In trying to gather my thoughts for this post, the first thing that came to mind was simply “wow”. The past few weeks have given me whiplash, and I’m sure they’ve done the same to you. My emotions are oscillating between acceptance, gratitude, frustration, confusion, and anxiety. There are still happy moments, but it feels like a cloud is hanging over everything. The unpredictability of this moment is scary – especially for us Type A folks who like to plan and anticipate. I was talking to a client the other day who said, “I can’t plan for action because I don’t even know what’s going to happen by 2:00pm today”, and I felt the same way. In a broader sense, we never really know what’s going to happen on any given day, but right now it seems even less possible to predict as there is a constant stream of new information about COVID-19. This is so hard because we have no control and our routines are completely out of whack.

It’s taken me some time to figure out where my role as a health coach fits into all of this. Since the COVID-19 pandemic escalated in the US, I’ve been asking myself, “How can I use my training to help?”. My specialty is health behavior change, and I think that’s where I can do the most good: by helping people find ways to stay healthy and find new avenues for success in this constantly shifting landscape.

So, how am I going to translate that into action? Through the end of this pandemic, whenever that may be, I’m opening up my services to a “pay what you can” model – even (especially) if that means nothing at all. I will also accept wine #balance. I’m completely serious about this. Right now, I care more about doing my part and being as helpful as I can. If you’re struggling to adjust and you feel like your health is suffering, let’s talk. We’re all in this together.

Additional Resources

In addition to changing to a “pay what you can” model, I’ve also created a new section on my site for resources that I think might be helpful to you all during this time. I’ll try to update this weekly as I learn more information! If there’s something missing, a tip you come across that you love, or anything else you think I should add to this page that would be helpful, let me know!

Sending good vibes to all of you! Stay well!