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Take Time for Yourself

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” -Lucy Maud Montgomery(Canadian writer; author of Anne of Green Gables,1874-1943)

June is the sixth month of the year, marking the halfway point. 2020 will be a memorable year in the history of the world, because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are still in the realm of the unknown, with some things attempting to get back to a modified version of what they were. We are adapting. This situation doesn’t have to make us sink into despair. Instead, we can focus on hope and kindness.

Taking a walk is one of the most invigorating things I do. Walking really lets me see the beauty of nature and the stunning community we have. I call my walks “mini adventures.” Fortunately, I have a canine companion, so I partake in this enjoyment three or four times per day. Seeing the flowers bloom, hearing the call of the birds, and enjoying the long daylight are not only energizing, but also give me hope.

It is important to do things you enjoy during uncertain times. You can plan a daily “you time” by reading a book, calling a friend, watching a television program you enjoy, taking a walk, or doing anything you find enjoyable. It really does help.

If you feel overwhelmed, remember: you are not alone. I am grateful we have support services. The 24-Hour Distress Line – 780-482-4357 (HELP) – is a non-judgmental service where experienced staff will listen and support, not only at this time, but 365 days a year/24 hours every day.

As always, take time for yourself, relish pleasant thoughts, stay safe, and stay well.

Ian is a columnist with the paper. He lives in the area.

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