red Cross to provide psychoeducational training. You can check out her profile here).
  • Join an online group that shares similar interests.
  • Host a free community event.
  • Add value to the space you are already in.
  • Meet your neighbors (yes, people still do that).

What else have I been up to?

New Assertive Living with Purpose Podcast

I’m glad you asked. I just started my new podcast, Assertive Living with Purposewhere I discuss all things life and mental health. I will drop a new episode on Wednesdays weekly, and I already have a few teaser episodes for you to check out on Spotify. Be sure to click the Follow button on my podcast so that you do not miss new episodes. As always, share this wonderful resource with your family and friends–after all, everyone can benefit from improving their mental health. 

The last order of business I want to discuss for this newsletter. It is that time of year when it gets darker outside, and some people experience that darkness in challenging ways–better known as seasonal affective season.

What symptoms does one experience with the seasonal affective disorder?

  • Lack of motivation or interest in doing things you normally would enjoy
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping more than usual
  • Changes in your appetite up or down
  • Difficulty concentrating or feeling easily distracted
  • Overwhelming thoughts or feelings of guilt, hopelessness, or worthlessness
  • Sad or depressed mood or crying spells
  • Irritability or feeling easily agitated
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Thoughts about not existing or thoughts of wanting to harm yourself with or without plans to act on those thoughts

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and want help, please contact a psychiatrist or find a therapist. A good place to find a therapist or psychiatrist is on Most mental health professionals have a profile on this platform and an easy way to reach out to them. 

Please call 911 or your local emergency services if you feel that you are in imminent danger. If you feel overwhelmed and not in imminent danger, contact the crisis line at 1-800-273-TALK, text 988, or chat online

Know that seeking help is okay. It is time for us to allow society and ourselves to stigma caring for our mental health. If you need help, here is your sign to make the call.


Dr. D


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