A message from Michelle Pederson:
Michelle is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and member of Spiritual Directors International. She has graciously offered her support and counsel to any SFM employee who would like to talk during this difficult time. Michelle will be a guest columnist for the SFM Employee newsletter for the next few editions.
Can you believe that it was less than one month ago that we were going about our daily lives when everything changed? First, a tornado struck our city destroying homes and business and disrupting so many lives. Then, just days later, the first case of COVID-19 in TN was discovered. This virus has impacted every one of us, in both big and small ways. We learn something new every day and then try to make appropriate adjustments to our lives. So much change, so quickly. It can feel like the very ground is shifting beneath our feet. These are unprecedented times; we don’t have a clear roadmap to tell us what is going to happen next or how we need to respond. Instead, we are learning as we go and doing the very best that we can. All of us, everyone, is doing the best that they can under these unusual circumstances. You are doing the best that you can. As you go about your day, remember we are all in this together and we are all doing the best that we can.
Being constantly alert to your environment, continuously making changes to how you are doing things, worrying about your own health and that of those close to you can be frightening and exhausting. Here is something you might try next time you are feeling stressed:
Take a deep, slow breath in through your nose. When your belly and chest are completely full, hold for a moment. Then, very slowly exhale. Completely empty your chest and belly. Repeat several times.
Sometimes it is helpful to talk with someone, a trusted friend, your religious leader, therapist or someone else. For those who are interested, Rev. Michelle Pederson is an additional resource for spiritual care for all SFM employees. If you would like to talk to her you can either email email@example.com to set up a time convenient to you or give her a call at (615) 601-1687.