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WELLNESS & SELF-CARE · June 15th, 2020

Change, Loss, and a Healthy Recovery

by Turpin Mott

CHIEF COMMUNITY OFFICER

Over the past six months, our world has changed. We’ve witnessed the unparalleled consequences of COVID-19, the civil unrest resulting from the wrongful death of one of our citizens, and the economic swings from the opening and closing of local businesses. These types of life-altering moments in our lives can be a shock to our system on all fronts – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The good news is – we can heal. Before we can truly recover from this type of life alteration, we must first recognize the things we’ve lost. Whether our loss is permanent or temporary, it is still a loss, and it still must be processed.

As members of the veterinary and pet care community, each one of us may feel like we’ve been hit especially hard with these issues, especially as we support our clients. Some of us lived or worked near the riots. Beloved local businesses may be temporarily closed. And all of us are experiencing limited interaction with our clients, friends, and family. Many have shared with me, that masks, although incredibly necessary, have become one of the tougher adjustments as they hide the smiles of our people and our pet owners.

Each of us comes to terms with these life moments in their own way and in their own time. Helping each other get through these moments has the power to mend us more swiftly. Physical healing is an excellent start to the process because it can begin to alter the other areas of our well-being as well, including our mental, emotional and spiritual states.

Healing our body involves the areas of nourishment and cleansing, activation, and relaxation.

Nourishment and Cleansing. As we move through the physical realm, our sense of nourishment includes filling our body with the proper nutrients as well as expelling or cleansing of those items that can do us harm, like sugar, alcohol, and saturated fat. Purity in our nutritive ingestion includes healthy levels of vegetables, fruits, proteins, and lots of water.

Activation. The activation aspect of our well-being includes regular exercise and proper oxygen intake. This will help clean and strengthen our muscular, skeletal, digestive, and respiratory systems. Activation is a powerful force in awakening the mind as well. According to a 2017 article from Healthline, physical activity has quite a few unique benefits according to their references. Here are just a few…

  • Induce happiness: exercise can increase the production of endorphins, which are known to help produce positive feelings and reduce the perception of pain. Exercise has also shown reductions in levels of depression and anxiety.
  • Increase energy levels: studies have seen positive results in healthy people, plus energy level increases in those with medical conditions of persistent fatigue, cancer, and multiple sclerosis.
  • Promote healthier skin: our skin is our largest organ, representing 300 million cells, and it plays a vital role in protecting us from outside infection and disease. Regular moderate exercise can increase our body’s production of natural antioxidants, which help protect skin cells.
  • Stimulate brain activity and memory: exercise increases the heart rate, which promotes the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. This blood flow advances the production of hormones and the growth of brain cells, including the growth of the hippocampus, a part of the brain vital for memory and learning.
  • Foster sleep and relaxation: the energy depletion that occurs during exercise stimulates a recuperative process during sleep; better sleep has been proven to also lead to more energy throughout the day.

Relaxation. This step is paramount to recovery. Relaxation includes resting, sleeping, and switching off. Just as cleansing must balance nourishment, so relaxation is needed to counterbalance activation. Achieving proper relaxation allows every cell, tissue, organ, and system of the living organism to survive, thrive, and heal.

I challenge each of us to focus on ourselves during this time in our everchanging world. Once we are at a healthy state, only then can we fully assist others with maximum capacity. I wish you happiness and health, always. And remember to share the love.

Turpin Mott

CHIEF COMMUNITY OFFICER

Support Center | Boulder, CO

Turpin officially joined NVA in July 2015 after having worked as a consultant with the company for the previous eight years in a variety of organizational development roles. He has extensive experience in facilitating and guiding leaders and teams to increase efficiency, capacity, and collaboration. He helps create solid foundations for individuals and teams based on accountability, integrity, authenticity, and responsibility which directly impacts the success of the organization. Turpin is also a Combat Action Veteran, having served with the United States Marine Corps in Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. He attended Louisiana State University.

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