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Resiliency & Wellness

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Our ongoing battle against COVID-19 continues turning our way of life upside down. As a result, many of us are feeling anxious, stressed, and overwhelmed by our present struggles, and feeling increasingly fearful of the uncertain future ahead. You are not alone. The insecurity you are feeling is shared by countless others and everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Rest assured that feelings of boredom, sadness, worry, loneliness, fear, stress, anxiety, anger, and panic are normal reactions to stressful situations like the outbreak of COVID-19. Take comfort in knowing that even though this season of our lives is progressing slower than we could have imagined, it is still just a season – not a life sentence. And when this season passes, just as all seasons do, we will rise from our collective hibernation stronger, more resilient, and with an abundance of appreciation for the gift of life.

In this time of waiting, please do not forget to take care of yourself. Self-care is not selfish. Be intentional about taking care of yourself while you work day-in and day-out caring for others. Your well-being is crucial to your family, our work family, and the community – and as a healthcare team, we are committed to compassionate care for one another. Anxiety, stress, and fear can cause strong emotions in children and adults, and learning to cope with these emotions is imperative to living well in the weeks ahead. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stressful circumstances and it is one of the most important qualities for working in healthcare.

Let’s explore how anxiety and stress impact our health (and toilet paper supply), and how we can support our own resiliency and wellness during this ever-changing season. We are stronger than we think we are, and we are better together.