Happy National Nurses Day! A huge thank you to each and every one of you!! I too am a nurse, yet am no longer bedside due to back surgery with poor results. I cant help but feel a bit guilty for not being able to directly help during this Covid-19 pandemic. I hear story after story from friends and family on the front lines. There is so much our healthcare workers have endured during this pandemic that is not mentioned on the news…just the thought brings tears to my eyes. I am concerned about the future mental health of our healthcare workers, not just the nurses. Imagine “choosing” which lives you are going to save and those you are not as your resources are limited. Imagine holding the hand and comforting someones loved one while they take their last breath, tears streaming down their face as their family was forbidden to be with them. Imagine not being able to hold your children, fearing you may expose them to this evil virus. Our healthcare workers are experiencing trauma. There is no doubt in my mind that many of them will experience post-traumatic stress disorder. Although there has been an outpouring of support during the pandemic, let us commit to not forgetting their acts of service, dedication, and bravery when this is over!
As a health and wellness coach, I believe that health is all encompassing. It is more important than ever that we take care of ourselves. In order to achieve optimal health and wellness there must be balance of the mind, body, and soul, as each has the potential of negatively or positively affecting the other. Although we are currently unable to participate in some of our “usual, or normal ” activities, there are some simple things we are able to do to maintain personal balance during this pandemic. Each day nourish your body with something healthy, get a daily dose of sunshine, move your body (even if just a bit), take five five minutes during your day to reflect on something positive in your life (gratitude).
Make a commitment to yourself to stay healthy. Don’t make excuses for lack of self-care. Now is the perfect time to take control of YOU! Many of us have been gifted time, as we are unable to continue with many of our daily activities. Take advantage of this time! Take the time to self-reflect. Meditate. Journal. What is it you would like to achieve or change in your life? Why would you like to make these changes, how will you make them, and what will be your payoff? Visualize yourself having already achieved success. How will your life be different? How does that feel? What baby-steps are you willing to take each day to make this happen?
Love YOU, Live YOU!