Mental Health

The World Before and After COIVD: Nature Exhibit Edition

The World Before and After COIVD: Nature Exhibit Edition

by Andie Vasquez After being stuck inside for the last couple months and staying mostly close to home due to the pandemic, my children were eager to get out and about. Some places remain closed, but a few have reopened. This was our first trip into the world with all...

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Can We Find Peace During a Pandemic?

Can We Find Peace During a Pandemic?

But in truth, that matches what has kept happening to me in 2020, so I guess it was fitting. I will tell you my personal story in hope it comforts you and let’s you know that you’re not alone in this crazy time and that peace can be found during a pandemic.

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You are Not the Size of Your Jeans

You are Not the Size of Your Jeans

by Andie Vasquez In days past, each person was fitted into their clothes individually. There weren't "sizes" like we know them today. If you were poor that meant you, your mother, family member, whomever in your house would be doing all the sewing. Perhaps you'd get...

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Finding the Hug We Need

Finding the Hug We Need

by Mary Holtrop During these past few months I was not feeling the stress of COVID-19. I was going about my business, going to work most days, getting caught up on projects that I have been meaning to complete for several years, organizing my work space and taking...

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Why You Should Slow Your Scroll and Flip a Page

Why You Should Slow Your Scroll and Flip a Page

It’s no secret that screen time among individuals has increased BIG TIME. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! I know a lot of people who have seen their ‘Screentime Weekly Report’ pop up and find their eyes instantly rolling into the back of their head. This can cause many overwhelming feelings due to do the steady flow of information that our brains are constantly processing during this intense time.

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Experiment Living like a Studio Ghibli Character

Experiment Living like a Studio Ghibli Character

My mental health is a big factor in why I do things, and one of the reasons I started this challenge in the first place. I would say I am in a better state of mind right now than I was a few weeks ago. Luckily during this time, the weather has started to warm up as Spring draws closer. Making a point to go outside every day has been a huge aide to my mental health.

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The Question Every Mom’s Been Asked…

The Question Every Mom’s Been Asked…

by Rachel Warner MAT, ATC, LAT Every mother experienced it at least once, and I don't typically make absolute statements. Whether it was said by a health care provider, a friend, coworker, or a family member, every mom has heard it.  "An insult disguised as a...

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In Search Of Patience

In Search Of Patience

by Mary Holtrop I work in administration at a public library. My library is in a town of about 18,000 people and we have 25 employees. Since mid-March our library has been closed due to COVID-19.  My responsibilities in the library include finance, human...

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Letter to my best friend: Postpartum series

Letter to my best friend: Postpartum series

By Keli Kirwin Dear friend,       Please believe that you deserve rest and care. Know that you are best able to care for others whenever your body and mind are rested         Allow your support team...

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