Editor’s note: Below we are sharing a Facebook post written by a friend and former staff member, Megan Kuhlenschmidt. We thought her message might resonate with many of you (or maybe it won’t; that’s OK, too). Thank you Megan for allowing us to reprint your wise words.
Good morning! A few quarantine reminders: You don’t need to use this time to lose weight or learn a language or pick up a new hobby. It’s a crisis, not a self-help retreat and anyways we all think you’re already smart and look great. Go easy on yourself.
If you’re on meds, especially for mental health, don’t forget to take them! If you’re in therapy, keep going or find an online therapist if that works better for you. It’s ok to be sad or mad or happy or scared.
Remember those first two weeks when your newborn baby was home and you thought “this is going to be easy!” and then week three hit and you were like OHHHH. That’s where we are now. The newness and adrenaline is wearing off and we’re hitting the hard part. That’s why it’s feeling harder now. It’s ok to talk about.
If you’re hurting financially, do some research on newly available programs and breaks. The options available now are different than during a normal time.
So stay home, don’t hoard, tip your delivery drivers really well, check on your friends, wash your hands, and if there’s something that brings you joy – whether it be exercise or eating cheesecake every day – allow yourself that joy. We all need a little more joy these days.
Here’s a picture of some spring flowers I took on my run this morning. It’s nice to remember that the world is still spinning just the same as it always has.
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