Food for Thought

by Abigail Solazzo
We hope you are well and safe during these unprecedented times. We know our members are facing unique challenges during this time, perhaps some they have never faced until now. The role of chapter leaders and volunteers has always been a generous and selfless act, and now as professionals, you are faced with giving more time to others than ever before. With that in mind, it’s still important to take care of yourself. Below are a few simple ways to practice self-care that you can use throughout the day.

Focused Breathing - When times are especially intense, take a moment to take a few deep breaths. Concentrate on inhaling and exhaling slowly. Try this a few times, somewhere quiet if at all possible, and practice this as many times as necessary during the day.

Meditation & Mindfulness – With all the noise we are surrounded by each day and the many requests and demands that are made of us, it’s important to carve out some time for a few peaceful moments, and allow your mind to “re-set” itself through mediation or a mindfulness activity. There are many apps that can help you get started, click here to find the right one for you. 

Eating Healthy at Work
– One of the things we might overlook as we are nourishing and caring for others in a demanding environment, is eating nutritious foods ourselves.  Being mindful about what we choose to eat can be a simple yet satisfying way to practice self-care while at work. For a few helpful tips about eating healthy at work, click here.

Give yourself credit – Perhaps one of the most important things we can do for ourselves, is give ourselves a pat on the back at the end of each day. Perhaps we had a rough day, or an easier day for that matter, it’s important to recognize that your work, efforts, and dedication are important and so are you!