Do you remember where you were when it felt like everything came to a screeching halt? For a quick moment, we all had to take a deep breath, reevaluate new social interactions, and unite to protect our neighbors from COVID-19. We love our community, and we want to do whatever we can to save lives.
Through this commitment, a lot of our day-to-day events have moved to our homes. We may have brought work or school home, or we’re now caring for additional family members. From leading business meetings online to running a company from your living room, it can sometimes feel like a lot.
Women’s Health Week begins on May 10, and this is a great reminder that we must continue to prioritize our health — physical and emotional. Here are three things you can do right now.
Talk it out
Connecting may look different these days, but our need for healthy, positive relationships has not changed. We are meant to be in community, talking with others, and doing life together. If you don’t feel comfortable discussing certain topics, connect with a counselor. Talk it out! Ask around or find trusted counseling resources online.
Walk it out
Get moving! If you can do this outside, it’s even better. Walking has so many benefits, and it’s a great way to start an exercise routine if you haven’t been working out. Find trusted resources online to guide your decisions on stretching, how long to walk, which shoes to use, and more. Bring your water, your sunscreen, and your favorite music or podcast. Of course, don’t forget to bring your mask.
Let it out
Whether you have a journal or just want to make a few notes on your phone, share your feelings. Things have been challenging, y’all. The most devastating part of this time is the reality that people are dying. The loss of life is a heavy emotion, and everyone responds differently. As we process this sad reality around us, jobs have been eliminated and families are struggling. Gatherings to mourn are limited or canceled. Celebrations are being delayed, too. Whatever you’re feeling is important to share. Don’t neglect your feelings.
We’re all in this together. Will you call a friend today? Check on them.