A Note from the Parish Nurse

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Mary Sophia Hawks Parish NUrch

Grace and peace to each of you. What exciting news about our twelve new members! I encourage you to reach out by mail or email to welcome them to our flock. 

In our staff Zoom meeting this week, we all expressed what many of you are feeling. Frustration, loneliness, isolation, and wondering if we will ever return to something like normal. Parents and teachers are making some of the most difficult decisions about school. Essential workers are still working long hours and are exhausted. Your church staff misses your smiling faces, voices raised in song, and hugs! 

Last week, I wrote about the importance of humor. This week, I want to revisit the importance of self-care. It is easy to forget this. What does self-care mean? Here are some examples:

  1. Eating well. Choosing whole foods, getting lots of different colors on your plate with vegetables and fruits.
  2. Hydrating, hydrating, hydrating! Anyone from the OWLs group will tell you this is my mantra. Hydration is especially important in the summer heat. Fruits have great water content, especially watermelon. My favorite is water, but I also drink lemonade in the summer.
  3. Adequate rest and sleep. If you struggle to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night, a visit to your doctor is in order. There are medications and conditions that can affect your sleep and your doctor can help figure out the cause.
  4. Doing something fun every day. Find the things that bring you joy that you can do at home.
  5. Call or email or mail a friend three times a week.
  6. Laugh at something every day. I was in a parking lot recently-just watch people, there is always something funny. (I didn’t have to get out of my car.)
  7. Reach out if you are depressed, sad, unable to motivate, hopeless, or sleeping all the time. Helen Ross McNabb is offering virtual counseling appointments.

Praying for God’s grace to restore and make you whole, 

Mary Sophia

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