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by LC Arisman, Certified Health Navigator & Personal Trainer

I don’t know how to start this article. I know that I’m hearing things like “return to normalcy” or “semblance of normalcy” and “getting back to business as usual,” and all I can think is, “this isn’t usual” and I don’t know what “normal” will look like.

Life is different now. Things that seemed really important a month ago are hardly on our radar now. That’s okay. That’s to be expected. For years I’ve said to people, “Healthy means something different to everybody, it’s different at different points in our lives, it’s different at different points in the year.” But suddenly that resonates a lot more.

This is my experience: Now I wear my mask outside. I know the difference between N95, P95, and P100. I check air quality apps and run air purifiers. When I get home, I rinse and spit and change my clothes. I play “evacuation” with my child to help her process the fear and powerlessness she (and I) experienced.

Life is different. It won’t always be this way, but this is our current normal, if that’s even the right word. It’s a process and it will continue to be a process. We’re learning to be gentler with each other and hopefully with ourselves as well. We greet strangers with an “Are you okay?” and part with the ubiquitous “stay safe.”

Work resumes, schools will reopen, and we’ll get back into a rhythm at some point. One day your phone will go off and you won’t jump. Or a siren will roar and your breath won’t catch. Maybe that day has already come for you. Maybe it’s waiting around the corner.

Pour yourself a glass of water. Change your pillowcase and get some rest. Even if you can’t sleep yet, lay flat for a moment. Put one hand on your belly and one on your chest. Breathe in. And out. And in. And out. You’ve got this. We’ve got this. Together.