Here we go, into another reality shift. Summer has arrived and California is opening back up after 15 months of chaos: Shelter at home, masks, immunizations, toilet paper shortages as well as bare grocery store shelves, and stress. So much stress.
The news blasts, “Mask mandates are over. Airports are jammed. Planes are packed. People are partying like it’s the ‘20s.” Promptly followed by reports that declare, “Vaccination rates are plummeting. New COVID varients. People are stressed about returning to work”.
As we all navigate this shift, we have to admit, most of us don't want to just jump back into what was. We want to take what we have learned during this time forward. We have all changed along the way. COVID forced all of us to adjust. This time in our world has impacted every part of our lives. We must honor that.
When we look ahead, how do we make sure we take care of our needs, our health, our balance? How do we find and operate from the best versions of ourselves? We can only accomplish this when we take care of ourselves, our whole self.
Many of us had to dig deep to push through the challenges this pandemic imposed on all of us and our society as a whole. CCCAOE shifted quickly and many of the "new ways" we learned to serve the California Community College system will continue beyond the pandemic.
So as we plan and venture out into this "summer after COVID", make sure to take time to pause. Take time to reflect on how you want to be and show up for yourself and others in an effort to tap into your best self and continue this work of championing Student Success.
We have gathered some resources we hope will benefit you as we move into this next phase. For the Fall 2021 Conference at the OMNI, we have been mindful to build in time for guided walks, gentle yoga sessions with an on-site yoga instructor, and time to connect with your colleagues.