VOA Today: Commitment Committee

Some helpful and thoughtful advice from the Commitment Committee

A Commitment to Ourselves and our Team

When we are taking care of others, especially in this time of uncertainty, we often forget to care for ourselves. As your Commitment Committee, we wanted to provide a list of some things that we can all do to take care of ourselves and our teams.

  • A lot of local gyms throughout our service area are providing free, virtual workouts. For example, the YMCA of Central Kentucky has daily, free, virtual classes available to everyone. Check it out at https://ymcacky.org/virtual-ymca or YMCA 360 on YouTube.
  • Many zoos and aquariums are offering free live streaming, weekly and even some daily, so while they may be more kid-focused, who doesn’t want to watch a baby Penquin waddle around? The following link is an article that lists all of the zoos/aquariums that are participating. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/coronavirus-zoos-aquariums-live-stream-animals-isolation-quarantine/
  • Send handwritten notes to your colleagues in another state and/or another program.
  • While maintaining social distancing, take a walk and get some fresh air.
  • Read a book. Work a puzzle. Play a board game. Color and tap into your creative side!
  • Meditate. The Calm app has some good breathing exercises and meditation stories.
  • Learn Ballet with the Cleveland Inner City Ballet. Access their free virtual online Ballet Instruction Program via their Facebook page or their website: www.clevelandinnercityballet.org
  • Don’t forget employee benefits like EAP and Teledoc.
  • Supervisors: Find creative ways to recognize your staff—order lunch for onsite staff, send a care package, acknowledge with a quick email…
  • Find time to just chit chat, debrief, be silly, and have some downtime with your colleagues, even if it is just for 10 minutes.
  • And remember, be kind.

Rachel B. Harrison | Veteran Services Program Manager

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