By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting
It’s February, the month of love; Black History; bitter cold; and alas, another month of COVID. Many of us are feeling we don’t have a lot to love now.
As individuals, families, and communities, we’re emotionally and physically tired. The desire to hibernate inside and doom scroll on our devices is strong.
In my leadership training classes, I’m seeing a new type of tired. With so many people changing jobs and seeking new careers, the employees who still running the departments and keeping the lights on, are trying not to emotionally hibernate, too.
Humans are Social
Humans are social animals. We need communication, community, and connection. We thrive in working groups, bolster each other with laughter, ideas, and energy. Even those who prefer small groups still need interaction.
I know it’s hard to chip the ice from your windshield, discover that your coffee in your travel mug is now cold, don a mask, head to work or school, and “be happy and productive.”
Instead, let’s engage in our community and with our neighbors. Let’s find the energy we all share and allow it to fill our empty emotional tanks.
Here are some great ways to love our Prince William community.
- Engage with Black History.
- Explore the county.
- Gift your unwanted “anythings” and receive free space, and good will. Join a local Buy Nothing Group. Download the app on your phone or computer and connect with people in your neighborhood who have free items to give away or who are seeking something you may have and want to pass along.
- Support small businesses and restaurants this month.
- Share your extra COVID tests and masks if you know someone in need. Test kits are more available than they were in January, but if you know someone who is sick and quarantined and can’t hunt for a test, share one you may have.
- Practice patience everywhere you go. If it seems that every road you drive on is under construction, it’s because they are. Allow more time for your commute. Remember your favorite local coffee haunt may be understaffed along with the dry cleaner, grocery store, and possibly any retail place your frequent. Heap patience and appreciation upon the people who are working longer hours and who continue to show up.
- Save a life in our community. Have the ultimate heart – donate blood.
- Substitute. There is a shortage of substitute teachers in our community. Make some money, teach, and connect.
Any of these activities will lift your mood and remind you that you are part of a community. Our Prince William community is larger than our homes and our work desks. When we connect in small ways or with large gestures we feel better emotionally and physically. Connectivity improves our productivity, decision making, and helps us reach our personal goals. This month, love yourself by loving your community.
Melissa Davies is an executive leadership coach and facilitator as well as the author of How Not to Act Like a BLEEP at Work. She resides in Prince William County and is the owner of Wise Ways Consulting, which specializes in leadership, management and team development, executive coaching, group facilitation and high-engagement training. She can be reached at email@example.com or through wisewaysconsulting.com.