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All the techniques that we, as healthy adults have learned, I think now is the time when we are reminded to implement them. It’s more important now than ever to take care of ourselves, because we are providing care, whether it be directly or indirectly, as in my role, to patients who really need us. So, we need to be at our prime.
So, for me, personally, I liked to do meditation, I listen to a lot of meditation podcasts. I’m prioritizing exercise and personal fitness. So, prioritizing the personal fitness has been really important for me, too. All of those self-care measures that we learned before, I mean, it’s the same now, but it’s just more important than ever to remember them for ourselves — and for our patients.
COVID-19 gives us opportunities to be more prepared next time to grow our resilience and our stores of strength. We are learning. I think everybody right now is learning so many different skills. I mean everyone — from people who need to learn Zoom overnight, to learning how to rely on each other and learning how to trust each other in ways that we didn’t necessarily need to before the pandemic. I’m really proud to be part of this health care community in this time right now and today. And I could not be prouder and happier to be part of an organization like Lestonnac and to be able to do the work that we do during this time.
Noelle AhnCommunity Referral Network Project ManagerLestonnac Free ClinicOrange, CA