A Letter from Leah: Self Care for Health Professionals
I wanted to take over today’s blog and give a little “Leah Love” to my community especially to the Nurses and Healthcare Professionals -- I’m seeing first hand how this is affecting you all. You’ve got this. Keep your head up and continue taking care of yourself. This last month has been challenging as a small business owner, but also as a nurse to cancer patients. I never thought in a million years that both careers would be so heavily impacted by one thing.
It’s been difficult to focus these past few weeks, however I have decided to remain positive and focus on what's important to me, to help channel my energy. I thought I would share with you some things that have helped me during these last couple of weeks -- what has been fueling my fire and keeping me sane during these very abnormal times.
- Human Contact is something I NEED -- WE ALL DO - thats what makes us HUMAN! I talked with my sister who is a therapist and she offered up some good advice. She spoke about how a simple walk can fill that emptiness because most likely you will walk by somebody on the road or even see a neighbor outside where you can stop and say Hi to. It’s the simplest Hello or How are you holding up? That can fill that void inside, even just for a little bit.
- No phones or computers after 8pm! It’s easy to stare mindlessly at your computer and easy to fool yourself into thinking that you’re getting work done, however my brain has shut down and my productivity level is at zero after a certain amount of time. Greg and I have been finding some good shows to watch such as Ozark, 1917 and Little Fires Everywhere just to name a few!
- MOVING MY BODY… DAILY! It’s easy to tell yourself “I don't have time” to exercise. I can say this, because once upon a time I SAID THAT. 30 minutes to 1 hour ladies is all you need! My one hour just so happens to have to be at 5am, which at first was pretty shitty (I have a two year old who is starting to get nightmares), however that quick turnaround has led to more energy, clarity and productivity. A BIG SHOUTOUT to my “virtual” personal trainer, Alanna Littlefield. @alannaj22
- ZOOM happy hour with friends. This goes back to my first mention about human contact. Seeing cheerful, familiar faces while drinking a glass of your favorite red wine (or two) can send anybody into a good mood.
- Lastly, I can't forget my SaltyGirl Sugar Scrub that I use EVERY FEW NIGHTS in the shower. It leaves my skin oh so silky smooth and fresh smelling -- easy to use and easy to clean up! It’s a must after a day in the office or at home with your kids :)
I hope this gives you something to think about or perhaps something to try! Keep checking in with Sarah and I. We have some great things coming your way including Self Care tips and tricks that we all so desperately need right now!
Much Love, Leah