Welcome to the spring issue of MIDLINE! Since 2020 has turned out to be a very strange and unprecedented year, we did not receive many submissions for this issue. However, we did receive Emily’s President’s Message, and some tips for working at home, and a lovely essay on the whole experience from Patty Lunsford.
Some tips below:
To help get my 3rd grader up and going each day (instead of lounging in bed forever), I make it a race to see who can get dressed for work/school each morning.-Submitted by Michelle Kraft
After lunch I play Frisbee with my dog in the yard. He gets an A for enthusiasm but a C for ability.
Sometimes if I need quiet because I will be on a call (and it is impossible to have quiet in a house with 5 people and a dog), I drive my car to a park and sit inside and take the call. It is nice to just “get away” for a bit.
One of the things I have noticed is that I am looking at a screen for many more hours/day than before. It’s important for me to walk away from the computer/TV/tablet/phone and let my eyes rest. Also, I see and hear people telling us to exercise and move. I originally dismissed this because I couldn’t go to the gym, but it doesn’t have to be a long workout. Just stand and stretch, or walk down the block, or run down to the basement and back up – and be intentional about doing it every hour or two.-Submitted by Joyce McFadden
Working from home, I find that keeping a similar work schedule is very important in helping me balance work and life at home. I’m fortunate to be able to set up a workspace in a spare bedroom, and at the end of my workday, I close the door and don’t re-enter until the next workday.
During the day, I take lots of breaks to stand, stretch, play with the cats, and get some fresh air. On my lunch break, I fit in a walk or some type of workout, which keeps me from sitting all day long and gets me out of the house.
Although I definitely miss seeing my coworkers on a daily basis, I try to look for the positives: no commute, relaxed dress code (hello sweatpants!), and easy access to the kitchen (both positive and negative) and the outdoors (definitely a positive).-Submitted by Liz Lyman