As I log off from yet another virtual meeting, I find myself encouraged among many aspects of life. COVID-19 has affected and combined our lives into one space: our social interactions, our family, our community, and our work. In one day, I can use our technology to chat with colleagues and virtually celebrate our success stories or play a game or chat with friends. I can spend more time with my family around the table and out on walks. And then…I empathize with those who might not be as fortunate.
Some families find themselves struggling with providing basic needs. Others are overwhelmed as they balance work and education. The fear and stress can be overwhelming. We are in the profession of helping others. THANK YOU for your commitment to your clients. THANK YOU for finding new ways and resources for their individual needs. THANK YOU for caring for your friends and neighbors as well.
I encourage you to take a few moments and consider self-care. It is okay to talk about how you might not be sleeping well at night. It is okay to take a 10-minute breathing break. It is okay to ask for help. It is ok to NOT be able to do it all!
I just completed a webinar that was posted on our Career Connections calendar; it was a National webinar on Resiliency, Stress, and Grief: Managing through COVID-19 for Parents and Educators. Our presenter was: Dr. V. Scott H. Solberg Ph.D., a professor at the Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. Solberg is working internationally and nationally on the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective career development programs and services for especially high-need youth populations, including youth with disabilities. He has provided the resources from his presentation. I encourage you to visit the areas where you might be struggling the most. Is it insecurities? Grief? Self-care?
Thank you again for your commitment to the success of others. Please take care of yourself as well.