Happy September! August was sure a long, hot, smokey month. As hard as it’s been lately with all the Coronavirus restrictions, Colorado had to deal with record breaking heat and multiple wild fires and very poor air quality. My saving grace this summer has been going on hikes, bike rides and walks. Due to the dangerous air quality, I chose not to exercise outside for weeks. I ended up doing a lot of yoga inside….and cleaned up the basement. After a few weeks of this, I was getting antsy and grumpy, and I heard a lot of patients say the same thing. I think we were all feeling…”How much more can we handle?” Finally last Thursday, after some rain, I woke up to bluer skies and clearer, fresh air. Instantly my outlook and mood brightened and I also noticed that patients were in a much better mood too.
I also heard from many of you about your opinion of your kids going back to school. From preschool aged kids to college kids…everyone has had to weigh their decisions. I know a lot of people who said they have lost sleep over this difficult decision. Our son Trevor went back to Colorado Mesa University for his 2nd year of college 3 weeks ago and so far everything is going well. He said it’s different than last year, but doing all the safely precautions is worth it so he can go to college. So far at that campus they have not had any positive cases since before school started. Our other son, Drew, decided to take a semester off and work since all of his classes would be on-line and he felt he couldn’t learn as well that way. I’ve heard a lot of parents say that it’s been a hard transition for their kids to have on-line school due to the amount of time their child is in front of a screen. Hang in there and try to take it day by day!
Don’t forget during these times, to take care of yourself and take time to think about what is important to you. And remember that we’re all in this together and need to help eachother get through this.
Here’s a quote from a Chinese Proverb:
If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.