Wellness During COVID-19

  • 2020-05-07
  • Interactive Government

Wellness During COVID-19
By Michael V. Sanders, Interactive Government Holdings, Chief Executive Officer

It’s hard to believe it’s already May and the calendar year nearly halfway complete – what a year it’s been thus far. I do believe it will turn around and the innovation and resiliency that has made America great for over 200 years will continue as the U.S continues to be the light on the hill and example of the power of the collective American spirit.

As days have turned into weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time speaking with other business owners and leaders as well as employees across every contract IGH operates. With few exceptions, IGH teammates are healthy, engaged, and doing well despite the daily challenges we now face. For that I am grateful.

Prior to COVID-19, most busy adults had issues disconnecting. Now, we are connected by phone, chat, video, virtual networking events and virtual conferences, all while having to ensure our kids stay connected to prevent brain drain and so they too can keep in touch with their friends and family. Terms like “overwhelmed” or “burned out” might resonate more than ever before.

It’s a lot to adjust to and it’s important you take care of yourself (as well as others). If people depend on you, it’s an imperative you take care of your mind, body, and soul. Here is a quick read about self-care from Forbes Magazine: Self-Care Is Not An Indulgence. It's A Discipline., and why it benefits not only you but those around you. Here’s one more from Harvard Business Review: To Take Care of Others, Start by Taking Care of Yourself.

While our new paradigms have been an adjustment and times certainly are challenging, the best thing you could do for your mind and body is to engage them both as often as you can.

Below are simple reminders to enjoy the extra time we have with each other and don’t forget to use your body and mind and get outside as often as you can:

Go for a walk or run.
Spend time standing each day to improve circulation and oxygen levels.

Spend time with others away from your phone. It’s ok to be disconnected after hours.

Spend time in the sun with those you love.

Search for your preferred exercise on YouTube.    

I frequently do quick workouts when I’m on the road at a hotel that may have little to no equipment. YouTube has saved me from missing out on my workout routine many an early morning.

Take care of yourself and each other.


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