love in the time of corona
in the (good) news
There’s been a lot written in recent days about what we can do to keep our small businesses and community services up (if not running at 100%) during the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s encouraging to see communities stepping up in all sorts of ways to do just that.
There are also stories of big businesses stepping in as well—I particularly appreciated that the CEO of Delta Airlines is not taking his salary for six months to help right that ship as its overall capacity is cut 40%.
Even our legislative and executive branch managed to move swiftly and (somewhat) amicably to pass a “coronavirus bill” with a wide range of emergency measures.
(Let’s overlook the fact that they could have had some rational, logical discussions and passed much more mindful legislation over the past 20-30 years. Surely it cannot come as a shock to them that the healthcare, education, and labor sectors have been rife with enormous issues much longer than the past few weeks? Down, Snark. Bad dog.)
Lauren A. Smith articulated the problem much better than I can:
[R]esponses during a time of crisis are only as good as the strength of preparedness, support systems, and relationships that existed before the crisis…. [I]t is essential to be prepared ahead of time and to resist the temptation to gut public health infrastructure when there is no obvious crisis looming.
May we all remember this as we move toward the election this fall….
In my own life, I’m tracking the virus on three continents: with my husband in Hong Kong, my daughter in Europe, and my son and me and Kermit the Dog holding down the fort stateside, it’s been a practice in mindfulness to limit how much media—of any kind—I’m consuming.
As a small business owner, I definitely feel a huge downturn coming. As a health coach, I’m frustrated by the fact that my services are viewed by many as “a luxury.” Ironically, when people invest in their health by hiring a coach, they are much better equipped to handle disease—viral, bacterial, or chronic. (Again, see Smith’s quote above.)
It would be easy to sit at home and rail against all this—and that’s just not helpful. To anyone.
love in the time of corona
I’ve been thinking instead about how I can be of service.
Those I know on the front lines of the pandemic—nonprofiteers, nurses and other healthcare workers, caregivers—are wearing their immune systems thin, working overtime, and putting their own health at risk daily.
It’s a fine line to walk—giving all we can for others while remembering to take care of ourselves so that we have something to give—and many of us are not finding that balance easy.
For this reason, I’ve decided to offer free health coaching (both 1:1 and group calls) through the end of March, and maybe longer.
an invitation | make the connection
If you or someone you know is struggling with self care and burning out while trying to establish a new normal, please connect with me in March! Both options are FREE and PITCH-FREE, meaning that this is about being of service, not about selling you on my programs and products. We can cover nutrition, integrative health, immunity, anxiety … or whatever else is on your mind!
Group coaching calls (registration is required)