With the passing of Labor Day, summer 2020 is in our rearview.  Our kids have returned to our great public schools and universities and we are all getting into our autumn routines.  The usual routines, however, have been adapted to accommodate hybrid schedules at school and work, as well as to heightened health and safety protocols.  Still, we persist in our routines against the backdrop of an ongoing pandemic, a contentious presidential campaign, unrest in the streets of several cities, and continuing concern about our collective future.

Is it any wonder then that we are seeing more and more of our friends and neighbors coping with more and more stress?

Our friends at the Mayo Clinic have written about the importance of self-care during these trying times.  When we have difficulty managing our emotions, suffer anxiety, or have strong feelings that interfere with our daily schedules, it is time to act to improve our physical and emotional health.

In caring for our physical health, the Mayo Clinic recommends that we take some very basic, expense-free actions including:

Eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water.

  1. Getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
  2. Exercise every day.
  3. Avoid abusing alcohol and drugs.
  4. Spending time outdoors being active.

To address our mental health needs, Mayo offers these recommendations:

  1. Set and maintain a routine at home.
  2. Be selective in the news media you consume. Avoid media outlets that sensationalize emotions and dial back on social media if you find that it makes you anxious.
  3. Listen to more music and read more books.
  4. Rely on your faith and personal beliefs to bring you comfort.
  5. Use technology to keep in touch with your loved ones. Plan a regular Zoom or Teams meeting time each week.

Visit www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org for more information about maintaining your physical and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ND United also offers professional development in these areas.  Find our upcoming professional development opportunities here, or drop an email to our Director of Professional Development, Amy Flicek at amy.flicek@ndunited.org for more information.


Nick Archuleta

ND United President