How many times have you heard someone say “life is short”? The pandemic, for some, feels like the movie Groundhog Day. Or for my Star Trek friends “Cause And Effect” (by the way, this is a great episode). A lot of things have changed, over the past year. That “once in a lifetime” event happened, and we need to deal with the aftermath of COVID-19. Phrases like “these challenging times”, or “our mental health”, are on almost every news broadcast, podcast or radio show. So what happens once we get through this pandemic? How will life change? Have you taken time to review your own life?

Many have done more, with less. Or have worked non-stop in order to put food on the table. But please, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Take time to be absolutely sure you know in your heart “what really matters”. We’ve all had to adapt to change, over this past year. Use some of the time you have to replenish your reserves and de-stress. Putting yourself first means prioritizing your emotional and physical wellness. (1) Mediate, (2) relax, (3) write, (4) exercise, (5) learn something new, (6) walk more, (7) sleep more, and (8) find purpose in your life. Don’t forget those little moments, and memories, that really matter.

We’ve lost so much over this past year. But you are no good to anyone, your family, your friends and yourself if you don’t put yourself first. Take care of yourself, and try to keep a healthy mind.

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