November Leadership Message
While the coronavirus pandemic can be deeply stressful, it also gives us the opportunity to take note of the things we typically take for granted.
We are all doing what we can to stay healthy right now – we are, hopefully, washing our hands, socially distancing, trying to get adequate sleep, staying active, and eating nutritious meals - but we often forget that gratitude plays an important role in lowering our stress levels. For many people, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time to be grateful.
Research shows that gratitude can boost our mental and physical health. Slowing down and becoming more grateful can be a powerful tool for navigating the current crisis. Covid-19 is a human catastrophe. But it is also making us assess what is important. It is all about perspective. It is easy to look at all of the negatives this year and sure there are plenty, but there is also quite a lot of great things that happen in the quiet moments that I am grateful for including more hugs from Robert, cat cuddles, more time for cooking and baking, more movie nights and a few pajama days. I am also thankful for Amazon Prime, Netflix, ZOOM, wine, laughter, health, employment, sunsets, stars, music, sunshine and friends.
Our lives may not be perfect but there is always something to be thankful for. Whether it is a job, family or even the small things, life presents opportunities for gratitude. What are you thankful for this year?
From Amy Hurst, CPM®
CREW Austin President