We are all in the thick of it now. COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we operate and go about our daily lives. Those who can are working from home. Those who can’t may be working fewer hours (more if you are an essential health care worker) or none at all. Students have had to make the switch to online learning, which is proving to be a challenge for educators and parents alike. “Social distancing” is becoming the new normal - with more people indoors and in front of a screen than on the road, in office buildings, stores, gyms, theaters, or restaurants.
This is our reality, for now, and however long it takes to get COVID-19 under control. It’s scary, frustrating, and quite frankly overwhelming. We are living in unique circumstances that we have little control over. But perhaps there are small actions we can take during our days to regain control and a sense of “normalcy”.
Let’s be clear, even I don’t always follow my own advice. I’m an innate “performer”, but I don’t always set aside the time to “prepare”, “pause”, “reset”, and “rest”. But I know when I do follow all four steps, my ability to perform is far greater than when I haven’t cared for my own wellbeing. What I am saying is not life altering, but simply a reminder to regain control of that which is in your own grasp.
Take care of yourself, and in turn you can care for others :)
Devon Brunson, MS, CCC-SLP
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