At 6 a.m., I was briskly walking the length of my house from front door to dining room carrying hand weights while listening to NPR’s “Morning Edition.” This wasn’t how I had planned to celebrate 40 years of morning workouts. However, it’s the new normal until my gym re-opens.
Quarantine means that we don’t have our usual opportunities for physical activity. Parents may be used to going to the gym or yoga studio. Children are used to running with friends at recess, going to PE class, and participating in sports. During this time of physical distancing, it’s important to re-evaluate exercise routines as a family and make sure that everyone is getting their needs for physical activity met.
Throughout the course of my life I have had to work hard at something. Whether it be work, my relationships, sports, my attitude, my finances, school, or my personal health and wellbeing, there has always been a time when I have needed to be better or do better. During those times I have leaned on my family, good friends and mentors, growth opportunities, my faith, and great books. So many books! One of my favorite authors of the many books I have read is Brene Brown – I have learned so much from reading her material, listening to her podcasts, and engaging in her work.
As one of the newest board members of The Wellbeing Partners, I am thrilled to be part of this dynamic organization as we build wellbeing into all the places people work, live, and play. Sarah and Theresa asked me to introduce myself and share a little bit about what we’re doing at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) to advance that same mission.
Spiritual wellbeing: to translate it into simply ‘religion’ or even ‘faith’ would miss a large part of the importance and relevance that spiritual wellbeing has for all people. Spiritual wellbeing is much larger, and can be understood as “finding purpose, value, and meaning in your life.” Because our spiritual wellbeing is tied to our sense of purpose, it acts a lot like emotional wellbeing in how it relates to the other dimensions: purpose within a community (social), purpose and value at work (occupational), educational goals (intellectual), and so forth. Our sense of purpose and the value and meaning we find in our lives impacts our mental health directly in how we think about and see ourselves.
Recently food advocates involved in Share Our Table, a regional coalition focused on food security, gathered virtually to discuss COVID-19 and its impact on food security here in the community. To help during this uncertain time, we pulled together some resources for food advocacy organizations and those you serve. Please feel free to share with your networks.
Right now, our country and the world are experiencing a public health crisis that we were not prepared to handle. It is obvious that COVID-19 is causing many changes in our communities and workplaces and that the effects of this pandemic are something that we will continue to experience in the coming weeks, months, and maybe years. However, not all changes that will result from COVID-19 will be negative. As we have seen over the past few weeks, more and more workplaces have adopted or expanded their paid leave benefits as a response to COVID-19.
Have you felt like your world has turned upside down? Most of us can relate. When our places of work closed or moved to remote-only, we were all left scrambling to adjust to this new and indefinite “normal.” There is no denying that this is challenging for adults, and we must also consider how it is even more difficult for our children. So how do we support them in this time? How do we to teach our children about COVID-19 and help them to cope with the affects that it is having our on daily lives?
As COVID-19, also called the coronavirus, continues to spread, our nation is in a unique and highly unusual situation – a situation where there aren’t answers, there’s little way to know when the pandemic will end or get better, and limited opportunities for people to engage in positive social activities to help them cope. Everyone is affected. This virus does not target specific people or populations – it simply impacts everyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status and that is precisely what makes it so scary.
Back in the 1980s, employers picked up the tab for unhealthy employee behaviors like smoking in the office. Worksite wellness programs first got their start almost 40 years ago with an emphasis on smoking cessation and other physical issues like fitness and nutrition. Today, we know that true wellness acknowledges that the body, mind, and spirit are tied together within the eight dimensions of wellness.