Pandemic fatigue is real. By focusing on these realizations, it has allowed me to continue to thrive and stay healthy – mentally, emotionally and physically.
- It IS possible to move most things outdoors. We spent half of each day outdoors during summer and fall programs, taking art and STEM activities with us.
- It IS possible to visit with neighbors, friends, and family WITH social distancing. We can still enjoy spending time with people 6 feet apart.
- A virtual hug is just not the same as wrapping your arms around someone. This is why it is good to have a dog.
- Reading is more than just a pastime; it can be a great escape. I wish I had little kids at home to read to because I love children’s books and my dog is not interested.
- Youth voices need to be heard and they are willing to march in the streets to speak out.
- Local news matters. I subscribe to the local newspaper to keep up with COVID numbers, school district decisions, and other city and county news. I’m supporting local journalists and our neighborhood delivery person, and I trust that the reporting is truthful.
- Dogs are useful. I look forward to the print edition of the paper that Mookie, our Labrador Retriever, fetches from the sidewalk every morning.
- I still like my husband.
- Food from a garden tastes really good. The garden at Diamond Hill Station encouraged me to plant my own backyard garden.
- An emoji is not always as good as a reply.
- Masks matter. They are a layer of protection along with social distancing and limited contact that allow us to continue our mission to serve youth in-person in a safe and responsible manner.
- We have grit! We have made it through seven long months and a multitude of challenges, and we will continue to learn and adjust to any situation that arises.
I am making a plan to stay mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy during COVID winter and to support our youth whatever their needs. And I’m prepared to learn and grow throughout this season.
There are numerous resources for you and your family to help you navigate the pandemic. Start here: