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Three Reminders for Taking Care of Yourself This Fall

AADOM graduates with the September 2020 calendar

With summer coming to an end, it’s time when we usually get excited about fresh starts and new beginnings.

If looking at the season ahead finds you feeling a little uncertain and overwhelmed, you are not alone.

Soon we’ll be setting back our clocks for daylight savings.

Let’s let the saying, “Spring forward, fall back,” remind us of a few truths we can “fall back on” to help us stay grounded and resilient, even without the comfort of the familiar in our new routines.

How to take care of yourself

1. Self-care

Like putting an airplane flotation device on yourself first, in order for us to be helpful to the ones we love, we need to be healthy ourselves.

So, we need to get exercise, eat well, and stay hydrated – we all know that.

But let’s not underestimate the importance of getting sleep, the power that being out in nature has to clear your head, and simply being conscious of our breath.

As many psychology studies attest, self-love and compassion are key for mental health, well-being, and keeping depression and anxiety at bay.

2. Keep connected

Especially if you are struggling a bit, fall back on the support of your family and friends and the people you trust. During this crazy time, we all need each other.

We also have our AADOM tribe for connection. Through Facebook groups, local chapters, and the Member Forum, there are several venues for commemoratory with peers who understand first-hand some of the challenges you face day-to-day.

3. Sense of humor

Sometimes, especially now, we just have to laugh. Laughter has proven health benefits: increases blood flow, releases endorphins, eases anxiety, diffuses anger, and more.

So, amidst the busyness of your day, let’s try to look for the humor in situations.

Most importantly, things always are better when we extend each other a little extra grace. None of us have done this “living through a pandemic” thing before.

Let’s remember to be kind to ourselves as well as to others. We will get through this season, and we will be better people, practices, and communities if we take to heart the wisdom we learn.

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