Let’s face it; the pandemic has brought many of us to our knees. At first, this seemed like a terrible dream, but reality set in, and our world was turned upside down. Here we are, months later, still facing many challenges. Our staff at Razor Sharp jumped right in to find ways to keep our members connected and active from the beginning of shutdown because we care about you. As time went on, many of us positive and enthusiastic staff members started to feel much less than that in our personal lives. The emotions became raw and real, and we realized what we needed to do. We needed to focus on SELF-CARE. To help others, we also need to help ourselves!

Focusing on your overall wellness, being mindful of what you can and can’t control, and being grateful for your life’s positive aspects are key in positively getting through stressful times. Physically, we need to exercise, consume nutrient-packed food, stay hydrated, and get enough sleep. Exercise can be anything from walking outside, lifting weights, doing yoga, dancing, or anything that moves your body! Emotionally, it can help practice mindfulness, meditation, and deep breathing to help bring anxieties down. We can also focus on what we are grateful for in our lives. When we switch negative thoughts to positive thoughts, it can help with our emotional wellness. Some things happen that we can’t control, and maybe it would be helpful to let those things go. Focus your energy on the things you can manage and make changes to help with your well-being. Reach out to others for help! Many are feeling the same emotions, and talking with family and friends can create deeper connections. Try not to keep things bottled up. Many people find that they feel much better after talking about their worries. It relieves the stress and helps to move forward to continue with self-care.

One last thought…” Stress is not what happens to us, it’s our response to what happens to us, and the response is something we can choose.”