With all of the mayhem this pandemic is creating it is important to take a step back from the news, negativity, and stress. Stay aware of what's going on, but take some time to unplug and clear your mind. It is now typical that wherever you go places are closed and no one is to be seen. Although this eerie sight has become the norm, birds are chirping, the sun is still shining, and there should be even more of a motivation to get out and do something while still keeping a safe physical distance.
In the last 3 days I have gone for a bike ride, hiked Camel’s Hump, did yoga, and also went for a trail run. Everything I did made me feel a lot better and I knew that I was doing something to help my immune system. Having asthma makes me worried at a time like this, and as a very active person I am taking every precaution to make sure I stay safe. Breathing in the fresh air and removing myself from the hustle and bustle of current stressful situations in life makes me realize that it is crucial to put yourself first and enjoy what nature has to offer.
During my adventures, I have seen countless people running, walking, and biking. A sight that is absolutely amazing to see. Everyone's situation is different, but they are getting outside and making time for themselves and for their health. In this unfortunate time, the community has really seemed to come together in understanding the importance of outdoor recreation, the importance of self care, and how we can overcome this obstacle and create an even better sense of community.
Self care: The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health. A couple of ways that I like to incorporate self care is by getting enough sleep, eating well on a daily basis, exercising, and yoga/mediation.
Generally, people in Burlington are pretty friendly, but I’ve certainly found that just about everyone I pass on the bike path and in the neighborhood gives a wave, a hello, and a smile. Everyone knows that it is a stressful time and people are certainly aware of how difficult a time it is. Just a friendly smile and a wave could help someone relieve some stress. You should always keep in touch with loved ones, but now is also a great time to touch base and see how relatives and friends are doing. Ask them what they are doing to get through physical distancing or quarantine and maybe pick up on a few things that you could add to your daily regimen.
Take a second to remember how life used to be 3 weeks ago. Were you in a constant rush and hurry? Did you have any time to do something for the betterment of YOU? Sure, we all may have been a little more carefree and stress free, but now you have time to focus on yourself and create a better you. Be mindful of what is good for us - Step away from the screens - Take a second to breathe and slow things down. Whatever your current situation is, make sure you incorporate self care.
- Clarke Shedd,
Skirack Run Specialist
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